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These days you don’t have to look far for a decent meal in Copenhagen - the city is full of stylish, alluring, cool and creative kitchens, all eagerly competing to offer the tastiest modern French, Italian and Scandinavian cooking. You could easily find a meal to rank with the very best Europe’s restaurants have to offer every day of the week in Copenhagen.

But of course, it isn’t all passionfruit and pancetta; traditional Danish staples like herring and frikadeller (meat balls) are still readily available, and many of the best venues often juggle both the finest fresh local ingredients and the classic French techniques. Fusion is still hot too, though thankfully the excesses of the ’90s have been tempered, and sushi of varying quality is also widely available. Copenhagen does lack decent Chinese and Indian restaurants, at least in any number, but it more than makes up for it with its cheap but authentic Thai venues.

Most tourists head instinctively for the quayside restaurants at Nyhavn where they find traditional but largely uninspiring Danish and seafood restaurants. Though the quality is variable and the prices high, it is still a nice spot for an al fresco beer if the weather’s friendly, and even in winter the bars and restaurants are the very definition of hygge . The finer French and modern Scandinavian restaurants are mainly to be found in the area just west of Kongens Nytorv, though there are notable exceptions scattered throughout the city. Vesterbro has a number of Thai and Asian restaurants, while Nørrebro is quite good for cheaper dining in trendier settings.

Traditional lunch cafés are a unique element of the Danish restaurant scene: open only for weekday lunch, and serving smørrebrød (open sandwiches), herring, frikadeller and other Danish staples. You’ll find them all over the city, and though they usually have all the aesthetic charm of a dentist’s waiting room, they are the best places to sample old-fashioned, traditional Danish food.

The down side of all of this choice and quality is that eating out can be an expensive proposition here, and some of the cooler venues do try to get away with murder when it comes to value and service. However, Copenhagen’s restaurant staff tend to be paid far more highly than those in other European countries and so, while a tip is naturally appreciated, don’t feel obliged to load on an extra 15 per cent for each meal; five per cent or 10 kroner for meals under 100 kroner will do fine. Danes themselves tend to be thoroughly mean tippers; many don’t tip at all.

It is always worth asking for an English menu in restaurants: more have them than don’t. And note that, bizarrely, some of the better restaurants close in July for a holiday. Be aware, too, that many cafés and bars serve excellent food, from snacks to full meals. See chapter Cafés & Bars.

For a truly authentic Danish dining experience, nothing beats eating with Copenhageners in their own Copenhagens. Two organisations, Meet the Danes and Dine with the Danes, can arrange dinners with locals the Danes).


Cassiopeia
This trendy restaurant boasts fine views of lake Sct. Jørgens; you can enjoy meals out on the terrace in summer. The lunch menu is a mix of classic Danish and international dishes like mature cheese with jelly and dark rum and salmon pickled in balsamic vinegar. Prices range from DKK30 to DKK80. There is a good selection of vegetarian options like aubergine stuffed with sun-dried tomato and red chilis for DKK82. Three-course meals are available from DKK 75. The house wine costs DKK145.

Petersborg
This traditional Danish cafe restaurant between Kongens Nytorv and Esplanaden dates back to the middle of the 1700s. The name stems from the Russian Consulate that occupied part of the house and the many Russian sailors who therefore frequented the restaurant in the basement of the house. When Denmark is playing national football matches Cafe Petersborg arranges festive preliminaries with lots of food, beer and schnapps. There is an old-world atmosphere to the four rooms with their wooden rafters. The restaurant holds about 100 customers; many businesspeople have lunch here. Hillary Clinton dined here in 1995.

Kommandanten
This was the first restaurant in Denmark to be awarded two of the very prestigeous Michelin stars. Kommandanten is definitely for those willing to spend a lot of money for high quality French cuisine. And for those who do, they won't be disappointed. This refined and exclusive restaurant makes no compromises; main dishes cost upwards of DKK250 and a fixed-price dinner about DKK580. The stylish grey interior was conceived by designer Tage Andersen.

Barcelona
Barcelona is everything. It is here you come for a nice brunch or lunch with a good friend, and here you come for a romantic dinner with your loved one. On weekends the ground floor turns into nightclub Club Bar'cuda ,and you can dance all night listening to soul and funk rhythms.
Barcelona is situated on Nørrebro, a part of Copenhagen populated with a lot of students and with a unique cosmopolitan atmosphere. This atmosphere you will feel at Barcelona as well.

Alberto K

1 Hammerichsgade
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 426 161

Cap Horn
Nyhavn 21
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 128 504

Soren K
1A Soren Kierkegaards Plads
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 474 949

Kommandanten
7 Ny Abelgade
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 120 990

Peder Oxe
Grabrodretorv 11
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 110 077

Barstarten
1 Kapelvej
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (35) 241 100

Godt
38 Gothersgade
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 152 122

Formel B

182 Vesterbrogade
Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (33) 251 066

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