For those who prefer eating out in the middle of the day, Copenhagen excels when it comes to lunch restaurants. In fact, for those who wish to sample the best local cuisine, many of Copenhagen’s most traditional Danish restaurants open for lunch only.
You’re not just going to walk past our favorite Copenhagen lunch restaurant Rabes Have by chance, as it’s located off the beaten tracks of Christianshavn at the far end of the southern canal. This historic eatery serves traditional Danish fare indoors as well as outside in the restaurant’s idyllic courtyard.
Dine amongst prominent Danes in the historic surroundings of Kanalcafeen, sandwiched between Slotsholmen and the Nationalmuseet. The traditional smorrebrod restaurant has a long menu of classic Danish open sandwiches and plenty of herrings.
Other restaurants serving excellent traditional Danish lunches include Slotskaelderen Gitte Kik, just off the canal, and in Frederiksstaden, Ida Davidsen and Cafe Petersborg. Note that some of these restaurants close for the whole of July.
If you prefer a less traditional lunch, a decommissioned tram car makes up the premises of established, offbeat burger cafe Sporvejen on Grabrodretorv Square, while Restaurant Julian in the Nationalmuseet offers climate-friendly lunch menus and a lavish, organic brunch. Organic produce and fresh fish dominate the menu of Cap Horn on Nyhavn.
Combining lunch with shopping is always popular and Copenhagen’s most exclusive stores also boast some of its fanciest cafes. The Royal Cafe of Royal Copenhagen Porcelain on Amagertorv serves dainty finger food on Danish blue plates while Spisebaren, on the top floor of Stroget department store Illum, is stylish, handy and boasts great views.