I spend half my time in Denmark because my parents live there and I have experienced Copenhagen and all it has to offer for over 15 years. Copenhagen is home to some of the best cafes, restaurants and bars I have ever visited. I think I have a unique perspective as I am not a tourist, so don’t get automatically drawn to the tourist areas. But neither am I a fully fledged local, so I don’t get stuck in a routine and am not afraid to venture to new establishments. In this post I will summarise the places that in my opinion are the best places to eat in Copenhagen, all of which my family eat at on a regular basis.
My Personal Favourite = Parma and Pasta, Lyngby
I thought I would start by raving about my personal favourite. Parma and Pasta is an authentic Italian restaurant set up in an open kitchen/bar type style. It is located in the food court of the shopping centre in Lyngby, about a 10 minute train journey from the centre of Copenhagen. It is honestly the best pasta I have ever had, and I’ve had a lot of pasta all over the world, including Italy. The man who runs it is so friendly and obviously loves what he does, as do all the other staff. The menu is small but absolutely delicious and executed wonderfully. They make the pasta and all the dishes fresh and right in front of you! Its fresh, honest, handmade and delicious. My favourite dish is the ricotta and spinach ravioli but my mum likes the classic carbonara best. Couldn’t recommend this enough, we go there at least once a week for lunch! Yummy!
My Guilty Pleasure = Churroria Lune Spanskror, Tivoli Gardens
Churroria is a stall in Tivoli Gardens in the centre of Copenhagen and serves, you guessed it…churros!! Tivoli Gardens is one of the most famous and most visited landmarks in Denmark and it absolutely beautiful, but we like to go there especially for these churros. They are freshly made and come with a choice of toppings. I prefer them with cinnamon sugar or with their delicious chocolate sauce. Churros are one of my favourite guilty pleasures and I would have a hard time finding ones better than they serve at Churroria. I love to go on a winters evening all wrapped up and walk around Tivoli with a bag of churros to look at all the beautiful Christmas lights.
Best Burger = MAD (Modern American Diner), Vesterbrogade
I know its not very adventurous but I have to include this place in my list. Located right next to Tivoli Gardens in the middle of Copenhagen they honestly do the most amazing meat based comfort food including burgers, steaks, ribs and sandwiches. I absolutely love the crab cakes and the chicken wings for starters and my fave burger is the Wagyu Kobe Burger which includes mozzarella, bacon, BBQ sauce and baconnaise! I love this place because it is good, honest modern food. I also love America and this is a non gimmick restaurant that serves everything american, including root beer and wine made in the US to Key Lime Pie or a full American breakfast. It is also one of the only places in Copenhagen to have a good selection of American beer on draught!
Best Atmosphere = Barock Harbour Grill, Nyhavn
This is our favourite place to go as a family, especially on a lovely summers evening. Located along the beautiful Nyhavn, one of the most popular places in Copenhagen, this restaurant has a great view and atmosphere. With everyone walking by, the buskers playing music and people laughing and having a beer it is an amazing place to see Copenhagen at its best where locals and tourists come together. It serves traditional Danish but is especially recognised for its fresh seafood dishes. It is a bit pricey but not extortionate considering Copenhagen is expensive anyway and it is in a popular tourist area. But they do a special menu for Kr.350- (~£35) which includes 1/2 lobster to start, grilled beef for main and creme brûlée for dessert, this is what my dad and I always order! This is where we take all our non-danish friends when they come to visit and is highly recommended for good food and a beautiful waterfront view.
Authentic Traditional Danish = Tivolihallen, Vester Voldgade
Located near Tivoli Gardens, Tivolihallen is the go to place to experience the traditional danish ‘open sandwich’ or Smørrebrød. It also offers other authentic Danish meals including my favourite Frikadeller (meatballs) and several delicious fish dishes. Set in a low key, traditional and friendly restaurant it really is the place to go if you want to experience traditional Danish food without the fuss and modern twists that has become popular with tourists. Booking is recommended as it is popular with both locals and tourists and was featured in the book ‘1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die’.
Hope this has been useful if you live in Copenhagen or are planning to visit!