What to eat in Copenhagen

January 22, 2022

herring smorrebrod copenhagen denmarkDanish cuisine may not be famous around the world, however you can still have the best food you've ever tasted in Copenhagen. There's a wide variety of restaurants and food markets in the capital of Denmark serving everything from elegant cuisine to traditional homemade food. So if you are planning a trip and are wondering exactly what and where to eat in Copenhagen, read the following food guide to find out what dishes and at which restaurants you simply must eat in Copenhagen!

Check out some of Copenhageners’ favourite dishes.

What to eat in Copenhagen: organic breakfast

Denmark has the highest market share of organic products in the world. And the market is growing, with dairy products, eggs, oatmeal, wheat flour, carrots, and bananas as the most popular items on the shopping list of Danish organic consumers.

Sankt Annae hotel -where we stayed during our trip- serves an organic breakfast buffet every morning. It's the best breakfast we've had at a hotel outside of Spain. The variety and quality of the products are impressive.

organic breakfast hotel sankt annae copenhagen denmark

organic breakfast hotel sankt annae copenhagen denmark

GRØD cafe serves the most delicious healthy food. Be sure to try their porridge for breakfast or buy a bag to make your own at home.

grod brunch healthy food copenhagen

grod brunch healthy food copenhagen

What to eat in Copenhagen: the best American food

Burgers, hot dogs, lobster rolls, milkshakes, you name it!

Gasoline Grill is the most famous burger joint in Copenhagen. The burgers are juicy and yummy, simply delicious. There are several outlets across Copenhagen but if you still miss your chance to try their incredible burgers, there's another one at the airport to indulge your burger cravings before you leave.

Hard Rock Cafe serves traditional American food. Be sure to try their nachos and burgers.

Just like burgers, when you think hot-dogs, Denmark is not the first country that comes to mind. However, they can be found in many of the market stalls or even in the central district of Copenhagen. These hot-dogs are nothing like what you are used to. These are gourmet hot-dogs like the ones by John's Hotdog Deli. They are a fabulous cheap eat in Copenhagen!

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lobster roll hotel sankt annae club copenhagen

milkshake copenhagen cocoa hot cream

What to eat in Copenhagen: smørrebrød

Smørrebrød is one of Denmark’s dishes that you have to try. Usually consisting of rye bread and various toppings such as fish, cold cut’s and vegetables, it’s the perfect meal to try in the city!

copenhagen smorrebrod

What to eat in Copenhagen: seafood and herring

Seafood and herring are extraordinary in Denmark. So if this is something you like, go for it! Pickled herring is usually served with capers, raw onion, and a sprig of dill on top of rye bread and eat as an open sandwich (the aforementioned smørrebrød).

herring smorrebrod copenhagen denmark

What to eat in Copenhagen: Danish cookies

Danish sweets are world famous but they are even better in Denmark. Marchal at hotel D'Angleterre serves the best Danish cookies, be sure to order their etagere to enjoy their scrumptious assorted biscuits and cookies.

danish cookies etagere cookie hightea marchal hotel d'angleterre copenhagen denmark

Where to eat in Copenhagen: the best affordable food at street markets

There are several amazing street food markets to visit in Copenhagen. Each of which will ensure that you never run out of delicious opportunities to fill your tummy.

Reffen is the perfect place to visit as this is where locals and visitors spend their evenings in the city. Head to one of the many unique stalls that sell everything from steaks to Asian food.

If you are buying from market stalls you may need to head to the ATM and get yourself some Danish Krone. Although many places accept credit cards, a few don’t.

On the other hand, Torvehallerne Market is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend brunch or even buy some of the freshest seasonal ingredients to cook at home. Wander through the stalls to discover the high-quality products that this market offers. They won't be cheap, but totally worth it.

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copenhagen torvehallerne street food market

copenhagen torvehallerne street food market

fresh organic produce food copenhagen denmark

Where to eat in Copenhagen: best traditional food

Kastellet restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy traditional Danish dishes. Located close to the landmark with the same name, this place makes you feel like you are in the comfort of your own home.

There are plenty of restaurants serving traditional food in Nyhavn, the most famous waterfront in Copenhagen. However, these tend to be rather pricey because of the location. It's better to wander around nearby streets to find some hidden culinary gems.

danish typical dish food meat kastellet copenhagen restaurant

danish typical dish food meat kastellet copenhagen restaurant

Where to eat in Copenhagen: the coziest cafes

Last but not least, your Copenhagen trip won't be complete untile you experience the hygge lifestyle at one of the many cozy cafes in the capital of Denmark. For coffee with a view go to the rooftop at Illum department stores. Other amazing coffee places are Coffee Collective, Hart Bageri or Andersen & Maillard. You can find these and more on the map below.

illum rooftop cafe cozy hygge copenhagen

copenhagen street cafe

I hope you enjoyed this post about where and what to eat while in Copenhagen. Which of these typical Danish dishes would you like to try the most?

Planning a trip to Denmark? Read this post about the most unique things to do in Copenhagen


This map will help you plan your visit to Copenhagen. It includes all the sites to see, cozy cafes, wonderful restaurants and best shops for a shopping spree. To take this map with you simply click on the star next to the name.

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