The Best Restaurants in Christianshavn, Copenhagen

© Alexander Spatari
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9 July 2020

Known for its hip café culture and colourful houseboats, Christianshavn is tailor-made for blissful wandering. When your stomach starts rumbling, head for one of the areas excellent restaurants and sample some of Copenhagen’s fresh, creative cuisine.

Cafe, Continental
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The Corner at 108
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This canal-side café, an offshoot – literally at the corner – of the Michelin-star 108 Restaurant, serves more informal dishes than its parent restaurant, such as chicken burgers and salads, while also offering an affordable, accessible taste of Noma-style fermentation in pastry form. “Because it’s a part of the Noma family, they focus a lot on fermentation, using all sorts of different fermented sauces to add more complexity. They have these pastries glazed with fermented mushroom juice, or coffee kombucha or fermented blueberries,” says Palsgård. “The final product is outstanding: it’s puff pastry dough, which is rich in butter and caramelises at the bottom.” And care is given to the coffee too, as Palsgård explains: “Coffee-wise they use Tim Wendelboe form Oslo, who has also designed the coffee concept at Noma. It has really high-quality products, with simple presentation.”

Restaurant, Seafood, European, Danish, $$$
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Kiin Kiin
Kiin Kiin | Courtesy of Kiin Kiin
Originally from the small Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, Kadeau successfully blends the tastes and scents from the island into their food and atmosphere. Located in Copenhagen’s center, Kadeau serves specialties from Bornholm based on Danish ingredients. Try pork belly and beetroot or Danish seafood. The restaurant was first awarded a Michelin star in 2013.

Restaurant, Danish, German, British, $$$
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Barr dining room
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.

Restaurant, Wine Bar, French, Asian, Danish
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Nærvær
Nærvær | 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.

Bar, Pub Grub
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Located in a small alley at Christianshavn, just a few meters away from Christiania, Eiffel Bar is open every day from morning ’til 3am. A beer costs just DKK20 (US$2.80), so it’s not a surprise that it is packed with people of all ages even in the weekdays. The place is very small and tables are usually shared with habitués always eager to strike up a conversation. Eiffel is a mix of locals, expats and tourists, making it the perfect bar for those who want to expand their social network and make some new friends.

Restaurant, Danish, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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vegan lunch copenhagen
Vegan Lunch | Courtesy of The Organic Boho

The Organic Boho is a cute and colourful vegan restaurant located in Christianshavn. The food here is 100% organic and plant-based. Karina, the person behind the stylish boho-themed restaurant, strives to always offer high-quality dishes that are fully environment- and animal-friendly.

Cafe, Restaurant, Vegetarian, Tea , Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Nestled in one of Freetown Christiania’s scenic alleys, Morgenstedet has been serving its fresh salads and vegetarian dishes for more than 20 years. The cosy restaurant with the homely atmosphere and the small front yard offers different types of cuisine, and is considered one of Copenhagen’s best and cheapest vegetarian restaurants.

Diner, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Nyhavens Faergekro
Nyhavens Faergekro | Courtesy of Nyhavens Faergekro
Kanalen is situated in an old house, once used as the customs office in Christianshavn district. The elegant interior is furnished with light wooden tables and chairs, with beautiful large windows overlooking the Christianshavn’s Canal. In summer you can sit outside on the terrace facing the river. The lunch menu includes traditional Danish herring specialities, while the dinner menu offers lobster, oysters and brill dishes. Order a seven courses tasting menu, accompanied by Italian or French wine.

Diner, Restaurant, French, $$$
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Viva is a restaurant located on a ship, docked near the Langebro Bridge. The restaurant offers a simple and modern atmosphere and stunning views on the city through its many rounded windows. The menu is a mix of Danish and French cuisine, focusing on fish and shellfish dishes. Try the six or 10 dish tasting menus, or create your own, as the dinner menu consists of only starters.
These recommendations were updated on July 9, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.