When I told people that we were living in Copenhagen for the summer, the top question asked was “what’s Danish food like? Is it even good?”
Is it good?! New Nordic cuisine is going to be your new favorite food to eat! And, when you’re tired of local, seasonal Scandinavian fish, meats and veggies, don’t worry. There are so many dang tasty Copenhagen restaurants to visit (including one of the best-rated Michelin star spots in the world!)
These are all the best restaurants in Copenhagen to eat at including cafes, bars, restaurants and food stalls.
What Type Of Food Is Copenhagen Known For?
Traditional Danish food revolves heavily around local seasonal ingredients. You’ll find a lot of rye bread, seafood, meats, pickled herring and seasonal veggies. More modern Danish dishes still follow this but you’ll find inspiration pulled from other cultures quite a bit.
Locals on TikTok have a different opinion, but from a personal viewpoint after living in Denmark, they have a soft spot for sauces (remoulade, hollandaise, etc) along with rhubarb and elderflower during the summer. They’ll tell you that Gamel Dansk is the most Danish drink, but in Copenhagen, expect to see a lot of Aperol Spritz and schnapps on menus in the summertime.
And while Denmark is most known for smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) the national dish of Denmark is actually stegt flæsk, pieces of pork, fried until crisp and served with boiled potatoes and parsley sauce (see, they love sauces!) When living in Denmark, these were my favorite places to eat in Copenhagen that I know you’ll love too!