Copenhagen is renowned for its fair share of Scandi cool: from quirky design shops and cycling bridges to modern dining and effortless fashion. Take a trip and you’ll also find a diverse landscape of food. Here’s our guide to Copenhagen’s street eats and dining…

MeyersBest for coffee and breakfast… Meyers Bageri and Coffee Collective

Grab a pastry, cake or freshly baked bread from Meyers Bageri and head over to the Coffee Collective opposite for your morning caffeine fix. This is one of Copengagen’s first roasters and coffee shop with an open coffee kitchen and no counters creating a warm, relaxed environment. 

Must Try: The Romkugle med nodder– rum and chocolate pastry with nuts. 

Where: Meyers Bageri | Jægersborggade 9, 2200 København N, Denmark

Coffee Collective | Jægersborggade 10
2200 Copenhagen

What’s nearby: Cycle through the urban Superkilen park after breakfast and then hit the trendy shops of Nørrebro for quirky spots.

Best for markets and cheap eats… Torvehallerne

Smorrebrod

Lunch like a local with Smørrebrød

Head to this central spot for a selection of local produce and drink. From fresh seafood and meats to Mikkeller beer bottles, there’s plenty to take away for a picnic. Or, lunch like a local with Smørrebrød from Hallernes Smørrebrød. 

Must try: The Roastbeef Smørrebrød – with pickles, fried onions, cucumber salad, with a pint of Pilsner or Snaps. This is how you do Danish lunches. 

Where: Torvehallerne | Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København K, Denmark

What’s nearby: Tivoli Gardens

Best for Copenhagen Street Food… PapirØen

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Think shipping containers, a warehouse, and deckchairs overlooking the water, and you have PapirØen – the island for Copenhagen Street Food. You’ll find a range of street food dishes serving up international flavours – including Copper and Wheat’s French dishes and fries double fried in duck fat; and gourmet hot dogs from Pølse Kompagniet; and much more. 

Must Try: As much as you can share!  

Where: Copenhagen Street Food | PapirØen/The Paper Island, Warehouse 7 & 8, Transgravsvej 14, 1436 Copenhagen K

What’s nearby: Freetown Christiana, the alternative community, is a 10-minute walk. 

Best for Seafood… Fiskebaren

Fiskebaren

Seafood lovers this ones for you. There’s a focus on serving the best fish and shellfish that’s sourced locally, as well as the best vegetables and other produce.

Must Try: The blue mussels steamed in cider and white wine.  

Where: Fiskebaren | Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København, Denmark 

What’s nearby: The Meatpacking District – the former home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses. You’ll find great restaurants, bars and nightlife here, as well as the food market Kødbyens Mad & Marked, open over weekends.

Best for modern Danish cooking… No. 2

Modern dishes at No 2

Modern dishes at No. 2

If you can’t afford Noma, or get on the waiting list, there’s a few other options which won’t break the bank. At No. 2, feast on a modern interpretation of the Nordic kitchen. Dishes celebrate seasonal and local produce from the beach and sea to the forest. This emphasis is further found in the wine selection, as well as the cocktails which use local ingredients. You’ll find an attention to detail with aesthetics to match the taste.  

Must Try: If  you can afford to splash out go for the set menu, if not, sample the Danish Ham; try the Nordic Ceviche and the Seared Pike Perch; and end on the Rhubarb with woodruff ice cream. 

Where: No. 2 | Nicolai Eigtvedsgade 32, Christianshavn, 1402 Copenhagen 

What’s nearby: Christianshavn

Best for seasonal ingredients and lunches… Höst 

Strawberry dessert with Koldskål

Strawberry dessert with Koldskål

Plenty of restaurants in Copenhagen focus on Nordic produce and Höst is one that combines traditional methods of cooking and flavours with an inventive twist. Try getting a seat in the lush greenhouse section – Höst has won two highly prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in London for its distinctive Nordic design.  

Must Try: It’s a set menu here. We loved the strawberry dessert with Koldskål – a buttermilk the Danish drink in summer. 

Where: Höst | Nørre Farimagsgade 41, 1364 København K, Denmark

What’s nearby: Walk to the nearby Rundetårn – Round Tower for beautiful architecture and views over the city.

Best for BBQ and drinking… Warpigs 

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This set up formed by American brewery 3 Floyds and Danish brewery Mikkeller is home to a mix of Texas BBQ meats and American-Danish brewing. Beer-lovers – you’ll find 20 beers on tap, with six house beers and 14 guest beers.

Must Try: Any of the meats: think brisket, ribs and more served with mac n’ cheese, baked beans, ending with a Bourbon pecan pie.

Where: Warpigs | Flæsketorvet 25, 1711 København V, Denmark

What’s nearby: The Meatpacking District 

Best for Beer… Mikkeller 

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Cool interiors, 20 taps from Mikkeller and other great breweries from around the world, this bar is located in the heart of Vesterbro. Head here for a few drinks, a bite before heading off for an evening out.

Must Try: The Vesterbrown Ale 

Where: Mikkeller Bar | Viktoriagade No. 8 B-C 1655 Copenhagen 

What’s nearby: Vesterbro – the infamous red light district is a lively spot for restaurants, shops and nightlife.

All photography apart from Warpigs – Alicia Fernandes
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