Copenhagen's Restaurants Are Among the Best and Most Imaginative in the World

No visitors to Copenhagen should skimp on the food budget: Dining in Copenhagen is world-class, and while not all of us can afford Michelin-star meals, even the lesser-known restaurants are known for a focus on slow food, quality dining experiences.

Copenhagen’s best restaurant, Noma, is also the world’s best eatery – at least according to the San Pellegrino Awards, where Noma has come up top three years in a row. Don’t worry if you can’t get a table at Noma, however: Creative yet simple menus from local, seasonal produce can be found at many other spots in the city. Try, for example, Restaurant Radio – initiated by Noma co-owner Claus Meyer – or Norrebro’s back-to-basics Relae, a Michelin surprise in the gritty Norrebro district co-founded by former Noma cook Christian Puglisi. Even more locally specific is downtown Koefoed, a romantic restaurant serving Bornholm dishes.

Re-interpreting Danish classics are out-of-town Paustian and smorrebrod experts Aamanns, both promising diners a tour of the traditional Danish kitchen that will surprise and please. For those that like nothing more than a good steak, Restaurant Peder Oxe offers high-quality meat in a great location.

If you like a sea view with your meal, the views from harborfront Toldboden are hard to beat; the grill restaurant also does climate-friendly menus. Meanwhile, we’ve selected Cap Horn from the many restaurants on tourist pier Nyhavn for its attractive interior and focus on organic dishes.  

Copenhagen offers plenty more than just Danish food, and to list its many commendable Asian, Mediterranean and French restaurants would take too long. We’ve singled out Mother Pizzeria in trendy Kodbyen for combining casual dining with exceptional pizzas.

Peder Oxe's Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located in an old building filled with character on the historic (and impossible to pronounce) square Graabrodretorv, Peder Oxe has long been a favorite with residents and tourists alike. Pride of place is Peder Oxe's butcher's counter of...  Read More

Cap Horn
Photo courtesy of Cap Horn

There are so many restaurants on tourist street Nyhavn that it can be hard to single just one of them out, but Cap Horn is exceptional for its charming interior and its high quality ingredients, most of which are organic; specialties include...  Read More

Restaurant Julian Toldboden
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Julian

Located in an old customs and excise building on Copenhagen's harbor front not far from The Little Mermaid (Toldboden's name means custom house) this modern, innovative restaurant keeps its decor simple, its windows large and open to the...  Read More

Restaurant Paustian
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Paustian

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

Restaurant Koefoed
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Koefoed

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

Aamanns Etablissement
Photo courtesy of Aamanns

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

Photo courtesy of Mother

This trendy pizzeria in Copenhagen's upcoming district Kodbyen, the old meat-packing quarter, specializes in sourdough pizzas of the highest quality cooked in the restaurant's wood-fired oven. Despite its informal vibe (this is the kind of place...  Read More

Restaurant Relae
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Relae

Breakaway Noma-chef Christian Puglisi opened his own restaurant Relae in outer Norrebro in summer 2010 on Jaegersborggade, a former biker haunt dubbed by the New York Times as "Copenhagen's quirkiest street". In March 2012, Relae was awarded its...  Read More

Restaurant Radio
Photo courtesy of Anders Schonnemann

No tables available at Noma? Claus Meyer's Restaurant Radio offers similar dining at smaller prices, with a set menu of imaginative dishes made from Scandinavian produce that changes according to season. Radio offers plenty of vegetable and...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Mads Damgaard

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


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