The Best Restaurants in Copenhagen City Guide & Map

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Copenhagen is our favorite city in Scandinavia – that’s why we’ve picked the capital of Denmark to be our home base! With some of the world’s best restaurants within the city’s borders, Copenhagen is without a doubt the food capital of the Nordic countries, and it’s also the birthplace of the New Nordic cuisine. You probably won’t find a better selection of natural wine anywhere else in the world, both in dedicated shops as well as in restaurants. Combine that with the Danish philosophy of “hygge” and you have the perfect destination.

In this city map, we have gathered all our favorite spots to create the best restaurant guide to Copenhagen. You will find coffee shops, wine and cocktail bars, bakeries, fine dining restaurants, and casual eateries. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in geographical order.

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Alchemist

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Refshalevej 173C, Copenhagen, Denmark

Enter the world of Alchemist. Part restaurant, part art installation, and part think piece on issues like sustainability and food waste. Chef Rasmus Munk’s visionary thinking is paving the way for a new kind of dining experience, in a setting that embraces various art forms, where culinary issues are also food for thought. Most of your meal at Alchemist takes place inside “The Dome,” where the ceiling projections change throughout your dinner, transporting you to other worlds while you eat. During our meal we viewed sakura in Japan, the Northern Lights in a Scandinavian forest, and swam under the sea with jellyfish. With fifty different impressions served to you during the course of your meal, this is a holistic dining experience like no other. Alchemist is one of the most innovative and exciting restaurants in the world.

La Banchina

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Refshalevej 141 A, Copenhagen, Denmark

La Banchina is a beachy oasis in Copenhagen – a small wine bar, café, and restaurant nestled within an old boathouse along the harbor on Refshaleøen. It's the ultimate summer hangout – you can literally dive right into the water from the dock, which is why their slogan is "dip, eat, repeat." Here, you can quench your thirst with natural wines and dig into organic dishes crafted from local Danish ingredients, all while soaking up the laid-back waterfront vibes. La Banchina remains open year-round and even offers a sauna, perfect for cozying up on frosty winter days.

Noma

http://Noma
Refshalevej 96, Copenhagen, Denmark

Noma is undoubtedly the most famous New Nordic restaurant in the world. Chef René Redzepi and his team are creating some of the most innovative and groundbreaking dishes in the modern era of gastronomy. The front of house team is second to none – the moment you open the door you're greeted with the warm "Noma welcome" and instantly feel at home, even on your first visit. Since the relocation to Refshaleøen in 2018 and the opening of Noma 2.0, Redzepi and his team have crafted three new tasting menus a year, depicting what’s in season in the Nordics. During winter, the water is the coldest, making it a prime time to showcase Scandinavian seafood. In the summer, the plant kingdom is on full display with a completely vegetarian menu. Finally, as the year comes to a close, the game and forest season kicks off, with a focus on mushrooms, berries, and wild animals.

Alouette

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Sturlasgade 14, Copenhagen, Denmark

Alouette is, quite literally, a hidden gem. The restaurant first made a name for itself when its entrance was camouflaged behind the graffiti-adorned hallways of band practice rooms. At its new venue, the front door is conspicuously concealed in a Copenhagen courtyard, and the journey to the dining room feels a bit like entering Narnia. The location begs the question: are you ready for a culinary adventure? Sustainability, both in the kitchen and in the workplace, is a big focus at Alouette, and the menus read more like love letters to the local farmers than dish descriptions. The wood fire is the beating heart of the open kitchen. Expect punchy flavors influenced by chef Nick Curtin’s American upbringing, and rich, decadent sauces which you can sop up with their signature pain au lait.

Kadeau

http://Kadeau
Wildersgade 10 B, Copenhagen, Denmark

On the cobbled streets of the charming Christianshavn neighbourhood is Kadeau, the flagship restaurant of Nicolai Nørregaard, Magnus Høegh Kofoed, and Rasmus Kofoed. This New Nordic fine dining restaurant showcases the ingredients of Bornholm, the island where the trio is from. Nature is presented on your plate, almost naked and raw – the Kadeau team has simply lifted it up a level, extracted its true flavor and forced the full potential out of each bite. Indulge in a 20-course tasting menu in a strikingly beautiful dining room where the style is a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese. The menu features a lot of balanced acidity from the various fermentation and preservation techniques.

Donda

http://Donda
Strandgade 20, Copenhagen, Denmark

Christianshavn gem Donda is a relatively new face on the Copenhagen culinary scene, but has already become quite popular with the Danish locals. An affordably priced set menu is on offer, made up of some of the best Latin American food in the city. On our visit, the menu included a Peruvian ceviche, tuna tiradito with truffle oil, a chanterelle quesadilla, and family-style pork cochinita tacos with house-made flour tortillas. Natural wine and fresh cocktails (margaritas, palomas, etc.) are available.

Barr

Strandgade 93, Copenhagen, Denmark

Located inside the former Noma venue is restaurant Barr. Teaming up with Thorsten Schmidt, René Redzepi has created a beer-focused bar and restaurant that gets its inspiration from the cuisines of all the countries in the beer-producing countries surrounding the North and Baltic Sea. Eat classic Danish meatballs (frikadeller), German-Austrian schnitzels, or Belgian waffles with Swedish vendace roe (løyrom) and an optional topping of Gotland truffle.

Den Vandrette

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Havnegade 53A, Copenhagen, Denmark

The natural wine bar and eatery Den Vandrette is a favorite industry hangout in Copenhagen. After a trip to the country of Georgia, the chefs were inspired to add some Georgian-influenced dishes to the menu. One that has become a signature dish is the khachapuri: a Georgian cheese bread filled with three types of cheese. Don't miss the lobster arancini and scallops with sea buckthorn and fig leaf oil, if available.

Iluka

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Peder Skrams Gade 15, Copenhagen, Denmark

The name Iluka means “by the sea” in Australian, and that’s exactly the feeling you get when dining at chef Beau Clugston’s sustainable seafood bistro. Beau comes from a small fishing village in Australia, and worked at Noma for ten years. Now, he works with local fishermen to showcase the absolute best of Scandinavian seafood, from Danish crayfish to Faroese shellfish to Norwegian scallops. To drink, enjoy delicious natural wines and the world’s best limoncello.

À Terre

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Tordenskjoldsgade 11, Copenhagen, Denmark

The tasting menu at À Terre is a tribute to chef Yves Le Lay's father, who worked for Air France for many years. The chef, half Danish and half French, finds inspiration for his dishes in childhood memories. Your culinary journey begins with a "Tour de France" – small, seasonal bites inspired by French classics. Another highlight dish is the layered buckwheat galette with potato, cream, cheese, and caviar. If you're a fan of French cuisine, Champagne, cheese trolleys, and a feel-good atmosphere, this place is a must-visit. À Terre has its sights set on a Michelin star, and we think they are on track to get it.

Ved Stranden 10

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Ved Stranden 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ved Stranden 10 is one of our favorite hangouts in Copenhagen. With its white-painted wooden walls and vintage Scandinavian furniture, the old house has a unique atmosphere. In the summer, you can sit by the piers along the canal with a glass of natural wine in hand. Some favorite producers always on the shelf here include Gut Oggau, Heinrich, Loimer, Christian Tschida, and Matassa. There are always some snacks on the bar menu, but if you get really hungry, you can walk around the corner to their restaurant Admiralgade 26.

Kong Hans Kælder

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Vingårdstræde 6, Copenhagen, Denmark

Two-Michelin-starred Kong Hans Kælder is tucked away in a basement near Kongens Nytorv. Stepping inside is like entering another world; a formal atmosphere with swooping ceilings, Gothic arches, and chefs in tall toques. Yet, it doesn’t feel stuffy – it feels just right for the style of food they’re serving. The menu begins with some of the tastiest snacks we’ve ever eaten, bite-sized explosions of flavor, and continues with premium seasonal ingredients doused in rich, buttery sauces. Best of all, warm baguettes and fluffy Parker House rolls are served endlessly throughout the meal. There are many fun tableside presentations, as well as decadent trolleys piled high with fancy cheeses and petits fours – so don’t overdo it on the bread refills! Kong Hans is a world-class restaurant, offering a bit of France in Copenhagen. Dining here is the epitome of luxury, with exceptional service.

Esmée

http://Esmeé
Kongens Nytorv 8, Copenhagen, Denmark

Located in the old venue of Geist is Esmée, a French brasserie from chef Andreas Bagh (the former head chef of Marchal). You’ll find some of his signatures on the menu, including the truffle gougeres and the jamón ibérico and gruyere toast, but, unlike at Marchal, there’s no tasting menu at Esmée. The menu is à la carte, and it’s a place you can drop by for a seafood platter and a glass of bubbles, as well as for a full meal. At the core of the restaurant is an open kitchen with a rotisserie, and the food is rooted in classic French dishes, but with a lighter, and fresher Nordic touch. Be sure to try the seasonal soft serve!

Goldfinch

http://Goldfinch
Kongens Nytorv 8, st. tv., Copenhagen, Denmark

If you find yourself craving authentic Chinese food in Copenhagen, you’re in luck. Follow the neon red signs from Kongens Nytorv into a secret back courtyard and you’ll find restaurant Goldfinch from chef Will King-Smith. The stunning venue is outfitted with large booths and Lazy Susans where you can share modern, playful Cantonese food. There’s also a kitchen counter perfect for solo diners and small groups. Don’t miss the scallop toast (our favorite!), the char siu buns, the salt and pepper squid, or the char siu pork. And definitely save room for the Hong Kong-style French toast – a triple stack of deep-fried, house-made milk bread, layered with chestnut pureé, topped with evaporated milk ice cream, and condensed milk flakes.

Barabba

http://Barabba
Store Kongensgade 34, Copenhagen, Denmark

Barabba has one of the best natural wine cellars in town (and that’s saying a lot considering Copenhagen just might be the natural wine capital of the world). No, really – their collection is so good that we simply could not choose a bottle. So, we had several! Bini, Tschida, The Other Right, Momento Mori, are just a few of the gems we spotted on the shelves here. The stellar wine list, paired with the fact that this is one of the few places open on a Sunday night, makes Barabba a prime industry hangout. Oh, and the food! Barabba’s pastas are some of the most sinful in town, loaded with buttery sauces, and often topped with generous amounts of truffles or caviar.

Gasoline Grill

Landgreven 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gasoline Grill is our favorite burger joint in Copenhagen (and Scandinavia). The name comes from the original location which is actually located inside a gas station. Since then, the owner Klaus Wittrup has expanded with a few more locations including Broens Gadekøkken, Vesterport train station, and Carlsberg Byen. Each location grinds their own meat every day, semi-smashes it on a griddle to get that perfect caramelization, and sandwiches it inside a freshly baked potato bun. Our favorite is the classic cheeseburger which comes with Gasoline's signature sauce, but we also love the butter burger.

Punk Royale

http://Punk%20Royale%20CPH
Dronningens Tværgade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

If you’re looking for an outrageous and raunchy dining experience unlike any other, Punk Royale is the place for you. Expect strobe lights, fog machines, vodka shots, a copious amount of caviar, and, possibly, some nudity. (Leave the kids at home!) But also expect a fantastic menu – it’s seriously impressive what a high level of cooking these chefs are achieving in such a hilarious setting.

Bistro Boheme

http://Bistro%20Boheme
Esplanaden 8, Copenhagen, Denmark

You’ll feel transported to France at Bistro Boheme, a truffle, caviar, and Champagne lover’s paradise. Get lost in the luxurious ingredients, bathe in the sauces, and bask in the attentive and friendly service. This is classic French food at its finest. Don’t miss Per Thostesen’s signature fried eggs with duck confit, truffle mashed potatoes, truffle sausage, hazelnuts, and a mountain of shaved truffle. Be warned: this is not a light meal.

Lille Blå

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Esplanaden 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lille Blå is Copenhagen's most colorful natural wine bar, from the team behind Ved Stranden 10. The walls are painted in a vibrant shade of royal blue and stand as a memory of the former inhabitant of the venue – a paint shop. Sip wine made by small, independent Austrian producers from Zalto glasses and enjoy the quintessentially Scandinavian vibe.

Koan

http://Koan
Langeliniekaj 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

In 2023, chef Kristian Baumann’s restaurant Koan finally moved into its permanent home in Copenhagen after years as a pop-up. Almost instantly, Koan received two Michelin stars – a new record in the Nordics. The interior is inspired by traditional Korean design, from the ceramics to the silk mat coasters, as well as the ash wood and rice paper cabinet doors. Baumann used the years of the pandemic to lean in and explore his Korean roots, which he showcases in his new restaurant. Still, you’ll see a focus on Nordic ingredients, with Scandinavian seafood starring in signature dishes like the fjord shrimp mandoo. The bread serving, a play on the Korean street food doughnut, kkwabaegi, also has a Nordic twist – Koan’s version is savory, sprinkled with pine salt and served with salted whipped cream. Our meal at Koan was truly flawless; Baumann introduced fresh, inventive, and inspiring flavors to Copenhagen’s culinary scene.

Juju

http://Juju
Øster Farimagsgade 8, Copenhagen, Denmark

Chef Kristian Baumann (formerly of 108) has opened a modern Korean eatery and casual little sister restaurant to his fine dining restaurant 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.

Slurp Ramen

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Nansensgade 90, Copenhagen, Denmark

When the noodle cravings hit, Slurp Ramen is the place to go in Copenhagen. You might need to wait in line to grab a seat at this counter-only ramen shop, but we promise it’s worth the wait. Start with a few small dishes, like Korean fried chicken and potato salad, and then choose between the limited ramen offerings: shio, shoyu, veggie, and ‘nduja miso. Slurp crafts their own handmade noodles and cooks their broths in-house, and supplements them with local, seasonal ingredients. It’s Tokyo-style ramen, with an experimental twist!

Selma

http://Selma
Rømersgade 20, Copenhagen, Denmark

Even before restaurants like Noma and Geranium won international acclaim, Copenhagen locals feasted well on traditional Nordic food. So, what is the most quintessential Danish delicacy? Smørrebrød – the open-faced sandwich. Today, a Swedish chef is causing havoc in the Danish smørrebrød scene, because many consider this restaurant from a non-Danish chef the very best of its kind. Chef Magnus Pettersson has reinvented Denmark’s number one food classic and each slice of buttered bread here is a culinary work of art. Make sure to warm up your singing voice – you might be inspired to sing a Danish drinking song after a few glasses of snaps.

Møntergade

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Gammel Mønt 41, Copenhagen, Denmark

After a tragic fire, the team behind Restaurant Palægade regrouped to launch a new venture. Here, they serve up some of the city's finest traditional Danish smørrebrød with a modern twist. Shrimp are stacked high atop toast, deep-fried plaice is served on crispy rye bread with remoulade, and juicy roast beef comes with crispy onions. For those craving more, don't miss the indulgent puff pastry tartelette filled with stewed chicken and asparagus – though it's certainly not a light option. Feeling extra hungry? Grab a bite or two at their neighboring snack bar, Apéro, before your meal.

Balderdash

http://Balderdash
1151 k, Valkendorfsgade 11, Copenhagen, Denmark

Geoffrey Canilao is the mastermind behind Copenhagen’s best cocktail bar, Balderdash. The motto here is “keep it hygge,” and the friendly staff makes you feel like a regular just seconds after you step through the door. The creative cocktail menu changes regularly – some cocktails have included crazy ingredients from their lab. The “Let’s Get Weird Martini” is made with an ostepop (cheese puff) distillate, and the “Mushroom Alexander” has grated deer heart on top. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone here! Our favorite cocktail is the “Blonde Ambition,” which is made with gin, vermouth, cardamom, bergamot, and elderflower.

Aamanns 1921

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Niels Hemmingsens Gade 19-21, Copenhagen, Denmark

Chef Adam Aamann takes the Danish tradition of the open-faced sandwich to the next level with his modern "smørrebrød" creations. They are some of the best sandwiches we’ve ever had, but don’t leave without trying the beef tartare with brown butter emulsion, or the apple cake with brown butter ice cream.

Bar'Vin

http://Bar'Vin
Skindergade 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

When we’re craving steak, Bar'Vin is our go-to. This cozy little wine bar instantly transports us to Paris, and the signature côte de bœuf is worth a visit alone. The dishes draw inspiration from French and Spanish cuisines, featuring Danish seasonal ingredients. Enjoy rustic food in a relaxed setting, complemented by a bottle (or two… or three…) of excellent wine. Start with some truffle salami, pata negra, and Comté while waiting for your steak to cook. But don’t fill up – you’ll need space for the crispy hasselback potatoes and sauce choron that come with your meat.

Seks

http://Seks
Krystalgade 6, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seks is a café with an ever-changing menu, inspired by the world travels of Monika and Jan Pawlak. Travel with your tastebuds to Alaska for the sourdough hot cake, to Thailand for the curries, and even to Mexico for the mole. A must-order on the menu (if you arrive before it sells out) is the sourdough bun with gzik (Polish fresh cheese mixed with cream), radishes, and chives. And don’t leave without trying a slice of Monika’s cheesecake! The cozy, eclectic vibe of the interior at Seks makes it feel like Copenhagen’s communal living room, a shared gathering place for the community. It’s a perfect place to enjoy an exceptionally brewed cup of joe from coffee nerd Jan.

Saji

http://Saji
Studiestræde 14, Copenhagen, Denmark

Saji always satisfies our cravings for spicy, authentic Indonesian food. Chefs Samuel Tobing and Jimmy Orlando have been friends since culinary school, and serve straightforward food inspired by their home country. The menu changes frequently, but dishes we’ve loved include the signature fried chicken, the beef rendang sandwich, the vegetarian yellow curry, and the corn fritters with pineapple chili. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try the “bandros” – warm coconut cakes with pandan ice cream and ginger syrup.

Propaganda

http://Propaganda
Vester Farimagsgade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark

Propaganda is a no frills, casual Korean restaurant and bottle shop from the team behind Barabba. 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. To drink the bottles in the restaurant, just add a +100 DKK corkage fee.

Hija de Sanchez

http://Hija%20de%20Sanchez%20Kødbyen
Slagterboderne 8, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hija de Sanchez is Rosio Sanchez's casual taco chain. The Kødbyen location is a great place to grab tacos, aguas frescas (fresh juices), and paletas (ice pops) while enjoying the vibrant Meatpacking District. You can also find a takeaway outpost of Hija de Sanchez at Torvehallerne, a sit-down taqueria in Nordhavn, and Sanchez (a tasting menu restaurant) in Vesterbro. Hungry for more? Check out our Copenhagen cheap eats guide.

Sanchez

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Istedgade 60, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosio Sanchez’s tasting menu restaurant, Sanchez, is home to some of the most authentic Mexican food you’ll find in Scandinavia. The weekend brunch is packed with locals and tourists alike, clambering over the breakfast tacos and chilaquiles. If you come at night, you’ll get to taste the “dirty carnitas” tacos with a melted cheese crust inside the tortilla (our favorite!) and Rosio’s signature open-faced churro, topped with vanilla parfait, mezcal negroni cream, and orange zest. Sweet, bitter, smoky, and delicious. Rosio also owns the Hija de Sanchez taquerias.

Københavns Bageri

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Flaskehalsen 22, Copenhagen, Denmark

The founders of the popular bakeries Benji (in Nørrebro) and Alice (in Amager), teamed up to open Københavns Bageri in Carlsberg Byen. Inspired by Danish baking history and traditions, they serve modern versions of old-fashioned treats. Whether you’re craving a bit of nostalgia, or just looking for something buttery to satisfy your sweet tooth, this is one of the best bakeries in Copenhagen. Be sure to try a slice of the “kringle” – a layered pastry filled with almond remonce, prunes, macarons, and cardamom. Københavns Bageri supplies pastries to Alice and Benji, where you can find handcrafted ice cream for sale as well. Craving more pastries? Check out our Copenhagen bakery guide.

Surt

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Bag Elefanterne 2, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pizzaiolo Peppe Oliva helped Christian Puglisi open Bæst before branching out to open his own pizza joint with his brother in Carlsberg Byen. “Surt” is the Danish word for “sour” – all of the dough here is handmade daily from a sourdough starter, and the fluffy/crispy crust is somewhere between a Neapolitan and Roman style. These extremely thin pies are topped with seasonal toppings from small-scale farmers, such as leeks, mushrooms, and herbs. Surt also has a Sicilian take-away pizza shop next door.

Gorda

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Enghavevej 5, Copenhagen, Denmark

If you’re starting to crave Latin flavors after days of feasting on smørrebrød and New Nordic cuisine, head to Gorda. This cozy Vesterbro shop sells all different kinds of homemade Argentinian empanadas. They’re small, street-food sized, so you can try a few flavors – our personal favorites are the braised beef, the caramelized onion and cheese, and the caprese (which tastes like pizza!). A full Latin American tasting menu is also available with dishes like tuna tostada, ceviche, tiradito, and chicken skewers. Definitely save room for the dulce de leche flan!

Lidkoeb

http://Lidkoeb
Vesterbrogade 72B, Copenhagen, Denmark

There’s a cozy cabin hidden in a back alley in Vesterbro that houses one of the coolest cocktail bars in Copenhagen. In warm weather, you can enjoy your frozen daiquiri in the open-air courtyard, and during the cold season you can drink your boozy slushie inside by the fire. Cocktails at Lidkoeb change seasonally, but the fun vibe and friendly staff ensure this is a cool place to hang year-round.

Hart Bageri

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Gl. Kongevej 109, Copenhagen, Denmark

Richard Hart, formerly of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, joined forces with René Redzepi of Noma to open a sourdough bakery chain with locations in every neighborhood of Copenhagen. In addition to bread, they also serve a variety of pastries that change seasonally. Our absolute favorite is the “cardamom bun”, which is more like a cardamom kouign amman with sticky, buttery croissant layers. Hart has expanded to become a substantial bakery chain, with a total of seven locations spread out across Copenhagen. Craving more pastries? Check out our Copenhagen bakery guide.

Coffee Collective

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Jægersborggade 57, Copenhagen, Denmark

Coffee Collective paved the way for specialty coffee in Copenhagen when they opened their first shop in 2008. They set the standard for how a Danish light-roasted coffee should be made, and are passionately “focused on sustainability from seed to cup.” Jægersborggade is the original location of Coffee Collective, and their other shops are located at Torvehallerne, Bernikow, Godthåbsvej, Sankt Hans Torv, and inside Telefonkiosken at Nørreport Station. Don't miss out on their espresso soft serve when it's available during the summer. Still need caffeine? Check out our Copenhagen coffee guide.

Silberbauers Bistro

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Jægersborggade 40, Copenhagen, Denmark

Inspired by his time cooking in Nice, Danish chef Mathias Silberbauer transformed the former Manfreds venue into a cozy French bistro, where he serves traditional Niçoise dishes and local seafood. The menu at Silberbauers Bistro changes constantly, even hourly – the chefs cook whatever they get from the fishmongers that day and when something sells out, it’s finished for the day and crossed off the blackboard. The food is simple, in the best way, with only a few ingredients accentuating the pure, clean flavors of the fresh fish. If you love classic desserts, you will be in heaven here – the lemon tart, affogato, and crème brûlée are all exceptional.

Bæst

http://Bæst
Guldbergsgade 29, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bæst is an authentic Italian pizzeria by Relæ chef Christian Puglisi. They make their own charcuterie, fresh cheeses (ricotta, mozzarella, and burrata) and make sourdough in their bakery, Mirabelle, located just next door. The pizza here is the best in Copenhagen – bouncy, fluffy dough topped with fresh farm ingredients. Our favorite is their take on the Margherita pizza, with the option of adding stracciatella cheese. In our opinion, adding stracciatella is never optional, it's a necessity!

Poulette

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Møllegade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark

Poulette is a spicy fried chicken sandwich shop from the owners of the next-door natural wine bar, Pompette. Be prepared for some heat – Poulette is the first place in Copenhagen to serve Nashville-style hot chicken! They also have a vegetarian option – a fried mapo tofu sandwich that comes with Sichuan chili oil and a mapo mayo made with doubanjiang (a fermented Chinese bean paste). In the summer, you can also find Poulette at the street food market, Broens Gadekøkken. Hungry for more? Check out our Copenhagen cheap eats guide.

Gaijin

http://Gaijin
Ravnsborggade 19, Copenhagen, Denmark

Is Gaijin Copenhagen’s best value-for-money tasting menu? We think so! Gaijin is a casual Japanese restaurant from chef Edward Lee (former assistant head chef of Jordnær). The name “gaijin” is Japanese for “outsider,” and nods at Lee’s Australian background. This non-native Copenhagen chef is playing with Japanese dishes and techniques, but he’s not aiming for tradition. The restaurant is very produce-driven, and emphasizes using whole animals and sustainable practices. Instead of demanding specific ingredients from his farmers, Lee instead gives his farmers the freedom to deliver what’s best of the season, and the kitchen adapts. Gaijin offers both tasting and à la carte menus, plus a late-night option featuring karaage.

April Coffee

http://April%20Coffee%20Store%20&%20Showroom
Ryesgade 86A, Copenhagen, Denmark

At first, April Coffee only operated as a roastery, but then award-winning coffee brewer Patrik Rolf opened his own shops, in Østerbro and the city center. The sleek, sophisticated spaces feel much more like a designer store or an art gallery than a coffee shop. Drop in to sample April's full range of high-quality products from pour-overs to espresso-based drinks, and buy innovative brewing gear for travel. Still need caffeine? Check out our Copenhagen coffee guide.

Østerberg Ice Cream

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Rosenvængets Allé 7C, Copenhagen, Denmark

Østerberg Ice Cream is a small artisanal ice cream vendor in the Østerbro neighborhood. Everything from the cone to the cream is homemade, created with top-quality ingredients and a whole lot of passion. Founder Catherine Østerberg's dad owns an exotic fruit import company, which means you can enjoy exciting flavors like dragonfruit, tamarind, and jackfruit. Of course, they also serve classics like vanilla, chocolate, and hazelnut.

Geranium

http://Geranium
Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, Copenhagen, Denmark

Head chef Rasmus Kofoed is one of the world's most decorated chefs, and the only person ever to win bronze, silver, and gold in Bocuse d'Or. Together with sommelier Søren Ledet, he runs the three Michelin-starred Geranium on the top floor of Copenhagen's main football stadium. Geranium is one of the world's most beautiful dining experiences. You feel almost as if you're attending a ballet rather than a meal, with the servers floating around the dining room in complete synchronization. But, unlike other restaurants of this caliber, it never feels stuffy or overly formal – the friendly team at Geranium makes you feel relaxed and at ease. Chef Kofoed's interpretation of New Nordic cuisine is simultaneously precise and poetic, food art on a plate. It's no surprise that Geranium has climbed to no. 1 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list – it's one of our favorite restaurants in the world.

Juno the Bakery

http://Juno%20the%20Bakery
Århusgade 48, Copenhagen, Denmark

Our favorite pastry in the world is not found in Paris, but in Copenhagen. Juno's cardamom bun is a light and airy miracle – it’s fluffy and buttery and oozing with cardamom and sugar. But don’t leave without trying their almond croissant – it’s like biting into a warm cookie, still soft and somewhat raw on the inside, with croissant layers on the bottom, warm almond filling, and then an amazing texture of sliced almonds on top. The best part? Juno bakes their pastries all day long, so they never sell out, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to be warm and fresh from the oven. Craving more pastries? Check out our Copenhagen bakery guide.

Sushi Anaba

http://Sushi%20Anaba
Sandkaj 39, Copenhagen, Denmark

With only eight counter seats, Sushi Anaba is one of the hardest-to-snag reservations in Copenhagen. Chef Mads Battefeld trained in Tokyo before opening his own sushi restaurant in Nordhavn. The space is zen and minimalistic, combining design elements from Japan and Scandinavia. Anaba serves the Edomae style of sushi; the omakase primarily features sustainable seafood from Scandinavia, such as Norwegian scallops and langoustine and Danish mackerel and shrimp, alongside Japanese ingredients like yuzu and wasabi. Anaba’s sushi rice is made with dark vinegar, which gives it a rustic flavor similar to Danish rye bread. The omakase starts with otsumami (small dishes), continues with nigiri, finishes with a soup made from fish bones and shrimp heads, and ends with tamago, the Japanese omelette. Wash it all down with wine, sake or Japanese whiskey.

Jordnær

http://Jordnær
Gentoftegade 29, Gentofte, Denmark

Unlike the New Nordic restaurants in central Copenhagen who serve their tasting menus in very relaxed settings, chef Eric Vildgaard's two Michelin-starred restaurant Jordnær is the picture of elegance. Located just 20 minutes outside of the city in the suburbs of Gentofte, Vildgaard has transformed the ground floor of an old inn from the 17th century into a modern setting for Nordic fine dining, complete with white tablecloths and a classical wine list. The tasting menu changes seasonally, but you can expect to see a focus on Scandinavian seafood accompanied by creamy sauces, often topped with a healthy amount of luxury ingredients like caviar and truffles.

Søllerød Kro

http://Søllerød%20Kro
Søllerødvej 35, Holte, Denmark

Sit back, relax, and let Jan Restorff (one of the world's best restaurant hosts) pamper you at Søllerød Kro, a one-Michelin starred restaurant outside of Copenhagen. Stepping into the old inn is like entering a different era completely, but with food that has a modern appearance despite its classical setting. That's thanks to the talented Chef Brian Mark Hansen, who will take any excuse to add some luxury ingredients to the plate. His series of caviar servings is the stuff of legends, including the signature "caviar en surprise." At first glance, you think it's an entire can of caviar, but once you break through the top layer of fish eggs you realize there’s a treasure underneath: a celeriac cream panna cotta mixed with seasonal seafood.

Anders Husa

Anders Husa and Kaitlin Orr 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.