Did you know that the world's best restaurant 2022 is in Copenhagen? Copenhagen is the culinary stronghold of Northern Europe and can offer memorable and unique experiences if you find the right places. Here, we give you our 10 warmest recommendations for Copenhagen eateries that we think have something special to offer ⏤ known as well as unknown spots ⏤ with an emphasis on atmosphere, sustainability, décor and quality.
Photo: Restaurant Palægade
A few metres from our Flagship store is Restaurant Palægade, which since its opening in 2017 has been the city's go-to place for high-quality open-faced sandwiches, with a reputation for being among the best you can get in Copenhagen. The dream of the simple, honest and informal restaurant is what drives them and we think that dream must have come true. The restaurant embraces the open-faced sandwich traditions, but also welcomes innovative and creative ideas that create a true gourmet experience. The interior is French-inspired with chequered floors and candlelight, but with a Nordic touch in the form of classic furniture from the hand of architect Finn Juhl and others. During the summer months, the restaurant also offers alfresco dining on the tranquil Palægade under large parasols.
Address: Palægade 8, 1261 København K
Does the name need further introduction? Restaurant Noma is one of the most sought-after restaurants in the world and is known for creating the New Nordic cuisine and inspiring a whole generation of chefs worldwide. Voted the world's best restaurant in 2010, 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2021, Noma has been at the top of the world's best restaurants list for so long that it has now moved into a new category: best of the best. Noma understands that the dining experience is backed by great design, which is underlined by the choice of Bjarke Ingels as architect and Studio David Thulstrup as interior designer.
Address: Refshalevej 96, 1432 København K
Expect the unexpected behind sculptor Maria Rubinke's massive bronze door to the restaurant, where a 50-course menu and an unforgettable holistic dining experience await. Shortly after the restaurant opened, Alchemist received two stars in the Nordic Michelin Guide and was ranked 18th in the list of the world's 50 best restaurants in 2022. Come with an open mind, be ready to expand your notion of culinary art and have plenty of time, as the experience lasts 4-6 hours.
Address: Refshalevej 173C, 1432 København K
A former gallery in central Copenhagen is now home to Atelier September, a café that has been welcoming guests with creative and simple vegetarian dishes since 2013. The creator and chef behind the café is Frederik Bille Brahe, who works behind the counter in the open kitchen every day. Simple dishes based on fine dining principles are served here. The space is bright and open, with long tables inviting conversation in an informal atmosphere and the opportunity to follow Gothersgade's traffic through the café's large windows. Atelier September is a great place for a light lunch in an informal setting.
Address: Gothersgade 30, 1123 København K
The Copenhagen district of Nørrebro was voted the world's coolest district in 2021 ⏤ and not without reason. Nørrebro has long been known among Danes as a rough and tumble area, but in recent years it has become an ultra-modern district with its historic landmarks, hip food and dining options. It is in Nørrebro that the brand new restaurant, JATAK, has chosen to set up shop. Since it opened its doors in 2022, the restaurant has already been awarded a Michelin star and has been praised to the skies for its dishes, based on pure Nordic cuisine and with flavours from Vietnam and China. The Nordic décor is reflected in light wood-clad walls, classic furniture and subdued lighting, creating small spaces in the otherwise open room.
Address: Rantzausgade 39, 2200 København N
Voted the world's best restaurant in 2022 and holder of 3 Michelin stars, Geranium is making Danish history. The mission is to produce meals that both challenge and enrich your senses. The restaurant serves dishes based on Danish and Scandinavian ingredients and uses seasonal organic produce. It is located on the 8th floor of Fælledparken, with a view of the wooden crowns and the green copper roofs of the city. The décor is light and simple, with materials such as wood, marble and fabrics in muted colours. Geranium is categorised as world-class and is on the must-go list of food enthusiasts everywhere. Prepare to be extraordinary at Geranium.
Photo: Kødbyens Fiskebar
In recent years, Kødbyen has undergone a remarkable transformation from a raw industrial area reserved for butchers and wholesalers to a hotspot for great restaurants, great wine bars and beautiful galleries. In the evening, Kødbyen is transformed into a vibrant nightlife, where you can find a bar for every occasion. But Kødbyen is also home to Kødbyens Fiskebar, which offers fresh seafood, tasty wines and delicious cocktails ⏤ prepared by a passionate and dedicated staff in a raw and rustic setting. Local ingredients and sustainable producers who share the same attitudes and values when it comes to taste, quality and sustainability are essential to the fish bar. Since opening in 2009, the restaurant has been awarded the Bib Gourmand ⏤ 'good food at reasonable prices' ⏤ in the Michelin Guide
Address: Flæsketorvet 100, 1711 København V
Photo: Admiralgade 26
In the historic house from 1796 you will find the hidden restaurant Admiralgade 26, located at the address of the same name. As you enter, you are greeted by a room with high ceilings, a decoration that pleases the aesthetic eye and a welcoming smile from the waiters. The recipe for the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere is the classic terrazzo floors, Nordic wooden furniture and large plants. The menu consists of delicious small dishes with carefully selected high-quality ingredients and is stylistically a mix of Nordic, Southern European and even Asian cuisine. If you come on a Saturday, you might be lucky enough to experience their Choushoku ⏤ a Japanese late breakfast.
Address: Admiralgade 26, 1066 København K
Photo: Restaurant Maison
Located in the iconic 'Dronningegården' by architects Kay Fisker, C.F. Møller and Svenn Eske Kristensen, Maison serves exquisite dishes with carefully selected ingredients adapted to the season. The menu exudes quality and a love of French cuisine, where quality comes from food made from scratch. The décor is characterised by beautiful, deep colours with classic French wicker chairs that evoke Paris' oldest and most beautiful bistros. During the summer, the restaurant also offers seating on their popular terrace. Afterwards, take an evening stroll in the King's Garden, which is practically the restaurant's back garden.
Photo: Snøhetta/Restaurant Barr
Barr is an informal restaurant and bar where you can drop in with friends and family for a beer and a snack, a light supper or a full tasting menu of selected classics and favourites. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the restaurant constantly strives to explore the traditional food and drink found around the North Sea and Baltic Sea. They also have a beer bar with a natural focus on beer and aquavit. Settle into Finn Juhl's beautiful FJ108 chair in a calm and serene setting designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta.
Address: Strandgade 93, 1401 København K