While Scandinavia is home to some of the world’s best restaurants, it’s not exactly known for being a particularly affordable dining destination. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get some good meals here if you’re traveling on a budget or craving a quick bite. That’s why we decided to make a guide to our favorite cheap eats in Copenhagen – the street food, the hidden gems, the best take-away. These value-for-money dishes are a perfect meal on-the-go, and they’re all under 100 Danish kroner.
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The Best Cheap Eats in Copenhagen
To make this guide, we set up some criteria. First, we decided to cap the list at 100 DKK per food item (roughly $16 USD). We didn’t include sit-down restaurants, only food you can take to go and eat in your hands while standing. No pastries are included in this guide, as we decided this list should be composed of savory, substantial food items that qualify as a meal (but check out our bakery guide if that’s what you’re looking for). Pizza is also not included because there are no amazing slice joints in Copenhagen and we believe that a whole pizza is better for a sit-down meal. (Stay tuned for our pizza guide, coming soon!) Lastly, to keep this list to only our favorite spots, we decided to only include one food item per category – one burger, one fried chicken sandwich, one taco, one falafel, etc. We will keep this guide updated as we discover more cheap eats in Copenhagen!
Dürum Symfoni – Falafel Wrap with Hummus (49 kr / 54 kr DKK)
Nørrebrogade is the falafel fairway of Copenhagen. There are lots of competitors, but our favorite falafel wrap in town can be found at Dürum Symfoni. The homemade bread cooked fresh to order is what sets this snack apart from the rest. The falafel patties are smashed on top of a generous spread of hummus, topped with veggies, and drizzled with a white garlic sauce (and hot sauce, if desired). All of this goodness is rolled up into one of their thin, house-made wraps, which resembles a soft flour tortilla.
DÜRUM SYMFONI Address & Contact Information Nørrebrogade 104, Copenhagen, Denmark Facebook
Isted Grill – Flæskesteg Sandwich (37 DKK)
Your best option for late night food in Copenhagen is the famous Danish flæskesteg sandwich, a crispy slab of pork belly served with pickles, red cabbage, and mayo on a burger bun. Isted Grill on Istedgade in Vesterbro is the local favorite spot to get this Danish specialty – it’s open until 2am most nights, and 4am on Saturdays.
ISTED GRILL Address & Contact Information Istedgade 92, Copenhagen, Denmark Website
La Tre Street Kitchen – Bánh Mì (70 DKK)
This tiny little Vietnamese spot in the city center, La Tre Street Kitchen, opened a week before the pandemic hit in 2020. (Talk about timing, right?) They’ve flown a bit under the radar since their opening, but we have a feeling that will soon change – their beef lemongrass bánh mì is the best bánh mì we’ve ever had. Juicy, flavorful meat is piled onto a soft and crispy baguette, drizzled with a delicious chili honey mayo, and dressed with carrot daikon pickles, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and cucumber. Each bite left us craving more, and we had to go back again a few times to try their other variations (honey chicken and oyster mushroom). We highly recommend this spot for authentic Asian flavors at affordable prices.
LA TRE STREET KITCHEN Address & Contact Information Studiestræde 11, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Poulette – Fried Chicken Sandwich (75 DKK)
On the menu at this new Nørrebro hotspot are two sandwiches: the signature Nashville-style hot fried chicken sandwich and a fried mapo tofu sandwich. Both sandwiches are 75 DKK – and nuggets are also on the menu for 45 DKK. The chicken in Poulette’s signature sandwich is brined and breaded in a panko crust. Once fried, it’s topped with a secret spice mix, a dollop of kewpie mayo, a slice of iceberg lettuce, pickled cucumbers, and served on a toasted brioche bun. The meat is juicy with a perfect amount of fat, and really good flavor. Be warned – it is quite spicy, but not in an overpowering, inedible way. While the chicken is our favorite, the mapo tofu is a delicious vegetarian alternative with a completely different flavor profile. Inspired by the Chinese dish of the same name, the mapo tofu sandwich comes with Sichuan chili oil and a mapo mayo made with doubanjiang (a fermented Chinese bean paste).
John’s Hot Dog Deli – Hot Dog (45 DKK)
A hot dog is the ultimate cheap eat in Denmark. You can’t visit Copenhagen without having at least one hot dog, and this guide would be incomplete without a pølse on the list. John’s Hot Dog Deli is our favorite vendor – you can find his pølsevogn (sausage cart) located right outside Copenhagen Central Train Station (across from Tivoli). John makes all his toppings himself – of course, he serves the classic remoulades; but he also offers some funky stuff like miso mayonnaise, bacon jam, beetroot chutney, and wasabi mustard, if you want to fancy up your dog.
JOHN'S HOT DOG DELI Address & Contact Information Bernstorffsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark Instagram Facebook
Holy Krapow – Pad Krapow (80 DKK)
After spending 16 years in Bangkok, Sofie Lisby came back to Denmark to open a Thai street food concept – Holy Krapow. There’s only one dish on the menu: pad krapow, which is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand. The dish is most commonly served with pork, but Holy Krapow offers four different choices of protein: pork, chicken, beef, and mushroom. The base of the dish is jasmine rice, topped with a stir fry of meat, garlic, and basil that have been cooked in a wok on extremely high heat. The rice bowl is then finished with an over-easy fried egg. The krapow (holy basil) brings the heat – it’s peppery and spicy, with a very unique flavor.
HOLY KRAPOW Address & Contact Information Sankt Jørgens Allé 6, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Gasoline Grill – Cheeseburger (80 DKK)
Not only does Gasoline Grill make our favorite burger in Copenhagen, but we think the their cheeseburger is the best fast food burger in the world. They grind their own organic meat every day, semi-smash it on a griddle to get a perfect caramelization, and sandwich it inside a freshly baked potato bun. The flavors on the cheeseburger are simple – melt-in-your-mouth meat and cheese, onions and pickles for acidity, and Gasoline’s signature sauce, a tart and tangy chili mayo.
GASOLINE GRILL Address & Contact Information Landgreven 10, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Gorda Empanadas – Empanada Trio (100 DKK)
If you’re starting to crave Latin flavors after days of feasting on smørrebrød and New Nordic cuisine, head to Gorda Empanadas. Chef Gonzalo Wolfsohn’s cozy Vesterbro shop sells all different kinds of homemade Argentinian empanadas. They’re small, street-food sized, so you can try a few flavors (we recommend three per person) – our personal favorites are the braised beef, the caramelized onion and cheese, and the caprese (which tastes like pizza!). Each empanada flavor is folded with a different design, so you can tell them apart. Be sure to order some of the chimichurri sauce on the side!
GORDA EMPANADAS Address & Contact Information Enghavevej 5, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
The Fat Greek – Pork Gyro (70 DKK)
The Fat Greek’s first location was inside Boltens Food Court on Gothersgade, but they’ve now moved into a new, much bigger venue on Ryesgade in Østerbro. They serve pork, chicken, lamb, and vegan gyros – our favorite is the pork. They don’t skimp on the meat here – their soft, fluffy bread is filled to the brim with juicy strips of grilled meat. Also wrapped up inside is are crispy fries, onions, tomatoes, and a creamy sauce. This is one of the best gyros we’ve had!
THE FAT GREEK Address & Contact Information Ryesgade 30B, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Gao Dumpling Bar – Dumplings (55-60 DKK)
Gao Dumpling Bar is a takeout dumpling joint with two locations, one on Istedgade in Vesterbro and one on Blågårdsgade in Nørrebro. They have five different kinds of dumplings on their menu: Hong Kong (pork), spicy pork, spinach, chicken, and mushroom. Six dumplings will cost you 55-60 kroner – most of the dumplings are steamed, except for the chicken and mushroom flavors which are pan-fried. Our favorite flavor is the spicy pork, which is filled with freshly ground pork and a special sweet and tangy chili sauce. Don’t be afraid when you hear “spicy” – these have just the right amount of heat!
GAO DUMPLING BAR Address & Contact Information Blågårdsgade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark Istedgade 98, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Ma Poule – Confit de Canard (64 DKK)
When we started making this cheap eats guide, a recommendation we kept getting over and over was the duck confit sandwich, confit de canard, at Ma Poule. This sandwich is one of the OG Copenhagen cheap eats – it was available for hungry shoppers back when Torvehallerne was mostly filled with grocery stands and had less ready-made food stalls. Well, for 64 kroner, this is indeed a perfect shopping snack – the French baguette is soft and fluffy, there is a nice flavor to the duck meat, and the tart sauce is balanced (not too mustardy!) with a nice acidity from the vinegar. Great value for money!
Hija de Sanchez – Taco Trio (105 DKK)
Okay, yes, it’s technically five kroner over our 100 kroner “cheap eats” limit, but we think this taco trio is a worthy exception to our self-imposed rule. It wouldn’t be a cheap eats guide without tacos, and if you’re looking for the best tacos in Copenhagen, you simply won’t find anything better than Hija de Sanchez. (Trust us, we’ve tried them all, and nothing else compares.) Rosio Sanchez’s casual taqueria has two outposts – one in Kødbyen and one outside at Torvehallerne during the summer. The flavors in the taco trio vary, but you can always expect to find their signature al pastor on the menu; their fully-stacked trompo is a thing of beauty. They import dried corn all the way from Oaxaca, to make the masa for their house-made corn tortillas, but the rest of their ingredients are local. Hija de Sanchez is so much more than a taco stand – it’s a rite of passage for any foodie in Copenhagen.
HIJA DE SANCHEZ Address & Contact Information Slagterboderne 8, Copenhagen, Denmark Frederiksborggade 21, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
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