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Top 10 Essential Copenhagen Restaurants You Have to Check Out

01 Oct 2018

Copenhagen is a great place to eat some fabulous food. Read on to learn about the top 10 best Copenhagen restaurants you have to check out.

It's not hard to find Hygge in Copenhagen. It means experiencing coziness and comfort in the little things, such as cuisine. No wonder Denmark is the happiest country in the world.

Copenhagen is a city where you can drink in the culture and dine in a variety of different cuisines. From fine dining to a trendy Nordic food scene, its establishments are full of unexpected surprises and quite a few Michelin stars.

So, which restaurants serve up Hygge along with pleasing plates of Nordic-inspired foods?

Check out these 10 essential Copenhagen restaurants to find out.

1. Noma

Noma got voted the best restaurant in the world on four separate occasions. That's quite a title, but take one bite of their menu and you'll agree.

In 2017, it opened at a new location in Copenhagen harbor. Noma continues to offer a magical and experiential meal full of unexpected surprises.

It features a menu that rotates as the season's change. You'll find Scandinavian seafood, vegetables, and game and forest menus. Each menu offers the freshest ingredients during their peak season.

The cuisine and cost per plate may resemble fine dining. Yet, you'll find a relaxed and friendly ambiance awaiting you.

Experience 20 courses delivered right to you by chefs from the kitchen. They use all local ingredients, including those grown from greenhouses on site. Ingredients have included ants, moss, moldy barley, and even cod sperm.

Getting a reservation here is not easy as they sell out within hours of opening. You're also expected to pay for your meal upon booking.

2. Neighborhood

Looking for the best Copenhagen restaurant for pizza? Look no further than Neighborhood, a local favorite.

Its crisp-crusted organic pies get topped with all sorts of unique ingredients. You'll find fried chicken meatballs, potato brie, minty pea puree, and pickled beetroot.

Their menu also features all-organic salads, snacks, sweets, and signature cocktails. We recommend the pork crackling crab dip with a rhubarb rhapsody cocktail.

3. Kul

Kul does things a little different in the Copenhagen food scene. They specialize in barbeque, hence their name meaning "charcoal."

Take the World's Happiest City tour of Copenhagen to work up an appetite. Then head to Kul for its comfort foods. Specials have included a rib on the bone, served with a side of mac and cheese.

It does appeal to both meat and seafood lovers. The menu has dark bourbon spareribs, grilled hake, and smoked cod. The lime leaf pannacotta is a fresh and interesting way to end your meal.

4. Restaurant Relae

This spot serves Copenhagen food that prides itself on ethical eating. They have even received the Sustainable Restaurant Award in 2015 and 2016.

Relae is no-fuss when it comes to fine dining, with a price tag that is also informal. You'll find rustic ambiance with exposed brick and art adorning the walls. They feature simple dishes packed with flavor and fresh ingredients.

Choose from a 4- or 7-course menu. Try the sashimi with pickled elderflower and dried yellow beets. You also get to pour your own wine.

5. Era Ora

This Italian restaurant is right near the canal on a beautiful cobblestone street. In warmer months, you can dine al fresco in their lovely Roman garden.

They have an impressive wine cellar collection of over 80,000 different bottles. Pair a glass with their delicious small courses. The dry aged beef with Chanterelle and Frigitello is sure to please.

Era Ora is often recommended for a romantic date or group setting. They also offer an intimate private dining room.

6. Mirabelle

This always buzzing bakery serves the most delicious pastries, all made right in-house. If you can only try one thing, we recommend the croissant with chocolate.

Their brunch plate will please the largest of appetites. It's heaping with ham, cheeses, eggs, sausage, bacon, and pickled veggies.

They also specialize in small plates to share with friends. You'll find Hygge in their homemade pasta, cheeses, and bread.

7. Geranium

Located in Denmark's soccer stadium, Geranium offers delicious plates and panoramic views. Dine atop the city's copper rooftops and lush gardens.

It's one of the best restaurants in Copenhagen, having three Michelin stars under its belt. Its chef took home the silver, gold, and bronze medals at France's famed Bocuse d'Or cooking competition. The restaurant is also a winner of the best champagne list.

Their tasting menu is full of modern dishes, with local ingredients and seafood. You'll find sheep's butter, walnut mayonnaise, and sea buckthorn. Along with razor clam tartare and slow-roasted Danish pork neck.

8. Restaurant Schonnemann

You won't need a Copenhagen map to find this place -- it's near the famed Little Mermaid statue. It's been around since 1877 and not much has changed. It's one of the best attractions to see when visiting Copenhagen.

It serves up traditional favorites, such as it's famous open-faced sandwiches. They feature rye bread topped with eel, eggs, shrimp salad, and smoked halibut.

The restaurant also has a selection of delicious tartars served with fried rye bread. Pair it with their large and impressive selection of aquavit. They're only open for lunch so get there early!

9. Gorilla

This hip gastropub is in the meatpacking district. You should be able to get a seat since the restaurant can fit 220 people. It also has a lively bar worth visiting.

Gorilla does gourmet food right, in small portions. Choose from a tasting menu or order ? la carte. They have an excellent seafood selection including salted scallops, ceviche, and lemon sole.

Their pasta and meat offerings are other notable menu features. Choose a tortellini with ricotta and balsamic or the Danish prime rib with smoked bone marrow.

10. Amass Restaurant

At Amass, you'll find a casual yet chic industrial vibe. Graffiti acts as art on the restaurant's walls.

The kitchen even has their own garden where they source more than 80 of their ingredients.

Their menu features modern plates and is always changing. Expect to see dishes like smoked turbot roe with tomato oil. Or try the mackerel with garden herbs and pickled green tomato.

You'll also find fig leaf cream, curried turnips, and burnt sugar ice cream. Amass brews their own beer and has a nice selection of natural wines. They even add garden herb infusions to their aquavit and schnapps.

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Exploring the cuisine and culture of Copenhagen creates one of the most memorable travel experiences. These Copenhagen restaurants offer a true taste of fresh ingredients, friendly service, and imaginative menus.

Now you know where to dine for the best possible culinary experience...

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We've got all the answers you to need to make the most of your trip to Copenhagen. Check out our guide and get ready to find your Hygge!

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