Long gone are the days of unexciting Scandinavian food; Copenhagen boasts a wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants, including Noma, which is undoubtedly among the world’s best restaurants.
Dining establishments in the capital range from stylish, conventional eateries serving a range of international cuisine to locally sourced, innovative restaurants. Whatever your preference, Copenhagen cuisine is sure to please your palate as well as introduce you to a range of new foods.
Style / Ambiance: Noma caused something of a stir when it was voted the World’s Best Restaurant in 2010.
Back then its signature Nordic cuisine was virtually unknown among food critics and gastronomes, and it seemed highly unlikely that a Danish restaurant could receive this prestigious award. Noma, however, fully deserved its title and has been pleasing diners since. Noma’s aim is to showcase the very best of Nordic food so guests can expect local delicacies beautifully presented by head chef Rene Redzepi. Everything about the restaurant is Danish, from the location in an old warehouse that once stored whale blubber to the prevalence of locally produced salts, pickles and vegetables; there are no sun-dried tomatoes or foie gras here.
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Style / Ambiance: One of the sleekest restaurants in the Danish capital, Formel B is also one of the freshest.
Owners Kristian Meller and Rune Jochumsen have devised a menu that uses only the finest locally produced ingredients, which they turn into delicious French cuisine. The six-course menu changes every month and the wine cellar boasts some 400 different vintages. For special functions, hire the private dining room lit with creations by Danish designers Louise Campbell and Louis Paulson. This elegant room seats 35 diners in custom-designed chairs using Georg Jensen cutlery.
Style / Ambiance: Serenely set in the beautiful Kongens Have, ‘the King’s Garden’, Geranium is one of Copenhagen’s finest gourmet restaurants.
The restaurant is run by Rasmus Kofoed, a chef who can claim to be among the best chefs in the world having won the highly coveted Bocuse d’Or in 2011, after previously finishing in second and third place. The cuisine on offer at Geranium is of an exceptionally high quality; organic and biodynamic products are used to create a selection of gastronomic masterpieces. Geranium’s wine list comprises varieties from small producers who all make natural wine with little or no sulpher. As a result they offer the perfect pairings for your meal. With such excellent fare on offer, and coupled with a light, airy interior, it’s easy to see why Geranium is the destination restaurant of choice for Copenhagen’s social elite.
Style / Ambiance: When Era Ora (Italian for ‘about time’) first opened in 1983, it totally changed perceptions about Italian food and forced Danish restaurants to rise to the challenge.
Introducing gourmet cuisine that has since won a well-deserved Michelin star, Era Ora quickly established itself as one of the premier eateries in Copenhagen. Serving Italian food based on the Tuscan regional cuisine of their youth, owners Edelvita Santos and Elvio Milleri have created a menu of innovative dishes that harness the flavors of the local Copenhagen seafood. Set in an antique dining room with wooden tables and a rustic décor, complete with a wine cellar featuring 90,000 bottles of Italian vintage, Era Ora is one of the finest restaurants in Copenhagen in which to sample Italian cuisine.
Elvio Milleri, General Manager
+45 32 540 693
Overgaden Neden Vandet 33B, 1414 Copenhagen
KONG HANS KÆLDER
Style / Ambiance: Michelin-starred restaurant Kong Hans Kælder has a history as rich and interesting as any in Copenhagen.
Located on the site of a former vineyard and named after King Hans, the restaurant was the home of famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen and is the oldest building in the capital. The restaurant itself is in the basement and the medieval atmosphere is enhanced by the solid wooden floors and Gothic arches. Expect innovative dishes here that look beautiful and taste divine. A separate dining space, The King’s Parlor, is available for private hire and seats 24 guests.
Style / Ambiance: Kiin Kiin, which literally means ‘eat, eat’ is an invitation to dine that many of Copenhagen’s finest have eagerly accepted.
Created by Henrik Yde Andersen, who lived in Thailand for several years, Kiin Kiin is one of the few Michelin-starred Thai restaurants outside of Asia. Considered one of the trendiest restaurants in Copenhagen, Kiin Kiin serves up delicious Thai food with a selection of carefully chosen wines. The décor of the interior is distinctively Thai, with buddhas and bamboo lamps adorning the walls and comfortable wicker chairs. Located in the upmarket Nørrebro area of Copenhagen, advance reservation at Kiin Kiin is essential.
Style / Ambiance: This restaurant is an enticing dining spot for its classic French cuisine and Tivoli views.
Located within Nimb luxury boutique hotel, this brasserie provides a relaxed yet elegant setting in which to enjoy classic European cuisine that have been given a modern twist. Expect dishes such as seared beef tenderloin with duck liver, roasted chanterelles and truffle sauce, or whole roasted lobster. The cuisine is accompanied by fine wines from the extensive range on offer.
Cuisine: French / Danish
Style / Ambiance: Michelin-starred Marchal restaurant offers an urban and contemporary take on French and Danish classical cuisine.
Suited in Copenhagen’s d’Angleterre, the menu here includes an array of superb Scandinavian fish dishes, such as salted mackerel and pickled asparagus, bouillon on mackerel with dil oil, offered alongside a French classic such as chateaubriand, served with marrow, parsley, potato puree, lightly dried cheeses, and truffle gravy.
The restaurant is perfect for the elite traveler seeking an extravagant dining experience in a sophisticated setting.
+45 33 12 00 94
Kongens Nytorv 34, 1050 København K, Denmark