Copenhagen’s Top Restaurants and Bars
Collected by Stephen Whitlock, AFAR Local Expert
This is a city that covers cuisine from high to low, from some of the world’s most celebrated and innovative chefs to the humble—but delicious—hot dog. And before, or after, your meal, the city abounds in bars serving the best Danish beers and craft cocktails. Here is where to eat and drink in Denmark’s capital.
Hal 7 & 8, Papirøen, Trangravsvej 14, 7/8, 1436 København, Denmark
Don’t be confused by the name: This isn’t street food so much as dockside warehouse food. Walk over Inderhavnsbroen, one of the city’s newer bridges (opened in 2016), and you’ll cross from the heart of Copenhagen to a...
Sortedam Dossering 9, st, th, 2200 København, Denmark
This group of more than 30 cafés across Denmark are open early, so they’re great for breakfast. The tea, coffee, and sandwiches are all very nice, but what really sets Lagkagehuset apart is the quality of the cakes. It would take an iron will to...
Kronprinsensgade 5, 1114 København, Denmark
This tea shop looks like the sort of place you’d find in a Harry Potter film. Opened in 1835, it’s the oldest in Europe and has changed very little over the decades. The wonderful scent of green, white, and black tea that fills the air...
Griffenfeldsgade 22, 2200 København, Denmark
This small café filled with candlelit little wooden tables is ridiculously cozy. It opens at 8 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on weekends, so it’s the ideal place to stop by for a brunch of organic scrambled eggs or a laid-back...
Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 København, Denmark
Danes know a thing or two about beer. After all, Denmark is the home of Tuborg and Carlsberg. One of the newer places that’s attracting real ale fans is a former iron foundry and locomotive factory in the Nørrebro neighborhood. Brus...
Vesterbrogade 72B, 1620 København, Denmark
It can be tricky to find Lidkoeb, but it’s worth seeking out. You have to duck down an alley and then cross a couple of courtyards to find this splendid, atmospheric cocktail bar. Drinks include the classics as well as more adventurous...
Tullinsgade 1, 1618 København, Denmark
This is one of the smallest cafés in the city, which is appropriate as it’s downstairs from the smallest hotel, with just one room. The café is equally tiny and appealing, created by a man who’s worked as a set designer with Danish TV and...
Vestergade 13, 1456 København, Denmark
You’ll find branches of Emmerys, a popular bakery and café, throughout the city—there are more than 30 of them in Denmark, and the majority are in or around the capital. These bright, friendly places are perfect to pop into when...
Øster Farimagsgade 10, 2100 København, Denmark
When it comes to the greatest Danish invention of all time, it’s a toss-up between Legos and the open-faced sandwich. The latter is given the respect it deserves at Aamanns, which has elevated sandwich making to an art form. The lunch menu...
Værnedamsvej 5, 1819 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Sankt Peders Stræde 24A, 1453 København, Denmark
Noma, consistently ranked as one of the world’s best restaurants, closed in 2016, but its impact on dining in Copenhagen has been profound. Many chefs who worked there have since launched their own restaurants, including two who opened Bror....
Store Kongensgade 66, 1264 København, Denmark
On Madklubben’s website is a manifesto that sums up its philosophy: “to offer excellent food and drink for an unusually reasonable price.” That’s not an idle boast. You can get one course for 100 kroner ($16), two courses...
Sønder Blvd. 68, 1720 København, Denmark
This cheerful, bustling café has built a reputation for offering one of the best breakfasts in the Vesterbro area. The morning menu doubles as an order form. Guests mark up what they want—three items for 78 kroner ($13), five for 120...
Vodroffsvej 39, 1900 Frederiksberg, Denmark
When a martini comes with both an olive and a twist on the side so you can choose which one to drop into your drink, and the bathroom is wallpapered with pages torn from The Savoy Cocktail Book, you know they take their drinks seriously. But Salon...
Gammel Strand 38, 1202 København, Denmark
The brass sign bearing the restaurant’s name is polished daily, as you’d expect from a place that’s been going strong since 1910 and knows the value of upholding traditions and standards. This Copenhagen classic stands on the...
Jægersborggade 41, 2200 København, Denmark
Don’t be fooled by the modest interior with its white walls and simple wooden furniture or by the unfussy approach to food here. Relæ thinks big. Founded by two Noma alumni, it is dedicated to creating great cuisine from sustainable...
Niels Hemmingsens Gade 32, 1153 København, Denmark
From the outside, Strøm looks like a typical old-fashioned Copenhagen bar. And to be fair, the inside looks much like that, too. But a glance at the cocktail menu will make you realize that it has far more on offer. Here, you’ll find...
Knippelsbrogade 10, 1409 København K, Denmark
Any discussion of food in Copenhagen invariably includes Noma. It’s hard to overstate the impact of this eatery. For four years, it was declared the world’s best restaurant. Not only did it transform dining in the Danish capital but it...
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