Copenhagen's Gourmet Take Out. From Smørrebrød to Sushi

Gone are the days when all Copenhagen had to offer in the way of take out fare was a hot dog stand or a barely nutritious China Box: These days, foodies in a hurry--or gourmands who would simply prefer to eat at home--can enjoy everything from authentic Italian pizzas, delicate sushi rolls and fragrant Thai take-out to the best in Nordic cuisine, all packed up to go.

Top of our list is a place that helped kick start Copenhagen's food revolution, Cofoco Le Marché. The menu here is not large, but the food is of excellent quality: So good, in fact, that Cofoco has expanded with restaurants all over the city.

Just as Cofoco showed us that French food is not to proud to be eaten to go, so too have Aamanns taken the traditional Danish lunch and handed it to us in a portable edition from their stylish Østerbro location. Another place offering superb seasonal Danish produce is Meyers Deli, out in Frederiksberg.

Copenhagen's gourmet food market Torvehallerne Kbh is a great place to start for takeout food: And if you're looking for pizza, Gorm's Pizza at stand G1 offers some of the best in the city. Hot dogs meanwhile are a Copenhagen staple; but for one that's a little more nutritious, the organic hot dog stand DØP operates Mon to Sat throughout the year next to the Round Tower.

Thai and Japanese food is well-represented in Copenhagen, and some of the best Asian take out boxes come from Aroii (there's a number of locations around the city, but the one on Hausergade has the best selection); and the original sushi chain in Copenhagen, Sticks'n'Sushi

Wokshop Cantina
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This Thai-inspired takeaway has a superb location, on Ny Adelgade just off Kongens Nytorv: Ideal for those staying at the nearby Generator Hostel. Considering most establishments in this district are pretty pricey, this is a great option, with...  Read More

Pizzaria Salumeria La Fiorita
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Considered by locals as the best pizzeria in the hip and arty Nansensgade quarter, La Fiorita is a long-running Copenhagen favorite: An understated, genuine Italian-Copenhagen place with a decor that is nothing special to look at, but where the...  Read More

ARoii - Hausergade
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A citywide chain of high-quality, stylish Thai takeaways, Aroii has two city center locations, one in Nyhavn and the other on Hausergade, Kultorvet. Of these, the Hausergade address has a greater selection and more extensive opening times. The...  Read More

Nansensgade Quarter
Photo courtesy of Sticks'n'Sushi

The first sushi bar in what is now a citywide chain, Sticks'n' Sushi first opened on Nansensgade in 1994, long before the sushi craze hit Copenhagen by storm. Within the sleek premises, sushi is freshly prepared either for eating in or taking...  Read More

Kodbyens Deli
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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

Den Økologiske Pølsemand
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Meyers Deli
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The original store of what is now a small chain of delis in and around Copenhagen, selling a variety of specialized food goodies ideal for those who want to try a spot of New Nordic cooking themselves: Claus Meyer is one of the pioneers of the...  Read More

Nansensgade Quarter
Gorm's Pizza
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The recent readers' choice winner in a local web guide's 'best takeout' contest, Gorm's pizza in gourmet food market Torvehallerne Kbh is the creation of Gorm Wisweh, a pizza lover from the Danish island of Bornholm. Gorm's signature pizzas are...  Read More

Aamanns Deli & Take Away
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Just when it seemed like the old Copenhagen smørrebrød (or open sandwich) establishments were dying out, places like Aamanns have revolutionized the institution. Aamanns is located just outside downtown in the Østerbro quarter and has allowed...  Read More

Cofoco Le Marché
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Cofoco Le Marché on Værnedamsvej, situated where city quarter Vesterbro meets more residential Frederiksberg, is the original establishment of what is now a successful citywide chain. Cofoco stands for 'Copenhagen Food Consulting' while 'Le...  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