Restaurants in Copenhagen

After Noma was named the world’s best restaurant three years in a row, the Copenhagen dining scene leapt from meatballs and smørrebrød (open sandwiches) to Michelin-starred meals in just 10 years.

Although meatballs done the traditional way are still available for those that want them, restaurants of all standings now espouse new Nordic cuisine. Organic food is everywhere and the Klima logo signifies locally-produced food.

The Copenhagen restaurants below have been hand-picked by our author and grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Dkk800)
Moderate (Dkk400 to Dkk800)
Cheap (up to Dkk400)

These Copenhagen restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one person, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent. All include VAT but do not a service charge. A tip of around 10% is customary.

Relae

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: World

Even Relae, the deceptively stripped-back restaurant where Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred chefs eat on their days off, has a Michelin star of its own. Voted the city’s best eatery in 2011, the eatery draws visitors to Norrebro with a warm welcome. Serving up a mixture of world cuisine, this is the place to come and try the meals that Relae’s chefs have perfected on their culinary travels.

Address: Jaegersborggade 41, Norrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3696 6609.

Geranium

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Contemporary Nordic

Rivalling Noma for the top spot in Copenhagen with two Michelin stars of its own, this restaurant is run by a previous holder of the best chef award, Rasmus Kofoed. The light and bright dining area comes with a wonderful view of Copenhagen’s distinctive green copper rooftops in the Faelledparken. Arrive for lunch, served Thursday to Saturday, to get the best views.

Address: Per Henrik Links Alle 4,8, Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 6996 0020.
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Noma

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Contemporary Nordic

This two-star Michelin restaurant was crowned the world's top restaurant in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best awards. Chef René Redzepi has pioneered the exclusive use of local ingredients, sourced from Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland as well as Denmark itself. Expect cutting-edge dishes featuring ingredients as diverse as milk skin and birch sap. The setting itself is a highly traditional and charming warehouse and the meals are served by chefs rather than waiters. The waiting list for a table runs for months.

Address: Strandgade 93, Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3296 3297.
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BioMio

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Vegetarian and organic

While BioMio will keep veggies happy, it’s ironically one of the few hip places still serving meatballs. Even the wood is certified in this sustainable restaurant, which specialises in local food and exudes a rustic, colourful vibe. If you don’t want to go hungry, order from one of the chefs rather than the waiter who brings the menu. Be prepared to pick your own food up too, because like Noma, BioMio embraces the ethos of connecting cooks directly with their customers.

Address: Halmtorvet 19, Meatpacking district, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3331 2000.
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Brdr. Price

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Traditional Nordic

Turning his hand from page to plate, screenwriter, Adam Price, and his brother James, run this picturesque glasshouse restaurant in the heart of Tivoli. The ideal place to try traditional dishes like smørrebrød (a Danish open sandwich) or herring with a shot of aquavit (a flavoured Scandinavian spirit), the best time to dine is at lunch. The colourful décor reflects the family’s heritage – their ancestor was a British circus performer who moved to Denmark around 100 years ago.

Address: Vesterbrogade 3, Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3841 5151.

Kodboyens Fiskebar

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Seafood

Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, this hip and trendy seafood restaurant, with its bare concrete walls and fluorescent cylindrical fish tank, caters to a young crowd that comes here for the buzz as much as the food. Plug into the vibe by perching on one of the central bar stools and enjoy everything from fish and chips to oysters, plus specials which change according to the day’s catch. The restaurant is a relative rarity in a city where locals have only recently come round to the idea of eating fish.

Address: Flæsketorvet 100, Meatpacking District, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3215 5656.

John's Hotdog Deli

Price: Cheap

Just about every local who’s out and about over the weekend finishes up their revelries at this legendary kiosk near Vesterbro station. Famous for its Friday all-nighters, join the queues between 1100 and 1900 to avoid disappointment. Choose from a staggering array of toppings and garnishes to finish off your high-quality sausage.

Address: Axeltorv 2, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 3132 5848.

Lagkagehuset

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Cakes, pastries and savoury snacks

You mustn’t leave Copenhagen without devouring a truly fresh, flaky Danish pastry, and Lagkagehuset (which translates to ‘layer cake house’) is the best place to try one. With an array of savoury, bread-based snacks as well as delicious cakes, everything is available to eat in or take away. The coffee is good as well.

Address: Frederiksberggade 21, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 7248 4777.

Radio

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Contemporary Nordic

From the owners of Noma and Geranium, Radio is an eatery that allows guests to enjoy New Nordic cuisine without a wad of kroner. On a mission to serve new wave, Danish food at budget prices, the team here turn tables fast, but don’t cut corners. The industrial setting is quintessentially Nordic too and it has an urban charm of its own.

Address: Julius Thomsens Gade 12, Norrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Telephone: 2510 2733.
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