If you enjoy diverse cuisine options, Copenhagen is a must-visit city. However, with so many great restaurants, you need a guide to help you navigate where to eat in Copenhagen.
Food in Copenhagen is pricey! I recommend budgeting at least $20 – $25 per person per meal. This budget is for eating at inexpensive to mid-range restaurants in Copenhagen.
Much of Denmark prides itself on Nordic cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients combined with traditional techniques to create modern dishes. But I must say, street food stalls are an excellent option for eating traditional Danish food while sightseeing.
You will find food halls throughout the city offering unique dishes for reasonable prices. The food choices at food markets provide several options and lovely places to sit and enjoy your meal. Copenhagen’s four markets are Torvehallerne, Reffen, Broens Gadekøkken, and Tivoli Food Hall.
Here are my recommendations for places to eat in Copenhagen:
Torvehallerne is a nicely designed market with a mix of stalls selling local produce like fresh fish, cheese, wine, chocolates, and restaurants serving traditional Danish food. Easy to get to from the city’s Nørreport station, located in a covered facility close to Copenhagen’s three lakes (Søerne), which are open year around.
You will find a market selling fresh flowers and produce outside the food hall. I suggest you walk through the market to check out the local foods offered.
Broens Gadekøkken is a mix of street food kitchens that serve appetizing food and beverages from all over the world. Here you can enjoy world-class street food from renowned restaurants and chefs from Copenhagen, where quality, good ingredients, and great taste are the key elements.
During winter, Broens Gadekøkken is transformed into one large skating rink. So, lace up and get ready for winter fun in the heart of Copenhagen.
Although it was closed during our winter visit, this unique and hip street food market is one of the largest in the Nordic. Reffen is located along the harbor with rolling hills, lots of art and design, and areas to bungee jump. In addition to over 30 food stalls, you will find workshops selling art and other items. It is a beautiful outdoor space, only open in the spring/summer months.
Tivoli Food Hall
Connected to the fairy-tale amusement park, the Tivoli Food Hall is filled with many international chain restaurants offering a variety of choices in cuisine. The location makes it a good contender as a place to eat due to its central location. You don’t need a pass to be able to eat here. I like this food hall because it can be accessed from within Tivoli Garden or from the street entrance. They offer patio seating, which gives you a small glimpse into the magical amusement park, or you can find more seating inside the food hall.
Street Food & Cheap Eats
Throughout the city of Copenhagen are pop-up stalls of street food offering traditional Danish foods that are great! While you are busy sightseeing, grabbing a bite to eat from one of these food stalls is not only delicious and fuel you with energy but also easy to order and makes for better use of time.
Døp: Den Økologiske Pølsemand
Døp hotdogs are one of the best you will eat in Denmark! Dop hotdogs use 100% organic ingredients. Dop offers traditional sausage and unique options like pork sausage with wild garlic or chicken sausage. You can select your topics which we wanted everything they had to offer!
If you are American, you can relate to 7-Eleven to convenience stores, but they offer cheap healthy food options in Denmark. Surprisingly you will find vegan and gluten-free meals as well as many sandwiches/wraps and premade salad bowls.
Meyers Bergeri (Bakery)
Producing everything from basic bread to delicious pastries, Meyers Bergeri is an excellent option for flaky croissants and kanelsnegle (cinnamon rolls). They are widely considered the best in the city, with several locations.
Lagkagehuset is another bakery with multiple locations throughout Denmark and within Copenhagen. Traditional Danish pastries and other lunch options, such as sandwiches or pizza slices, can be found here. Also, try the wienerkringle, a tasty pastry filled with custard inside a fluffy crust.
Brødkunsten is an open bakery so that customers can follow the baking and production of pastries. Using only organic flour from wheat grown on Danish soil, they are known for their bread artistry. They offer a wide range of bread, croissants, homemade cakes, and pastries. If you wish, you can order from the lunch menu as well. In addition, Brødkunsten offers tours of their baking facility if you want to explore more.
If you want a place to warm up in the winter or a cozy place to take a break from sightseeing, visit the Expresso House on the corner near Kongens Nytorv. This Danish version of Starbucks offers many locations throughout the city. They offer many options in hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and pastries.
Juno The Bakery
Juno is a small Swedish-style bakery nestled in a busy neighborhood. Don’t be surprised if there is a line, but well worth the wait. The bakery creates loaves of bread, cardamon buns, lemon cakes, sourdough bread, and pistachio rolls. Although the layout is more designed for takeaways, there is outside seating. Honestly, they are the best cardamom buns!
Havfruen Seafood Bistro
Havfruen is in the colorful and historic Nyhavn. It truly delivers when it comes to seafood dishes. The cozy seating inside made it a little challenging to get a table, but we agreed to sit at the bar. They offer nice outdoor seating that overlooks the canal in the spring/summer months. We ordered fish and chips, served promptly with a tall glass of local beer. The staff was friendly and the food delicious.
La Vecchia Signora
Voted as one of the best pizzerias in Copenhagen, La Vecchia Signor is a prestigious Italian restaurant with much to offer on the menu. La Vecchia Signora is housed in a charming half-timbered house from 1753 in the middle of the historic center of Copenhagen. Their homemade Lasagna or the Pappardelle Gorgonzola is an excellent choice on the menu.
Frankies Pizza offers brick-oven baked pizzas with unique topics such as potatoes, rosemary, and goat cheese, as well as your traditional options. With several locations throughout the city, you won’t go wrong eating at Frankies Pizza.
A burger chain you will see throughout Denmark is Burger Concept. Your order is placed on an iPad in which you will be given a number that will be called out when your order is ready. We ordered a classic cheeseburger and fries.
.Gasoline Grill is a unique yet small kiosk burger joint offering a juicy burger. The menu is small, but I am sure you won’t be disappointed with the burger options provided. They have multiple locations within Copenhagen. We grabbed a bite at the Landgreven location, connected to a working gas station with outdoor seating.
Interestingly, in Copenhagen, you will find incredible kebab/shawarma shops, but the best shawarma with yummy flavor and excellent ingredients is the Falafel House. My husband, who is Lebanese, concluded that the food was high quality. You have several options from the menu that offer shawarma, kebab, or falafel wraps. I ordered the chicken shawarma plate, and my husband had the beef shawarma plate.
Ban Gaw Thai Restaurant
As we were meandering in the Meat Packing District, we came across Ban Gaw Thai Restaurant. As we entered the restaurant, unsure if it was a good choice, we noticed many locals enjoying their food. The staff was friendly and helpful, offering great options. After a busy day of sightseeing, we were hungry, so we ordered a large bowl of Coconut Soup for an appetizer. Next, we had Sweet and Sour Chicken with Vegetables and Shrimp with Spicy Coconut Sauce for our entrees.
Outside of Copenhagen
Byens Pizza is a neighborhood pizzeria offering hand-tossed pizza. The owner was friendly and visited us at our table. We ordered the Margarita and Mushroom Pizza. The flavor was delicious, and we had enough to take home and eat for lunch the following day!
Holy Cow is a small family-owned burger restaurant. All burgers are served with homemade burger buns. The beef patty was juicy, and the buns were toasted with butter.
Nano Sushi is a unique experience of being served by a robot. Sushi is ordered at your table on an iPad. You pay one price and order as much and as many different entrees as you wish off the menu. The food is delivered to your table by a robot!
Skovshoved Kro is an intimate small restaurant that adjoins the Skovshoved Hotel. Upon arriving in Copenhagen, we found this cozy restaurant next door. We ordered the Rotisserie Chicken and the Cheeseburger. The chicken was perfectly cooked and served with boiled potatoes and savory brown gravy. The cheeseburger came with top-quality beef, grilled over an open fire. The service was friendly and quick.