Raw bush meat served as finger food, sauces concocted with semi-digested birdseed, wild herbs foraged from the Nordic wilderness – cuisine that may sound more like caveman diet than gourmet gastronomy. But restaurant Noma, housed in a heritage eighteenth-century waterside warehouse, offers one of the world’s most refined dining experiences. No truffles, olive oil or foie gras – Noma is a culinary no-go zone for anything that isn’t Nordic in origin. Headed by executive chef René Redzepi, who featured on the cover of *Time Magazine* in 2012 under the header “Locavore hero”, Noma currently ranks No. 1 on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Noma, Strandgade 93
Tel. +45 3296 3297
Dating back to 1677, this romantic thatched village inn serves classic French gourmet cuisine, offers sublime service and features one of Denmark’s best and longest wine lists. A favourite among diners in Denmark for many years, the inn was awarded its first star in the hallowed Guide Michelin in 2007.
Søllerødvej 35, Holte.
Commanding the impressive wine cellar with an expert hand is Christian Aarø Mortensen, winner of the Danish sommelier championships for the third consecutive year. And concocting the sensuous menus is award-winning chef Ronny Emborg, an El Bulli alumnus. The whitewashed vaulted restaurant with designer interiors was awarded its first Michelin star in 2010.
Dronningens Tværgade 2, Copenhagen.
Located on the upper floor of a 1930s customs house and offering sweeping harbour views, Studio, which is part of the restaurant complex The Standard, is helmed by executive chef Torsten Vildgaard, who was among the defining creative pioneers of the famous restaurant Noma. At Studio he now conjures up a playful culinary universe with Nordic flavour and provenance. The restaurant is only open for dinner.
Havnegade 44, Copenhagen
+45 7414 8808
One of the world’s oldest hotels, the newly refurbished Hotel d’Angleterre on Kongens Nytorv is home to Marchal, a restaurant headed by the young and talented Ronny Emborg, who with a culinary nod to fine French cuisine serves an exclusive palette of Nordic-centred dishes. Chef Emborg introduced the concept of ‘sensory cuisine’, which tantalises all the senses. During summer, diners enjoy sidewalk dining amidst the buzz of the square and with views to the classic Royal Danish Theatre. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kongens Nytorv 34, Copenhagen
+45 3313 0095
Bordering the hipster zone of the city’s Vesterbro district, Formula B is headed by Rune Amgild Jochumsen and Kristian Arpe-Møller. The philosophy is simple: there are no rules and guests enjoy the freedom to mix and match from among the small dishes on the ever-changing seasonal menus. Bursting with flavour, the cuisine centres on Danish artisanal produce from sustainable farming and foraged rich pickings from the great outdoors. The restaurant is only open for dinner.
Vesterbrogade 182, Frederiksberg
+45 3325 1066
The only Thai cuisine restaurant in the world to be awarded a Michelin star, restaurant Kiin Kiin (which means “Come and get it” in Thai), offers generously creative Thai cuisine – think frozen red curry with Danish lobster – which is mainly vegetable based and made with Thai greens organically grown less than two hours’ drive from the city. Headed by executive chef Henrik Yde Andersen, the restaurant offers an airy Asian décor, relaxed seating and a leafy view to the old Jewish cemetery in one of Copenhagen’s most achingly cool urban districts, Nørrebro. So get romantic and reserve table No. 9.
Tel. +45 3535 7555
Protégés from Copenhagen’s famed restaurant Noma, Christian Puglisi (now head chef) and Kim Rossen (now head waiter) have set out to style a restaurant of their own making, serving creative gourmet cuisine in one of the city’s hip urban villages. Don’t expect starched tablecloths and high-shine cutlery – you’re in for wooden table tops and flea market flatware. The restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star in 2012 and was recently listed as one of Noma chef René Redzepi’s four favourite eateries.
Jægersborggade 41, Copenhagen.
Masterminded by twin brothers Jonathan and Alexander Berntsen, this little culinary gem is located in the heart of Copenhagen. Wine is their ‘clou’, or highlight. Rather than merely complementing the cuisine, carefully selected wines from exclusive wineries strike up the dance, achieving a new and refined balance between wine and food – and offering novel and memorable gastronomic experiences. The restaurant is only open for dinner.
Borgergade 16, Copenhagen
+45 3316 3000
Grønbech & Churchill
The restaurant is situated in the city’s magnificent Rococo district, Frederiksstaden, opposite the citadel. Here, executive chef Rasmus Grønbech, who has honed his skills at several of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants, has created a new gastronomic universe that rewires classic cuisine with subtle invention, refining and enhancing the natural flavours of the ingredients. Grønbech & Churchill is open for both lunch and dinner.
Amaliegade 49, Copenhagen
+45 3221 3230
Den Røde Cottage
With its scenic location just a 20-minute coastal drive from downtown Copenhagen, Den Røde Cottage, or The Red Cottage, is headed by Anita Klemensen, Denmark’s first female Michelin-starred chef. In this idyllic woodland setting, Klemensen pursues a culinary vision tied to the sea, the forest and the seasons, basing the cuisine on artisanal farm produce. And a visit to the restaurant is not only a culinary treat; it is also friendly on the wallet. The restaurant is open for dinner only.
Strandvejen 550, Klampenborg
+45 3990 4614
A short stroll from the King’s Garden and Rosenborg Castle, Kokkeriet is one of the city’s smaller fine dining restaurants. Here, head chef David Johansen follows his heart and serves reimagined seasonal cuisine with passion and veneration, inspired by both classic and contemporary Danish gastronomy. Reflecting the sublime culinary experience, the restaurant ambiance is both modern and invitingly decadent. Kokkeriet is only open for dinner.
Kronprinsessegade 64, Copenhagen
+45 3315 2777
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