Oh Copenhagen – with its wonderful cobbled winding streets, retro bicycles, scenic canal tours and of course, a whole lot of Nordic gastronomy! Notorious for its ‘hygge’ translating as ‘cosy’, Denmark’s capital was JUST the kind of thing I was longing for to enjoy on my annual European Autumn/Winter trip.
Copenhagen is renowned for mastering modern Nordic Cuisine, hosting an array of high-end restaurants with Michelin stars. Upon my restaurant research in prep for the visit for my other half’s birthday (belated – long story..), I was overwhelmed by the choice of eateries which all looked ideal for celebrating a special occasion.
Not only does Copenhagen exude a huge gastronomy scene, the city is also renowned for its hot-dog stands, various burger restaurants, and delicacies from the Middle East; of which all are popular selections amongst the locals, as well as tourists.
Like most cities, eating out in Copenhagen can vary in price considerably so if you are looking to have a non-expensive trip to Copenhagen, you should really plan your food options in advance and keep in mind the currency conversion – roughly £1 equates to around 8-10 Danish Crone.
So that’s the intro over, now sit back and enjoy a read of my top foodie recommendations for anyone visiting this beautiful Scandinavian city.
1. Mad & Kaffe
The best brunch in Copenhagen!
Translating as ‘Food & Coffee’, at Mad & Kaffe you select the elements on the food board yourself – essentially a self-order form for ordering your food.
You can select an array of 3-5 dishes from the following food groups:
As an example of a popular selection, I went for a mix of dishes consisting of the scrambled eggs & chives, light grapefruit with red clover sugar, wild sausage with peppermayo & karse, smoked salmon and a selection of soft breads; all washed down with a shot of ginger and hot chocolate with whipped cream.
A substantial meal is always a great way to kick-start your day of exploring the fabulous city!
As you walk around Copenhagen, you’ll soon find that pizza restaurants seem to be a big thing; partly due to the fact many pizza restaurants over in Denmark’s capital are often owned by Italians who make sure to bring the best ingredients from their country in order to create an authentic taste.
Upon arrival at Neighbourhood, there’s a candle-lit cocktail bar area where you can be seated whilst waiting for your table. As my other half & I are partial to a pre-dinner cocktail, we both went for a recommended favourite from the bar man. The cocktails at this place consist of home-infused fine spirits and are shaken up with unique combinations of freshly squeezed organic fruits, herbs, vegetables and a lot of other exiting stuff you can try out before committing to a full drink.
Once seated through to the restaurant area (again, dimly lit, rustic chic vibes), we had a thorough look through the menu and ordered truffle popcorn and a glass of white wine, before our following two pizzas were selected:
- GARLIC SHRIMP – Garlic roasted giant shrimp, mascarpone cheese, roasted cabbage, basil pesto, red onions, fresh coriander & lemon.
- JAMAICAN JERK – Jerk BBQ Sauce, rum-pickled pineapple, goat cheese, fried pancetta, topped with spring onions and coriander.
As you may gather from the width and texture of the pizza bases pictured above, NEIGHBOURHOOD pizza is this eateries’ modern interpretation of the classic Italian pizza – it’s lighter, crispier, greener and of course super tasty. Using sourdough and less than half the amount of dough, they create a pretty tasty, crisp and easily digestible base. The pizzas are then topped with seasonal combinations of greens, vegetables, cheeses, sea food, meats and much more.
Now on to the next food stop to visit…
On the walk to the famous ‘Little Mermaid’ statue, Toldboden is a great foodie stop to enjoy a traditional Danish open sandwich.
As a country focused on their rye bread, one of the famous open rye bread sandwiches just had to be tried out; AKA ‘smorrebrod’, the traditional Danish cuisine.
This open sandwich in particular consisted of a trio which included crispy cod with homemade mayo; rare beef with horseradish; and a creamy potato & chive open sandwich. Tasty – but I do admit I just prefer a full sandwich with both bits of bread…
4. Restaurant Tight
Next one is a great find for an evening meal – introducing Restaurant Tight!
Located VERY central to the city, this place is a cosy find for well cooked food in a rustic setting.
Nordic Kitchen with a Southern Twist.
*Ambience Tip: If you can, ask to be seated upstairs by the window (the best spot!)
After being seated and welcomed by a friendly waitress, we ordered a local beer, G&T and the following starters:
- White wine steamed mussels with fresh herbs and mild chilli. These were delicious and served with aioli and focaccia bread.
- Roasted Chanterelles on butter fried bread with parsley, wasabi creme, truffle and crispy parsnip. Another flavorsome starter.
Now for the Main Courses:
- The free range BBQ Ribs (full rack) are possibly the most exciting dish to order on this menu; the portion size is HUGE and they go down perfectly with the accompanying creamy gratinated potatoes, house BBQ sauce, and a side Nordic cabbage salad with dried cranberries and almonds.
- We also went for the baked hake with beach crab bisque which came with roasted chanterelles, small potatoes, bimi broccoli and a herb salad with turned in pistachio vinaigrette. Although this was a pleasing fish dish, I don’t think anything could ever top the full rack of ribs (photographed below).
This place is great for unfussy seasonal food cooked from scratch in a 19th-century building with stone walls & beams; again, very ‘hygge’.
5. Sankt Peders Bageri
As a pastry lover, my mission to find the best Danish pastry in Copenhagen was complete once I visited Sankt Peders Bageri.
Spoiled for choice, you can’t go wrong with cinnamon, custard and chocolate pastries at this place.
Let’s end this food city tour with a final foodie stop at the best Copenhagen Food Market (in my opinion); make sure to visit Torvehallerne Market, an urban, covered marketplace featuring stalls with local produce, gourmet foods, beverages & desserts.
And for all the coffee lovers out there, you have to head over to The Coffee Collective for a phenomenal Flat White!
So there you have it – my top recommended foodie stops to save you time on where to eat in Copenhagen, allowing you more time to appreciate the wonders of the city from the district of Christianshavn, to the famous Tivoli Gardens, and a scenic walk along the 17th century waterfront renowned for its multi-coloured buildings of Nyhavn!