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Copenhagen restaurants

The Danes think of their neighbors as they would members of their family. Denmark is the baby sister whose idea of fun occasionally shocks.
– The Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes

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  • Christianshavn, Modern European, $$$$ $$
  • Strandgade 108
  • Copenhagen, 1401
  • +45-32-96-32-92
  • Website

Noma alums opened a casual seasonal restaurant with a much friendlier price tag than its famed parent restaurant. Dinner is an a la carte affair, but there's a nice scene and menu for quick breakfast meetings or lazy, wine-fueled afternoons. 


  • Østerbro, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$
  • Øster Farimagsgade 12
  • Copenhagen, 2100
  • +45-35-55-33-10
  • Website

Adam Aamann's focus on healthy, local ingredients lead to a resurgence in smørrebrød (classic Danish open-face sandwiches). Don't miss Smørrebrødsdeli next door for casual take away.


  • Christianshavn, Nordic, $$$$ $$$
  • Refshalevej 153
  • Copenhagen, 1432
  • +45-43-58-43-30
  • Website

Former Noma chef de cuisine Matthew Orlando adds a dash of American flavor not just to the classic Danish dishes (like his Amass Fried Chicken) but to the restaurant's vibes — with hip hop music and graffiti on walls. Try to score the coveted bar seats by the window.


  • Indre By, Modern European, $$$$ $$
  • Sankt Peders Stræde 24A
  • Copenhagen, 1453
  • +45-32-17-59-99
  • Website

The award-winning restaurant by Noma alums (of course) Samuel Nutter and Victor Wagman is casual. But make no mistake, it is not lacking in technique, especially when it comes to offal. Guests will be surprised (and delighted?!) with dishes like cod cheeks and deep-fried bull testicles.


  • Nyhavn, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$$
  • Kongens Nytorv 8
  • Copenhagen, 1050
  • +45-33-13-37-13
  • Website

Artfully presented gourmet fare from one of Copenhagen's best chefs. Meals start with an endless serving of Bo Bech's famous sour dough bread. The signature avocado and caviar starter is a must, as are the mashed potatoes with pickled brown crab. Servings are small so order up. This isn't the place to skip dessert — the Air in Air in Air Tiramisu is as light and fluffy as the name suggests.

Ida Davidsen

  • Indre By, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$
  • Store Kongensgade 70
  • Copenhagen, 1274
  • +45-33-91-36-55
  • Website

Fifth-generation smørrebrød makers known for their four-and-a-half foot menu. Many of the 250 open-face sandwiches are named for famous Danes like the "Crown Prince Frederik" (layers of liver pâté, tomato, cucumber salad, and soft onions).


  • Nørrebro , Middle Eastern, $$$$ $
  • Nørrebrogade 162
  • Copenhagen, 2200
  • +45-35-82-89-93

Make like David Chang and skip the Michelin-starred hot spots for the shawarma sandwiches and fries at one of three Kebabistan locations around town. You'll want the mixed meat shawarma on a Turkish roll, and don't forget to add the spicy sauces sitting on the counter.

Read more on Fathom: Where Do the World's Best Chefs Eat in Copenhagen?


  • Nyhavn, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$
  • Nyhavn 65 stuen
  • 1051
  • +45-44-22-52-22
  • Website

A whole restaurant dedicated to smørrebrød, the beloved Danish open-faced sandwich. Pick from ten different options, some with an Asian elements like yuzu on smoked salmon. Each plate comes with a local beer recommendation.


  • Nørrebro , Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$$
  • Jægersborggade 41
  • Copenhagen, 2200
  • +45-36-96-66-09
  • Website

Christian F. Puglisi handed over the kitchen of his Michelin-starred spot to fellow Noma alum Jonathan Tam. That hasn't stopped lines out the door; the open kitchen is still packed, the entry-level four-course menu is still surprisingly affordable, and Puglisi's original philosophy to ingredient-driven food continues to shine through. Tam is hoping to broaden the menu, which can only mean good things for us.

Restaurant Schønnemann

  • Indre By, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$
  • Hauser Plads 16
  • Copenhagen, 1127
  • +45-33-12-07-85
  • Website

Step back in time at this Copenhagen classic, where sand has covered the floor since it's opening in 1877. Make reservations in advance — visitors and locals are fond of it's 100+ smørrebrød combinations.

Royal Smushi Café

  • Indre By, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$
  • Amagertorv 6
  • Copenhagen, 1160
  • +45-33-12-11-22
  • Website

Part café, part concept shop, parked in a cozy courtyard between two of the city's most visited shops, Georg Jensen and Royal Copenhagen. The self-described Funky Baroque décor is a real treat, but they're best known for their bite-sized smushi, an inventive take on the classic Danish smørrebrød and sushi.

Slotskælderen hos Gitte Kik

  • Indre By, Scandinavian, $$$$ $$$
  • Fortunstræde 4
  • Copenhagen, 1065
  • +45-33-11-15-37
  • Website

Old-school Danish joint run by the same family since 1910. Local politicians stop by for lunch when parliament is in session across the street. This place gets packed at lunch, so book ahead.

Stedsans Østergro

  • Østerbro, Vegetarian/Vegan, $$$$ $$$
  • Æbeløgade 4
  • Copenhagen, 2100
  • Website

One of the hardest dinner reservations to score is a two-top in a greenhouse on a rooftop garden of a nondescript industrial building. A husband-wife chef team serve two amazing, magical family-style dinners for twenty five lucky guests for each seating. Plan ahead, as they only open bookings once a month.


  • Israels Plads, Market, $$$$ $
  • Frederiksborggade 21
  • Copenhagen, 1360
  • Website

The giant food hall houses some of the best and most international food in the city. You can't make a wrong turn. Here's a quick route: start with carnitas tacos at Hija de Sanchez, head to Boutique Fisk for fish cakes, and pick up a bag of instant oat porridge from Grød on your way out.

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