Copenhagen Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Copenhagen

The Danes take pride in their cuisine, and Copenhagen restaurants strive for excellence. In fact, 15 eateries here have Michelin stars, including the three-starred Geranium and the two-starred Restaurant AOC. Both serve modern Scandinavian cuisine. 

If you're looking for traditional Danish food (think: large, rich meals made with meat, dairy, potatoes, mushrooms and cabbage), head to Indre By. The largest concentration of dining venues reside in Nyhavn, but traveler-approved favorites can be found throughout the neighborhood. Popular options include Restaurant Krebsegaarden and Marv & Ben. Multiple Frederiksberg restaurants, such as Grams Laekkerier and Restaurant Frederiks Have, also come highly recommended. And for ethnic dishes, try Zahida (for Pakistani), Pizzeria MaMeMi WestMarket (for Italian), Hija de Sanchez (for Mexican) or The Red Box (for Chinese).

Though Denmark's cuisine is not as world-renowned as what you'll find in other European countries like Italy and France, the country does feature a few must-try specialties. For a casual lunch, order a smørrebrød (an open-faced sandwich topped with ingredients like raw herring and hard-boiled eggs) or a pølser (a Danish-style hot dog commonly served with ketchup, mustard, fried onions and pickles). Both items are available at stands throughout Copenhagen. Other must-try items range from frikadeller (pan-fried meatballs) to aebleskiver (small, round pancakes stuffed with apples and served with marmalade) to local blue, danbo, samsø and havarti cheeses.

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  • #1
    Grams Laekkerier
    #1 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 712 reviewsTripAdvisor (712)
    $ | Cafe, Fast Food, European, Soups, Danish
    Halmtorvet 1, Copenhagen 1700 Denmark
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  • #2
    Restaurant Krebsegaarden
    #2 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1297 reviewsTripAdvisor (1297)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Danish, Norwegian
    Studiestraede 17, Copenhagen 1455 Denmark
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  • #3
    Smagsloeget (Vesterbro)
    #3 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 248 reviewsTripAdvisor (248)
    $ | Fast Food, European, International, Danish
    Vesterbrogade 19 Kobenhavn V, Copenhagen 1620 Denmark
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  • #4
    Madbaren Marmorkirken
    #4 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 119 reviewsTripAdvisor (119)
    $ | Pizza, European
    Store Kongensgade 77, Copenhagen 1264 Denmark
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  • #5
    The Olive Kitchen & Bar
    #5 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2069 reviewsTripAdvisor (2069)
    $ - $$ | International, European
    Noerregade 22, Copenhagen 1165 Denmark
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  • #6
    Zahida at Kellerdirk
    #6 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 820 reviewsTripAdvisor (820)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Pakistani
    Frederiksberg Alle 102 We are located inside the historic Kellerdirk Bar and nightlcub, Copenhagen 1820 Denmark
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  • #7
    Sollerod Kro
    #7 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 332 reviewsTripAdvisor (332)
    $$ | French, Danish, International
    Soelleroedvej 35 DK-2840 Holte, Copenhagen 2840 Denmark
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  • #8
    Pizzeria Mamemi & Wine Bar
    #8 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 883 reviewsTripAdvisor (883)
    $ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
    Mysundegade 28, Copenhagen 1668 Denmark
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  • #9
    Slice of San Francisco
    #9 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 691 reviewsTripAdvisor (691)
    $ | Mexican, American, Cafe
    Frederiksholms Kanal 4 Frederiksholms Kanal 4, 1220, Copenhagen 1220 Denmark
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  • #10
    The Pescatarian
    #10 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $$ | Danish, Seafood, European
    Amaliegade 49 On the corner of Amaliegade & Esplanaden, Copenhagen 1256 Denmark
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  • #11
    Geranium
    #11 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1045 reviewsTripAdvisor (1045)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Danish
    Per Henrik Lings Alle 4, 8., Copenhagen Denmark
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  • #12
    Marv & Ben
    #12 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 596 reviewsTripAdvisor (596)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Danish
    Snaregade 4, Copenhagen 1205 Denmark
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  • #13
    Cafe Komplet
    #13 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 327 reviewsTripAdvisor (327)
    $ - $$ | Danish
    Store Kongensgade 65, Copenhagen 1264 Denmark
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  • #14
    Banana Joe
    #14 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 408 reviewsTripAdvisor (408)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    Elmegade 18, Copenhagen 2200 Denmark
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  • #1
    Enomania
    #1 of 254 Places to Eat in Frederiksberg
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European, Wine Bar
    Vesterbrogade 187, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 1800 Denmark
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  • #16
    Kokkeriet
    #16 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 753 reviewsTripAdvisor (753)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Danish
    Kronprinsessegade 64, Copenhagen 1306 Denmark
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  • #2
    Mielcke & Hurtigkarl
    #2 of 254 Places to Eat in Frederiksberg
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 247 reviewsTripAdvisor (247)
    $$ | European, Scandinavian, Danish, International, Contemporary, Fusion
    Fr.Berg Runddel 1, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen 2000 Denmark
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  • #18
    Grod
    #18 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 133 reviewsTripAdvisor (133)
    $ | Scandinavian, Danish
    Linnesgade 17 Torvehallerne, Hal 2, Stade 8A,, Copenhagen Denmark
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  • #19
    Basso Kobenhavn
    #19 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 325 reviewsTripAdvisor (325)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    Dronningens Tvaergade 22, Copenhagen 1302 Denmark
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  • #20
    Restaurant leaven
    #20 of 3,097 Places to Eat in Copenhagen
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 305 reviewsTripAdvisor (305)
    $$ | French, Seafood, Wine Bar, Scandinavian, Danish
    Ny Adelgade 4, Copenhagen 1104 Denmark
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