Copenhagen's Danish restaurants clearly illustrate the refreshing revival of the national cuisine.

Copenhagen has a fine selection of Danish restaurants, both traditional, historic basement restaurants and more contemporary eateries that add a modern twist to Danish cuisine.

Reborn since 2000, the Danish kitchen is trendy throughout the world. Whether you’re up for an adventure into the New Nordic Kitchen of produce indigenous to the Scandinavian region or feel more like a lunch of herrings on rye or a hearty helping of traditional meat, potatoes and gravy, it's on the menu at Copenhagen's restaurants.

When it comes to reinterpreting Danish cuisine in new ways without abandoning the country’s best-loved dishes, two restaurants spring to mind: Paustian, in the building of the design firm of the same name in Osterbro’s harbor, and Aamanns Etablissement.

World-famous Christianshavn restaurant Noma uses Scandinavian ingredients to make dishes that originate in the Danish kitchen but can hardly be called traditional; much more Danish in spirit is nearby restaurant Kanalen, a long-established eatery combining the best of Danish and French cuisine with good, generous meals in a fine dining atmosphere.   

Even more geographically specific is Restaurant Koefoed just off Store Kongensgade, where the menu and ingredients come from Danish island Bornholm.  

Danish food is born of long cold winters and the portions at Cafe Petersborg, near Designmuseum Danmark, and Vesterbro’s Klubben are especially generous. Lunch restaurants like Kanalcafeen, Rabes Have and Ida Davidsen meanwhile clearly illustrate why the preparation of smorrebrod or open sandwiches is such an art form. Note however that many Danish restaurants still observe traditional vacations and close entirely throughout July.

Restaurant Klubben
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Found at the far end of Vesterbro, just off Vesterbrogade near the border with the Frederiksberg district, old-fashioned Klubben serves very traditional Danish food like frikadeller meatballs with potatoes, cabbage and pickled beetroot and...  Read More

Ida Davidsen

Quite possibly Copenhagen's most famous smorrebrod establishment, this lunch restaurant has been adding the toppings to the national Danish dish, open sandwiches, for three generations. Ida's son Oskar now runs the establishment, along with a...  Read More

Restaurant Koefoed
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This downtown restaurant in Copenhagen's elegant Frederiksstaden district serves the very best dishes from the Danish vacation isle of Bornholm, situated in the Baltic between Sweden and Poland. Koefoed prides itself on organic, free range...  Read More

Restaurant Paustian
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This restaurant on Copenhagen's harbor north of Osterbro is located in the Paustian complex, next to the showroom of the world class furniture and interiors firm of the same name in a building designed by Sydney Opera House architect Jorgen...  Read More

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The only restaurant in Copenhagen to have been awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide, Noma stands for 'Nordisk Mad' or Scandinavian cuisine, and this gourmet restaurant has become world famous for producing imaginative, beautifully-looking and...  Read More

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One of the few dining options close to the Slotsholmen district of museums and attractions, Kanalcafeen is situated on the opposite side of Frederiksholms Kanal. This location, added to its old-fashioned ambience and long history, makes it a...  Read More

Rabes Have
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You're unlikely to stumble upon Rabes Have as it's located out of the way at the south-west end of Christianshavn, past the canals and along the old defensive bastions of the city at Christianshavns Vold. From the road it might look a little...  Read More

Cafe Petersborg
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You could be forgiven for assuming there was a Russian menu on offer at Cafe Petersborg, but this traditional Danish eatery takes its name instead from its past connections with the Russian Embassy that was previously located in the same...  Read More

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One of Christianshavn's best restaurants can be found in this old building - a former customs office - right next to the canal, with boats gently rocking outside the windows. While lunches are traditional Danish fare, the seasonal evening menu...  Read More

Aamanns Etablissement
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This modern yet traditional restaurant tucked away between national gallery Statens Museum for Kunst and the leafy Osterbro district has reinvented Denmark's national dish, smorrebrod. Described by some as "Danish tapas" and by others as "Danish...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane

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