As far as food capitals go, Copenhagen is rarely part of the conversation. At least, compared to other European capitals like Paris and Rome, the Danish capital still has a lot way to go. Though this doesn't mean Copenhagen lacks in notable hotspots. On the contrary, while the city isn't regarded as a 'food capital,' many foodies still have a lot to look forward to here. From fine-dining Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy cafes, Copenhagen's culinary scene is rife with many establishments worth checking out. If you fancy yourself as a bonafide foodie, you won't want to miss any of them!
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Prominent Danish chef René Redzepi opened Noma back in 2003 and it changed the city's culinary scene forever! Located in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, the three-Michelin-starred hotspot remains a foodie favorite after all these years. It helps that Redzepi changes up its menu season after season. During autumn, it's all about game, serving up the most sumptuous meats money can buy. Come winter and spring, seafood dominates the menu, complete with traditional dishes. And by summer, it's all about the organic vegetables. Whichever season it is, you're guaranteed a delicious meal here at Noma!
Speaking of Noma, one of its former head chefs, Matt Orlando, has since opened his own restaurant in the Refshalevej area of Copenhagen called 'Amass.' Here, organic goodness reigns supreme. Not only does the place boast an herb-filled menu that most vegans and vegetarians would go gaga over, but they even go as far as to grow their ingredients themselves. Their rooftop garden has become just as famous as their contemporary establishment, further proving the organic quality of their dishes to merit the high price points. At the end of the day, Amass is all about offering the best of gastronomy with a hint of a healthy lifestyle.
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Kong Hans Kælder
As far as fine dining in Copenhagen is concerned, Kong Hans Kælder is your best bet! Located on Vingårdstræde, which is easy to get to via public transport
, the kitchen here is led by gourmet chef Mark Lundgaard Nielsen, you can expect a full-blown multi-course meal for your culinary pleasure. A menu of European cuisines awaits the lucky foodies who get to dine here, complete with dishes and delicacies from Denmark's own traditional selection as well as those from France, Italy, the Netherlands, and more. Think crispy frog legs for an appetizer, some scrumptious roasted deer fillet for the main course, and delightful coconut ice cream for dessert. Sounds delicious, doesn't it?
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Along Copenhagen's waterfront, situated inside an old warehouse in the city, Barr is yet another notable foodie hotspot that specializes in European cuisine. They dabble in various delicacies from neighboring nations, such as the famous Belgian waffles or the crunchy Wiener schnitzel, a delectable dish from Austria. Paired with their traditional-style beers, this is the type of chill and relaxing hotspot that you'd expect in the more coastal parts of the Danish capital. While others specialize in haughty fine dining experiences, Barr is all about offering a laid-back approach to your culinary needs.
Having served customers since it first opened in 1894, Sankt Annæ is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Copenhagen. And would you believe it? The place hasn't changed all that much! Apart from the electricity and its numerous renovations, Sankt Annæ has retained its Victorian-esque charm, providing the right ambiance for its palatable menu of traditional dishes. From pickled herring to pork rib roasts, not to mention a cheese plate of European delicacies, you get to taste the best of Danish and European cuisines here. Just make sure to dress up as the place requires elegance above everything else.
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Craving some Italian
? Look no further than Barabba, located along Store Kongensgade, the city's longest street. Though it'd take you a while to get there, even when you book a ride via a transportation app
, all your efforts will not be in vain once you indulge in the string of Mediterranean dishes they serve. For lunch, there's ricotta and herbs ravioli Pomodoro and seared cod with bell peppers. For dinner, you get to choose between liquid parmesan ravioli or spaghetti with butter coloratura and caviar. And for dessert, some light crema diplomatic for a nice ending!
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As far as cafes are concerned, Atelier September is definitely a must-try. With its bright ambiance and homely appeal, you can't help but feel cozy and comfortable in this humble little hotspot. Even more so when you check out their menu of comfort food, ranging from the sweet to the organic. Buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup-ladened mascarpone satisfies any craving a sweet tooth will have once they get here. While those who adhere to a healthy lifestyle will likely gravitate toward the caramelized grapefruit or avocado toast. In any case, Atelier September is a hipster haven of a foodie hotspot through and through!
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Still, Atelier September isn't the only place on this list when you can get your fill of desserts. There's also Hart Bageri, a humble bakery in the upscale Frederiksberg district. Its complimentary sourdough bread is already enough to have you coming back for more, what more when you get a taste of their traditional Danish pastries
or other European treats? Their croissants, for instance, are so well-made that you'd think that came straight from Paris. While the hot cross buns bring on the taste of British cuisine in the Danish capital. What more could you ask for?
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Copenhagen has a lot in store in terms of foodie hotspots. From traditional cuisine to foreign menus, any foodie would love to travel and spend time enjoying the city's culinary scene. It's one worth checking out!