Sample the Best of Copenhagen's Harbor Catch

Harbor city Copenhagen has recently witnessed a surge of new fish restaurants as Denmark’s relationship with the sea and its catch becomes renewed in its kitchen. Those looking for fish restaurants in Copenhagen will find both gourmet bids, contemporary sushi bars and modern takes on the fish and chip shop and harbor grill, with something in all price ranges.

Copenhagen's catch includes upmarket restaurants like Krogs on Gammel Strand - a place that has been synonomous with fish for decades - and floating restaurant Viva moored next to Langebro Bridge, with its Danish-French set menus. It also includes more casual dining spots like Toldboden, not far from the Langelinie dock, and Michelin-recommended Kodbyens Fiskebar, where a laidback atmosphere certainly doesn't mean skimping on quality ingredients.

Copenhagen has too many sushi bars to count on both hands, but the latest in the pack is Alex Sushi, an Oslo establishment with Norwegian specialties as well as Japanese. Those craving a simple helping of fish'n'chips on the other hand should check out Kodbyens Deli - eat in or take out.

Not surprisingly, a good portion of our selection is found on harbor street Nyhavn. Nyhavns Faergekro is known for its herring table, while Cap Horn has an excellent fish selection and a focus on organic ingredients. For oysters, Havfruen is the place - or check out the recent competition, lively Oysters & Grill in Norrebro.    

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

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Restaurant Viva
Photo courtesy of Restaurant Viva

Copenhagen's floating restaurant Viva affords dining with one of the best views of Copenhagen's skyline, particularly on a summer evening at dusk. Moored next to Langebro Bridge since 2004, a new kitchen team came on board this upmarket eatery...  Read More

Like the other restaurants on quayside Nyhavn this traditional restaurant is located in a historic building and boasts a charming, maritime atmosphere. What makes it stands out from the others is its traditional lunch and dinner menus,...  Read More

Restaurant Havfruen
Photo courtesy of Debarshi Ray

This cute, traditional seafood eatery right on the quay in popular tourist street Nyhavn is probably the closest Copenhagen gets to a real French-style oysters bar, and its loyal clientele have been coming here for years. Havfruen ('the...  Read More

Alex Sushi
Photo courtesy of Alex Sushi

A well-known restaurant in Oslo's dining scene, Norway's Alex Sushi opened a Copenhagen edition in 2011 on Hovedvagtsgade just up from Kongens Nytorv, next door to the long-running Cafe Victor. This dynamic, contemporary sushi bar focuses...  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

Kodbyens Deli
Photo courtesy of Kodbyens Deli

As a budget alternative to Kodbyens Fiskebar around the corner, Kodbyens Deli is a great choice. The small menu card uses fresh, seasonal ingredients but its main draw is its fish'n' chips, presented in ladies' (accompanied by salad and cucumber...  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

Kodbyens Fiskebar
Photo courtesy of Thomas Ibsen

One of the big surprises of 2010's Michelin Guide was a bib gourmand for this small, informal fish restaurant, with its long tables, open kitchen and fresh atmosphere; suffice to say it's retained its "good value gourmet" award. Situated in the...  Read More

Krogs Fiskerestaurant

Copenhagen's oldest fish restaurant is also one of the city's most upmarket eateries. Located overlooking the canals on Gammel Strand, this white tablecloth establishment is a place for fine dining. Krogs' French/Danish kitchen has kept up its...  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