Restaurant Kong Hans Kælder has a historical location in the oldest building in Copenhagen, the old wine cellar of Danish King Hans. This restaurant has been honored with one Michelin star. The extremely charming, old basement has an arching ceiling and long wooden floorboards. The service is of the absolutely highest level, and the food is served on metal plates. Stylish, stylish indeed! Lobster and foie gras are amongst the specialties in this distinguished restaurant. The cuisine isn't straight French, but rather French-inspired. You've already guessed that prices aren't low here!
This is a restaurant that offers mainly organic cuisine and a unique and fun décor. The portions are quite filling and the prices are moderate. Old enameled signs and an antique fire extinguisher are among the many interesting objects that you will find at Cap Horn. Open from morning until night, the menu consists of dishes with select organic ingredients, and the cooking style is Danish with a strong international touch. If you don't really have time to study the menu, just order the three-course meal of the day, composed of the best dishes available.
This is a very popular old-style lunch restaurant, not far from Hjbro Plads, dates back to the 18th Century, and has belonged to the Kik family since 1910. Kik is a place where ordinary Danes go for lunch with a beer and schnapps. In this crowded, smoky restaurant, the traditional smørrebrød, (open-faced sandwich) reigns supreme. Here, you won't find a single leaf of coriander or drop of balsamic vinegar: this is old-school Danish. All the open sandwiches available are lined up on a big table, and what you see is exactly what you get! Then you order, and while you wait at your table the open sandwiches are freshly made, typically with rye bread, butter, herring and onions or mature Danish cheese and a drop of rum. Another classic is smoked salmon with fresh dill on it. A good selection of Danish schnapps is available.
Cafe Petersborg, the 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 plays 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. You can wander around the house as well, but be sure you can find the way back to your table. The restaurant holds about 100 customers and many businesspeople have lunch here. Hillary Clinton dined here in 1995.
Bang and Jensen is on Istedgade; the former red-light district of Copenhagen. The interior is fun and kitschy, and the ambiance is friendly. The ancient pinball machines and the table football are popular with the patrons. Most of the clientele at this cafe consist of the young and the trendy, especially women. Breakfast, which is served all through the day until 6p, is the specialty of the house, though the menu leans more toward brunch offerings. The unique thing about Bang and Jensen is that you are given a form on which you fill in exactly how you want your food served. The bar takes over after 8p on Saturdays and after 10p the rest of the week.
If one person is associated with the Danish smørrebrød (open sandwiches) par excellence, it must be Ida Davidsen. In the 1960s she composed the world's longest à la carte list of smørrebrød, which still has locals, tourists and celebrities flocking to her shop. Once you're in line at the sandwich bar, you can pick and choose from a wide range of ingredients and fillings to create your own custom smørrebrød, or you can try one of their tried and true favorites. Be sure to make a reservation.
Baresso, Danish chain of coffeehouses was established in 2000. Located in Central Copenhagen, one of their stores enjoys an enviable situation quite close to the City Hall Sqaure. The espresso bar offers a range of great coffees and teas, with several other refreshing and related beverages in two. The prices are just right and the service is usually good, if you're looking for a good caffeine kick, this is a place to seek it! Baresso Rådhuspladsen remains open all week, from 7a to 9p, most evenings.
This popular Italian restaurant is located on Rådhuspladsen, the Town Hall Square.
A heaven for any poultry lover, KFC needs no introduction. With outlets all across the globe and still counting, this fast food chain has won many palates, and continues to have a loyal, international patronage. The Rådhuspladsen branch of the chain goes one step ahead to show their passion for serving great, fried chicken, this outlet is open till early morning and the staff entertains the patrons with the same enthusiasm around the clock. Grab a bucket to go or sit-in and enjoy the juicy goodness, either way the place will only delight you.
H.C. Andersen Conditori & Café takes the simple act of baking a cake and turns it into an art form. The cakes and pastries at the cafe are all made with special recipes and a great deal of care is given to creating perfection with every pastry. You can grab a light lunch at the cafe and then indulge your sweet-tooth with their array of desserts. You can also specially order cakes and pastries to be delivered to or catered at a party.
On the popular pedestrian street of Strget, you will find several small Shawarma restaurants. This is the oldest and biggest of them all. Shawarma Grill House is divided into two floors; you choose the ground floor if you are hungry and don't have too much time. On the first floor, on the other hand, you sit down and make yourself a bit more comfortable. It is a colorful place with at least five different ethnic groups represented at any one time within the clientele. This food is the Turkish/North African/Middle Eastern answer to burgers, fried chicken and spring rolls: pita breads stuffed with falafel, Shawarma (beef or chicken), tuna, etc.
Guru restaurant provides you with one of the few authentic Indian and Pan-Asian culinary experiences in downtown Copenhagen. The restaurant is located very close to both Tivoli Garden and the Town Square, making it the perfect place to get some food on the go. Guru's to-go menu consists of a range of Indian fast food items which are made from fresh ingredients and authentic spices and are healthy options despite being fast food. So come to this restaurant and, if you are in a hurry, just get your food to go.