Last September we spent four and a half days in Copenhagen. Even though we couldn’t get a table at Noma, Copenhagen is full of other culinary gems. This guide follows our trip through this fantastic city. While it’s not a complete guide by all means, I did spend quite some time researching online for an itinerary that includes a variety of interesting places, kitchens and activities. The gamut runs between cheap street food and Michelin starred restaurant.
This guide is divided into 5 sections: Breakfast\Brunch, Coffee Shops\Bakeries, Restaurants, Food Markets and Smørrebrød (traditional Danish dish). Each section also includes tips to what kind of things you can see and do in the area and of course a link to the full story on our blog.
At the end of the post you’ll find a map with all the places mentioned for your convenience.
Kadeau wasn’t in our original planning. We actually had a reservation to AOC, which also holds two Michelin stars. I got such a warm recommendation from one of my fellow foodie instagram friends that I decided to cancel and book at Kadeau (why not both? I can only fit one two Michelin starred restaurant in a trip full of other Michelin starred restaurants without my husband wanting to kill me).
Why would someone prefer to eat Thai food in Denmark? That’s a really good question. One that also crossed my mind when I planned our itinerary for our visit to Copenhagen and came across Kiin Kiin. The answer is that Kiin Kiin is the only Thai restaurant in the world outside Thailand with a Michelin star. Since we’re not planning a visit to Thailand any time soon, and since I’m a really big fan of Thai food, Kiin Kiin duly made its way to our itinerary.
Studio is one of the three restaurants located at The Standard hotel, in the heart of Copenhagen, right by the harbor. The restaurant currently holds one Michelin star, which it earned only four months after opening in October 2013. Like most high end restaurant in Copenhagen, it has a connection to Noma. The head chef of Studio, Torsten Vildgaard, was a sous chef there and the head chef at its test kitchen for 8 years. Together with sous chef Bjarke von Holck, formerly of AOC, they strive to create a Nordic experience with influences from French and Japanese cuisines.
Couldn’t get a table at Noma? That’s OK, we couldn’t either. Luckily for us (and you, if you’re planning a visit to this lovely city) Copenhagen is full of other culinary gems. Many of those are even somehow connected to Noma and Radio is no exception. The masterminds behind Radio are Clause Meyer and Jesper Kirketerp. Meyer, among his other great achievements, opened Noma together with chef René Redzepi. Today he’s the proud owner of Radio, as well as the Michelin starred restaurant Studio, a vinegar brewery, a cooking school, Meyers Bageri and many other establishments.
Street food is an essential part of every foodie’s traveling itinerary. I was uber excited when I read that there’s a street food market with 35 food stalls, trucks and containers in Copenhagen. Plus it’s located on a tiny, lovely island. The island is named “the paper island” because the Procurement Association of the Danish Press used to store their paper there. Access to this island used to be difficult but not long ago a bridge was built, granting easy access from Nyhavn.
Located practically in the middle of nowhere is an impressive looking industrial warehouse with its own garden. Inside it – Amass – the super hyped restaurant by chef Matt Orlando, formerly of the three-starred and two starred Michelin restaurants Le Bernardin, Le Manoir, The Fat Duck and Per Se. Orlando also spent quite some time in Noma’s kitchen and at 2013 decided to leave and open his own place.
Coffee is an essential part of our day. Traveling abroad changes much of our daily routine; In fact, it turns it upside down. One thing remains the same, though, and that is the need for caffeine. Every city has its own coffee shrine, and in the city of Copenhagen that shrine is no other than The Coffee Collective.
This iconic artisanal bakery can surely take care of your sugary needs. It was founded by Clause Meyer, who, among his other great achievements, opened Noma together with chef René Redzepi. The culinary superstar is often credited as the founder of new Nordic cuisine. Today he is the co-owner of the Michelin starred restaurant Studio, a vinegar brewery, a cooking school and many other establishments.
Strangas is a dessert boutique owned by the Greek pastry chef Nikolaous Strangas. Previously he worked at the Hilton Hotel in Copenhagen followed by the Italian-inspired Michelin restaurant Era Ora. A Greek entering an Italian restaurant in Denmark – sounds like a beginning of a joke, eh? Strangas’ pastry skills, however, are no laughing matter.