The perfect pairing of taste and setting in Copenhagen's most romantic restaurants

Looking for a place to take your loved one for a romantic dinner whilst in Copenhagen? The city has no shortage of contenders, both traditional and more offbeat. Copenhagen's most romantic restaurants are generally small, intimate, and exclusive, so reservation well in advance is essential to avoid disappointment. 

With its idyllic surroundings, bags of history and tradition, and a menu that's classy without being audacious, Den Gule Cottage is well worth making the 30-minute drive north to Dyrehaven for, especially on a long, balmy summer evening.

Era Ora has been one of Copenhagen's most exclusive and delectable Italian eateries for some decades now, and its setting, amid the pretty canals of Christianshavn, is simply the icing on the cake.

Copenhagen has some excellent French restaurants, and we've selected two of its more low-key establishments, Carte Blanche in Østerbro and the Latin Quarter's Mon Amour, where the rustic French kitchen and a discreet ambience ought to prove the winning combination.

French food with a Nordic twist is offered at two stalwarts of Copenhagen's restaurant scene, the historic Restaurant Grønnegade--located in a 17th-century building, one of the city's oldest--and Frederiks Have, whose delightful covered courtyard overlooks Frederiksberg Have. Likewise, Orangeriet in Kongens Have manages to combine disarmingly simple menus with the perfect garden location.

We know that romantic dining means different things to different couples, so we've added two less obvious choices in the lively Nørrebro district of Copenhagen. Oysters are served with the casual panache of a port in the Canary Islands at Oysters&Grill, while wonderfully simple and homely Italian dishes are served in fresh, informal surroundings at Spiseri.

Restaurant Grønnegade
Photo courtesy of Christian Alsing, Copenhagen Media Center

Restaurant Grønnegade is housed in one of Copenhagen's oldest buildings, dating from 1689, just a few minutes' walk from Kongens Nytorv Square. It's a place steeped in tradition, having been a restaurant for the past 40 years - 17 of them under...  Read More

Oysters & Grill
Photo courtesy of Cofoco

Oysters, in varying types and sizes, are on the menu at reasonable prices at local chain Cofoco's fresh and vibrant seafood department, located in Norrebro next to Empire movie theater. The bright tablecloths and busy staff bustling between 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

City Centre
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Orangeriet

A breath of fresh air in the popular Kongens Have Gardens, Orangeriet is certainly in another league than your typical park cafe. Located in the old glass house of the Kings Gardens with an adjacent terrace for al fresco dining on a warm summer...  Read More

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

Photo courtesy of Famo

One of Copenhagen's most authentic and popular Italian restaurants, Famo's location does not raise eyebrows - tucked down a little side street in inner Vesterbro - but the food here is uncompromisingly Italian, rustic, with an exclusively...  Read More

Carte Blanche
Photo courtesy of Carte Blanche

Opened summer 2010, Osterbro's neighborhood French eatery Carte Blanche has been received favorably by local food critics, who have described the place as somewhere 'you feel like coming time and again.' The small premises are bright and...  Read More

Frederiks Have
Photo courtesy of Frederiks Have

Two things attract dinner guests to the delightful Frederiks Have, located not far from the eastern entrance to the extensive Frederiksberg Have park. The first is the excellent changing menu of Scandinavian cuisine made by the kitchen team of...  Read More

Era Ora
Photo courtesy of Claes Bech Poulsen / Era Ora

Era Ora has long been regarded as the best and most upmarket Italian restaurant in Copenhagen. Situated in a beautifully decorated old building overlooking the pretty canals of Christianshavn, Era Ora is open for both dinner and lunch and is...  Read More

Outside the city
Den Gule Cottage
Photo courtesy of Den Gule Cottage

Two of Copenhagen's best-known chefs, Anita Klemensen and Lars Thomsen, took over 'The Yellow Cottage' in 2010 and has transformed this delightful thatched cottage in the woods near Bellevue Strand into a fresh and feminine gourmet kitchen....  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