Taste Copenhagen's Eclectic Flavors at These 11 Restaurants

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Aliki Seferou

New restaurants keep popping up in Copenhagen and bring a taste of the world’s flavors in the capital of Denmark. This article will guide you through the city’s gastronomy scene, covering a wide range of food types and budgets.

1. Restaurant Barr

Restaurant, Danish, German, British

Barr dining room
Courtesy of Barr

Two of the most renowned chefs and restaurateurs, Thorsten Schmidt and René Redzepi, joined forces and in July 2017 Barr opened its doors for the first time. The stylish restaurant is housed at the old home of noma and it certainly lives up to its reputation. Known for their long experience in Malling & Schmidt and noma, Schmidt and Redzepi are now experimenting with food and drink traditions of the North Sea region, combining recipes and ingredients used in the Scandinavian, German and British cuisine. The 60-seat new classic restaurant with the Northern European- Scandinavian design offers a great view by the waterfront, and is ideal for a Sunday lunch with friends or family.

2. Nærvær Winebar & Restaurant

Restaurant, Wine Bar, French, Asian, Danish

Courtesy of Nærvær

Both a wine bar and a gourmet restaurant with chef Yves Le Lay on the lead, Nærvær serves high-quality dishes and a wide range of wines that can fulfill gastronomy lovers’ wishes. Expect to find 8-12 dishes on the menu all rooted in the French cuisine but with a twist of Nordic and Asian flavors and always inspired of the seasonal ingredients. Housed in the ground floor of the award winning residential building at Krøyers Plads in the city center, Nærvær offers a great view to Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s picturesque district, and the Marble Church. Keep in mind that the restaurant has only 12 seats which means you have to book in advance if you want to indulge in a gourmet meal while enjoying the view of Copenhagen’s old city.

3. VeVe

Restaurant, Healthy, European, Vegetarian

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VeVe is a lacto-vegetarian restaurant that serves only seasonal dishes. That’s why you’ll see no more than six servings on their menu with none of them including meat or fish. The 30-seat restaurant is housed in an old warehouse in Østerbro, just a stone’s throw away from the Little Mermaid. Peas, mint, and lemongrass with butter sauce, mushroom tagliatelle, and lime ginger lemonade are some of the delicacies you’ll find on VeVe’s menu at the moment.

5. Kiin Kiin Bao Bao

Restaurant, Asian, Korean, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Kiin Kiin Bao Bao
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Located in Vesterbro, Kiin Kiin Bao Bao brings a taste of the Asian kitchen in the heart of Copenhagen. Delicacies inspired by the Korean and Taiwan kitchen accompanied by seasonal wines and cocktails are served to customers who appreciate high-quality food and aren’t afraid of experimenting with new tastes, such as the restaurant’s renowned Asian tapas. The restaurant’s decoration, a mix of Asian and Scandinavian design, creates a warm, and at the same time, high-end atmosphere.

6. Gaarden & Gaden

Restaurant, European, Northern European, Danish

Gaarden and Gaden
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Gaarden & Gaden is the place for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. That means you’ll find light dishes, meat plates, and vegetarian delicacies, as well as various snacks, for a bite. Every ingredient used in the recipes is organic and bought from manufacturers that the people at Gaarden & Gaden visit regularly. Aside from its great menu Nørrebros’s cozy restaurant serves frozen cocktails and has 300 types of natural wines. So, even if you aren’t hungry, weekday happy hour from 3:30 pm. – 5:30 p.m. is a good reason to stop by.

7. Hija de Sánchez

Restaurant, Mexican, Street Food

Hija de Sanchez
Courtesy of Hija de Sanchez

Mexicans living in Copenhagen have now a place where they can feel like home. Coming from Mexico, Rosio Sanchez, the chef and owner of Hija de Sanchez, knows how a good taco should taste and therefore decided to bring the original flavor of the beloved Mexican food to Europe and particularly Denmark. The cozy restaurant serves numerous combinations, so whether you prefer a vegetarian and/or gluten-free taco or one with roasted chicken you’ll most definitely find something that suits your taste. You’ll spot Hija de Sanchez restaurants in the Meatpacking District and at Torvehallerne food market just next to Nørreport Station.

8. Hyggestund

Restaurant, American, Coffee, European

Courtesy of Hyggestund

From the day Hyggestund entered Copenhagen’s gastronomy scene two months ago, night owls knew where to head for a proper breakfast. Homemade donuts and ice cream or waffles are for those who need a sugar boost, while fried spicy chicken or a two-egg sandwich are for the hungry, but Beer Geek of The Day, organic sodas, and juices are for everyone. The city’s new all day breakfast spot is located in an old beautiful building at Vesterbro.

9. Gló Denmark

Restaurant, Healthy, European, Danish, Vegetarian

Gló Denmark
Courtesy of Gló Denmark

With 95% of Gló’s products being organic those who want a healthy lunch or a nutritious breakfast know where to head. Housed in the historic shopping mall, Magasin du Nord, the new restaurant serves salads, raw food, delicious burgers, and more green-kitchen delicacies. Salad bowls are inspired from international cuisine, so customers can choose among Mexican, Mediterranean, Nordic, Thai, and other combinations. Add a topping of your taste and indulge in a delicious and super healthy meal.

10. Ramen to Bíiru

Restaurant, Japanese, Ramen

Ramen To Biiru
Courtesy of Ramen To Biiru

The first Ramen to Bíiru restaurant opened in Copenhagen’s multicultural neighborhood, Nørrebro, in 2015. Locals loved it so much that just five months later another Ramen to Bíiru popped up in Vesterbro’s hip neighborhood. Ramen is a famous Japanese dish which consists of homemade wheat noodles in a broth made from chicken stock seasoned with soy sauce. Experimenting with new ingredients but always based on the original recipe, the people behind Ramen to Bíiru serve high-quality Japanese food and at the same time offer eight types of high-quality frozen beer, reminding us that we’re still in Scandinavia.

11. Nordisk Falafel

Restaurant, Middle Eastern

Nordisk Falafel opened less than a month ago and has already won a place in vegetarians’ and Copenhageners’ heart. In a city that brims with falafel restaurants, gaining foodies’ attention and love is a difficult task but Nordisk Falafel seems to have already made it. Authentic falafel and hummus are served in freshly baked bread with fresh salad and chili or tahini dressing. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, make your own salad with the restaurant’s fresh vegetables. A great place for a delicious and cheap bite.
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