Denmark’s “capital of cool” – Copenhagen – boasts a world-renowned food scene and is blazing the foodie trail with New Nordic Cuisine.

Boasting everything from street food stalls and markets to casual cafes and fine-dining establishments, the city has it all.

The locals have also been regenerating the former industrial areas, like the Meatpacking District and Jaegersborggade, which have been completely transformed and are now filled with top restaurants, contemporary bars, and indie spaces thanks to the efforts of locals.

If you’re after some culinary inspiration while visiting Copenhagen, be sure to check out our list of favourite foodie hotspots.


Noma 2.0

Copenhagen has been at the forefront of New Nordic cuisine for years, and one of its most famous restaurants, Noma, is best known for its reinvention and interpretation of the famous food movement.

Noma is a two-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef René Redzepi, and the name is a syllabic abbreviation of the two Danish words “nordisk” (Nordic) and “mad” (food).

It’s recently opened up at new premises with its own urban farm, and the menu offers something different to diners. Rather than ordering a la carte, innovative and creative set dishes are brought out over about 20 tasting plates.

  • Location: Refshalevej 96
  • Cost: £500 per person (including the wine pairing)
  • Must-try: During “Seafood” season from January to May, you can enjoy delicacies such as 100-year-old mahogany clams and smoked king crab. “Veggie” season runs from June to August, when you can enjoy potato magma, preserved morels, and marigold flowers fried in a light batter. During the “Game & Forest” season from September to December, you will be treated to reindeer sweetbreads and caviar and pheasant broth.

Restaurant Krebsegaarden

Restaurant Krebsegaarden is a signature hotel restaurant with elegant, art nouveau decor and artfully crafted gastronomy.

The premises decor and the menu is inspired by the current exhibition in Gallery Krebsen (located in the rear building across the courtyard), offering guests a new atmosphere at least eight times a year.

The inspiration for the menu is taken from different angles: Artists' nationality or regional origin, their personal favourite dishes or the theme of the exhibition – supplemented with suggestions from the people who work in the old building from 1803; Krebsegaarden, which gave the restaurant its name.

  • Location: Studiestraede 17
  • Cost: £18 – £45
  • Must-try: The signature crayfish salad, bacalao in tomato sauce, stuffed veal fillet with parmesan crisp, classic crème caramel, and Danish cheese board all come highly recommended.

Grams Laekkerier

Grams Lekkerier is one of Copenhagen's smallest cafes – but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming highly popular and trendy.

The cosy cafe is located behind the metro building area and offers only a few seats inside and outdoors for lunch during the week, but all food is available for takeaway.

All food is handmade to order by the friendly duo Morten and Claus, and you can expect reasonably-priced and delicious soups, sandwiches, salads, cakes, and – of course – coffee.

  • Location: Halmtorvet 1
  • Cost: £4 – £12
  • Must-try: The chicken, avocado, and bacon sandwich, the chicken, mango, and cashew sandwich, Caesar salad, chicken curry soup, and tomato soup are all excellent choices.

The Olive Kitchen & Bar

The Olive is a small family operated restaurant focused on casual but delicious homecooked food rather than culinary acrobatics.

In a city where most restaurants close on Sunday evenings, you’ll be able to enjoy a fantastic dinner at The Olive – but be sure to book in advance!

Its dim lighting gives it a romantic atmosphere, making it a great choice for special occasions.

  • Location: Noerregade 22
  • Cost: £8 – £20
  • Must-try: The pork tenderloin, salmon tartare with avocado cream and capers, and juicy steak with grilled veggies are highly recommended.

Reffen

There’s also a food revolution going on at street level. One of the best places that you can try this is at Reffen. It’s a street food market in a former industrial area where you can try cuisine from all over the world sold from shipping containers.

As the new urban playground for co-creation, innovation, food, and creativity in creativity, it aims to attract and inspire both the locals and tourists.

Relying on sustainability, it is a melting pot of fabulous experiences – concerts, flea markets, long table dinners, yoga, exhibitions, talks, and much more boom at Reffen.

  • Location: A, Refshalevej 167
  • Cost: £2 – £12
  • Must-try: Crepes a la Cart, Blue Taco, Baobab, Deux Porcs, Dhaba, Grill Art, and Dosa Corner are all great stalls to visit.

Getting there

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Copenhagen. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with morning flights from Stansted offering the best prices on the route.

For a hassle-free trip to Copenhagen, remember to pre-book an airport transfer, taxi, or rental car through hoppa to get you to your accommodation. Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transportation, comparing 1,000s of transport providers from around the world to get you where you need to go. Whether at home or abroad, with choices of taxis, car hire, and airport transfers, we search and compare the best deals so you arrive happy.

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