Copenhagen's tasty cheap eats offer great value in pleasant, informal surroundings

For a city famed for its restaurants, no one ever said dining in Copenhagen was cheap. Copenhagen's best value restaurants offer excellent dishes, select menus, good quality ingredients, and a pleasant, informal atmosphere. In Copenhagen, great value doesn't come with an all-you-can-eat buffet that never sits well on the stomach later: Instead, it comes with stylish, minimalist decor and select menus of seasonal, regional produce.

A number of Copenhagen local restaurants have managed to transform great value dining in a pleasant setting into small and successful chains. These include Cofoco and Madklubben, two restaurants that top our list. Organic also features heavily on our list, at eateries like BioMio and Manfreds og Vin.

The New Nordic kitchen is hugely popular all over the world right now, with its healthy, sustainable, and no-nonsense approach to good food. Spearheaded initially by Restaurant Noma, the chefs who've gone their own way since starting out at this award-winning establishment have opened restaurants like Bror in Copenhagen's Latin Quarter: A great value option for sampling regional Scandinavian cuisine.

Copenhagen has a lot to offer from the global kitchen, and there are plenty of cheap Asian eateries in the city. Recommended are Bindia and Spicylicious, with a fresh, colorful approach to Indian and Thai food respectively. 

It's generally harder to find good value in the heart of the city, but French restaurant Mon Amour, located not far from the landmark Rundetaarn, offers just that - and a touch of romance. The rustic Italian kitchen meanwhile is represented at Norrebro Italian Spiseri.

Mon Amour
Photo courtesy of Mon Amour


Prices are more than reasonable at this welcoming, family-run French bistro in Copenhagen's atmospheric Latin quarter, which serves authentic French cuisine with a distinct lack of snobbery. French standards like foie gras, moule frites and...  Read More

Manfreds og Vin
Photo courtesy of Per-Anders Jorgensen


Manfreds is owned and run by the same talented cooking team as next door's Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant Relæ, Christian Pugsili and Kim Rossen. It was originally not much more than a wine bar and deli, but as local demand for Manfred's...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Bindia


Indian restaurant Bindia might not be quite as cheap as many of Copenhagen's other Asian eateries, but it's well worth paying a few extra crowns for its bright, modern decor and airy interior. Another reason is Bindia's low-fat, healthy menu,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Bror


Two former noma chefs, Victor Wågman and Sam Nutter, opened the New Nordic restaurant, Bror in spring 2013. Centrally located in one of Copenhagen's oldest and most charming quarters - the Latin Quarter - it offers a great alternative to the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Spiseri


A simple and rustic Italian in offbeat Norrebro run by a team of four women chefs who all met at the established Famo restaurant in Vesterbro. Spiseri means "the eatery" in Danish and this offers no frills or finery, but good food with mainly...  Read More

Nansensgade Quarter
Photo courtesy of Cofoco


Höst is the newest restaurant in the Copenhagen-wide Cofoco chain, and like Cofoco's other restaurants, is all about offering a small but select menu of good quality dishes at reasonable prices. 'Höst' is Danish for harvest, and is an...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Spicylicious


This lively Thai restaurant is located in the heart of Vesterbro, not far from the Central Train Station, and offers reasonably-priced meals in comfortable, attractive surroundings. Choose to dine in the more formal dining area or on low tables...  Read More

BOB - BioMio Organic Bistro
Photo courtesy of BioMio


This organic 'people's kitchen' is situated in an old Bosch warehouse in Vesterbro's former meatpacking district, Kodbyen, as can be seen by the very distinctive neon 'Bosch' sign that the owners elected to leave on the restaurant's facade....  Read More

Madklubben Vesterbro
Photo courtesy of Madklubben


Madklubben is now a well-known and respected chain across Copenhagen, with a restaurant inside Tivoli Gardens. Its largest and newest eatery is this one on Vesterbrogade, located in a former supermarket with seating for some 230 hungry...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Cofoco


Cofoco, which stands for 'Copenhagen Food Consulting' has rapidly grown into a Copenhagen-wide chain of reasonably-priced, good quality eateries. This one, on Abel Cathrines Gade close to the Central Train Station, is the original Cofoco...  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