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The 2023 hot list: Copenhagen’s 21 best new restaurants, bars and cafés

The list of all-new 2023 Copenhagen restaurants, bars and cafés

Do you want to know where to eat and drink in Copenhagen, Denmark, right now? Restaurant aficionados want to know what’s new, what’s popular, and where their favourite chefs have settled — and with a slew of highly anticipated debuts, there are more places to explore than ever before. We maintain a current list of all new Copenhagen restaurants, bars, and cafés that have opened in the last year, conveniently divided down month by month so you can see exactly when they opened. Here is the complete guide to Copenhagen’s newest, best and buzziest restaurants, bars and cafés.

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August

Masseria Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

10/8

Masseria

In Kødbyen, Copenhagen’s spirited meatpacking district, Masseria beckons with an Italian heart and culinary artistry. A brainchild of the team behind Brace, Masseria channels Chef Nicola Fanetti’s finesse into traditional Italian fare, using fresh, organic ingredients. Guests can revel in rigatoni laced with squid and brown butter or the aromatic tagliatelle paired with Danish shiitake and seasonal truffle. Begin your meal with conversation-starting deep-fried parmesan balls, and conclude with the dreamy vanilla soft serve. Embodying the best of Italian conviviality and Danish ’hygge’, every dish is crafted for shared moments. A night at Masseria echoes Brace’s excellence but in a rustic Italian embrace.

Masseria
Flæsketorvet 50
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Masseria

July

24/7

Sunset Noodle

At Ny Østergade 14, central Copenhagen, a fresh Thai culinary tale unfolds. Birthed by Andreas Bagh of Esmée and Will King-Smith of Goldfinch, this eatery promises a symphony of authentic Thai flavours under the stewardship of head chef, Viv Andersen. Dive into a menu that features dishes like their signature “sunset wings”, papaya salad, and nuanced curries. The ambience? A lively mélange of vivacious colours, whimsical figurines, and even a beckoning cat. The vision? An establishment where tradition and humour dance, a homage to the rich tastes of Thailand, and a dining experience resonating with joy and jubilation.

Sunset Noodle
Ny Østergade 14
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Sunset Noodle

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Abrikos Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

21/7

Abrikos

Abrikos on Nørregade, Copenhagen, reimagines the sandwich realm under the aegis of Kristina Andersen and Mathias Thomassen. Not just your everyday fare, their menu spans from robust egg salad sandos to zesty BLTs, and extends to tantalising soft serve – a delightful fusion of apricot jam and bitter almond. But what truly stands out is their daily-baked bread, a harmonious blend of robust organic wheat, spelt sourdough, potato, and vegan butter. Fancy a loaf? They’ve got you covered, whether whole or half, and sliced just the way you like.

Abrikos
Nørregade 38
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Abrikos
Hart Bageri Kødbyen Copenhagen Denmark bakery
Hart Bageri Copenhagen Denmark bakery

1/7

Hart Bageri

In Kødbyen, Hart Bageri unveils its newest iteration, courtesy of the culinary vision of René Redzepi. Positioned within the dynamic meatpacking district at Høkerboderne 17, this addition enriches the legacy also celebrated in Frederiksberg, Holmen, and Refshaleøen. While founder Richard Hart crafts new horizons in Mexico City, alongside head baker Karishma Sanghi, the heart of Hart stays rooted in Copenhagen. Talia Richard-Carvajal and R+D chef Cannelle Deslandes, Cadence’s former star, oversee operations, ensuring the innovative spirit stays alive. As Hart’s story unfolds, this chapter offers a distinct flavour, captivating both regulars and newcomers alike.

Hart Bageri
Høkerboderne 17
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Hart Bageri

June

Orsa Copenhagen Denmark coffee cafe
Orsa Copenhagen Denmark coffee cafe

20/6

Orsa

In the heart of Vesterbrogade, Orsa, meaning ‘a beginning’ in Latin, presents a novel start to Copenhagen’s coffee scene. Curated by Nacho Jodar Arias, it’s where coffee, music and inclusivity intertwine. A Milanese ambience pervades, featuring a grand oval bar, monochrome tiled floors, marble tables and an expansive glass façade. But it’s their meticulousness that sets them apart. Sourcing beans from local roastery Prolog, every cup is a homage to precision, from bespoke ceramic designs to the distinguishing lattes and cappuccinos. And the milk, poured from brown glass bottles, elevates the iced latte to a realm of its own.

Orsa
Vesterbrogade 46
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Orsa
Andersen Maillard Indre By Copenhagen Denmark bakery cafe
Andersen Maillard Copenhagen Denmark bakery

6/6

Andersen & Maillard

Andersen & Maillard’s 2023 expansion to Ny Østergade confirms its stature as a leading light in Copenhagen’s café scene. With three distinct spaces, from the Nordhavn production hub to the Nørrebro roastery, each location carries the unmistakable touch of interior designer Danielle Siggerud. While the modern aesthetic intrigues, the star attractions remain the pastries: the singular hazelnut cube croissant and the irresistibly rich chocolate variant. At Andersen & Maillard, contemporary design meets traditional pastry-craft

Andersen & Maillard
Ny Østergade 15
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Andersen & Maillard

May

Cleo Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Cleo Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

31/5

Cleo

In the pulsating heart of Nørrebro, hip eatery Cleo stands out as a culinary jewel. Guided by Anders Vendelbo and Anders Strier – the maestros behind acclaimed ventures like Frank, Polly, Bistro Grimal and June – Cleo offers dishes such as redfish crudo with gooseberry and potato rösti with squid. Amidst the chic decor, patrons are treated to a diverse menu that melds unexpected ingredients, like Cleo’s pizza bread paired with achiote butter. Whether you’re savouring a finely crafted Bergamotte sour or indulging in an olive oil sorbet dessert, Cleo promises a trailblazing Danish dining escapade.

Cleo
Rantzausgade 58b
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Cleo

Apéro Copenhagen Denmark bar restaurant

23/5

Apéro

Apéro on Gammel Mønt isn’t just a wine and food bar; it’s a sophisticated fusion of history, culinary flair and cocktail mastery. Brought to life by the renowned Møntergade team, the space occupies a historic red timber-framed building, previously the home of the iconic Gammel Mønt restaurant. Simon Juhl Olesen, Møntergade’s visionary, has crafted an ambience highlighted by plush sofas and inviting Finn Juhl armchairs. Here, culinary tradition meets modernity. From finger foods like kroketter to unique takes on alsacienne tarte flambée, every dish, curated by ex-Møntergade sous-chef Luca Alticozzi, is a revelation. And for those keen on spirited indulgence, there’s a vast array of cocktails, wines, and spirits, expertly chosen by sommeliers Mikkel Mørkeberg and Marc Hald. Apéro is where casual meets luxury.

Apéro
Gammel Mønt 41
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Apéro

Hart Bageri Refsehaleøen Copenhagen Denmark bakery cafe

18/5

Hart Bageri

Renowned for its artisanal mastery, Hart Bageri’s legacy by Noma’s René Redzepi unfolds further in Refshaleøen, close to where Amass once stood. With its foundations in Frederiksberg and Holmen, this latest venture sees culinary prodigies Talia Richard-Carvajal and R+D chef Cannelle Deslandes, Cadence’s notable name, helm its operations. The narrative deepens as founder Richard Hart, joined by head baker Karishma Sanghi, charts a new course in Mexico City. As you step into Hart Bageri on Refshalevej, you’re not just entering a bakery; you’re partaking in a dynamic culinary tale woven by passionate artisans. A fresh chapter in Copenhagen’s gastronomic saga.

Hart Bageri
Refshalevej 159A
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Hart Bageri

April

Topicàl Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

5/4

Topicàl

Sitting where Michelin-starred Relæ once thrived, Topicàl is the exhilarating newcomer to Copenhagen’s post-New Nordic scene. Helmed by the dynamic Davide Laudato, a culinary maestro with stints at European giants like Frantzén and Bæst, this restaurant marries Mediterranean vibrancy with Denmark’s organic produce. Dive into inventive dishes, from house-made limoncello to handcrafted pasta, as Topicàl champions a predominantly vegetable-focused menu, offering opt-in organic meats like the revered Hindsholmgrisen. A testament to the resilience of gastronomy amid global challenges, this spot exudes a welcoming warmth in its Nørrebro basement setting, attracting both local gourmands and wandering international epicures.

Topicàl
Jægersborggade 41
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Topicàl

Koan Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Koan Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

4/4

Koan

Koan is the culinary brainchild of Korean-born Danish chef Kristian Baumann, a former Noma and Relæ chef. Koan, an enchanting blend of Baumann’s heritage and Nordic influences, offers an exquisite Korean-inspired tasting menu crafted with locally-sourced ingredients. The menu, a testament to Baumann’s tireless exploration of his birth country, highlights traditional dishes with innovative twists, such as rice cooked in a classic Korean “gamasot”, an iron pot. Sommelier Lasse Peder Nielsen, Baumann’s partner, complements the experience with a diverse and captivating wine selection.

Koan
Tivoli
Langeliniekaj 5
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Koan

Københavns Bageri Copenhagen Denmark bakery café
Københavns Bageri Copenhagen Denmark bakery café

3/4

Københavns Bageri

Københavns Bageri, the 2023 brainchild of former Noma bakers Rasmus Sjødahl and Anders Lorenz, is a culinary beacon in Carlsberg Byen’s Flaskehalsen district. Merging their talents from the beloved bakeries Alice and Benji, the duo crafts artisanal loaves and pastries that echo Danish baking traditions. Patrons are drawn to the rich aroma of fresh sourdough and the nostalgic pull of lesser-known Danish delights like the sweet Træstammer. A must-try pastry is their Spandauer, a flaky, buttery delight that perfectly encapsulates their commitment to quality and heritage.

Københavns Bageri
Flaskehalsen 22
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Københavns Bageri

1/4

La Cabra

From the esteemed Aarhus-based roaster, La Cabra’s latest outpost graces Møntergade in Copenhagen. Located inside the stylish Another Aspect clothing store, this coffee bar serves its signature bright and crisp brews, enhanced by select pastries from Democratic Coffee. More than just coffee, it’s a harmonious blend of style and flavour. With roots that trace back to a 2020 collaboration, the Møntergade location celebrates shared values in sustainability, quality, and aesthetics. Right in the pulsating heart of Copenhagen’s fashion district, this La Cabra spot is a magnet for both coffee aficionados and the fashion-forward.

La Cabra
Another Aspect
Møntergade 3A
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of La Cabra
Doomsday Deli Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Doomsday Deli Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

1/4

Doomsday Deli

Doomsday Deli on Guldbergsgade in Nørrebro isn’t your ordinary sandwich shop. Brainchild of Michael Forden and Mark Dexter, it’s where Aussie vibes meet gourmet craftsmanship. The ’Beef & Pickle’ is a masterclass in sandwich artistry, paying homage to the iconic Reuben: meticulously brined Danish beef stacked on smørrebrød, with cheese that caramelises to perfection. And if the sandwiches weren’t enough, the handpicked La Cabra coffee and artisanal pastries sure to impress. At Doomsday Deli, every bite tells a tale of dedication to quality and the culinary arts.

Doomsday Deli
Guldbergsgade 10
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Doomsday Deli

March

Kilden i Haven Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

31/3

Kilden i Haven

Tucked away in the charming Tivoli Gardens is a restaurant that celebrates Denmark’s bounty in all its green and sustainable glory – from field to sea. At Kilden i Haven – Danish for ‘the source in the garden’ – chef Christian Hoffmann, previously of Restaurant Almanak in the Royal Danish Opera, crafts an evening menu that pays tribute to the changing seasons and the flavours they bring. The cuisine is based on organic Danish ingredients, but elevated with traditional techniques like pickling, smoking and fermentation, and complemented with luxury ingredients like truffles and caviar.

Kilden i Haven
Tivoli
Vesterbrogade 3
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Kilden i Haven
Villette Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Villette Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

2/3

Villette

Villette, located in Nørrebro, is a new restaurant and bar that promises to bring fresh and nutritious food to Copenhagen’s dining scene. Owners Martin Ho and Jesper Emil Norrie, the masterminds behind Pompette and Poulette, have teamed up with NYC’s Marissa Lippert, formerly of Nourish Kitchen + Table, to create a menu that focuses on delicious, seasonal food that also happens to be healthy-ish. With a natural wine selection similar to Pompette and the attentive service of general manager Daníel Örn Einarsson, Villette is the perfect spot for a cosy and intimate night out with friends.

Villette
Fælledvej 12
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Villette
Andersen Bakery Copenhagen Denmark

1/3

Andersen Bakery

Andersen Bakery, blending Danish and Japanese baking traditions, has opened a second location in vibrant Ørestad. With its wide variety of healthy bread options and delectable pastries, the bakery has been informing customers about healthy eating habits for years. Established in 1962, Andersen Bakery was the first in Japan to make bread and pastries following original Danish recipes.

Andersen Bakery
Ørestads Blvd. 49A
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Andersen Bakery

February

Prolog Østerbro Copenhagen Denmark specialty coffee roaster

6/2

Prolog Østerbro

Prolog, the beloved Copenhagen specialty coffee shop and roaster, has opened a second location in Østerbro. The new shop is located on Randersgade, offering guests the same exceptional coffee blends and baked goods that have made Prolog a staple in the city’s coffee scene. The shop’s decor is clean and modern, with light wood furnishings and a bright, airy atmosphere.

Prolog Østerbro
Randersgade 45
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Prolog

January

Resto Bar Copenhagen Denmark restaurant
Resto Bar Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

31/1

Resto Bar

Nestled in the heart of Vesterbro in Copenhagen is Resto Bar, a charming Italian bistro co-owned by Mikkel Egelund of Pastis and Morten Kaltoft of Osteria 16. The restaurant’s menu boasts an impressive selection of Italian-inspired dishes ranging from crostini with anchovy butter to braised beef with polenta and spinach. Notable dishes include risotto with asparagus and zucchini and poached halibut with cime di rapa and beurre blanc.

Resto Bar
Vesterbrogade 51
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Resto Bar
Liquo Copenhagen Denmark bar
Liquo Copenhagen Denmark bar

29/1

Lĭquo

Located in the iconic Carlsberg brewery district, Lĭquo is an ode to Italian wine culture, brilliantly curated by the culinary minds behind the renowned pizzeria, Surt. Showcasing the multifaceted world of Italian wines, this bar stands out in its meticulous selection, revealing Italy’s vast vinicultural landscape. The interiors artfully blend Nordic simplicity with modern elegance. On the culinary front, think exquisite charcuterie, cheeses and dishes like the enticing carne salada paired with fermented green tomatoes. And don’t forget the must-try waffle, harmoniously layered with pecorino cream and hazelnuts.

Lĭquo
Fadet 35
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Lĭquo
Ticket Copenhagen Denmark restaurant

12/1

Ticket

Tucked away in Banegaarden, Copenhagen is a restaurant that offers a unique culinary experience called Ticket. Helmed by chef Karlos Ponte (formerly of Taller and PMY) and head chef Henrik Dall, the restaurant takes diners on a gastronomic adventure with a constantly changing menu inspired by kitchens from around the world. With dishes ranging from Peru to India to Singapore and beyond, Ticket offers both a tasting menu and á la carte options.

Ticket
Otto Busses Vej 179
Copenhagen
Denmark

Photography courtesy of Ticket

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