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An array of dishes at Barr in Copenhagen
Photograph: Tuala Harnø

The 11 best restaurants in Copenhagen

From local Danish joints to world-renowned Michelin stars, add these restaurants to your Copenhagen bucket list

John Bills
Written by
Laura Hall
John Bills

Copenhagen is a classy city. Small independent galleries. Cute cafés. River strolls, boat hires and bike rides galore. After a long day of cycling through this peaceful place, you’re going to need some serious fuelling up. Luckily for you, the culinary scene in Copenhagen is second-to-none, and might just be the reason you come back again and again. 

Firstly, there’s its New Nordic cuisine, a celebration of local, seasonal fish, meat and veggies. Then there’s a diverse range of offerings, from Taiwanese to Ethiopian to incredible Danish bakeries and Michelin-starred tasting menus. But whatever you fancy during your trip, we’ve compiled it all into this handy little list. Here are the best restaurants in Copenhagen right now. 

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This guide was recently updated by Laura Hall, a writer based in Copenhagen. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines

Best Copenhagen restaurants

1. Alchemist

With the closure of Noma at the end of 2024 – still worth keeping an eye on for its upcoming pop-ups and collaborations in Copenhagen and beyond – the creative fine dining scene in Copenhagen is moving in a new direction. Alchemist, currently number five on the World’s Best list, is an outrageous sense-spinning experience, where under the watch of maverick chef Rasmus Munk, guests take in 50 small courses and an explosion of impressions. From snowballs that taste like tomatoes to dishes served on a silicone tongue, it’s like nowhere you’ve ever eaten before. 

Price: Blowout

2. Goldfinch

Down a dark alley off the main drag beside Nyhavn, Goldfinch feels like a hidden secret, as if instead of being in a Northern European city, it’s down an alleyway in old Hong Kong. It’s part of Copenhagen’s New Asian Wave, the name given to the explosion of Korean, Chinese and Japanese restaurants that have opened in the city in the last few years. Expect sharing plates, glamorous cocktails, and sweet and sour pork with strawberries. Booking in advance is recommended - it’s the hipster spot du jour. 

Price: Mid-range

Photograph: Philip Høpner

3. Alouette

This low-key fine diner won a Michelin star in its first year – and it’s easy to see why. Alouette chefs Nick Curtin and Andrew Valenzuela create seasonal dishes with global influences, like mackerel with fermented cucumber beurre blanc or charred pumpkin with caviar and mulberries. Relocated in swanky new buildings in the heart of Copenhagen, the focus is on sustainable dining with fresh, refined Danish flavours. Once housed in a rock ’n’ roll neighbourhood, its relocation is a reflection of the chefs’ desire to make an even bigger impact. Book ahead.

Price: High-end

Hart Bageri
Photograph: Ditte Isager

4. Hart Bageri

Renowned for creating Copenhagen’s best sourdough bread – amid stiff competition – Hart was founded by British baker Richard Hart, ex Tartine, and now has four outlets: the original on Gammel Kongevej, a second with outdoor seating and a view of the Marble Church at Holmen, another in Refshaleøen, and a fourth in Kødbyen. What we’re saying is, wherever you are in the city, you can’t miss it. Look out for the outstanding pastries, and riffs on British classics like sausage rolls.

Price: Average

Nihao YAO
Photograph: Nihao YAO

5. Nihao YAO

From Ethiopian injera to Surinamese peanut soup, global cuisine is all the rage in Copenhagen today. But our favourite spot is this 16-seat, family-run Taiwanese restaurant. Almost everything is homemade, with crowd-pleasers including pillow-soft pork belly bao (‘Taiwanese hamburger’) and classic ‘potstickers’ – fried dumplings steamed on the inside, and crispy on the outside. If you’re lucky, Nihao YAO owner Lishiang will have made two off-menu bao – one filled with minced pork, the other with red bean paste.

Price: Budget

The Sixteen Twelve
Photograph: Gareth Davies

6. The Sixteen Twelve

This Nørrebro charmer was named after a funk song – an apt choice, as it turns out. Fermented ingredients dominate its ‘next-level brunch’ menu, from the smashed avocado pepped up with a house-fermented hot sauce to the eggs benedict with homemade apple cider vinegar and miso hollandaise to the probiotic coconut yoghurt. The Sixteen Twelve is a fine place to refuel when you’re done checking out the independent shops and retro boutiques of cobblestoned Jægersborggade, in the heart of hipster Nørrebro.

Price: Average

Photograph: Camilla Stephan

7. Selma

The Michelin guide made culinary history when it awarded Selma a Bib Gourmand (for ‘exceptionally good food at moderate prices’). It was the first smørrebrød joint to receive the accolade – and the man responsible for taking the traditional Danish lunch to the next level was a Swedish chef. Nationalist feathers were ruffled, but open sandwich fans cheered: Selma puts a contemporary twist on the classic, using creative toppings such as herring with nettles, crème fraîche and fennel.

Price: Mid-range

Photograph: Juno

8. Juno

You know you’ve arrived at this bakery in upmarket Østerbro when you spot the queue winding out the door. That is if you haven’t already caught the heavenly scent of Juno’s pillowy cardamom buns. Made by Swedish baker and Noma alumnus Emil Glaser, they’re well worth the wait, as are Juno’s other outstanding pastries and bread rolls. Seating’s extremely limited – and Juno only serves filter coffee – but it is well worth the wait.

Price: Average


9. Doomsday Deli

Doomsday Deli is the city’s most talked about sandwich shop, serving thick oozy sandwiches of cheese and meat on slabs of a variety of breads – including gluten-free – from their shop in the heart of hipster Nørrebro. Gulbergsgade, the deli’s location, is something of a foodie hotspot, where you’ll also find the excellent Brus microbrewery, wine bar Pompette and new this year, Mirabelle Spiseria, a Sicilian restaurant from top chef Christian Puglisi. 

Photograph: Tuala Harnø

10. Barr

Located in sister restaurant Noma’s old digs – a former whaling warehouse dating to the 16th century – this casual bar and restaurant boasts picture-perfect harbour views and specialises in dishes inspired by traditions of the North Sea. Highlights include Belgian waffles with bleak roe and sour cream, grilled bone marrow with thyme, toasted rye and beer vinegar. Reservations are recommended, but the bar accepts walk-ins and serves most of the dishes on the menu – including Barr’s standout dish, Wiener schnitzel.

Price: Mid-Range

Photograph: Jonas Risvig

11. H15

You’ll find plenty of decent restaurants in Kødbyen (aka the meatpacking district) – from Southern-style barbecue at Warpigs to sourdough pizza at Mother and a new diner-style ice cream joint, Ismageriet – but we recommend this informal cafeteria, which opened in an old freight hall in 2018. Faintly boho, thanks to its dialled-down décor and mix of creative locals and clued-in foodies, H15 offers delicious food at democratic prices. Nordic-themed dishes include roasted porchetta with salted lemon, roasted mushrooms, and forest berries served with creme fraiche.

Price: Budget

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