Copenhagen Top 10 Restaurants – Global Culinary Report
Based on restaurant recommendations from over 600 top chefs, restaurateurs and food writers, we bring you the top 10 restaurants in Copenhagen in 2023.
Copenhagen has, in just 15 years, become the restaurant capital of the Nordics. It was Noma that put both Copenhagen and Denmark on the gastronomic map, but the city’s culinary scene is so much more than this one restaurant. Today, tens of top-class restaurants and food from all corners of the world can be sampled here. From the world famous Nordic restaurants Noma, Geranium and Alchemist to the bakeries and Asian inspired casual eateries and natural wine bars, the restaurants on our Top 10-list shows a good slice of the diverse offerings of culinary Copenhagen. Add the local Danish treats, like smørrebrød sandwiches, local seafood, the famous beer breweries and cocktail bars – and you’ll get a picture of Copenhagen’s culinary scene, bursting with good energy during all times of the year.
Noma, one of the world's top dining destinations, is the birthplace of the New Nordic cuisine under the guidance of chef René Redzepi. The restaurant is known for its innovative approach to cooking, with a dedicated team of researchers, foragers, and gardeners who contribute to the creation of a seasonal menu. Expect a less formal yet flawless service, with a wine pairing that leans towards natural wines, and a dining experience that pushes the boundaries of traditional cuisine.
Nordic food pioneers Noma is simply the place to go if you want to experience cutting edge Nordic fine dining. No place in Scandinavia is close to doing the research that Noma puts into every piece of produce and serving. Spectacular in any sense.
Restaurant Koan is a destination for Korean inspired fine dining meticulously crafted by chef Kristian Baumann. The menu is a harmonious blend of Korean street food, barbecue, and sacred monastery inspirations, with dishes featuring intricate textures and fragrances, such as the pleated mandu, zesty sorbet of Swedish kiwi with wasabi, and kohlrabi kimchi. With a strong focus on Korean flavors and New Nordic techniques, Koan offers a distinctive taste profile in a beautifully designed setting, making it an interesting choice for food enthusiasts.
Koan is a harmonious blend of the chef’s personal rediscovery and inspirations from Korean street food, barbecue, and sacred monasteries, from the intricately pleated mandu and zesty sorbet of Swedish kiwi touched with wasabi to the gamasot-influenced pot brimming with three rice variants, each adding its unique texture and fragrance, and the pristine kohlrabi kimchi.Witnessing chef Baumann, unrestrained and fervently engaged, is a joy. He's profoundly influenced by his homeland sojourns and the very essence of freedom, weaving the delicate balance of Korean sweet, tart, umami nuances and the country's sublime aesthetics into each meal.
Geranium, the number one-rated restaurant on World's 50 Best in 2022, offers an elegant fine dining experience by world-renowned chef Rasmus Kofoed. The restaurant is especially known for its intricate and flavorful dishes, which have been described as "perfect bites" that interpret nature. The dining experience at Geranium is further enhanced by its warm professional service and excellent juice and wine pairing options, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking a comprehensive gastronomic journey.
A simply outstanding restaurant; the kind for which superlatives were invented. Beautiful food, elegant dining room with warm professional service, with excellent juice and wine pairing. Some of the best dishes I’ve ever had back to back. I would come here again with my wife, my parents, my friends — anyone willing to sit with me for 20 courses.
Alchemist is a holistic restaurant run by Chef Rasmus Munk, who combines food, science, and art for an immersive dining journey. With a menu that spans around 50 unique dishes, each designed to stimulate thought and discussion, the experience lasts for approximately 5-7 hours. The restaurant aims to not only deliver delicious food but also raise awareness about sustainability and global issues, making every bite a part of a larger narrative.
A mind blowing experienceChef Rasmus Munk is combining food, science and art to create a spectacular five hour experience, Alchemist puts you in an unforgettable roller coaster of delicousness and at the same time creates awareness of sustainability and injustice in the world - where you have to use all your sence. Very impressive!
Juno The Bakery is famous for its moist, super fragrant, and crispy cardamom buns, often considered the best in Copenhagen. The bakery also offers other delightful pastries such as the popular strawberry brioche and freshly baked cinnamon buns, which sell out quickly due to high demand. Be aware that the bakery tends to be busy, especially on weekends, so visiting during the week or opting for takeaway might be a good idea.
Cardamom bun utopia and one of Copenhagen’s most popular bakeries.
Goldfinch is a modern Cantonese restaurant, led by the former head chef of Geranium. The restaurant offers a relaxed, high-end dining experience, with a menu that boasts generous portions of straightforward and tasty food, perfect for sharing. Known for its good music, great lighting, and friendly service, Goldfinch combines Nordic cool with a distinct Chinese vibe, delivering a dynamic array of high-quality, ethically sourced Chinese food.
Cantonese inspired food, generous portions, relaxed high end diningAll the dishes that were laid out in front of us were great. Straightforward and tasty food with a great balance of flavours and perfect for washing down with some Tsing tao.Doesn't happen often but managed to over order but luckily I have some char siu pork neck in my jacket pocket for a late night snack or a delicious breakfast. Good music, great lighting and friendly service, will go again and bring some friends so we can have the whole menu.
Mirabelle is a Sicilian inspired eatery by chef Christian F Puglisi, offering all-day dining that includes a breakfast-brunch. The menu is diverse, featuring everything from scrambled eggs with nduja butter and Sicilian brioche with pistachio custard for breakfast, to crudo of monkfish, braised rabbit with olives, and spaghetti with anchovies for lunch and dinner. Notably, Mirabelle continues to serve its renowned sourdough bread, which is also available for takeout in limited quantities.
Sicilian flavours and great bread by Christian Puglisi. All day dining, including a nice breakfast-brunch.Mirabelle Spiseria is the renewed Sicilian inspired all day eatery in Nørrebro by chef Christian Puglisi, next door to his other restaurant, Bæst. The legendary bakery and eatery has now been turned into a proper Sicilian osteria with a focus on pasta and Sicilian flavours inspired by Puglisi’s Sicilian heritage. I had the breakfast, which already gives some nice flavours of the new setup, with scrambled eggs with nduja butter, kale with olive oil and Sicilian brioche with pistachio custard. The breakfast can be turned into lunch by adding a beef tartar with ground dried tomato capuliato, capers and oregano. The lunch and dinner menu features dishes from crudo of monkfish to braised rabbit with olives and spaghetti with anchovies, and, of course almond granita. For those who are missing the sourdough bread from Mirabelle Bakery: it’s still served with the food and can be bought in limited amounts for takeout.
Kødbyens Fiskebar is a bustling seafood restaurant located in Copenhagen's Meatpacking district, renowned for its fresh, local seafood dishes and natural wines. The industrial-style space serves dishes such as oysters and fish and chips, with a lightness of touch that is appreciated by the locals and visitors alike. The restaurant also offers a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, including a popular German kombucha, making it a great destination for a long, relaxed lunch.
Seafood heaven in the Meatpacking District of Copenhagen.Laid back, industrial space turning out wonderful fish and seafood with a real lightness of touch. They cook the kind of fish and chips that make Brits like me blush and also serve a great German kombucha called Bouche that is a perfect alcohol-free alternative to a natural sparkling wine. Great for a long lunch. I love the place.
Restaurant Lola, located in a beautifully restored mill at Christianshavn, offers a diverse menu inspired by flavors from Asia, India, and South America, using produce from small independent producers. The head chef, Camilla Seidler Trebbien, previously recognized as the Best Female Chef in Latin America's 50 Best, brings a spicy global touch to traditional European cuisine. They serve a highly recommended smørrebrød at lunch and their dinner menu includes a unique blend of dishes, all crafted with high-quality ingredients.
A tiny oasis in Copenhagen close to Christiania, where produce from small independent producers dominates the menu. Flavours from Asia, India and South America bring a nice exotic touch to the dishes. The smørrebrød served at lunch time is highly recommended.
Seks is a warm, colorful café-restaurant in Copenhagen, run by a Polish couple who draw culinary inspiration from their global travels. Open during the day, it serves all-day breakfast and lunch, offering a 100% organic, vegetarian menu, with vegan and gluten-free options. With a cozy interior that feels somewhere between Japan and Copenhagen, Seks is known for its delicious food, tasty drinks, and friendly service.
Delicious food inspired by food from all around the world with warm service.Beautiful place, lovely food and tasty drinks. One of my favorites to step in for breakfast, lunch or just a quick cup of coffee.
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