COPENHAGEN | WHERE TO EAT

Barr
Strandgade 93, 1401
+45 32 96 32 93

When Noma chef René Redzepi closed his doors to relocate in February 2017, he turned the space over to German-born Danish chef Thorsten Schmidt, and to say that my meal here was extraordinary would not even begin to do it justice. For starters, the restaurants’ design is nothing short of perfect: all warm and woody and modern-rustic farmhouse. It’s a room you want to spend the day in (and actually, we did). The menu is small enough to allow you to order everything (we did that, too). There’s not one thing I would suggest you skip, but there are a few you cannot miss: Hot Smoked Herring (and I don’t like herring), the Ribs for Two (first choice) and Glazed Cod for Two (second choice) and the thing you REALLY can’t miss? The Belgian Waffle with Lumpfish Roe and Sour Cream. It’s so good you might even order it twice (guilty). Come for lunch when the light is soft and perfect and you can spend a decent amount of time, because I promise you won’t want to leave.

Bæst
Guldbergsgade 29, 2200
+45 35350463

No matter how good it is, at some point, you’re going to need a break from Nordic food, and Bæst not only thankfully serves pizza, it serves what might be the best pizza you’ll ever eat anywhere. Lively, loud and packed at all times, the menu is great, simple Italian and you can’t go wrong with any of it. But I promise, the pizza is where it’s at. (PS: this is another spot by Christian Puglisi and Kim Rosen. See Manfreds + Relae, below).

Geist
Kongens Nytorv 8, København K, 1050
+45 33133713

Chef Bo Bech secured a loan to open his first restaurant, Paustian, by setting up a grill on the street outside a bank and making a leek dish for the bank manager. The next day he had the money. Paustian earned him a Michelin star and praise from the food world (Noma chef Rene Redzepi called him one of the world’s greatest chefs). Today he is in the kitchen at Geist, his sexy, urban eatery that checks all of the Copenhagen restaurant scene boxes: Great design? Got it. Beautiful staff. Yep. Inventive, New Nordic Cuisine? Of course. In fact, it’s the perfect marriage of modern cuisine with a hearty Danish twist. Don’t miss the Baked Silver Onions with Tamari, Ginger, Lime and Sesame or the Suckling Pig. Both are signature dishes and both are sublime. 

Geranium
8, Per Henrico Lings Allé 4, 2100
+45 69 96 00 20

With three (yes, three) Michelin stars and a Chef who won a bronze, silver AND a gold in France’s Bocuse d’Or cooking competition, Geranium might very well be the best restaurant in Copenhagen. And what makes the Modern Scandinavian eatery even cooler is its location on the eighth floor of the country’s national soccer stadium. 

Gro Spiseri
Æbeløgade 4, 2100
+45 31 87 07 45

Really good family-style dishes served on a green roof just outside the city. The setting is as romantic as it gets, and the menu focuses on organic and local products.

Hija de Sanchez
8 Slagterboderne København V, 1716
+45 53 73 95 10

When it’s time for lunch and you need a taco (and who doesn’t?), this is your spot. Chef and Owner Rosio Sanchéz, a first generation Mexican-American from the Southside of Chicago, knows her stuff. And Mexican food in Copenhagen is sort of like finding an oasis in the desert. Sidebar: Sanchéz was the pastry Chef at Noma.

Höst
Nørre Farimagsgade 41, 1364
+45 89 93 84 09

Höst has won several International design awards, including the Worlds’ Best Designed Restaurant from the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards and the World’s Most Beautiful Restaurant from Travel + Leisure. And if you can believe it, the design takes a backseat to the food. With a menu based on seasonal Nordic cooking and a dining room that’s at once cozy AND airy, you cant go wrong with a meal here.

Manfreds
Jægersborggade 40, 2200
+45 36 96 65 93

Run by Chef Christian Puglisi and front-of-house head, Kim Rossen, who met at Noma years ago, this is the more laidback cousin to their high-end Relae. Part organic wine bar, part veggie-focused family-style restaurant (that also serves meat, to be clear), it’s cozy, intimate and super hearty. 

Mother
Høkerboderne 9-15, 1712
+45 22 27 58 98

Super casual pizza spot (with a Danish twist, obv). A great lunch option. 

Noma
Refshalevej 96, 1432
If you have heard anything abut dining in Copenhagen, you’ve likely heard about Noma, one of the most famous restaurants to ever grace this Earth. I won’t bore you with the details since I’m sure you know them already (and if you don’t, it’s been written about so many times I’d hate to even try to compete), but when we visited in January 2018, the new Noma was not yet open. We did tour the site, but alas missed eating there. All of this to say that I’ve included it not because I have first-hand knowledge of Chef René Redzepi’s brilliance, but because I firmly believe that every person who sets foot in Denmark should make a pilgrimage there. We did eat in the restaurants of many of Redzepi’s disciples, and the Noma movement is one that should not be missed. All of the food we had was extraordinary and inventive and worthy of all of the praise its been given, so I can only guess that the actual Noma will be even more spectacular.

Relae
Jægersborggade 41, 2200
+45 36 96 66 09

Choose from 4 or 7-course tasting menus that are chock full of sustainable ingredients and won’t break the bank. Run by Chef Christian Puglisi and Kim Rossen, two of Noma’s disciples, the feel is decidedly so. And while the cuisine is mostly New Nordic, it’s also something more with some Italian and even Asian inspiration.

Torvehallerne
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360
+45 70 10 60 70

One of the best food halls I’ve seen with over 60 stalls, it’s perfect for a stroll and a great, casual lunch. 

Sanchez
Istedgade 60, 1650
+45 31 11 66 40

She may have started with tacos, but Chef Rosio Sanchéz moved on to something between casual and fine Mexican dining and you should be glad she did. The perfect spot for a break from New Nordic. 

108
Strandgade 108, 1401
+45 32 96 32 92

Another of Noma’s siblings, this one with one Michelin star, the only way I can describe 108 is that it’s super cool. All steel and glass and concrete, the design is modern as is the menu. And it is GOOD. And yes, it’s New Nordic.