Some Epic Restaurants to Add to Your Copenhagen Food Tours List
Welcome to the whimsical world of the DIY (do it yourself) Copenhagen food tour.
In This Post:
You’ll see some epic restaurants that will make you want to eat your face off either during or after this post. So feel free to heed the call of the food beast within and eat your face off while creating your own, self-made, food tour, Copenhagen style.
The Best Part though?
You DON”T need to feel guilty about eating a lot (at least not totally) because nine times out of ten, Copenhagen food isn’t that bad for you (Just visit a local 7-Eleven and you’ll see what I mean).
But Why the Emphasis on food and a Copenhagen food guide?
Well, so glad you decided to ask that question. I mean, it’s like you’re reading my mind or something.
Okay but seriously:
Food is actually a significant part of Danish culture. Okay well, sort of.
The Danes have this little thing called Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah. I would totally pronounce it wrong so don’t be like me).
What does it Mean?
Well, I am no expert since I’m just an ordinary American. Plus, the term can get a bit ambiguous when translated into English.
So Suffice it to Say:
Hygge is akin to a conscious appreciation in which you not only recognize but also enjoy the present. Think of it as finding contentment in the little things, like a ritualistic cup of tea or a freshly baked piece of bread (Carbs are my best friend. Too bad my non-bikini ready body doesn’t agree).
I have also seen Hygge defined as creating a sense of intimacy (sometimes with friends and food) that generates a nice, warm, cozy feeling that allows you to cope with the long dark, cold and monotonous winter.
I could Go on But:
I am a novice when it comes to the term. So rather than put my foot in my mouth, let’s just say that food can help facilitate Hygge and hence the reference to this concept when discussing food tours in Copenhagen.
But onwards and Upwards to this mildly riveting post about food, glorious food!
I absolutely adore this cafe, located in the very heart of downtown Copenhagen (you can’t get any more convenient than this place unless you’re in the middle of a canal)
Why is this place so cool?
Well, this basement cafe basically oozes coziness through its pores. Between the comfy couches, warm fireplace, beautiful armchairs with accompanying footrests, and warm blankets with plush pillows, you’ll never want to leave.
Ugh, I could take a nap just writing this, but I digress. We have more to talk about, like things to do in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Just think of the Living Room as a vintage, smoothie making, organic brunch selling, hipster’s paradise.
Nom nom, nom!
Throw in some delicious milkshakes, fresh coffee, tasty chai lattes, a wide variety of alcoholic beverages (if that’s your bag baby. Okay, I swear I’m not Austin Powers), delicious pastries (along with cake and cookies). along with some kick-ass DJ sets…
And you may never see any other attractions in Copenhagen, Denmark.
***The Living Room is divided into three levels but my favorite is the cozy basement. The glowing candles that lie atop the quaint wooden tables, create a warm and intimate atmosphere that makes you want to camp out on a chilly winter day.
***Open Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 am, Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 am, Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.
***Located on Larsbjørnsstræde 17, 1454 København, Denmark (No way in hell could I even begin to figure out how to pronounce that. So let’s keep rollin’ shall we?)
2. Cafe Norden
This brunch hotspot is frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Well, not only is it awesome, but it overlooks Storkespringvandet and Højbroplads.
No idea what that means?
Basically, what I’m not so eloquently trying to say, is that this restaurant is quite literally in the center of the city (a really good area to find Copenhagen tourist attractions too).
Don’t Believe me?
Trust me, once you see all the hordes of shoppers you’ll know that I’m not lying; plus, they serve an epic brunch plate that consists of bread, cheese, salmon, and fruit.
Not enough for you?
This plate also comes with a hot beverage and your choice of freshly squeezed juice.
Not your thing?
No worries. You can also order pancakes, eggs, bacon or yogurt on the side (or separately of course).
Just Be Warned:
Since the brunch is so rockin’, this place gets pretty crowded, so expect a bit of a wait.
But While You Wait:
Grab a menu, pick an intriguing food item from the aforementioned menu (Duh. I got the avocado and egg for Brunch. So good), and order/pay at the cashier.
Now for the Real Fun!
Finding a seat can be tricky but I managed to snag a spot right next to the bar. The good thing though is that this place is pretty big, with two floors, so generally, you can always find somewhere to sit.
Even if it’s in Someone’s Lap! Kidding, kidding (Told ya I was socially awkward).
They can actually seat up to 120 guests on the first floor, 50 guests in the living room and 100 guests outside when the weather is nice.
Finding a seat shouldn’t be THAT difficult (Pretend you’re trying to find Waldo or Carmen San Diego. No idea what I’m talking about? Yeah, you’re too young).
Am I allowed to Say amazeballs?
Does that make me sound like I’m 12? Because if it does, I don’t really care. That’s how awesome the Bubble Waffles and ice cream are at Munchies. Throw in some vibrantly colored rainbow sprinkles and you’ve got an Instagrammable dessert of delight.
But the Best Part?
This small dessert shop is en route to Christiana. So a great place to stop if you get the MUNCHIES after visiting Christiana.
Sorry, but that pun had to be done.
Just be warned that this dessert purveyor is rather small, so think of it more as a takeaway place, which is lovely in the summer and pretty brutal when I went in the winter.
Oh, one more thing!
The ice cream selection isn’t huge so don’t expect fifty flavors that include something strange like Heinz ketchup ice cream (apparently that is a thing now). Actually, they don’t have an insane selection of toppings either.
They make a light and yummy bubble waffle that doesn’t sit in your stomach like a piece of lead. Therefore, you won’t feel quite so blimpy after eating this confectionary delight on your Culinary tour through Copenhagen.
***Now for the boring but essential information. Open Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
***At Torvegade 55, 1400 København, Denmark right near the Christianshavn metro station.
So my passion for libraries and books is closely followed by my obsession with FOOD!
I just wish I was one of those cool people who could eat anything and not gain a pound.
Then I could have eaten at Bertels Salon, a cafe that is known for having the BEST cheesecake in all of Copenhagen (And it has lines out the door to prove it. They also don’t accept cash so bring a card), and felt completely guilt free.
And yes, even this New Yorker thinks their cheesecake is amazing!
But don’t expect rich, dense and creamy, New York Style cheesecake; a style of cheesecake that tastes great, but that also leaves you feeling like you should be on an episode of My 600 Pound Life.
This cheesecake is light, fluffy, totally delicious, and doesn’t sit in your stomach like a lead brick. I got the pistachio cheesecake and have zero regrets.
Just Note That:
This cafe is packed because both the food and ambiance are bangin’. So if you hate crowds, just grab a slice to go, or twelve, and take it to your room or the park or basically to any place without people.
It Doesn’t Get THAT Crowded. I just loathe people.
***Located at Kompagnistræde 5, 1146 København K, Denmark. The staff are friendly, the food is amazing, and it’s open daily from 11 am – 9 pm (open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
This is the place where all of my booklover dreams came true.
No Really! It’s NOT Just Another Coffee Place!
As a proud, card-carrying member of the nerd herd, this cafe is a place where all my nerdiest fantasies came true.
Can it Get ANY Better?
The short answer is no by the way. Unless their cheesecake is served with a side of Ryan Gosling.
But Back to Reality.
In English, this cafe is known as the Palludan Book and Cafe; which makes sense since this coffeehouse is all about books.
Not only is this a fabulous cafe that serves everything from alcohol to coffee to cakes to lunch, but this cafe is also a second-hand bookstore.
6. Torvehallerne KBH (Best Copenhagen food tour that is totally unofficial)
I love this food market with my whole heart!
Yeah, my love affair with Torvehallerme KBH Copenhagen is pretty serious since I felt like I was walking through a foodie wonderland (to the tune of Walking in a Winter Wonderland)
And no, it’s not a supermarket since this foodie paradise is home to some of the best foods of Copenhagen!
It’s actually a food market with over 60 stalls that sell everything from fish to cheese to chocolate to fresh bread to coffee to small plates that make a great quick dinner option.
GRØD: porridge with fresh ingredients
Ma Poule: French delicacies like foie gras, wine, cheese, jam, and possibly the best sandwich in Copenhagen (I heard this but didn’t eat it because I’m a vegetarian. The sandwich has duck confit, bread, mustard, and rocket. So try it and let me know).
Sweet Valentine: cakes and pastries
Tapa del Toro: Tapas
The Coffee Collective (I loved this place so much that they have their own section. Located at Frederiksborggade 21 1360 København K)…
***If you need a real Copenhagen food tour that you can look up Copenhagen food tours Tripadvisor. Boom, it’s that easy.
Sorry, I just had to get all fangirl about this caffeinated piece of heaven because their coffee is that good! And highly photogenic too.
This franchise originally started in Jægersborggade so duh, they still have a location there. But it was so popular that now they also have a location in Gothåbsvej and in Torvehallerne KBH.
So, what makes this place special?
Well, their company concept or schtick or whatever you want to call it is based on the idea of giving customers an amazing coffee experience, while focusing on the actual process of coffee making too.
No, I’m not speaking in tongues!
Basically, they are a micro roastery with a coffee school that cooperates with local farmers to ensure that high-quality coffee is produced in a sustainable way that simultaneously improves the quality of their coffee.
Clearly quality is not an issue since so many people LOVE this place!
So in addition to providing some of the best coffee in Copenhagen, the staff are actually nice, efficient, and know what they’re doing. Unlike in the US, where baristas can be disgruntled and grumpy since their life may not have totally gone according to plan.
But mad kudos to all the baristas out there because it is NOT an easy job (especially with everyone ordering a decaf, hazelnut, blonde, soy latte with extra foam on the side, that needs to be two inches high).
***Hours vary by location but generally are Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
I wanna make this SUPER clear:
I would love to dine at Kadeau, but I am not that much of a BALLER. At least not yet anyway. Something to shoot for in the future, I suppose.
So as you might gather:
I’m adding Kadeau to this Copenhagen delicacy tour (okay delicacy is a major stretch but let’s just go with it) because all my friends practically have kittens over this place.
I figured I better add it to this list of some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen before some internet troll rips me a new one.
Okay, back to telling you something mildly insightful about a restaurant that you can tell me about in your Copenhagen food tour reviews.
But on an informative note, this restaurant is conveniently located in Christianshavn and does a fantastic job of putting an innovative twist on classic Nordic cuisine.
And wait for it…
This place is so super serious that it has not one, but TWO Michelin stars, meaning that this food purveyor really is one of Scandinavia’s top Nordic restaurants.
But as you might have gathered:
You need to book ahead (Kind of obvious since Michelin star restaurants, Copenhagen style are pretty popular).
All the big and not so little kids go insane for the salted and burnt scallops; drizzled with either clam bouillon, or an innovative combination of toffee, crème Fraiche, potatoes, radish and elderflower (every time I see that word it always reminds me of Lord of the Rings. Anyone else?).
***Ingredients are local, except the shellfish, so the menu changes quite frequently. Also, don’t expect huge portions since the restaurant offers four set menus; a Four-course dinner menu (625 Kr or $77), an Eight-course dinner menu (950 Kr or $117), a four-course dinner menu with wine pairings (1350 Kr or $166) and an Eight-course dinner menu with wine pairings (1950 Kr or $240).
Wait, Don’t Go! I swear this part is about food and may even help you decide where to stay in Copenhagen!
I promise I’ll make it brief because I know you’re here to experience foods of Copenhagen and not discuss the current state of the hospitality industry in Denmark.
BTW I have no idea. I just wrote that to sound intelligent. Anyway:
Annex Copenhagen is a hotel/hostel combo that is amazing.
The staff are friendly, the rooms are insanely vibrant but with a delightful, modern aesthetic, and the hotel is also centrally located (near Tivoli, the National Museum, the central train station, and Glyptotek Museum).
So basically the perfect place to stay and perhaps one of the BEST hotels I’ve ever been to!
And this is partly because the food here was amazing! Yup, they had an insanely awesome breakfast buffet.
I know, every time I hear the word “buffet” I get super excited.
My inner voluptuous vixen squeals with delight. But it was one of those buffets where I told myself that I would NOT eat everything. But then I blinked and surprise, I had just polished off about three plates of food. But I walked a lot so the bread, pancakes, and cheese I ate doesn’t count right?
Even if you don’t stay at this hella awesome hotel, just stop by, eat, and be happy, in a pair of elastic waist pants of course. Trust me, I always come prepared for any and all feeding frenzies.
10. The Laundromat Cafe
Okay, if you know me at all (and you may not because this is a blog):
Then you know that this fun and funky cafe/laundromat is right up my alley.
There is a quirky, retro vibe here that makes it a fun place to have breakfast, and well, do laundry too.
This cafe is popular (and found in multiple countries):
So I suggest arriving early, at like 9:00 am, on the weekends. Just be aware that when I went, not only was the cafe a little bit out of the center of Copenhagen, but there was only one waitress, so service was a bit slow.
The delicious food kind of cancels out any slow service. Since I’m a vegetarian, I totally gobbled up the Latin Avocado sandwich, but I wanted to try the veggie burger too (The pulled duck burger even sounded good and meat normally grosses me out).
They have three separate locations in Copenhagen alone, with the Østerbro and Frederiksberg locations having play areas for the kiddies.
Grab a camera, take some Insta awesome photos, embrace the Danish concept of Hygge, and just chill out in this unique restaurant. I seriously had a hard time leaving, even when my food was gone (and that means a lot coming from a New Yorker who NEVER slows down, not even for five minutes).
***Copenhagen locations are at Elmegade 15 in Nørrebro, Århusgade 38 Østerbro, and Gammel Kongevej 96 Frb. All the restaurants are open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm every day.
Ths Concludes My “Best Copenhagen Restaurants” List
Is this a list of all the TOP restaurants in Copenhagen?
That’d be a hard no, my dear friend. Thanks for having so much faith in me but I was only in Copenhagen for a long weekend,
I would have rather been there longer but you know, I have this thing called a job and it sometimes kind of gets in the way.
But What I’m Trying to Say Is:
I am no expert and am not going to pretend to be. I just know that the food in Copenhagen is infinitely better than I expected and that while you’re there, you should definitely get your grub on.
And if I missed some?
Let a girl know so that I can try them the next time I’m in town. Because I always like to think that food is one of the best excuses to travel, at least to a perpetually HANGRY beast like me.
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