Where to eat in Copenhagen, Denmark

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Overlooking Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is known globally for its food scene, with everything from world-renowned Michelin-star restaurants to food halls and fast-food options. Whether you are visiting soon or considering it as a 2024 cruise destination, we offer our top picks for places to eat in the Danish capital.

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There shouldn’t be a list of places to eat in Copenhagen that doesn’t include our first choice, Noma. Many say it was Noma that put Copenhagen on the map as a foodie destination and really, they aren’t wrong. Consistently ranked as the best restaurant in the world and awarded the maximum of three Michelin stars, it’s a phenomenon. Although you can expect higher prices than the average restaurant in Copenhagen, here you’re getting the best dining experience in the world, with amazing takes on Nordic cuisine.

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With an impressive two Michelin stars, our next suggestion is Alchemist. Described as an immersive and choreographed dining experience and with no fewer than 50 courses (divided into 5 acts), this isn’t just a meal it’s an experience. Like Noma, you can expect a high price tag here but it’s a totally unique event that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world and has to be seen to be believed.


For those who like a range of options, to look at the produce on offer as well as meals and even opportunities to buy gifts, halls like Torvehallerne are a great option. With a range of food stalls, here you’ll find the Danish classics like open-face sandwiches (the most traditional topped with pickled herring), fresh pastries and during the festive season even a mulled wine.

Fresh, Danish pastries in a store window

Gasoline Grill

If fast food is your thing and a burger is calling, then there is no better place in the city than Gasoline Grill. With American-style burgers on offer from a range of locations, you can enjoy a quick and delicious lunch here and some of the best cheap eats in Copenhagen. If you’re in a rush, you can even use their app to pre-order so you don’t have to sacrifice any exploring time. For the best experience, visit their Landgreven store which is built in an old gas station.

Harry’s Place

From burgers to another fast-food favourite of the Danes – hot dogs. Originally founded by Harry Löfvall in 1965, Harry’s Place is a Copenhagen institution where hot dogs have been served as a delicious on-the-go bite to eat to all who pass by. The locations themselves are small permeant huts in Nørrebro and Roskilde and are incredibly easy to dismiss, but don’t let the unimposing façade put you off. The reason it’s Harry’s you should visit is their oversized sausages, Børges, originally made to supply Copenhagen Prison and ensure prisoners got enough protein and even portions. Now, though, it’s an essential part of the Copenhagen street food scene and one of the best budget eats in Copenhagen.

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If you are looking for something quick but would rather not go for traditional fast food, why not indulge in a sandwich? It’s true that on the face of it, a sandwich might not seem like the most exciting option however, in Denmark, the art of sandwich making is very different to in the UK and is taken seriously. The best in the business are Smagsloeget, who are often said to make the best sandwiches in the city. Choose from a large range of exciting fillings, often served on the nation’s favourite rye bread, but be aware, these are no small sandwiches and will fill you up for the day!

Apollo Bar

If you are looking for the best places to eat in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, the iconic port section of the city, then we suggest Apollo Bar. A coffee shop and bar, Apollo is tucked away from view in an arty courtyard and is perfect for any time of the day and finding somewhere to grab a drink or bite to eat before exploring the most famous part of the city. The aim of the space was to merge food and culture and create a welcoming community environment and Apollo has achieved that. From Tuesday to Friday, the Apollo Canteen opens its doors to students from the art academy and anyone else to sit down and enjoy lunch together, something well worth experiencing if you can.

Where to eat in Copenhagen, Demark:

  • Noma
  • Selma
  • Torvehallerne
  • Gasoline Grill
  • Harry’s Place
  • Smagsloeget
  • Apollo Bar

With such an amazing range of places to eat, visiting Copenhagen is an obvious delight for foodies. So, on your next cruise to Copenhagen or Denmark why not try one of the above recommendations when you’re in the Danish capital?

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