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The best Copenhagen restaurants and cafés

Get a taste of what to expect from the city at the heart of New Nordic cuisine – with a little help from our local experts

Höst restaurant, Copenhagen

The new wave of Copenhagen restaurants: New Nordic dishing up at your elegant Höst © Joe Mortensen

Where to eat in Copenhagen

Amass, Copenhagen

Sample New Nordic cuisine at Amass

Though visitors will be kept happily fed and watered in the historic centre, many of the best Copenhagen restaurants and cafés are to be found in the city’s more laid-back neighbourhoods.

Copenhagen’s most famous restaurant, Noma, is located in Christianshavn, for instance – while Amass, established by an ex-Noma head chef in 2013, is in nearby Holmen. Both are among the city’s much-celebrated New Nordic restaurants, which combine Scandinavian (often organic) produce with culinary innovation, normally expressed by a series of tasting plates. Restaurant Relæ, Restaurant Radio and stylish Höst are other good bets for those looking to try this type of cuisine (though be warned: it doesn’t normally come cheap).

Copenhagen isn’t all about small plates and pioneering flavour combining, however (though it can sometimes seem that way). There are still plenty of places that dish up more traditional meat-and-potatoes-style comfort grub, as well as that most Danish of lunchtime dishes, smørrebrod – a type of open sandwich. Restaurant-bar Dyrehaven is a modern proponent of the former, while Aamanns Etablissement and Restaurant Ida Davidsen are definite ‘don’t misses’ for the latter. Alternatively, another good budget option is Soupanatural, a friendly organic soup spot in the centre.

Finally, any self-respecting foodie should make a beeline for Torvehallerne, the covered gourmet food market on Israels Plads. Made up of two purpose-built glass and steel halls, Torvehallerne has been a huge success since opening in 2011. Seven days a week, the halls, which are home to some 60 stalls, hum with boisterous chatter. Highlights here are Fiskerikajen for fish and chips, Gorm’s pizza stall, modern porridge spot Grød and micro-roastery Coffee Collective. The latter two also have branches on Jægersborggade, one of Nørrebro’s hippest streets, where you’ll also find a branch of top-notch bakery Meyer’s Deli, selling outstanding snegl (‘snail’) spiral cinnamon pastries.


Restaurant and café details

Noma Strandgade 93, Copenhagen, +45 32 96 32 97.
Amass Refshalevej 153, Copenhagen, +45 43 58 43 30.
Restaurant Relæ Jægersborggade 41, Copenhagen, +45 36 96 66 09.
Restaurant Radio Julius Thomsens Gade 12, Copenhagen, +45 25 10 27 33.
Höst Nørre Farimagsgade 41 1364 Kbh.K. +45 89 93 84 09.
Dyrehaven Sønder Boulevard 72, Copenhagen, +45 33 21 60 24.
Aamanns Etablissement Øster Farimagsgade 12 +45 35 55 33 10.
Restaurant Ida Davidsen Store Kongensgade 70, Copenhagen, +45 33 91 36 55.
Soupanatural Sankt Peders Stræde 31, Copenhagen, no phone.
Torvehallerne Israels Plads, Copenhagen, +45 70 10 60 70.
Meyer’s Deli Jægersborggade 9, Copenhagen, +45 25 10 11 34.


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