Copenhagen is a gastronomic magnet field and Michelin stars have rained like manna from the sky over the many star chefs such as Rene Redzepi (Noma), Rasmus Kofoed (Geranium), Torsten Vildgaard (Studio), Matt Orlando (Amass) who unfold their creativity in the city’s many restaurants. The selection of restaurants of the highest quality is booming with many possibilities for gourmet experiences in both ends of the price scale.
Here we have gathered a list of our own favorites. Quality tested by us, naturally. If we can assist you with table reservations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the cosy little restaurant Kjøbenhavn you find young Copenhageners with big hearts and a big passion for yummy contemporary food with strong references to Copenhagen and French techniques. Whether you go for the smaller menu ‘The City Bike’ or the grand menu ‘The Canal Tour’ you are guaranteed an evening in relaxed and informal atmosphere with cosiness and yumminess in focus.
Restaurationen is the ’classic’ restaurant experience at it’s very best. Husband and wife team Lis and Bo Jacobsen greet you with tables set with beautiful Royal Copenhagen tableware, and the proud and attentive hosts serve delicious contemporary Danish cuisine. The cheese is of course served from a cart. Restaurationen sits elegantly between the classic and the modern, which results in a very stylish yet relaxed and cosy dining experience.
Restaurant Geist is a fantastic modern dining experience. Head chef Bo Bech serves some of the most stunning simple plates often with only 2-3 elements, and manages to create real excitement in taste and aesthetics. The menu has many small servings that can be ordered one at a time until one cannot eat anymore. You really get wow for your money at Geist, and the stylish interior with low lighting and pulsing ambient music sets a very unique atmosphere. Our recommendation is to get seats at the food bar surrounding the enormous open kitchen from where you have a great view to the amazingly choreographed preparation of your food.
The location of restaurant Amass at Refshaleøen (a former industrial area/island) gives occasion to a rather romantic arrival by water with the harbour bus. From the last stop on the harbour bus route (10 minutes from the hotel) you follow a narrow concrete pathway and arrive in the restaurant’s great big vegetable garden lit by two blazing bonfires. Former head chef at Noma - Matt Orlando has created a beautiful, modern and welcoming restaurant in this space. The food is highly innovative with great focus on sustainability and local produce. A great gastronomic and aesthetic experience in a price range just below the Michelin starred restaurants.
The ’Bornholm-boys’ at Kadeau have through their down to earth hospitality created something very unique with their Michelin starred restaurant by Christianshavn. In their own words they “grow, harvest, preserve, serve and love Bornholm (Danish island in the Baltic Sea). It is their great love for what they do which makes your voyage through the twenty-something servings one that resonates deep within the heart. The servings are stunning, innovative and often with strong reference to nature – also a factor that carries you away to a beautiful place, Bornholm maybe.
A Michelin starred restaurant with great focus on indulgent flavours. The servings are innovative and sharp, but head chef Torsten Vildgaard swears to great taste before technique and strict dogma. The restaurant is situated at The Standard – a beautiful, modernised toll house at the waterfront with three restaurants and an exclusive jazz club.
Koefoed is clearly driven by the terroir of the Danish island Bornholm and tell a great story through what they do. The walls are decorated with beautiful photographs of the island, and of the pigs they raise there with the greatest ‘Bornholm’-love. The food is very tasteful, modern and precise. The wine list is huge and reveals the owners great love for old and very old Bordeaux wines.
And now for something completely different – as a fresh detour from the Nordic gastronomy restaurant Llama serves sharp and modern dishes inspired by the Latin and South American kitchen. The atmosphere is very vibrant, and behind the nightclub-esque interior design is the world renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG-Architects). At weekends, as the evening’s last deserts are served, the DJ takes his place behind the turntables and fresh South American cocktails are shaken behind the bar.
Copenhagen has been enriched by its first lobster restaurant, and we are so blessed as to have it just around the corner from the hotel. Restaurant Hummer serves lobster (hummer = lobster in Danish) in many different interpretations. Hummer differs from the many touristy Nyhavn-restaurants on many points, foremost my focusing on quality and warm hospitality, and on great lobster and its best friend Champagne.
Union Kitchen is a cosy place to hang out at any time of day. In the morning they serve a great breakfast to suit any hunger – from a soft-boiled egg to their Hangover Burger (served with a shot of Fernet). Around lunch time you will find a mix of coffee drinkers and lunch guests, and in the evening their ‘Balls and all’ take over the menu and meat balls in numerous variations are served. At weekends the place is packed till late evening with cocktail and wine drinkers. A laid back little place with lots of life and charm.
Hidden behind an unpretentious black façade is little OTTO. The menu is a charming mix of small cheeky dishes with sole focus on yumminess. OTTO is also a nice place for a light lunch.
The old meatpacking district in Copenhagen has become a hotspot for restaurants and bars. The white-tiled butcher shops have been taken over by ambitious restaurants and the atmosphere is quite unique. Restaurant Gorilla in one of the frontrunners, and as guest you are treated with a bombardment of small servings with huge flavor. The tables are close together and the place is often packed, which adds to the special vibe of the meatpacking district.
If you would like to try good homemade ’smørrebrød’ (open-faced sandwiches) but do not feel the need to step back in time as with the usually very old-fashioned restaurants, Møllers is a great choice. The interior is beautiful, light and cosy with Danish design furniture. Møller has brought ‘smørrebrød’ up to date, but not messed too much with it, as other places also tend to. In addition to the beautiful ‘smørrebrød’ Møller also make their own snaps in many exciting varieties.
Bistro Royal is our recommendation for guests seeking a quick and simple dinner of good quality. A simple menu with a good steak, a few fish dishes, quick and friendly service, and a lively atmosphere is Bistro Royal’s recipe for success.
This tiny taco stand at the Torvehallerne food market offers something quite special – behind the enormous maza-morter in the tiny shed stands former Noma pastry chef Rosio Sanchez, grinding the finest Mexican corn for her tortillas. Forget everything about tex-mex and other deviants – this is the most authentic and tasty tortillas this side of the Atlantic. With a ‘combo’ (three different tortillas) in one hand and a spicy Michelada (Mexinan beer-drink) in the other, under the open sky, every night is a summer's night at Torvehallerne.
You seldom experience such heartfelt hospitality as you do when walking through the door at Geoffrey Canilao's cocktail bar Balderdash. It is no coincidence that the word ‘Hygge’ (Danish concept of cosyness) is bent in neon over the entrance. But it is not all ‘hygge’ – the wonderful team behind the bar are dead serious about their craft and serve some of the very best cocktails in Copenhagen. Whether you hang at the bar or sit by the open fireplace in the lower floor, you are in for a very ‘hyggelig’ evening.
Nebbiolo is, not surprisingly, an Italian wine bar built on the owner’s great love for exactly the Nebbiolo grape. They serve great wines to suit all wallets, and in the hours that the evening sun transforms Store Strandstræde into a golden lit oasis, Piemonte meets Copenhagen on the long wooden bench outside Nebbiolo Wine Bar.