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13 restaurants you should try in Copenhagen

We give you the culinary highlights in Scandinavia’s definite food capital.

Words Nick Rice


Contemporary international cuisine located in the revamped Hotel Sankt Annæ. The owners of Restaurant Format have enjoyed a string of successes with other restaurants and the expertise shines through in this crowd-pleasing place located smack bang in the centre of the city. We also recommend cocktails and appetizers in their Form Bar. Manager Morten Steen Andersen says, ”We’re driven by providing sublime food and attentive service. We’re dedicated to do something that we believe in and that we think has format.” – Sankt Annæ Plads 20



Award-winning cuisine served in a minimalist space by warm and friendly waitstaff. Relæ hit number 39 on the list of the World’s Best Restaurants last year. The recognition is deserved for their ambitious four- and seven-course menus. They also win awards for sustainability. ”It’s our choice to be certified organic, because it’s worth it.” -Jægersborggade 41



Multi-national food cooked in a Josper grill oven — found in the unfailingly popular Meatpacking District. You can pick and choose your own dinner at KUL, which offers gourmet grilled dishes at inexpensive prices. Portions are modest but mouth-watering. – Høkerboderne 16



Light and airy former butcher’s shop transformed to serve delectably simple French fare. Floor-to-ceiling windows make this Parisian style bistro a bright space to enjoy coffee and croissants in the morning or killer French classics such as oysters, tarte flambée, and steak frites for lunch or dinner. – Værnedamsvej 10



Stunning location with sweeping harbour views and exceptional seafood. Boathouse serves fresh grilled meats and Asian favourites such as gyoza and black cod. Their signature burger features beef from Vendsyssel, Vesterhavs cheese, marmalade and harissa mayo dressing — it’s unsurprisingly popular. – Strandgade 85A



Enjoy unfussy ingredients with a twist in this new venture adjacent to the Charlottenborg Art Gallery courtyard. The interiors by designer Rune Bruun Johansen, the lofty ceilings and the headless statues lend a sense of refinery to the dining experience at Apollo Bar and Kanteen. – Nyhavn 2


More to eat

Geist, Kongens Nytorv 8,

Lidkoeb, Vesterbrogade 72B,

Gasoline Grill, Landgreven 10,

Manfreds, Jægersborggade 40,

Noma, Refshalevej 96,

Geranium, Per Henrik Lings Allé 4,

Pluto, Borgergade 16,

Restaurant Relæ
Les Trois Cochons
Apollo Bar