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 curries, satay sticks, soups and noodle dishes on offer. If you don't feel like taking it back to your hotel room, there's limited seating inside. Prices hover around DKK 130-150 for a main; vegetarian dishes available. The place is also licensed, so it's no trouble if you feel like a glass of wine with your food.
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 food is the center of focus. Here, Italian pop ballads play over the speakers behind the counter and the friendly staff always seem busy. The energy here is infectious, and you'll soon build up an appetite for the thin, crispy pizzas made with real buffalo mozzarella. Other Italian specialties are also available: Prices around DKK 50-60.
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 food is delicate, colorful and spicy, and the prices fairly reasonable for downtown Copenhagen. You'll be spoilt for choice from the extensive menu, which offers a host of starters, including classics like dim sum dumplings (DKK 75 a portion), even more mains, including red and green curries with chicken (DKK 95), and Thai spare ribs (DKK 105). There's even a range of mouth-watering desserts available.
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 away, with exquisitely presented salads, maki rolls and nigiri as well as the specialty yakitori sticks on the menu, and ingredients range from avocado and salmon to the more exotic Australian kingfish, with vegetarians catered for, as well. There are another 7 branches dotted in and around Copenhagen, including one in Vesterbro at Istegade 62.
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 sauce) and gents' editions (tartar sauce and especially thick chips), and will costs you a mere DKK 70. There is also a changing dish of the day as well as a dessert. On a summer evening, the tables and benches outside the deli in the vast yard of the meatpacking district are lively with locals enjoying a good old helping of fried fish.
Some 30 years ago, the sight of a 'pølsevogn' or mobile hot dog stand on the streets of Copenhagen was a common sight; these days, you're more likely to come across a coffee bar or sushi joint. Despite that, Denmark's fast food staple now comes in a healthy, organic edition in the form of DØP - Den Økologiske Polsemand, or The Organic Hot Dog Seller. Claus Christensen opened his hot dog business in November 2009, setting up shop next to the Round Tower in Copenhagen's atmospheric Latin Quarter, and his cheap and tasty alternative to the area's cafes was a hit from the start. A hot dog will set you back about DKK 40, and you can choose between a range of organic dressings and even organic mash, a mix of potato and parsnip, on the side.
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 now internationally-known movement. Gourmet products include fresh-ground coffee beans, oatmeal, honey, chocolate, tea, vegetable oils, marmalades, and pickles, as well as fresh-baked bread and pastries from the Meyer Bakery. There is also a cafe on the premises serving food and beverages to eat in or take out all day long.
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 always listed on the blackboard, and created from the notion of a pizza as a complete entity, where sweet, sour, bitter and salty tastes are combined into a total experience. Gorm's is also known for his 'pizza flaps'; like healthier versions of a pizza slice, these are wrapped around crispy salad. Every day between 10am and 12 noon a breakfast pizza is served with eggs, beans, and pancetta. Prices for pizzas are around DKK 50-70.
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 a fresh new audience to acquaint themselves with traditional toppings like herring, eggs, shrimps or beet on a slice of rye. Smørrebrød (Adam Aamann and his team never refer to it as open sandwiches, even in their takeout spot in NYC) is on offer every lunchtime Monday through Sunday, while the evening menu offers one hot and tasty weekly special (generally a Danish classic) along with perennial favorites, frikadellar pork and veal meatballs.
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 Marché' is French for market: the food here is French-inspired, mostly locally sourced and based upon a set menu that changes weekly and fuses the French kitchen with Scandinavian (and occasionally Italian) touches. Built up from the concept that all people, regardless of budget, have a right to top quality food to take home, the original selection was limited but good; and it quickly became popular. The decor is as well thought out as the food, taken from locally reclaimed materials: the counter panels, for example, were taken from a well-known Copenhagen nightclub.