We all know that Scandinavian food has shot up in popularity in recent times. Copenhagen is certainly one culinary hotspot that has established itself on the global map in this period. Many experts in the travel and hospitality sector now highlight this destination as one to visit. Of course, as with any trip abroad, you need to remember to do your research before you go and make arrangements to travel safely, especially when you consider, according to 1Cover, that it costs $70,000 on average for a weekly hospital stay in Europe.
In terms of preparing to get the most from the food scene in Copenhagen, finding out which are the best restaurants to sample is key. If you are heading to Copenhagen soon, then you should definitely try out these five unmissable eateries while there.
Where to eat Danish cuisine in Copenhagen
Located in the city’s Østerbro region, this is actually part of the ØsterGRO rooftop farm! The farm was founded in 2014 as a project to deliver sustainable food to the local area and the restaurant soon followed. It is open between March and November at weekends and delivers a truly astounding dining experience. Not only is the Danish cuisine on offer delicious but you know that the ingredients for it have been grown right there on the premises. The sharing dishes on offer here are divine, such as cod tartare with oyster cream and chard or beetroot meringue for dessert. Topped off with the fabulous local cider or choice of top-class wines, it delivers a memorable take on Danish food.
Just a short trip over to Refshaleøen island in Copenhagen is La Banchina. Although it is a little out of the main part of the city, it is worth a visit for the excellent food on offer. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, its waterside location makes it a great place to relax. You can even go for a pre-dinner dip in the canals the restaurant sits by if you like! Offering a plant and fish heavy menu, the restaurant only cooks what is in season, so the choice of what to eat is always changing. From mussel broth to oyster ravioli or cod with beurre blanc and ramson oil, you will always find something intriguing to try here.
When it comes to Danish cuisine, smørrebrød is a big player to know about. It basically refers to an open sandwich, typically of rye bread on which mouth-watering morsels of food are placed to enjoy. Selma is perhaps the best restaurant offering this traditional Danish dish in Copenhagen. Chef Magnus Pettersson uses all his skills to produce some truly top-notch examples like blackcurrant herring with crème fraiche. For something different, there is also a chicken salad with beetroot and bacon to marvel at. The atmosphere in Selma is reassuringly laidback and this makes it somewhere splendid to spend time in. Diners usually get offered a shot of schnapps with their first course to help set the right mood!
Run by talented UK chef Jamie Lee, Fiskebar is an outstanding place to head whilst in Copenhagen if you love fish. Found close to the meatpacking district, you should not let its reserved façade put you off. Inside, the airy and bright décor makes you feel instantly at home. The service here is also amazing too. Starting off with the oysters is something of a tradition as is trying out the raw scallop starters next. If you prefer your food warmer, then the choice of grilled king crab or steamed mussels is divine. All the food on offer here is packed full of flavour and it all comes at a reasonable price.
The main draw here is the exquisite ‘Chef’s Choice’ tasting menu at only 295 DKK a pop. Compared to some other eateries in the city, this is good value. Don’t worry though – you aren’t sacrificing anything, the food is bursting with flavour. Serving mainly plant-based dishes in the past, more meat has begun to show up on the menu here to cater for every taste. Found on the posh Jægersborggade shopping street, the atmosphere here is informal with a pleasant feeling of being amongst old friends when inside. The Hindsholm pork with salsa verde is to die for as is the grain salad with almonds and fresh ricotta.
Copenhagen is a food lover’s paradise
As the above shows, there are some fabulous places to eat when in Copenhagen. The choice on offer is amazing as is the quality of the dishes served. Whichever restaurants you decide to check out, you will be sure to have a great time and appreciate just how delicious Danish cuisine is.