Gastronomy in Copenhagen

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 concierge.nyhavn@arp-hansen.dk.


Excellent restaurants in Copenhagen

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 will follow a narrow concrete pathway and arrive in the restaurant’s great 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.

Through their down-to-earth hospitality the ’Bornholm-boys’ at Kadeau have 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.


Comfort food

Beautiful, honest and elegant Italian food made of great produce. The décor is raw and the service is relaxed but attentive. No pizzas but great freshly made pasta. Rarely for Copenhagen, Barabba keeps the stove fired until 2AM most days of the week.

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 flavour. The tables are close together, and the place is often packed, which adds to the special vibe of the meatpacking district.

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 night club-esque interior design is the world renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG-Architects). At weekends, as the evening’s last deserts are served, the DJ will take his place behind the turntables, and fresh South American cocktails are shaken behind the bar.


Lunch

Restaurant Carl Nielsen

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Traditional Danish 'smørrebrød' with a modern twist. Everything made freshly with the best ingredients and great love. Owner and hostess Lis takes warm care of you in this beautiful old building where Danish composer Carl Nielsen used to live. Three Carl Nielsen signature servings are inspired by the his works.

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 with balls served in numerous variations. At weekends, the place is packed until late evening with cocktail and wine drinkers. A little laid back place with lots of life and charm.

This tiny taco stand at the Torvehallerne 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 on 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 summer night atw Torvehallerne.


Bars

Nærvær wine bar

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The wine bar connected to the ambitious restaurant Nærvær (‘Presence’) is a fantastic keyhole to a great wine experience in plush chairs and great views of the canal. The food, small light snacks, come from the same kitchen that send guests skyways gastronomically (and financially). If you take a tour through the small servings while enjoying their good wine, you will leave pleasantly full. The trip home to our hotel takes you over the Copenhagen Inner Bridge, which almost reaches door to door.

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 during the hours when the evening sun transforms Store Strandstræde into a golden lit oasis, Piemonte meets Copenhagen on the long wooden bench outside Nebbiolo Wine Bar.


Should we reserve a table for you?

Did you find a favorite among the abovementioned restaurants in Copenhagen? If so, we would be happy to help you make a reservation. Please write us at concierge.nyhavn@arp-hansen.dk, and we will do our best.

We wish you many wonderful gastronomic experiences when visiting these Copenhagen restaurants and get a taste of Danish gastronomy at its best. Enjoy.