If there’s one thing Copenhagen has to offer it is a broad range of gastronomic experiences that you won’t soon forget. Discover Danish classics, quality ingredients and amazing flavours from all over the world, which unite the people of Copenhagen around what they love most: a homely, cosy atmosphere with food of the highest quality. For instance, sink your teeth into a juicy cheeseburger from The Midwestern Diner or activate all your tastebuds and senses with a daal from Zahida. Enjoy an environmentally-conscious meal at the sustainable restaurant Il Buco, or discover the Meatpacking District (Kødbyen), Copenhagen’s hip, industrial quarter.

    This guide will take you on a tour of the best places to eat in Copenhagen.


    Brunch at Mad & Kaffe

    Share a colourful, Instagram-worthy brunch

    Mad & Kaffe in Copenhagen is popular with locals particularly thanks to its brunch, as it seems to be the preferred place to enjoy a late breakfast in the Danish capital.

    With a focus on good ingredients and a great atmosphere, you have the option of composing your very own menu, which includes avocado cream with dried tomatoes, red grapefruit with passion fruit sugar, fluffy croissants with coffee syrup and a delicious – and photogenic – macha latte. Everything is served on a parade of colourful ceramics and tableware, which really adds some spice to your Sunday morning – just in case the food and atmosphere weren’t enough.

    Location: Mad & Kaffe has restaurants on Vesterbro, Amagerbro, Frederiksberg and Nørrebro

    Open: Daily from 8:30 am to 10 pm.


    The Midwestern Diner

    Enjoy a milkshake topped with a doughnut, in true American style

    Live the American dream at The Midwestern Diner, which offers authentic American food. An American couple runs the restaurant, which has become a popular eatery for local Copenhageners as well as Americans who miss their famous food. Sink your teeth into a juicy double cheeseburger accompanied by a freakshake – one of the diner’s specialities. For your sweet tooth, your options include deep-fried Oreos with vanilla ice cream.

    Discover all the different flavours that a diner has to offer when the focus is on quality ingredients. There is limited room, so make sure to reserve a table in good time.

    Location: Gyldenløvesgade 4, 1369 Copenhagen, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm.

    Phone: + 45 31 31 37 32



    Experience authentic Pakistani cuisine in a homely environment

    At Zahida, you can enjoy a warm atmosphere and the aroma of fresh spices. Zahida was founded by two brothers from the UK and named after their mother – a tribute to good homemade food which takes traditional Pakistani and Indian food culture to the next level. Zahida is a popular restaurant among locals, and it is a place where you can enjoy juicy and spicy masala lamb chops with mint sauce, daal or butter chicken. Top off the evening with a mango kulfi, the Indian version of ice cream.

    Zahida focuses on a few, carefully selected courses, which are served as if you were a member of the family, in a warm, homely atmosphere.

    Location: Rømersgade 20 st., 1362 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

    Phone: + 45 52 24 03 66


    Il Buco

    Italian-inspired food with a good conscience

    Il Buco is an Italian-inspired restaurant on Islands Brygge in Copenhagen, which emphasises sustainability and organic ingredients. Here, you can enjoy Italian dishes like risotto, pappardelle with ragu, and tiramisu. Enjoy one of Il Buco’s natural wines with your meal. However, Il Buco is particularly popular among locals for the double-baked, crisp croissant – which is, of course, 100% organic.

    Il Buco focuses on seasonal, organic ingredients from local farmers and producers. The high-quality raw ingredients are treated with love and care, from farm to table.

    Location: Njalsgade 19C, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

    Open: Weekdays from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm and weekends from 7:30 am to 10 pm.

    Phone: + 45 26 74 65 44


    The Meatpacking District (Kødbyen)

    Enjoy oysters and some bubbly in Copenhagen’s industrial district

    The Meatpacking District (Kødbyen) in Vesterbro in Copenhagen has flourished as a popular, trendy district full of bars, restaurants, art and culture. The Meatpacking District was originally home to businesses in Copenhagen’s meat industry, but today you can find a broad selection of restaurants and cafés, where you can enjoy Copenhagen’s modern culture in industrial style.

    Fiskebaren in the Meatpacking District offers a broad selection of wild fish, shellfish and oysters, which can be washed down with a classic cocktail or some chilled bubbly. Restaurant KUL takes grilling to new heights, and here you can choose all the selected small courses or large courses for sharing. You can also visit Paté Paté, the oldest restaurant in the Meatpacking District, where you can enjoy a French, Spanish or Moroccan-inspired meal.

    Location: The Meatpacking District, Copenhagen, Denmark


    photo by Ramblersen2 (CC BY-SA 4.0) modified



    You can never go wrong with this classic pasta

    Mangia is top of the list when local Copenhageners are hungry for a classic Italian pasta dish. This is Italian gourmet food in heaping portions, which will satisfy anyone.

    Try everything from Mangia’s plin, filled pasta with pork and veal, pappardelle with lamb ragú or, for the vegetarians, a tortelli, pasta filled with ricotta and spinach. Mangia also serves delicate antipasti and other main courses, and you can end the evening with something like caramelised apple pie for your sweet tooth or a selection of Italian cheeses.

    Location: Bagerstræde 9, 1617 Copenhagen, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday to Thursday from 5:30 pm to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 pm to 2 am.

    Phone: + 45 31 39 45 00


    Bottega Barlie

    Enjoy tapas or paella in the heart of Copenhagen’s old district

    Bottega Barlie in the Inner City is a cosy café and restaurant surrounded by narrow streets and colourful, crooked buildings in the heart of Copenhagen. Barlie is often visited by people from the neighbourhood and local Copenhageners. Bottega Barlie’s offers Mexican and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Here you can enjoy a croissant or huevos rancheros (typical Mexican breakfast with eggs) with your morning coffee, tapas for lunch or one of their signature dishes for dinner, accompanied by a glass of natural wine.

    Barlie’s menu changes every month, but you can stay updated on Instagram.

    Location: Fredericigade 78, 1310 Copenhagen, Denmark

    Open: Tuesday to Saturday.

    Phone: + 45 20 57 67 50


    Husmanns Vinstue

    Satisfy your hunger with open sandwiches stacked with layers of filling

    At the family-owned restaurant Husmanns Vinstue, located in cosy, homely basement premises in the heart of Copenhagen, you can find an endless selection of traditional Danish open sandwiches. They offer open sandwiches stacked with layers of filling, including the highly-recommended herring with raw egg yolk, smoked leg of lamb with scrambled eggs or spareribs with barbecue sauce. Husmanns Vinstue also hosts gentleman lunches and custom menus, where you can eat your fill of tenderloin or warm brisket of beef.

    There is definitely something for everyone here, and if you aren’t already full, you can also enjoy a traditional Danish dessert to top off the meal.

    Location: Larsbjørnsstræde 2, 1454 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Weekdays from 11:30 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm, with longer hours from the middle of November to Christmas.

    Phone: + 45 33 11 58 86


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    Restaurant Puk

    Don’t go home hungry after a traditional Danish meal

    Restaurant Puk in the heart of Copenhagen is the place where local Copenhageners return time and again, and for good reason. There is something here for all senses and tastes – sour, sweet, salty and fatty. This is the essence of good, traditional Danish food, which at Restaurant Puk, is served in a homely, warm environment.

    No open sandwich can be stacked too high with herring, warm liver paste or eggs and shrimp, and you certainly won’t go home hungry after a classic serving of roast pork with red cabbage and gravy or home-made Danish meatballs.

    Location: Vandkunsten 8, 1467 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Every day from 10 am to 11 pm.

    Phone: + 45 33 11 14 17


    The Olive Kitchen & Bar

    Try a classic salmon tartar in a relaxed atmosphere

    The Olive Kitchen and Bar is located in the heart of Copenhagen and serves a simple but carefully selected international menu. It is a small, family-owned restaurant, which values good ingredients and home-made food, guaranteeing a wonderful culinary experience. For example, try The Olive’s Norwegian salmon tartar, creamy mushroom soup or a risotto with seasonal vegetables.

    The Olive also serves a tempting selection of delicious desserts, such as the classic creme brûlée with French vanilla. The menu is served in an informal atmosphere with cosy lighting.

    Location: Nørregade 22, 1165 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    Open: Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday to Saturday from 5 am to 10 pm.

    Phone: + 45 33 93 81 10


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