There has been a post-pandemic boom of restaurant openings in Copenhagen. The lockdowns didn’t seem to set the industry back; rather, they seemed to spark new ideas and additions to the rapidly developing food scene. Happily, we have noticed that the city is becoming more and more diverse, with a wider array of culinary offerings in this year’s openings. In a food scene primarily dominated by New Nordic cuisine and traditional Danish foods like smørrebrød, we are seeing an influx of both Asian and Latin American restaurants – and we are loving it! We’ve kept busy this year in Copenhagen, checking out the most exciting openings in town. We are constantly updating our Copenhagen map, and making sure it’s relevant and up-to-date with the city’s best new culinary addresses. (Read our full Copenhagen guide here!) Without further ado, here are six new restaurants in Copenhagen you should visit in 2022.
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Propaganda is a no frills, casual Korean restaurant and bottle shop from the team behind Barabba (owned by Riccardo Marcon). The kitchen is run by Youra Kim, who hails from South Korea. The menu is pure comfort food, with dishes that pack some heat. Our favorites are the Korean fried chicken, kimchi and pork mandu (dumplings), and the galbi rice with pork neck and a cured egg yolk. One cool thing about Propaganda is that it also acts as a bottle shop – you can drop in and pick from the enormous selection of natural wines which include lots of our favorite producers. There are also Korean-inspired cocktails, like the “kimchilada” and the “pickleback daiquiri.” Propaganda’s kitchen is open late, with dinner served until 21:30 and a walk-in Korean snack bar with food served until 1:00 (2:00 on weekends).
PROPAGANDA Address & Contact Information Vester Farimagsgade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram
Located in Nørrebro in Copenhagen, JATAK is a Cantonese restaurant from Jonathan Tam (former head chef of Relæ). The name stems from the most common reply from a cook to a head chef in Nordic kitchens, “Ja, tak!” (meaning, “Yes, thank you!” or “Yes, chef!”). JATAK received a Michelin star in 2022, after only six months of operation. If you were a fan of Relæ, you’ll be quite satisfied here; the flavor profile is very New Nordic and leans heavily on Scandinavian seafood. The tasting menu changes constantly, on our visit we enjohyed a youtiao with Norwegian uni, Danish pork neck and pork belly “char siu” style, lap cheong (Chinese sausage), and an egg tart with poppyseed and black tea glaze for dessert.
Located on Jægersborggade, the charming, cobbled street in Nørrebro is Contento, a hole-in-the-wall, Basque-style pintxos bar from Mathias Silberbauer, located right next to his other restaurant, Silberbauers Bistro. On the menu, you’ll find traditional tapas, like the Spanish tortilla, txistorra (a chorizo-like sausage), the Gilda (a San Sebastian signature snack with peppers, olives, and anchovies), Txakoli wine, and, of course, Basque cheesecake. Don’t miss the txuleton, a perfectly cooked piece of rib-eye – and the best steak we’ve had in Copenhagen! Note: in January 2023, Contento moved into the former Tigermom space on Ryesgade in Nørrebro.
CONTENTO Address & Contact Information Jægersborggade 42, Copenhagen, Denmark Instagram
Chef Kristian Baumann (chef/owner of Koan and formerly 108) has opened a modern Korean eatery and casual little sister restaurant to Koan. JUJU is only open Monday through Friday, and serves both lunch and dinner. The kitchen is run by head chef Youngjin (Jin) Kim, who has worked closely with Baumann to craft the à la carte menu. Fill your table with Korean barbecue skewers, kimchi, mandoo (Korean dumplings), noodles, banchan, fried chicken wings, sesame rice, nori fries, and bingsu (Korean shaved ice). All dishes are meant to be shared family-style.
Located in Vesterbro is Donda Deli, an eatery and deli shop from Donda. The restaurant is a slightly more casual little sister to their popular Christianshavn restaurant, open for lunch and dinner serving small plates and dishes from Donda’s take-away menu such as a filet o’fish sandwich and chicken wings with caviar. The deli shop sells a variety of Mexican goods and ingredients to take home, including Donda’s signature flour tortillas, dried chiles, salsas, meat, cheese and fish. There is also a walk-in wine fridge where customers can buy bottles to take home.
DONDA DELI Address & Contact Information Dybbølsgade 52, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Slice, slice baby! The new New York-style pizza joint, Diamond Slice, is now open in Blågårds Plads in Nørrebro! Jan Kopacz (former head chef of Bæst), Kristopher Schram (formerly of Bæst and the West Taghkanic Diner in New York), and Alex Dadzis (former head chef of Friheden) opened their take-away pizza window and outdoor seating in early September, and plan to open the dining room and bar in early October. Be sure to try the Hot Honey slice with four types of cheese, double garlic, double cream, and hot honey.
Restaurant Openings We’re Looking Forward To This Year
We are eagerly awaiting the opening of Goldfinch, a casual Chinese restaurant from chef Will King-Smith, the former head chef of Geranium. Smith previously ran Will at the Bridge, a noodle shop at Broens Gadekøkken (the street food market located next to Barr and POPL), but now he will expand his offerings with a wide range of dumplings and other Cantonese dishes. Goldfinch is set to open in November.
Another upcoming restaurant opening is Kappo Andō, an Osaka-inspired Japanese eatery from Henrik Ando Levinsen (the sake minister) and Mads Battefeld (Sushi Anaba). The style is between a casual izakaya and a more formal kaiseki, with two set menus offered at the counter and an à la carte menu on Sundays. Sushi Anaba is one of the hardest-to-book restaurants in Copenhagen, so it will be nice to have another more accessible restaurant from Battefeld in town.
It’s also rumored that Kristian Baumann’s Korean pop-up Koan will finally land in a permanent venue by the end of 2022. We visited Koan both when it was located at the Empirical distillery at the end of 2020, and also when it was in the former Relæ venue in 2021 and 2022. Baumann’s menu only gets stronger with every visit, so this will surely be one of Copenhagen’s top restaurants. We can’t wait!
Another restaurant we are looking forward to trying this fall is Villette, from the team behind Pompette and Poulette. Follow our rumors page to be the first to know about Copenhagen restaurant openings!
What’s your favorite restaurant in Copenhagen right now? Let us know in a comment below.