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Copenhagen’s 15 best restaurants (and must-try dishes)

The guide to Copenhagen’s top restaurants

Looking for the best eats in Copenhagen? Look no further – we’ve done the hard work for you (i.e. the eating) and have compiled a list of the ten essential restaurants in the city. Our curated list of essential restaurants spans a spectrum: from innovative plant-based menus to traditional Nordic delights, and from the luxurious to the laid-back. With each recommendation, we’ve highlighted must-try dishes that truly capture the essence of Copenhagen’s diverse food scene. So, ready your taste buds for a rich and varied journey through the city’s best eateries. Velbekomme!

Alchemist Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Alchemist

In Copenhagen’s industrial heartland of Refshaleøen, the two Michelin-starred Alchemist isn’t merely a restaurant but a culinary theatre. Beneath its mesmerising dome, reminiscent of a planetarium, guests traverse ‘acts’ – each an interplay of art, locale and culinary brilliance. At the helm is chef Rasmus Munk, conjuring a dining journey that extends beyond taste. Upon entering through imposing bronze doors, visitors are ensconced in an unparalleled sensory experience. The dishes, both a visual and gastronomic delight, range from opulent seafood and beeswax-aged pigeon to poignant creations like cod with edible ‘plastic’, a nod to marine pollution. Their wine roster? A curated ensemble celebrated worldwide, especially the sparkling selection that enchants wine aficionados.

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Alchemist
Refshalevej 173C
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Alchemist

Geranium Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Geranium

Situated atop Copenhagen’s primary football stadium, Geranium is not just a restaurant but a symphony of culinary artistry. Helmed by the illustrious Rasmus Kofoed, the only chef to clinch bronze, silver and gold at Bocuse d’Or, the establishment has an array of accolades, most notably its ascent to the pinnacle of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2022. This three-Michelin-starred eatery, which transitioned to a meat-free focus in 2022, showcases a seasonally-evolving menu spanning over 20 courses, drawing inspiration from Scandinavian organic and biodynamic produce. The harmonious ballet of the staff ensures an atmosphere that’s both opulent and welcoming, making dining at Geranium a transcendent experience.

Geranium
Per Henrik Lings Allé 4
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Geranium

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Alouette Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Alouette Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Alouette

Amid Copenhagen’s gritty urban backdrop, Alouette erupts as a juxtaposition of grunge and luxury, capturing the spirit of the city’s contrast. The genius behind this Michelin-starred experience, the duo Nick Curtin and Camilla Hansen, transform French techniques into scintillating live-fire masterpieces. Københavns Møbelsnedkeri infuses the space with design that’s equal parts sophistication and rock ‘n’ roll. Delight in signature morsels like the audacious pain au lait with apple and bacon butter, or the daring turbot bathed in chicken sauce.

Alouette
Sturlasgade 14
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Alouette
Kadeau Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Kadeau

In Copenhagen’s lively Christianshavn neighbourhood, Kadeau transports diners to the captivating essence of Bornholm, a Baltic Sea jewel. Under the deft hands of Chef Nicolai Nørregaard, this two-Michelin-starred haven delivers an evocative narrative of the island’s pristine beauty and bounty. Every course is a window into Bornholm’s verdant fields and breezy coastlines. The restaurant’s interiors, a masterstroke by OEO Studio, exude a harmonious fusion of Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese finesse. A standout dish to anticipate? The ethereally smoked salmon. And, if fortunate, you might be serenaded with tales of Danish wine.

Kadeau
Wildersgade 10B
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Kadeau

Barr Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Barr Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Barr

Occupying the famed Noma location, Barr, conceived by Thorsten Schmidt, has fast become a Copenhagen classic. The ‘Nordic Alchemist’, as Schmidt is fondly called, serves comfort food infused with New Nordic nuances. Its waterfront ambience, enhanced by warm wood interiors, complements the inventive dishes, including an unexpected standout schnitzel. But it’s not just about food. Barr boasts 20 craft beers on tap and a wine list featuring heavyweights like Frank Cornelissen and Tschida. Many local chefs look up to Schmidt, amazed at Barr’s unerring consistency in delivering gastronomic delights with each visit.

Barr
Strandgade 93
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Barr

Admiralgade 26 Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Admiralgade 26

By the creators of the renowned wine bar Ved Stranden 10, Admiralgade 26 stands as a testament to culinary fusion. A mesmerising blend of Nordic and Japanese traditions, you can start your day with a Japanese choushoku breakfast, move to a wholesome Danish lunch or explore the intricate evening menu. With interiors echoing the charm of early 1900s Scandinavia, the space encapsulates the idyllic vision of a Copenhagen home. Drawing inspiration from Italy, Spain and Japan, the menu is as eclectic as it is delicious. And to elongate that indulgent experience? A visit next door to Ved Stranden 10 for a fine glass of wine by the canal becomes imperative.

Admiralgade 26
Admiralgade 26
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Admiralgade 26
Goldfinch Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Goldfinch

Stepping into Goldfinch is like plunging into the heart of a classic Wong Kar-wai film. This Copenhagen gem, named after its counterpart in Hong Kong featured in In the Mood for Love, promises a cinematic culinary experience. Helmed by Will King-Smith, formerly of the revered Geranium, the diner dishes out casual Cantonese with flair. Off-duty local chefs often drop by, proving its credentials. Highlights? Scrumptious scallop toast and intoxicating shots of baijiu. Also, Harry Bell’s award-winning cocktail creations are must-tries. It’s no surprise this diner scooped up accolades at the Nordic Bartenders’ Choice Awards. Reservations? Essential; Goldfinch is always abuzz.

Goldfinch
Kongens Nytorv 8
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Goldfinch

Juju Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Juju

Brought to life by Chef Kristian Baumann of 108 fame, Juju is Copenhagen’s tribute to the rich flavours of Korea, masterfully integrated with modern culinary artistry. As Koan’s more relaxed counterpart, Juju offers a tantalising array of dishes from Monday to Friday. Head chef Youngjin Kim, working closely under Baumann’s guidance, weaves magic with traditional Korean staples. From succulent barbecue skewers to the crunch of kimchi and the comforting warmth of mandoo, every dish here is a celebration. Located a stone’s throw from Rosenborg Castle, Juju invites guests to bask in its convivial ambience, sharing meals that create memories.

Juju
Øster Farimagsgade 8
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Juju

Aamanns 1921 Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Aamanns 1921

At Aamanns 1921, Chef Adam Aamann crafts a contemporary take on the iconic Danish smørrebrød – an open-faced sandwich. Melding tradition with innovation, Aamann’s creations are more than just sandwiches; they’re culinary experiences. While beef tartare with a brown butter emulsion is a highlight, don’t overlook the apple cake adorned with brown butter ice cream. Set against the backdrop of historic stone arches, this central Copenhagen spot is a seamless blend of old and new. With a commitment to organic produce, hand-milled flours and meticulous attention to every detail, dining here is an authentic journey into Denmark’s rich culinary heritage.

Aamanns 1921
Niels Hemmingsens Gade 19-21
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Aamanns 1921
Restaurant Brace Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Restaurant Brace

Restaurant Brace in Copenhagen is where Chef Nicola Fanetti masterfully dances between his Italian roots and the New Nordic philosophy. Having honed his skills at the legendary Noma, Fanetti’s dishes, like the avant-garde Brace Carbonara, tell tales of his childhood on his grandparents’ Italian farm. Interestingly, it’s not pasta dominating the menu here but inventive dishes that gesture to Italy with a Nordic twist. The restaurant’s design, a symphony of classic European warmth juxtaposed with modern cool, mirrors this culinary duality. And a bit of trivia? The name Brace in Italian means ’embers’, a nod to Fanetti’s fiery passion and the restaurant’s glowing ambience.

Restaurant Brace
Teglgårdstræde 8A
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Restaurant Brace

Hija de Sanchez Cantina Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Hija de Sanchez Cantina Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Hija de Sanchez Cantina

At the pulsating heart of Nordhavn stands Hija de Sanchez Cantina, one of the gems in Chef Rosio Sanchez’s culinary crown. This one carries a distinct flair: a blend of her elegant Sanchez restaurant and her authentic taquerias. Here, an à la carte menu reigns supreme, where delectable tostadas, tantalising ceviches and traditional tacos steal the show. The ambiance? It’s a harmonious marriage of Danish minimalism and vibrant Mexican artistry, brought to life by OEO Studio’s design prowess. And here’s a morsel of intrigue: Rosio was once Noma’s dessert maestro. So, after basking in the Sandkaj Harbour’s glow, a mere two-minute stroll can satiate your gastronomic desires at this Mexican haven.

Hija de Sanchez Cantina
Hamborg Pl. 5
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Hija de Sanchez Cantina

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Surt

Carlsberg Byen’s culinary scene truly ignited with the introduction of Surt, the brainchild of Peppe Oliva, a mastermind previously at Bæst with Christian Puglisi. Surt, translating to ‘sour’ in Danish, crafts its pizzas with dedication, using a daily-prepared sourdough starter, yielding crusts that dance between Neapolitan and Roman textures. These wafer-thin creations are adorned with seasonal gems from local farmers: think aromatic herbs, earthy mushrooms and tender leeks. Swing by for lunch or indulge in the evening; their ancient grain sourdough topped with Sicilian siccagno tomatoes is an art in itself.

Surt
Bag Elefanterne 2
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Surt

Silberbauers Bistro Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Silberbauers Bistro Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Silberbauers Bistro

In the heart of Copenhagen, Silberbauers Bistro, helmed by the talented Mathias Silberbauer, stands as a testament to authentic French cuisine. With a history enriched by his culinary adventures in Nice and legacies like Relæ and Bæst, Mathias has cultivated an ambience reminiscent of classic French bistros, complete with iconic red-checked tablecloths. A visit promises the delight of dishes like the deeply-flavoured beef onglet, delectably creamy mussels and the unmissably rich pissaladière. With ever-evolving menus, Silberbauers pivots on the freshest catch, ensuring each dish celebrates the purity of its ingredients. Conclude with their exemplary desserts: a sublime lemon tart or the timeless crème brûlée.

Silberbauers Bistro
Jægersborggade 40
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Silberbauers Bistro

Ark Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Ark Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

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Ark

Illuminating the culinary scene, Ark is a haven for sustainable gastronomy. Led by Brett Lavender, a maestro with a global classic fine dining experience, Ark serves up exclusively vegan dishes that resonate with eco-conscious gourmands. With a coveted Michelin Green Star, Ark’s commitment to the planet is unwavering, integrating local and foraged treasures with subtle Japanese nuances. Their self-cultivated mushrooms take centre stage in innovative dishes and the sumptuous eggless brioche, paired with a faux foie gras crafted from lion’s mane mushrooms, attests to their culinary creativity. The wine selection, curated with insights from ex-Noma sommelier Pontus Elofsson, enhances this sustainable dining symphony.

Ark
Nørre Farimagsgade 63
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Ark

La Banchina Copenhagen Denmark natural wine bar
La Banchina Copenhagen Denmark natural wine bar

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La Banchina

Amidst Copenhagen’s urban rhythms, La Banchina emerges as a serene sanctuary. Set in a charming old boathouse, this petite wine bar and eatery, perched along Refshaleøen’s harbour, promises an enchanting experience. On a sun-kissed day, the jetty bursts with life: locals plunge into the refreshing waters, punctuating their dips with the delicate flavours of smoked sardines and sips of tantalising natural wine. As evening hues embrace the horizon, the aromatic allure of simple Italian fare beckons. And for those seeking warmth, the on-site sauna awaits. This waterside gem exemplifies Copenhagen’s unique blend of laid-back luxury and natural elegance.

La Banchina
Refshalevej 141
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of La Banchina

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