10 Best Casual Dining Restaurants in Copenhagen offer informal dining in plesant surroundings

Copenhagen is well suited for the casual diner. Danes love to go out to eat and are customarily informal, casually dressed and relaxed about eating out. The city has many options for those looking for a reasonably priced restaurant you can drop in at without calling first, before or after a tour of the town, that’s pleasant to dine in.

Up-and-coming neighborhoods like the vibrant, culturally diverse Vesterbro offer a wide selection of relaxed and informal restaurants where prices are reasonable. This is especially true in the former meatpacking district Kodbyen, rapidly developing a reputation for a restaurant scene that combines casual settings with fresh, innovative menus: Italian eatery Mother, organic folk kitchen BioMio and sustainable meat restaurant Nose2Tail, where nothing on the animal goes to waste, stand out in particular. For those craving something with a little more kick, colourful Thai eatery Spicylicious is reasonably priced and comfortably decorated.

Even in more upmarket districts like elegant Frederiksstaden it’s possible to enjoy a good meal in a casual setting at restaurants like modern fusion kitchen The Red Box, the organic Italian kitchen of Che Fe and MASH, which stands for ‘Modern American Steakhouse’.

If you find yourself around Nyhavn with a rumbling stomach and no dinner reservations, try checking out Cap Horn, a pleasant restaurant that’s built its reputation on quality local produce and organic fare. If you’re in the mood for pizza or pasta before a movie or a show, The Italian is handily placed a short walk from central Rådhuspladsen square.

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

The Red Box
Photo courtesy of The Red Box


This contemporary fusion restaurant combines the best of both Asian and European kitchens with as fresh, healthy menu that is light years away from the greasy and stodgy dishes that Denmark's 'kina grill' have developed a reputation for. Its...  Read More

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Che Fe
Photo courtesy of Era Ora Group


Che Fe in downtown Copenhagen is an organic certified restaurant, run by the team behind Christianshavn's Era Ora and L'Altro. Many of the dishes offered here are classics that helped make Era Ora its name back in the 1980s. With very reasonable...  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

MASH Steakhouse
Photo courtesy of MASH Steakhouse


This stylish diner calls itself a 'Modern American Steakhouse', a concept that has proved so popular with Danish diners that the restaurant now has two other branches in other parts of the country. Located downtown on Bredgade in...  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

Photo courtesy of Stine Christiansen


It's almost impossible to translate 'mad bodega', but the term illustrates the kind of back to basics community spirit of traditional Danish bars this modern, sustainable eatery in Vesterbro's meatpacking district hopes to emulate. Inspired by a...  Read More

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The Italian
Photo courtesy of The Italian


A smart yet casual Italian restaurant on the street level of Hotel Kong Frederik run by the incredibly successful and generally extremely reliable Copenhagen restaurant chain Cofoco. The decor here is simple but fresh, with plain wooden tables...  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

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


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