Eating in Copenhagen on a Budget
Collected by Alex Berger, AFAR Local Expert
Copenhagen can be difficult for folks on a tight budget. But small hole-in-the-wall restaurants and a few places popular among locals will allow you to eat a hearty meal for less than US$20.
Kongens Nytorv 13, 1095 København, Denmark
Magasin Du Nord is one of Denmark's most famous shopping locations. This sprawling department store has a rich history and sits right on Kongens Nyrtov in the heart of the city. While the shopping center is famous for the plethora of items it...
Nørrebrogade 31, 2200 København, Denmark
While Nørrebrogade is famous for its kebab and pizza restaurants one of the best in southern Nørrebro is La Centrale. They not only serve fresh kebab and pizza, but also have a wide assortment of different foods including vegetarian friendly...
Fælledvej 11, 2200 København, Denmark
Smørrebrød comes in a plethora of different flavors, styles, and price ranges. One of my favorites is the budget smørrebrød from Rita's. This local shop offers 12 DKK pieces of "budget" smørrebrød which are fresh, flavorful, and a favorite among...
Elmegade 18, 2200 København, Denmark
A one-man operation, this place is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a quality burger at a more than reasonable price. The shop itself is small and can easily be mistaken for your usual takeaway or kebab shop, but it isn't. The owner, who...
Sankt Hans Torv 3, 2200 København, Denmark
Situated right on Sankt Hans Torv in southern Norrebro this little cafe has a cozy interior that embodies the warmth and charm of Danish hygge. With decent coffee, chai, tree, beer, and soy options available for those who are lactose intolerant,...
Griffenfeldsgade 7, 2200 København, Denmark
If kebabs and pizza aren't cutting it for you, consider hitting up Maed Ethipian for their lunch special. Open for lunch and dinner, this small place has reasonable prices and a decent assortment of dishes. The owner/operator and his wife are...
Sankt Hans Torv 24, 2200 København, Denmark
It doesn't look like much, but this tiny kebab shop just off of Sankt Hans Torv is a great spot to get a kebab. Also, if you look closely at the counter you'll see that it is decorated with passages from Machiavelli's Prince. Made famous by the...
Rømersgade 18, 1360 København, Denmark
If you're on the hunt for semi-reasonably priced, quasi-fancy smørrebrød around the city center Hallernes' is a popular option. With a small stand in the modern and hip Torvehallerne shopping center, they prepare a mixture of traditional and more...
Torvegade 16, 1400 København, Denmark
This little shop is owed and run by a Danish-Thai couple. They have a great lunch special which makes their Thai food not only some of the most flavorful but also budget friendly Thai food in Copenhagen. Ingredients and veggies are always...
Fiolstræde 3, 1171 København, Denmark
Dalle Valle brought the concept of daily specials to Copenhagen in a big way and has been growing every since. Now a chain, this restaurant has a hip vibe that is extremely popular among young people. While prices have started to inch up, they run...
Banegårdspladsen 7, 1570 København, Denmark
Doesn't October look great on Copenhagen? The shoulder season has it's perks. My 28th country had a few firsts. The most important one for me was seeing the Baltic Sea. I love it's coldness and roughness. The vikings were really tough and...
Øster Farimagsgade 10, 2100 København, Denmark
A visit to Denmark must include trying the country's famous, impossible-to-pronounce open-faced sandwich, smørrebrød (I'm fairly certain that only native Danish speakers can pronounce it properly -"SMUHR-bruth"). Smørrebrød translates to "buttered...
Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 København K, Denmark
This small no-frills shop has excellent sandwiches, bagels, and salad for sale at extremely reasonable prices. Their chicken sandwiches are always overflowing with well marinated chicken and richly flavored greens. Eat in, or grab it to go and...
Gothersgade 7, 1123 København K, Denmark
This tiny little basement Pizza shop has a reputation for having some of the best take away pizza in the city center. Take a peak at their menu and see if you agree. Just don't expect a fine dining experience - this is pizza to go in every sense...
Torvegade 45, 1400 København, Denmark
Lagkagehuset is a bakery chain with high quality cakes, bread, Danishes, cupcakes, and everything in between. Despite having multiple locations around the city, my personal favorite is the store on the corner across from Christianshavn Metro due...
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København, Denmark
Foodies, rejoice. Torvehallerne is a one-stop shop for several meals, snacks, and gourmet groceries or gastronomical gifts. It's an airy, light-filled building with all kinds of purveyors, from fantastic coffee shops, chefs cooking fresh pasta and...