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
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.
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.
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).
If you're lucky enough to snag a reservation at one of the twelve tables, prepare yourself for René Redzepi's inventive take on New Nordic cuisine. The tasting menu will shock and delight (think: edible flowers, live fjord shrimp, and deep-fried reindeer moss). There's a reason Noma was named the world's best restaurant three years in a row — only a fortuitous few find out why.
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.
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.
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.