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.