In collaboration with Wonderful Copenhagen and Visit Copenhagen we bring a series of articles to discover this year’s Eurovision host city Copenhagen. Today we will check out the Danish capital’s cuisine, restaurants, coffee shops and food. Where to dine and wine in the Eurovision city?
Copenhagen offers a great variety of cuisine to its visitors. Eat your heart out in Copenhagen!
The restaurants and cafés in Copenhagen are an attraction in themselves. You will find reasonably priced bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants – several of them are even on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Their focus is on high quality, seasonal ingredients and an unpretentious take on dining out.
Some of the most important ingredients in the Danish food culture, however, are the famous Danish hot dogs (bread with sausage, ketchup and mustard) and smørrebrød, traditional open sandwiches on rye bread. You will find many characteristic hot dog stands around the streets of Copenhagen and smørrebrød is offered in most lunch restaurants.
Whether you are into Italian, the Singapore street kitchen or Nordic gastronomy – you will discover a restaurant scene in all price ranges, which takes pride in serving fresh ingredients. To help you choose, where to spend your food budget, before mingling and celebrating with other fans in Eurovision Village or Euro Fan Café, here are some local recommendations.
Copenhagen is a coffee paradise with coffee shops and cafés everywhere. Meet the locals, admire the latte art or just grab a coffee to go.
Riccos is a coffee shop chain, characterised by an unpretentious decor, cosy atmosphere – and of course: good coffee. The coffee is based on roasted beans that are never older than 12-14 days. They also offer a variety of cakes and buns.
Price for 1 double cappuccino: 32 DKK / 4,50 EUR
1453 Copenhagen K
The Coffee Collective has one goal: to provide people with an exceptional coffee experience. The Coffee Collective is a micro roastery with two coffee shops and a coffee school. If you love to taste, talk and learn about coffee, this is the right place.
Price for 1 double cappuccino: 35 DKK / 4,75 EUR
Jægersborggade 10 Torvehallerne, Israels Plads
2200 Copenhagen N Vendersgade 6D
1363 Copenhagen K
Café Europa is a café in European-international style, located in the heart of Copenhagen. The food is inspired by traditional French cafés, cake houses found in Vienna and Budapest, Italian coffee menus, Spanish tapas and Greek yogurts.
Price for 1 double cappuccino: 57 DKK / 7,75 EUR
1160 Copenhagen K
Find more coffee shops at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/top-10-coffee-shops
Whether you need a late hangover breakfast, or just want to grab a cup of coffee while reading your emails – in Copenhagen you will find many different cafes that are worth trying.
At The Laundromat Café you can enjoy some snacks, delicious smoothies or a hot coffee, but also a round of chess or backgammon all while washing your clothes at the same time.
Price for 1 brunch plate: 139 DKK / 18,75 EUR
Elmegade 15 Gammel Kongevej 96 Århusgade 38
2200 Copenhagen N 2000 Frederiksberg 2100 Copenhagen Ø
Canteen has a more classic approach, offering Copenhagen’s best brunch made from quality products. As much as possible is homemade and the café stands up for sustainability and animal welfare.
Price range for 1 brunch plate: 140 DKK / 19,00 EUR
Nordre Frihavnsgade 52
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Whether you are a morning person or just haven’t gone to bed after last night’s Eurovision celebrations, café Lyst in city area Nørrebro will be ready with some delicious breakfast for you from early in the morning. During the weekend, it offers brunch with pancakes.
Price range for 1 brunch plate: 150 DKK / 20,00 EUR
2200 Copenhagen N
Find more brunch places at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/children/top-10-brunch
You have explored Eurovision Village and the rest of Copenhagen all day long and need rich food to strengthen on? Here are some recommendations for those in favour of burgers, steaks and meat & fries in general.
At Greasy Spoon you not only can get a variety of delicious burgers, but also breakfast, smoothies and milkshakes. An American Diner with a touch of the Nordic kitchen in the heart of Copenhagen!
Price for 1 classic burger without fries: 69 DKK / 9,50 EUR
1455 Copenhagen K
XO Burgers and Steaks has a passion for meat. Here you can enjoy a gourmet burger made of organic meat and homemade bread and dressing. The atmosphere is relaxed and the prices are reasonable.
Price for 1 classic burger without fries: 99 DKK / 13,50 EUR
1609 Copenhagen V
MASH stands for Modern American Steak House and is all about quality steaks and burgers.
Price for 1 Mash burger with chili fries: 165 DKK / 22,50 EUR
1360 Copenhagen K
Find more American restaurants at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/children/best-burgers
Pizza, pasta and antipasti are an all-time favourite in Copenhagen as well as in the rest of Denmark. You can let yourself be surprised by the great variety of Italian food or visit one of the three following places.
Mother is a hangout place for locals in The Meatpacking District. An Italian restaurant where you can get good food before going out. Whether you like pizza made from sourdough, bruschetta or pasta dishes, you can get it here.
Price for 1 pizza Margherita: 85 DKK / 11,50 EUR
1712 Copenhagen V
The perfect place to dine out on a weekday is The Italian. It serves classic Italian dishes and is decorated in a minimalist but cosy style with a relaxed atmosphere. The prices are reasonable and you can get three courses from DKK 225.
Price for 1 pizza Margherita: 100 DKK / 13,50 EUR
Vester Voldgade 25
1552 Copenhagen V
Critics agree that Michelin-starred Era Ora is one of the best Italian gourmet restaurants outside of Italy. A dinner menu at Era Ora is a profusion of little culinary delights created to amaze your taste buds. The price level is accordingly top end.
Price for dinner with 5 courses: 950 DKK / 127,50 EUR
Vandet 33 B
1414 Copenhagen K
Find more Italian restaurants at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/top-10-italian-restaurants
In 2010, noma was honoured with the title World’s Best Restaurant for the first time. The name “noma” is an abbreviation for nordisk mad, which is Danish for nordic food. noma is usually fully booked three months ahead. However, it is not the only restaurant serving the local cuisine with a focus on seasonal, local and organic ingredients resulting in innovative dishes. In fact, you can find them all over the city. Here are three examples you should try out.
Höst expresses everything that could be categorised as “Nordic”. You can enjoy lobster, beef or Danish cheese made at the coast of the North Sea. Höst has won two highly prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in London for its distinctive Nordic design.
Price for 1 ribeye: 215 DKK / 29,00 EUR
Nørre Farimagsgade 41
1364 Copenhagen K
Restaurant Radio gets its vegetables from a two hectares of land located outside Copenhagen. On the website, you can find the seasonal crops, that will be used in the dishes each month. Of course, all the raw materials at Radio are organic.
Price for 1 menu consisting of three dishes: 300 DKK / 40,50 EUR
Julius Thomsens Gade 12
1632 Copenhagen V
Geranium is one of Copenhagen’s two two-starred Michelin-starred restaurants. Its mission is to create meals that involve all the senses and are lucid, light, and dynamic. The chef, Rasmus Kofoed, is the most winning chef in the Bocuse d’Or competition ever. Thus both quality and price level are very high.
Price for 1 menu: 1500 DKK / 202,00 EUR
Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8.
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Find more Nordic restaurants at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/new-nordic-kitchen
A truly unique Danish food is the unique smørrebrød (literally means buttered bread), which is a daily staple for many Danes. Invariably based on rye bread, smørrebrød can have an almost limitless number of different toppings, from herring, to raw beef, seafood and egg.
At the LGBT-friendly restaurant Kronborg you can taste the traditional Danish smørrebrød in a cosy atmosphere with a crackling fireplace.
Price for 1 smørrebrød with smoked salmon: 99 DKK / 13,50 EUR
1211 Copenhagen K
Traditional Danish food with a twist – at Royal Smushi Cafe you can get smørrebrød at sushi size: smushi. However, there are also other Danish classics like “rød grød med fløde” – a red berry pudding with cream – and “æblekage” – similar to apple charlotte – on the menu.
Price for 3 smushi: 48 DKK / 6,50 EUR
1160 Copenhagen K
Ida Davidsen offers more than 250 types of smørrebrød presented on the 140 centimetre long menu. All sandwiches are named after famous Danes like the Danish Crown Prince Frederik, footballer Michael Laudrup and entertainer Victor Borge.
Price for 1 smørrebrød with smoked salmon: 130 DKK / 17,50 EUR
Store Kongensgade 70
1264 Copenhagen K
Find more smørrebrød restaurants at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/top-10-traditional-danish-lunch
Vegetarian & raw food
Several restaurants offer vegetarian courses next to the meat courses. However, there are also restaurants serving exclusively vegetarian, vegan or raw food.
Raw Sum not only serves original raw food, but also raw fish, seafood and meat. Besides selling an energising culinary experience at fair prices, Raw Sum wants to inspire its customers.
Price for 1 lasagne: 78 / 10,50 EUR
Rosenvængets Alle 2
2100 Copenhagen Ø
At Ambrosias Have, both vegetarians and non-vegetarians can enjoy the green dishes from the buffet. The food is from around the world with fresh ingredients and it changes daily, so the exquisite meal will be a new one every time.
Price for 1 buffet ad libitum: 125 DKK / 16,75 EUR
Ndr. Fasanvej 230
2200 Copenhagen N
BioMio is located in The Meatpacking District, named CLIMATE+ restaurant, 100% organic and hip. You order your food directly with the chef, who is happy to answer questions. BioMio serves tasteful food at budget prices.
Price for 1 fitness wok: 165 DKK / 22,50 EUR
1700 Copenhagen V
Find more vegetarian and raw food restaurants at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/restaurants
Asia may not be part of the Eurovision Song Contest, but it can be part of your culinary experience while staying in Copenhagen. There are many Asian restaurants offering as different types of food as our three examples.
Wagamama is a restaurant chain offering authentic Japanese dishes that you can enjoy in the restaurant or as takeaway. Wagamama’s dining experience is based on wireless ordering, large tables and dynamic serving causing a friendly, vibrant setting.
Price for 1 yaki udon (dish with noodles): 115 DKK / 15,50 EUR
1704 Copenhagen V
Some of the most popular places to eat sushi in Copenhagen is at Sticks’n’Sushi. You can find the restaurants all over Copenhagen. The idea behind Sticks’n’Sushi is that the biteable-size delicacies form an aesthetic whole on the plate before you. Customers are guaranteed always to get the best cuts.
Price for 1 menu consisting of 16 different types of sushi: 179 DKK / 24,00 EUR
Nansensgade 59 Arni Magnussons gade 2 Istedgade 62 Strandvejen 195
1366 Copenhagen K 1577 Copenhagen V 1650 Copenhagen V 2900 Hellerup
Kiin Kiin is Denmark’s first Michelin-awarded Asian gourmet restaurant. Set menus include seven dishes and accompanying wines at top end prices.
Price range for 1 menu consisting of 5 courses: 825 DKK / 110,50 EUR
2200 Copenhagen N
Find more Asian restaurants at http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/gastronomy/asian-restaurants