When it comes to food & drinks Copenhagen offers a lot of options to satisfy one’s hunger. Besides the restaurant and the cafe at Charlottenborg we would like to recommend a selection of the best places to eat & drink in Copenhagen. We have compiled a small guide to some of our personal favourites.

You will find recommendations on where to go for a quick lunch, or where to enjoy a dinner in one of Copenhagen’s many recommendable and trendy restaurants. CPH:DOX also recommends where to go for a beer in one of Copenhagen’s traditional brown pubs, where to find a delicious cocktail or where to get yourself a great cup of coffee.

Bon appetit!

Restaurants, Cafés & Takeaway

BRUS / Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen N
As the very neighbour of Empire Bio, BRUS is the new brewery, bar and beer shop of Nørrebro.  BRUS is To Øl’s first brewpub; a 750 m2 beautiful venue offering a wide variety of craft beers and craft cocktails brewed in-house. BRUS also serves burgers and other pub food friendly menus.

Spontan / Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen N
Restaurant Spontan is located in the corner of BRUS as the closest neighbour to Empire Bio. Spontan offers a whole new experience of dining in a brewpub. Don’t expect bangers and mash or burgers
and fries. Christian Gadient – the youngest Michelin starred head chef in Denmark – is serving up some serious contemporary Nordic food reaching on to many more cuisines with a love for Asian twists, French classics and other remarkable taste expressions. Spontan has the largest beer card around town but also offers natural and conventional wines and BRUS house-made cocktails from tap.

Restaurant LêLê / Vesterbrogade 40, 1620 Copenhagen K
What started out as a small family business has now evolved into one of Scandinavia’s biggest Vietnamese restaurants, four street kitchens, a catering business, bánh mì stand, and popular cookbooks. This highly popular eatery in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district is all about authentic and trendy Vietnamese dishes.

Il buco & Alimentari / Njalsgade 19C, 2300 Copenhagen S
This secret little gem is definitely worth a visit. Il Buco serves authentic Italian food based on sustainable, local and organic produce. Alimentari serves coffee and croissants in the morning and an informal Italian dinner in the evening. The atmosphere is charming and welcoming – perfect for a chilly spring evening in Copenhagen. Il Buco is open on Tuesdays and Alimentari is open daily.

Restaurant Brødrene Price / Rosenborggade 15-17, 1130 Copenhagen K
The Danish Price Brothers behind this renowned restaurant are famous for their love of food. The seasonally based cuisine is served in a simple but stylish atmosphere. You can choose to have lunch or dinner in the dining kitchen for quick bites and informal meals, or the dining room for more exclusive experiences. You are also welcome to drop by for a glass of wine in the bar.

GEIST / Kongens Nytorv 8, 1050 Copenhagen K
“It will completely bankrupt you, but at least you may eat well,” concluded The Guardian’s food critic, Jay Rayner, after dining at this contemporary eatery in the heart of Copenhagen. Geist, run by legendary Bo Bech, is currently riding the trendy New Nordic wave. The restaurant is famous for playing with savoury flavours and using fresh, local seafood.

Musling / Linnésgade 14, 1361 Copenhagen K
Musling is all about fish, shellfish and vegetables. The eatery is open all days for breakfast, lunch, afternoon oysters and dinner. The focus is on high quality products, sustainability and a relaxed atmosphere.

Bæst / Guldbergsgade 29, 2200 Copenhagen N
Located next to one of the festival cinemas, Empire, you can find BÆST (= beast). A truly recommendable place for Italian food and pizza enthusiasts. Simplicity and quality have been put to focus in the excellent gourmet pizzas at Bæst.

Gorm’s / Magstræde 16, 1204 Copenhagen K
In the city centre close the another festival venue, Grand Theatre, you can find another one of Copenhagen’s famous pizza places. Gorm’s menu card offers delicious gourmet pizzsa and anti-pasti at affordable prices.

Fredco’s Deli / Grønnegade 32, 1107 Copenhagen K
This is a salad bar located only 5 minutes away from the Festival Centre. It has been called “a little piece of New York in Copenhagen”. Don’t miss this place if you are looking for a quick lunch with a fresh salad or a delicious sandwich.

Beau marché / Ny Østergade 32, 1164 Copenhagen K
This extraordinary place combines food and furniture. In the café à vin you can choose between simple french dishes and delicious wines. Open all day for both breakfast & lunch or as a light, simple dinner with wine.

Torvehallerne, Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 Copenhagen K
Right next to Nørreport St. you will find the buzzing marketplace Torvehallerne. Besides various delicacies Torvehallerne also offers a range of speciality lunch places where you can try anything from the Danish “open-faced sandwiches”, typical Nordic porridge and great salads, to Spanish tapas and popular Japanese sushi.

LêLê Street Kitchen City / H.C Andersen Boulevard 8, 1553 Copenhagen V
A funky take-away spot with Vietnamese food inspired by the street kitchens of Asia. LêLê offers healthy fastfood focusing on fresh products and incredible spices in a casual surrounding.

Cafés, Bars & Night Spots

Mikropolis / Vendersgade 22, 1363 Copenhagen K
Mikropolis is a small cozy cocktail bar with a wide range of beer taps and a bold bottle list; or maybe it’s a beer bar with great cocktails and a huge spirit selection. It’s definitely a place where you can challenge your taste buds throughout the night, bringing beer freaks and booze heads together, and avoiding the cab ride in between your IIPA’s and Negronis.

Byens Kro / Møntergade 8, 1116 Copenhagen K
Copenhageners love brown pubs where they can get a cheap beer in unpretentious, diw surroundings. This is one those places and it’s located in the city centre.  

Bobi Bar / Klareboderne 14, 1115 Copenhagen K
A classic to the CPH:DOX connoisseur! An old but yet very trendy brown pub in the heart of Copenhagen. 5 minutes walk from the Festival Centre. One of the few pubs where you are still allowed to smoke inside and it’s open every day.

Condesa / Ved Stranden 18, 1061 Copenhagen K
At a 15 minutes walk from the Festival Centre you will find Condesa – mexican cuisine, great cocktails and fun parties on the weekends. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

Palæ Bar / Ny Adelgade 5, 1104 Copenhagen K
Excellent old fashioned bar. Also one of the classic brown pubs of Copenhagen. Nice, simple lunch and smoking is allowed in the evening.

Dyrehaven / Sdr. Boulevard 72, 1720 Copenhagen V
Many young Copenhagener’s top 10 favourite café and bar. A cozy place for a relaxed lunch, coffee or beer. Located just opposite to the festival venue Absalon. Open every day from 09:00 to 02:00.

Original Coffee / Bredgade 36, 1260 Copenhagen K
There are plenty of coffee shops in Copenhagen and Original Coffee is one of our absolute favorites. The quality is good and the aesthetics and the atmosphere are warm. Try the OC coffee bar on Bredgade next to the festival centre or try the one on top of Illum with an amazing view of the Inner City!

Atelier September / Gothersgade 30, 1123 Copenhagen K
Literally a stone’s throw from the Festival Centre, you will find this charming, trendy breakfast and lunch café. Well-known and loved by foodies and creative Copenhageners.

La Fontaine / Kompagnistræde 11, 1208 Copenhagen K
Copenhagen’s oldest jazz club. Open until 05:00 – every day! 5 minutes walk from Rådhuspladsen.

Kaf’Bar 9 & Kompa9 / Antonigade 9, 1106 Copenhagen K / Kompagnistræde 9, 1208 Copenhagen K
Two cozy places for a cup of coffee. Both named after the address and both located in the inner city at a walking distance from the Festival Centre.

Bevi Bevi / Oehlenschlægersgade 53, 1663 Copenhagen V
Located close to the festival venue, Absalon, you can find this excellent little wine bar. The perfect spot for a glass of wine in relaxed and cozy surroundings.