Eat in Copenhagen

Where to eat in Copenhagen

As previously written, Copenhagen is one of the world's most expensive places to eat and drink, but the city is crowded with restaurants and pubs. You will  never get hungry to bed, if you can afford to pay the price at the restaurants.

But do not despair, there are still a lot of restaurant where you can have good danish food for a reasonable price, and both meet and talk to the danes.

Below I have some suggestion both for what to eat and some restaurant where you are able to pay the bill.


In Denmark tipping is not a tradition and beside that the bill is high enough.
Waiters and waitresses, taxi drivers etc. earn higher wages than in other countries and are not dependent on tips in the same way.

There is no need to tip!!!

What do the Danes eat?

Suggestions for lunch


The term for a huge class of open-faced sandwiches, smørrebrød comprise the ultimate Danish lunch: a thin slice of buttered rugbrød (Denmark’s ubiquitous dense rye bread) topped with some combination of protein, vegetable, and garnish.
Today you’ll find smørrebrød on lunch or dinner menus all over the city, from casual takeout counters to fancy sit-down restaurants, in hundreds of varieties.

But, save your money and do like the the danes, buy the smørrebrød from the take away shop, just look for the sign Smørrebrød  at the shops. Find a bench and enjoy the meal.


For the past century, Copenhagen has been a big hot-dog-on-the-street kind of town, and pølse is the name of the game.
Especially popular are the long, skinny red-dyed pork hot dogs called rødpølser, prepared any number of ways at your local pølsevogn, or hot dog stand.
You can’t go wrong with a boiled or grilled (ristet) hot dog, traditionally topped—that means mustard, ketchup, remoulade, pickles, and raw and crispy onions.

But like the the danes, buy your Hot Dog from the take away shops. Your kids will love the Hot Dog together with a hot Chocolate milk.

At the bakery

No one should leave Copenhagen without tasting a snegl – a cinnamon-spiked, buttery, snail-shaped pastry coated with a thick swirl of chocolate.

Or you should ask for a

Romkugle ( Rum Balls)
Studenterbrød.(student bread)

They are very alike

Student bread is a small but heavy cake decorated with cream and icing and baked on a doughbelt with raspberry jam. Since the dough is made from old danish bread, it is a cheap cake and therefore it is a popular eating for poor students.

Eating this will make your day!!

What are we having for dinner tonight?

The American influence is obvious with dishes such as salad buffets, baked potatoes, barbecues, turkey and ready-to-serve chicken dishes. In the 1980s, the Italian cuisine gained ground with pizza, pasta and extensive use of tomatoes. In the 1990s, it was Asiatic food that became fashionable, although it was never really pervasive.
Meat consumption has risen dramatically, still with pork as the most common kind of meat. The Danes eat mainly mince and cuts for pan-frying and traditional gravy and potato dishes are still very common.

Do yourself a favor and eat Danish food.
The Danes usually eat between 18.00 and 20.00
and it is hot dishes.

The best of the best from the Danish kitchen.
Dishes you must try.

Stegt flæsk

Denmark's Official National Food: Crispy Pork with Parsley Sauce.

Back in 2014, for the first time, Danes voted on their national dish. Over 60,000 people took part in the vote and the winning dish, a classic pork recipe called 'Stegt flæsk med persillesovs', was no surprise!

Stegt flæsk is the national dish of Denmark and one of the country's most popular foodstuffs and has been described as "a dish of pork fat, and only pork fat, in parsley sauce. Mmmm.

An "alternative guide to Denmark" from the British broadcaster BBC described stegt flæsk med persillesovs as fried slices of pork with fat served with parsley sauce and boiled potatoes.


A very traditional dish of thinly sliced, tender roasted pork, crunchy pork rinds, and tart red cabbage, flæskesteg is served at just about every classic restaurant in Denmark.

Thankfully, it’s a delicious, easily loved plate of food, whether for lunch—when it’s given the smørrebrød treatment, with rye bread and pickles—or for dinner, when potatoes and gravy join the party.

And futhermore this dish is the most common on Christmas Eve.


Hakkebøf (pronounced hah-que-beuf) or Danish hamburger steaks is another very traditional Danish dish and it is served everywhere in the country.
When I grew up any kind of beef meat was very expensive and considered a Sunday dinner treat.
Fortunately that is not the case anymore and beef is a very used kind of meat in Denmark now.

The beef is served with hot potatoes, gravy and roasted onions.

You will love it!!

A good experience and a little exercise

And where to eat tonight

Below you will find some typical Danish restaurants where the Danes are coming.


Lindevang  is probably one of the most typical Danish restaurants with great Danish food for a reasonable price.

Nyboders Køkken

Close to the City Center. Good place for reasonably priced traditional Danish food.

Sundby Sejl

On Amager close to the beach.
Good honest food, child-friendly surroundings, reasonable prices.

Chicky Grill

An inexpensive diner serving old school Danish food like grandma used to make.


The place in the city center to go if you want open sandwiches (smørrebrød).


Absalon is your living room away from home. Your breakfast café, your afternoon hangout, your evening bar and the place you eat your dinner with 180 other people.


This is an authentic experience; one of the few remaining real classic old school Danish restaurants.


Every Saturday and sunday there is a lunch buffet. A fantastic buffet where nothing is missing. Everything is freshly prepared and it is quickly filled up.

See the locations of restaurants on map

Eaten too much!!

need some exercise?

Finsensvej 6
2000 Frederiksberg