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 steak frites are served alongside house specialties such as 'gigot d'agneau', a slow-roasted leg of lamb prepared with thyme, garlic, and rosemary. Note the restaurant is closed on Mondays. Three-course menu DKK 295 / €39. Mon Amour also has a wine bar, with a wide selection of the best in French wines.

Recommended for Best Value because: A relative newcomer to Copenhagen's restaurant scene, French bistro Mon Amour is not only central but also friendly and resonably-priced.

Jane's expert tip: Not far from Mon Amour is its sister cafe Frenchy in a basement on Hyskenstræde, which serves 'Copenhagen's only French brunch'.

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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 delectable offerings grew, so too has the selection here. It remains a tiny basement cafe with limited seating, but now offers lunch as well as dinner six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday), both to eat in and take away. Seating is limited, so be prepared for full tables. Diners can expect to pay DKK 175 for a lunch to remember.

Recommended for Best Value because: Manfred's is the locals' choice for a cheap and informal New Nordic lunch setting.

Jane's expert tip: Manfred's biodynamic weekends brunches are popular.

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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, which makes a light change from the oily dishes of the traditional curry house. There are plenty of vegetarian and even children's options, and everything comes fabulously presented in a manner that's as bright and colorful as the setting. 2-course menus, including papadums and dips, start at DKK 250 a head. Bindia also has several other branches across Copenhagen, though most offer takeout only.

Recommended for Best Value because: Bindia is a great value Asian restaurant where prices don't mean skimping on ambience.

Jane's expert tip: Takeout is also available.

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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 shortage of tables at noma, and at much cheaper rates. Bror has a rustic ambience (a muted palate, raw wooden furnishings) and the informal, relaxed atmosphere favored in Scandinavia. Rates are reasonable considering the current demand for all things Nordic - about DKK 250 for two courses. The seasonal Nordic menu is as simple as it is innovative, coupling free range chicken with deep-fried bull's testicles.

Recommended for Best Value because: Not only is there more chance of getting a table, but Bror is a great value alternative to the more hyped Nordic restaurants in Copenhagen.

Jane's expert tip: The chef's choice consists of 4 courses for DKK 495.

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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 organic ingredients and a friendly, homely atmosphere. The prices are reasonable, and while the menu changes frequently (check the blackboard for the day's dishes) a selection of antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci are offered. Those with allergies and vegetarians are advised to inform the restaurant of this when making a reservation.

Recommended for Best Value because: Spiseri offers great value, pleasant surroundings and the refreshing simplicity of the rustic Italian kitchen.

Jane's expert tip: Sweet tooth? Spiseri offers a selection from the cake trolley only on the first Sunday of the month.

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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 appropriate name for Cofoco's New Nordic restaurant, offering seasonal, regional produce and innovative Scandinavian food, Höst's approach to the 'New Nordic' vision is less dogmatic than at other establishments in the city however, and the menu favors popular dishes over innovative ones. Diners are free to choose a selection from the 3-course menu (DKK 295) or order a la carte.

Recommended for Best Value because: New to New Nordic cuisine? Höst is a great place to start: The dishes won't intimidate and offer great value for money.

Jane's expert tip: Reservation is advised.

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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 surrounded by colourful cushions. The authentic food is presented with western diners in mind, and ranges from mild to spicy, from traditional dishes like pad thai and banh xeo pancakes to a range of curries and wok dishes. Vegetarian and fish options. Open daily for evening meals only.

Recommended for Best Value because: Spicylicious is a Stylish, modern Thai eatery that offers good value along with plenty of color and zest.

Jane's expert tip: Takeout also available with 10 percent discount.

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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. Lovers of biodynamic cuisine can dine informally at long tables and be spoiled for choice from the menu, where everything is organic, from meat and fish dishes to vegetarian options: There's even an organic children's choice. For those on a raw food diet, BOB has raw food options to supplement its hot dishes. The restaurant also offers an extensive lunch buffet at weekends as well as evening takeout options.

Recommended for Best Value because: BOB is a hip and interesting 'folk kitchen' that offers a 100-percent organic and sustainable menu.

Jane's expert tip: You would be well-advised to make a reservation for seating here.

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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 customers. Despite its size, the stylish, minimalist interior is more cool than canteen: Watch the chefs at work in the large, open kitchen and don't worry about waiting for a table. Take your pick from a deceptively simple menu priced according to the number of courses you order. The Madklubben vision is to serve Danish food of the highest quality, at good prices: A joint of lamb, a good steak, a simple burger, or fresh fish. Vegetarian options are also available.

Recommended for Best Value because: Madklubben has fast established itself as one of the best value dining options in Copenhagen, serving good quality Danish food.

Jane's expert tip: DKK 150 for 2 courses.

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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 restaurant. It's a simple place that can boast of pioneering the concept of fine dining in an informal setting at great, low prices. Cofoco now supplements its 4-course set menu (DKK 275) to offer its diners the alternative of a selection of tempting smaller dishes, all priced at DKK 75. These include chicken, fish, salads, desserts, and vegetable dishes: And you can eat as many or as few as your stomach - or wallet - allows.

Recommended for Best Value because: Vesterbro restaurant Cofoco has been synonymous with good food and great value for over a decade.

Jane's expert tip: Cofoco is closed on Sundays.

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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