Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, replete with culture, history, and heritage. There’s little surprise so many decide to visit this charming Danish city, especially by taking advantage of a fantastic cruise from Newcastle. When in Copenhagen, there are myriad things to see and do but no holiday is complete without first sampling the local culinary offerings. To give you a taste of what to expect, we’ve assembled a list of some fantastic dining locations in our foodie’s guide to Copenhagen, letting you know where you need to visit for the best meals.
For top of the range beer, the microbrewery known as Tapperiet BRUS is the place to be in Copenhagen. With scrumptious, easy-going bar food that is perfect for sharing and a range must-try cocktails if beer isn’t your thing, there is so much to like. The team at Tapperiet BRUS told us what they believe makes them an essential dining destination:
“Renovated from an old Iron factory, BRUS is an open plan, holistic experience for the diner where they are immersed in each aspect of their food and drink. The industrial setting, with the brewery and kitchen exposed, gives the opportunity to be as close as possible to the creation and cultivation of the food and drink. We strive for freshness and quality within a relaxedenvironment and have constructed the entire layout and concept around those keystone principles.”
Getting more specific about their menu, the restaurant said: “BRUS is the home of fermentation, whether it be in the brewery, the restaurant, the bar or the shop. You can find a menu for both casual days and exciting evenings, whether it be trying our signature fermented fries alongside your burger, or our various kimchi dishes, or sampling the table menu to get the full kitchen experience.”
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At the modern and stylish Amass, the kitchen excels in cooking up some of the most exciting food in Copenhagen, providing a truly unique dining experience to locals and tourists alike. Located by the water and boasting their very own vegetable producing garden, Amass is an opportunity to try a selection of carefully created dishes such as mackerel with green beans, herbs, and fennel oil, as well as borlotti beans with grilled squid, cultured cream and lemongrass.
The restaurant told us what makes them one of Copenhagen’s best: “We like to believe we offer really delicious and inventive food in an exciting atmosphere with relaxed yet professional service from very knowledgeable staff, while also doing our utmost to work in an environmentally responsible way.
“Instead of a quest for the perfect piece of fish or perfectly shaped carrot, it’s what we can do with dried walnut pulp or the miso we make out of lemon skins. The so-called ‘by-products’ along with Danish terroir is what drives our creativity and dictates our menus. The result is an ever-changing menu, where we aim to pay as much respect to the whole ingredient as possible.”
Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, owner of Kara Lydon Nutrition and The Foodie Dietitian Blog, had a great time when in Copenhagen, particularly when dining at Amass: “Amass, run by former Noma head chef, Matt Orlando, was my favourite dining experience in Copenhagen. The innovative meals reflective of the new Nordic cuisine and unique atmosphere is hard to beat.”
Why does Kara think Copenhagen is such a great location for food lovers? She tells us: “Copenhagen’s culinary scene is rapidly expanding with inventive and creative dishes. Featuring local fresh ingredients in approachable settings, it's the ultimate foodie destination.”
Consisting of a small team of excellent chefs, Gro Spiseri is an exciting rooftop location where the chefs are present throughout the entire evening as your food is prepared and served in the dining room. Dining takes place in their cosy greenhouse, making for a truly unique atmosphere and one of Copenhagen’s very best foodie hangouts. Describing what makes them such a special spot, the team at Gro Spiseri say:
“It is our goal to create an eatery raised high above the city bustle below. A place that can embrace our dreams of an informal and social food experience based on good organic production, including a care for nature and food delivered to us from local growers, producers and hunters.”
Dinner is served every Thursday to Monday and is spread over six wonderful courses: “The menu changes according to the freshness of the field and season, and reflects our environment based on organic, seasonal and respectfully sourced products from good local producers.”
The food scene in Copenhagen has great variety, with a little something for everyone. For pastry lovers, there’s no better spot than Leckerbaer, a pastry shop known for making intricate and delicious cakes. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss out on tucking into one of the many sweets, treats, and desserts that fill the shop on a daily basis.
Speaking to us about what makes them a special Copenhagen treat, Leckerbaer’s store manager Emily told us: “At Leckerbaer, the focus is on handcraft, and we make all of our products fresh each day. Customers can look into the kitchen from the street and watch the production. We are reinventing the Danish butte cookie through our ‘småkager’.
“Our concept is that we always have eight ‘småkager’ to choose from, and customers can choose to take them home in boxes of 8, 12 or 16. You can also sit in the shop and enjoy our cakes with coffee. Apart from our småkager, one of our most popular cakes is our lemon and sea buckthorn tart with a soft torched meringue.”
Made with passion and the finest quality Nordic flavours, they have excelled in making a uniquely Danish experience. For those looking to take a load off after exploring the city’s delights, stop by Leckerbaer for a cup of coffee and something yummy.
Hooked Seafood kitchen
Seafood is the name of the game at Hooked Seafood Kitchen and for those who like dining out on the delights of the ocean, this is the spot in Copenhagen. Starting as a humble food truck, the restaurant has blossomed into a prominent dining destination, wowing with its menu of simple yet enormously tasty, fresh seafood. Available for lunch and dinner every day of the week, Hooked should most certainly be on your Copenhagen to-do list.
The team at Hooked spoke to us about their journey since opening as a food truck: “Hooked has opened two locations in Copenhagen; one in Nørrebro and one in Vesterbro just by the Meatpacking District. Expect seafood served street food style, with inspiration from all over the world. Hooked has been awarded Copenhagen’s best street food 2018 and 2019 by Danish Newspaper Berlingske. The menu consists of lobster rolls, poke bowls, salads, fish & chips, burgers and different snacks. The style is casual and service is fast.”
With snacks like calamari and tasty tempura prawns as well main courses to savour like their very own Hooked Burger (pollock, honey, mustard, cucumber, chilli, mayor and cheddar), a meal here will most surely be a highlight of your time in the city.
Paté Paté, the oldest restaurant of Copenhagen’s meatpacking district – one of the city’s hippest districts and a great spot for grabbing a delicious bite to eat. With a relaxed and authentic vibe, the menu here is inspired by both Spanish and French cuisine. Speaking to us about what visitors can look forward to, the team at Paté Paté said:
“The meatpacking district is the epicentre of great food and awesome vibes in the heart of trendy Vesterbro. It is a lively institution with an exciting history, where butchers, businesses and restaurants are situated side by side. We are located on a busy corner and have a large outdoor terrace for the summer and up to 100 seats inside. There is always a party at Pate, but with a chilled-out atmosphere that lets the food and wine speak for itself.
“The Menu is mostly small plates designed for sharing and a couple of larger sharing platters – including ½ a pork head! The kitchen is inspired by Spain, France and North Africa while using seasonal Nordic produce. We also have around 30 wines open by the glass at any time and our talented staff are happy to recommend wine for the food or to give you something new to try.”
On each day of the week, the team at La Banchina are serving up scrumptious breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings to their guests as they gaze out over the Copenhagen harbour. With a focus on vegetables and sea-dwelling delights – along with thirst-quenching natural wines – there is plenty to be excited by at this 16-seat restaurant and wine bar. It even has its own on-site sauna!
The team at La Banchina told us about how their ever-changing menu is natural, organic, and locally sourced, and that their mission is to be completely sustainable: “Every day of the week, our café offers simple breakfast dishes, coffee, bar snacks, beer and juicy natural wines. We always offer an egg dish, yoghurt and müsli, a selection of baked goods (sourdough bread and buns, croissants and cinnamon rolls) from the organic bakery at our sister restaurant Il Buco - and we have a hot mushroom broth with a toasted cheese croissant.
“For lunch and dinner, we offer a varied selection of dishes of the day based on the availability of fresh vegetables and seafood. Thursday to Saturday night from October 25th to March 28th we offer a 12-course vegetable and seafood-based tasting menu. Our Head Chef Brendon Walker has experience from everything from bistros to 3-star Michelin restaurants and he makes beautiful and thoughtful food using few ingredients.”
Copenhagen food tours
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One of the best ways to experience the culinary delights of a city is by going on a purpose-made food tour. This is where the team at Foods of Copenhagen come in, who run fantastic tours, taking their guests to some of the city’s best local spots for a true taste of Copenhagen dining. Speaking to us about what people can expect to enjoy on their tours, the team said:
“Our food tours are a must-try if people want to explore the real Copenhagen - visit hidden gems and learn about the secrets from a local. On our tours we visit small establishments; we are small groups and we take guests to our favourite places where we bring our own friends and family. So, our tours are a must-try if you want to explore the best of Copenhagen in a short time - and not waste any meals.”
Foods of Copenhagen also recommended three top spots for Nordic foods and traditions that you might want to check out. For low to mid-range budgets, they suggest Aamanns 1921, for mid-range budgets, they recommend Restaurant Vækst, and then the Michelin starred Restaurant 108.
Where to eat in Copenhagen
- Tapperiet Brus
- Gro Spiseri
- Hooked Seafood Kitchen
- Pate Pate
- Copenhagen Food Tours
- Aamanns 1921
- Restaurant Vækst
- Restaurant 108
- La Banchina
As you can see, foodies are in for a real treat in Copenhagen, the Danish capital can’t fail to please, no matter what you are in the mood for. If this has got you inspired to visit the city for yourself, make sure to take a look at the incredible line up of Baltic cruises that we have available. This part of the world is a true food lover’s paradise.