Copenhagen Food News (December 2023) Openings, Events & Pop-Ups

Christmas time is here! The streets of Copenhagen have been fully decked with string lights and Christmas trees, the Nutcrackers are standing outside of Hotel D’Angleterre, and Christmas markets have opened on Kongens Nytorv and Højbro Plads serving gløgg (mulled wine), æbelskiver (Danish pancake balls), and other treats. Whether you’re ready or not, Santa is coming to town. But have no fear! We have a list of all the places where you can go for a traditional julefrokost (Christmas lunch) with all the snaps you can dream of, and a list of the best restaurants that will be open on New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen. And, as usual, all the exciting new openings, events, pop-ups, and collabs happening this December in Copenhagen.

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Julefrokost – all of December!

Some of the more traditional spots in town (i.e. Schønnemann) have been booked for six months, but there are still lots of great restaurants where you can grab a seat at the Christmas table. Here are some of our favorite places to go for julefrokost:

    • Aamanns 1921 has kicked off the holiday season with their famous Christmas lunch. The price is 625 DKK per person and includes six different dishes served family-style. (Dinner is also available, with a tasting menu for 750 DKK per person.) Aamanns Deli also offers a take-away option, and there are also Christmas menus available at Aamanns Replik in Skuespilhuset (The Playhouse) and Aamanns Genbo in Carlsberg Byen. Click here to book a table.
    • The Big Barr Christmas Table is available from November 24th until December 23rd, Friday to Sunday for lunch. The price is 745 DKK per person and includes all the Danish traditional dishes, like herring and duck with browned potatoes. Click here to book a table.
    • Christianshavns Færgecafé started serving their Christmas lunch on November 18th, it’s available from Thursday to Saturday for lunch. The price is 549 DKK per person and includes herring, fish, and meat dishes, and risalamande. Click here to book a table.
    • Møntergade is also open serving an epic Christmas feast from November 17th! The price is 650 DKK per person and includes Christmas sausage, herring, salmon, pork, duck, and risalamande. Click here to book a table.
    • Øens Have on Refshaleøen is hosting Christmas parties in their yurt. For 1395 DKK per person, guests get a five-course organic Christmas menu with an open bar serving organic beers and natural wines, and the party lasts until midnight. Click here to book an event.
    • Christmas at Palægade kicks off on Thursday, November 16th. Both a lunch and dinner menu are available, for 650 DKK and 850 DKK, respectively, including all of the classics from herring to roast pork. Click here to book a table.


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Korean Christmas Pop-Up – December 1st and 2nd

On the first weekend of December, head to Café Sandø for a Korean Christmas pop-up dinner. Tickets are 450 DKK per person and include snacks, side dishes, Korean-style wonton soup, and dessert. Click here to book a table.


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Work in Progress Pop-Up – December 3rd

Chef Sean Dante Hagerty (formerly Noma and L’Enclume) is joining forces with Solfinn of Rødder og Vin for an offal-focused pop-up with lots of natural wine, of course. See more information below.

MAD Monday – December 4th

Join the next MAD Monday event – a discussion of The Bear, with popcorn, gløgg from Rosforth & Rosforth, and a behind-the-scenes discussion about the TV series led by Hart Bageri founder, Richard Hart. Click here to buy a ticket.


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Ancestrale Test Tuesday – December 5th

Head to Ancestrale on Tuesday, December 5th for a test menu of new dishes, five courses served family-style for 250 DKK per person. Click here to book a table.


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Pauli Pop-Up at Åben Brewery – December 1st-December 22nd

Pauli is having a pop-up at Åben in Kødbyen during the weekends of weeks 47-51. Click here to book a table.

Zar Bulgarian Pop-Up – December 1st-December 21st

Zar is a one-month-only pop-up restaurant, continuing through December. The theme is a Bulgarian communal dining experience, and guests will share ten Bulgarian dishes alongside natural wines made from Bulgarian grape varieties, craft beers, and rakia. Click here to book a table.


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Grønt Marked – December 3rd, 10th, and 17th

The city’s biggest farmer’s market, Grønt Marked is turning into a Christmas market this December! In addition to all the usual market offerings, shop organic ingredients for making your holiday feasts at home, special Christmas treats, and bring your kids for fun holiday workshops like cookie decorating and flower arranging. Find the Christmas markets on Refshaleøen by Lille Bakery on December 3rd, in Vesterbro at Litauens Plads on December 10th, and in Nørrebro at Guldberg Byplads on December 17th.


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New Year’s Eve in Copenhagen – December 31st

Wondering where to ring in 2024? We’ve made a list of the best restaurants in Copenhagen that are open on New Year’s Eve, serving special tasting menus, caviar, truffles, and Champagne. Whether your idea of celebrating the new year is a fancy tasting menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant, attending a big party with a DJ, or ordering take-away and watching the fireworks with friends and family at home, we’ve got you. Who’s ready to party?

    • For a festive, Italian-inspired New Year’s Eve, head to Bæst. Chef Christian Puglisi and his team will be serving a menu of Bæst signature dishes, and some special celebratory surprises. Click here to book a table.
    • If you’re craving fancy French food and lots of sauce this New Year’s Eve, look no further than Bistro Boheme. Chef Per Thøstesen will be serving a menu that’s sure to include some caviar and truffles. Click here to book a table.
    • The famous seafood-focused restaurant Fiskebaren will also be ringing in 2024 in style. Chef Jamie Lee and his team will be serving their normal à la carte menu, as well as a special tasting menu on New Year’s Eve. It will be a big party in the Meatpacking District, with a DJ till three in the morning. Click here to book a table.
    • Hotspot Goldfinch is open on New Year’s Eve serving a luxurious, Cantonese-inspired tasting menu. The price is 1100 DKK per person, including dumplings, scallop toast, roast duck pancakes, and truffle-topped Hong Kong-style French toast. Click here to book a table.
    • Ready to go bananas this New Year’s Eve? Restaurant Gorilla is throwing a party that is sure to go absolutely apesh*t. For 1295 DKK per person, you get a Champagne cocktail and oysters, and ten servings. They’re also having a DJ party until 4 am with an open bar. Click here to book a table.
    • Treat yourself to a luxurious New Year’s Eve from Marchal. Their special tasting menu is 3795 DKK per person and includes Champagne, caviar, lobster, truffles, and a wine or juice pairing. Click here to book a table.
    • Italian restaurant Masseria in Kødbyen is throwing their first-ever New Year’s Eve party. Join for drinks, a selfie booth, and celebrations after dinner. The menu includes snacks, starters, pasta, a main course, and dessert for 875 DKK per person.
    • Palægade is serving a luxurious five-course special New Year’s Eve menu for 1100 DKK per person. The restaurant is already 90% booked – hurry and grab the last spots! Click here to book a table.
    • Pluto will be open on New Year’s Eve serving ten luxury courses and a Champagne cocktail and oysters for 1495 DKK per person. Click here to book a table.
    • Punk Royale Copenhagen is ready to party this New Year’s Eve, with caviar and vodka for all. They will be serving a “dazzling, multi-course menu” – including a beverage pairing. Both early and late seatings are available, with menus for 2295 DKK and 2795 DKK, respectively. Click here to book a table. (Note: wait list only.)

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    Hungries Julefrokost at Schønnemann – December 3rd

    On Sunday, December 3rd, we’re hosting our third annual Hungries julefrokost (Christmas dinner) – this time at Schønnemann, one of our favorite traditional Danish restaurants. There will be all the classic holiday dishes on the table, including herring, Christmas sausage, salmon, pork, and risalamande (rice pudding with almonds). Of course, there will be lots of snaps (haps! haps! haps!), so practice your snaps singing now before the big party!

    What are you eating this month? Let us know in a comment below!

Kaitlin Orr

Kaitlin Orr and Anders Husa are food & travel bloggers and creative content creators. From their base in Copenhagen, they operate the largest and most influential restaurant-focused travel blog in Scandinavia.

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