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The restaurant scene in Copenhagen offers something for every taste and budget, from informal outdoor food markets to world-renowned fine dining, and for design enthusiasts, there are plenty of places that serve up impeccable food and interiors. Here, we round up a few spots that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the palate—just remember to make reservations well in advance.
This colourful South American restaurant in the city centre was outfitted by two homegrown talents: Jakob Lange, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and Lars Holme Larsen of Kilo Design.
It is a delightfully eclectic basement space, especially by Copenhagen’s sombre standards, decked out in mix-matched ceramic tiles from floor to ceiling, balanced by subtle black furniture. Try the ceviche and any of the cocktails.
Designed by Copenhagen-based Norm Architects in collaboration with firm Menu, Höst serves up delightful New Nordic fare in an atmosphere that is at once rustic and refined.
With ceilings panelled in reclaimed wood, a matching bar, and dusty-hued walls, space is filled with verdant plant life and simple, minimalist furniture, creating an ambience that somehow marries industrial and cosy.
Take note of the beautiful New Norm tableware, designed specifically for the restaurant by Norm Architects and produced by Menu.
Kul means “charcoal” in Danish, so it is only fitting that this California-inspired grill in the trendy Meatpacking District in Vesterbro is decked out in moody charcoal-grey.
The restaurant’s interiors were done by Space Copenhagen, which is headed up by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, who also outfitted Noma and several other Copenhagen hot spots.
The team’s cool design combines matte walls, original white tiling (space was a former butchery), and industrial-inspired lighting to create a crisp, modern context for an equally contemporary and delicate take on grill cuisine.
Run by the American former Noma chef Matthew Orlando, Amass is a bit off the beaten path in an industrial area known as Refshaleøen, just across the waterfront from the iconic Little Mermaid statue.
Here, guests dine in an expansive, warehouse-style space with graffiti on the concrete walls and a neat, unfussy furniture selection. It is fine dining in a casual context. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s own garden outback.
The organic pizza at this informal spot in hip Nørrebro is to die for, and the interiors are as laid-back and likeable as the food. With a long brass-top bar serving up cocktails and wine, the restaurant is appointed with solid wood tables, casual seating arrangements, and plenty of dim lighting—it’s the kind of place you want to enjoy for an entire evening.
With interiors by local firm HolmbäckNordentoft, this spot in the residential Frederiksberg neighbourhood dishes out organic Nordic food by chefs Jesper Kirketerp and Rasmus Kilim against a perfectly Scandinavian backdrop. Earnest in its appearance, the small restaurant features reclaimed-wood-panelled walls and Dinesen fir floors, creating a muted palette punctuated by black slab chairs by Tom Dixon.
The more informal sister restaurant of the Michelin-starred Formel B, this Vesterbro spot not far from the city’s central train station offers an à la carte take on New Nordic, with plenty of small-plate options.
Designed by Søren Vester, the interiors feature lush shades of grey, with candlelit sconces illuminating the 80-seat space. One wall is lined with the restaurant’s impressive wine selection, and it’s said that Uformel employs one of the best bartenders in Europe, so give the cocktails ago.
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Recently opened in the city’s former red-light district, this wine and tapas bar has been getting rave reviews around town.
Set in a simple space with raw concrete surfaces, Thonet-style seating, copper lighting, and a heavy wood bar, the atmosphere is uncomplicated and casual, much like the menu.
Indeed, chef Sune Rothenberg Lind also looked after the decor, so it all hangs together. A good spot to kick off an evening out and about in Copenhagen.
Originally located on the Danish island of Bornholm, Kadeau recently opened an outpost in central Copenhagen (though the food is still inspired by the island’s offerings) and set up shop in a space designed by Thomas Lykke of OEO Studio.
Fir flooring grounds the intimate dining room, which boasts a collection of beautiful, largely Danish seating, while a central open kitchen with copper detailing reinforces a sense of understated luxury.
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