I was fortunate enough to live in Copenhagen for the last 6 months, a city I didn’t know much about before I moved. I had been before a few years back as a student and always felt everything was so expensive.
As a local living there I had a much different experience and came to realize that Copenhagen is quite affordable, if you know the right places to go. Away from the tourist traps you’ll find many spots that are both affordable and incredibly delicious.
Another great thing about Denmark is the ability to drink legally in public. Hello picnics in the park with vino! Find a blanket, get a cheap bottle of wine, grab a pizza from one of the many pizzerias, find a grassy park and you’ve got yourself a cheap meal, not to mention fun experience.
Below is a list of some of my favourite places for eating and drinking in Copenhagen.
Thai food at it’s best. You’ll be hard pressed to find another place in Copenhagen that serves Thai food as authentic and delicious as they do here. It’s a tiny place, and you’ll probably end up in close quarters with your neighbour, but so worth it. The chicken satay appetizer and red curry main are particularly good.
Guldbergsgade 21, 2200 Copenhagen N
2. Cafe Gavlen
I rode past Cafe Gavlen many times on my way to work before finally trying it out. From the outside, it looks very ‘hygge’ (Danish word that best translates into cozy) and when you walk inside you get the feeling that alot of regulars frequent this place for a glass of wine, a beer on the terrace, or one of their incredible burgers (including veggie!). They have a decent selection of both wine and beer, including my favourite local beer, Ale no. 16.
Ryesgade 1, 2200 Copenhagen N
3. Gilt Cocktail Bar
This place is truly fantastic. The have a small sign on the outside and curtains over the windows so you can’t see inside. But uon entering, you feel like you’ve been transported into someone’s living room. Big, plush couches, rugs, bookshelves, and… a bar? Trust me, Gilt is a must. Although a bit on the pricey side for cocktails, they are worth every last sip. Drink ingredients range from red chili pepper, to rose petals, to rosemary, to eucalyptus liquor. But no matter how unusual they sound, you can be sure they’ll leave you wanting more.
Rantzausgade 39, 2200 Copenhagen N
As the name suggests, a beer bar. Specializing in craft beer, both local and non-local, there’s beer for every palate here. It’s a tiny, get comfortable with your neighbour kinda place. The staff are highly knowledgeable about their beer, so don’t be shy to ask.
Elmegade 2, 2200 Copenhagen N
The charm of this place is half the reason for going there. Inside you’ll find a mixture of furniture that is both eclectic and rustic, with old school desks and vintage radios hanging on the wall. Their pancakes are delicious, toppings include chocolate and banana and walnut with raspberry. For those with an appetite, they have breakfast plates that come with bread, fruit, cheese, yogurt, and sausage, with vegan and vegetarian options available. And you can’t go wrong with their coffee, 10kr refills on drip coffee. There is no table service here, order at the bar when you’re ready.
Vendersgade 16, 1363 Copenhagen K
Torvehallerne is an indoor market with a few vendors outside. Here you can find just about everything for cooking, baking, eating, drinking, smelling, sharing… you get the picture. There are a few great places to get a bite on the go, and also some places to pull up a chair. PALÆO specializes in raw food and has some delicious fresh pressed juices, The Coffee Collective has Copenhagen’s best coffee, as said by many. They often have samples, so have a look around before deciding on what to get. It’s a favourite for both locals and visitors.
Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 Copenhagen K
Lotte’s is a small shop specializing in takeaway sandwiches and salads. They have a salad bar where you can mix the salads you want and an extensive sandwich list. You can choose between small or large size, and rye or white bread. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are good. Grab a snack and head to the King’s Garden across the street for an easy lunch.
Kronprinsessegade 10, 1306 Copenhagen K
4. Cocks & Cows
Attention all burger lovers! This place is the place for burgers. First choose a burger, then choose your side order (regular fries, curly fries, chili fries, chicken wings, salad), then choose a dip (if you want) add a drink and get ready to dig in. As a Canadian, I began tackling the burger with my hands, only to look around and realize that the Danes were too polished for that. Knives and forks are optional here, but napkins are mandatory.
Gammel Strand 44, 1202 Copenhagen K
1. Mikkeller Bar
Mikkeller is known for it’s beer, and they do a great job at crafting up some of the best beer in the city. They have 20 beer on tap, ranging from light to dark and everything in between. Feel free to ask for tasters before deciding on one. They recently opened a new location in Nørrebro (Stefansgade No. 35 kld., 2200 Copenhagen N) called Mikkeller & Friends. Here they have 40 craft beer on tap. Check out the bottle shop next to Mikkeller & Friends if you feel like grabbing something for the road, bet you can’t choose just one from their 200 bottle selection.
Viktoriagade 8, 1655 Copenhagen V
2. Cafe Dyrehaven
For the ultimate taste of Danish cuisine, head to this hipster joint for their open faced sandwiches, also known as smørrebrød. They have a small outside sitting area while the decor inside makes you feel like you’ve been transported to an old log cabin. Order at the bar, my personal recommendation is the open faced chicken sandwich. Enjoy!
Sønder Blvd 72 , 1720 Copenhagen V
Okay, certainly not the most charming of places in Copenhagen, but sometimes, particularly after a long night out, Kebabistan is what you need. According to my boyfriend, quite the kebab aficionado I might add, this place is Copenhagen’s best for kebab’s. They are dirt cheap and fast, exactly what you want when it’s 4AM and you’re hungry, or if you’re like me, hangry.
Istedgade 105, 1650 Copenhagen V
1. Forno al Legna
I will always remember the night my boyfriend and I checked out this pizza spot. According to the local newspaper, Politiken, Forna al Legna has Copenhagen’s best pizza. They are famous for their sauce-less pizzas, and after having the first bite I immediately knew why. I chose a pizza with mortadella, artichoke and ricotta and it was simply the best. There are a few seats inside and a decent cooler selection with beer, pop, and some Italian drinks.
Falkoner Alle 42, 2000 Copenhagen
2. Cafe Viggo
From the outside, this place doesn’t look like it has much to offer. But if you’ve got a hankering for a good crepe, step inside. They serve an assortment of French dishes, but the crepes are not to be missed. Whether you’re in for a savoury or sweet treat, they don’t disappoint. Be sure to check out the rest of the street, there are some funky shops and the iconic Danish clothing brand, Samsøe & Samsøe.
Værnedamsvej 15, 1610 Frederiksberg
1. Cofoco Le Marché
Cofoco is a restaurant chain that has great restaurants all over the city. Some affordable, some to visit when you’re not paying, but they all have excellent and high quality food. Cofoco Le Marché is a small takeout shop that has a one main course, changing weekly, and 3 sides. It’s a great place to check out if you’re not fussy about what to eat but want to eat something good.
Østerbrogade 64, 2100 Copenhagen Ø
2. Meyers Bageri
When you’re in Denmark, you can’t not eat a pastry (or 3) everyday. Danes love their pastries. Head to Meyers Bageri to sample some of Denmark’s best baked goods. They have kanelstang, flødeboller, hindbærsnitter, tebirkes, wienerbrød, just to name a few. Grab a cup of coffee, a few pastries, and you’re on your way to becoming just like the rest of the Danes.
Classensgade 33, 2100 Copenhagen Ø
We are heading back to Copenhagen in July and will be looking forward to trying out new restaurants.
If you have any personal recommendations, please share!