5 places to eat in Copenhagen

Head to Copenhagen for world-class restaurants, bountiful bakeries, street-food stalls and craft breweries. We've picked 5 top places to eat in this relaxed, waterside city.

Copenhagen waterfront with colourful houses and boats

The beautiful city of Copenhagen not only boasts some of the world's best eateries but is also teeming with cute coffee shops, wholesome bakeries and vibrant street food. From fine dining to cheap eats, we've selected a range of restaurants offering up the best of this culinary capital's local cuisine.


1. La Banchina

Pier view from La Banchina restaurant

One of the best restaurants in Copenhagen, La Banchina is a hidden gem located in the industrial harbour and may just offer the city’s most idyllic setting for dinner – based in the former gatehouse of the shipyard, it offers sweeping views across the water. It also features a wood-fired sauna and a long pier, where locals sunbathe, drink wine and swim from in summer. Indoors, seasonal set menus offer simple Italian and Nordic fare, plus natural wines, beers and pastries. Four-course menu from £45. 


2. Amass

Rhubarb Angelic with cream in a bowl

Equally hidden, and almost next door to La Banchina, is Amass, a high-end yet relaxed restaurant housed in a huge gallery-like space. It's committed to sustainable, zero-waste practices and boasts its own garden growing vegetables, berries and herbs. Founded by Noma alumnus Matt Orlando in 2013, the creative menus include dishes such as beef tongue with shishito peppers and rat's tail radish, and wild blueberries with bread sherbert and burnt lemon skin cream. Tasting menus from £80.


3. Barr

Schnitzel, pot of peas and sauce in a pan

On the site of the original Noma is Barr, which opened in 2017. A more casual offering than its predecessor, it offers dishes like free-range pork schnitzel with horseradish, and brown crab with Belgian waffle. There's also a long list of local craft beers, which can be enjoyed with a few snacks in the adjoining bar. Four courses for £70.


4. Bæst

Wood-fired margherita pizza topped with basil leaves

Pizza might not be the first thing you think of eating in Copenhagen but, thanks to Bæst, it’s become an essential stop on the city’s food circuit. Located in the trendy Nørrebro district, Bæst takes the quality of its ingredients very seriously, making its own organic dough, mozzarella and ricotta in-house from scratch. Cooked in a wood-fired oven that gives the dough a smoky character, this is one of the best pizzas you’ll have anywhere in the world. Pizzas from £10.


5. John’s Hot Dog Deli

Hot dog with lots of toppings and sauces

A visit to Copenhagen without eating a hot dog would be like a trip to the seaside without fish and chips. John’s Hot Dog Deli in the Meatpacking District offers a selection of free-range sausages that can be loaded up with toppings at an incredible condiment station. You'll find everything from caramelised onion compote with bacon to bell pepper relish and pickled red cabbage, as well as the usual ketchup, mustard and hot sauces (£6). 

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All recommendations have been reviewed and approved as of September 2018 and will be checked and updated annually. If you think there is any incorrect or out-of-date information in this guide, please email us at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com.


Photographs: Getty images, Chris Tonnesen, P.A. Jorgensen, Joel Porter

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