This is a typical tourist restaurant that has everything, but nothing of good quality. The pizza was ok, but the fruit di mare spaghetti was terrible. The pasta was gross and the tomato sauce tasted very artificial. And I cannot go without mentioning the fried calamari, the frozen Pescanova brand calamari are a hundred times better!
Tapas Baren is a tapas restaurant on Dronningens street in central Copenhagen. It is a rather small, with only a dozen tables perhaps. The specialties are from northern Spain, and the menu is bilingual, so you can't go wrong. There are many hams, cheeses, cakes, and fish dishes that the Danes love. There is also a good selection of red and white Spanish wines. On weekdays, the place is only open from 5 pm to 11 pm. On Friday and Saturday it is open at noon, and it is closed on Sundays. It costs anywhere between 30 and 40 euros for a tapas dinner with wine.
It is a very cozy place, especially if you sit next to a window and can watch the never-ending rain fall. The menu is composed of sandwiches, salads, hot dishes, with a large assortment of cakes and cocktails. I ordered the broccoli salad. Scrumptious! And the presentation is spectacular, elegant china and silver trays. Price: 155 Koronas. The lack of table service didn't seem to fit the scenery. You had to place your order at the bar, but then you are served at the table.
Restaurant Els is the first restaurant that you find in Nyhavn. They have a small terrace on a cobbled street and serve traditional French dishes; "Els" means "moose" in Danish. We went on a festival day, and the place was bustling. It's been open since 1853, back when it was the stylish place to go if you were taking in a show at the nearby Theatre Royal. On the inside, you'll find an intimate room with frescoes on the walls showing classical scenes. They offer a French four-course menu which changes with the seasons. You'll have to book in advance if you want to eat inside. They say that it was a favorite haunt of Hans Christian Andersen, who lived nearby.
Nazaza Coffee is a coffee shop on Stroget Street in central Copenhagen. It's a traditional cafe which serves hot chocolate, coffee, and cakes of all kinds. The cakes look very good, but although they had a lot of cream on top, I have to say that they looked better than they tasted. Snacks are expensive here, about the same price as eating a pizza in one of the nearby restaurants. As well as the cakes and sweet, they also serve open sandwiches, with herring, smoked salmon, cream cheese, etc. The prices are more or less 4-5.00 euros for coffees, and 6.00 for pastries or sandwiches.
Wagamama is a Japanese pasta and rice restaurant. There are different kinds of pasta: thick pasta in soups, thin fried pasta, wok pasta with vegetables, sauces of varying degrees of spice. The concept of Wagamama is that you eat at big wooden tables, sharing the space with other people. It's kind of a noisy place, but it's got a great, lively atmosphere.
It's ideal for big groups because everyone will fit at these tables. The appetizers are little plates of fried foods with typical Japanese sauces. Going out is pretty expensive in Copenhagen, but Wagamama offers a complete dinner at a pretty low price. I didn't really like the desserts.
Just as you get to the Nyhavn canal you can find the Barock Restaurant on the left. We were astounded by its beautiful terrace that overlooks the canal and because my husband especially enjoyed the Danish traditional dishes. I ate the fish that the waiter recommended. I have to say that it was kind of like battered Captain Pescanova fish bites, nothing fancy, but the sauces they brought were spectacular. In price, as compared to Spain and typical Danish cuisine, it is expensive, but it is also the keynote of the whole country. The best part though is that you are in the center of Nyhavn with the beauty of the surrounding houses and the atmosphere.
In Copenhagen, eating out at the Nyhavn port is a great experience, mostly because of the incredible neighborhood atmosphere. Nyhavn is a small picture-perfect port with old wooden boats and colored houses. Nyhavns Faergekro is one of the classic restaurants in the area. It serves Danish open sandwiches, herring, schnapps, and Danish beers, including the famous Carlsberg. They also serve international dishes like steak and homemade chips. They have a very young, relaxed atmosphere because the Danes are not very formal when they are out and about. During the summer months you can sit on the outside terrace and watch all the harbor activity, which is very pretty. The house specialty is the herring buffet - all you can eat marinated fish - the Danish national specialty, served with potatoes and bread, for 89 kroner, just a little over 12 euros.
The Hereford is a grill restaurant located behind Tivoli Gardens. It stands in a charming square, allowing visitors to enjoy the nice terrace on sunny days. The place is open all day until 10:00pm, except Saturday and Sunday, when it is only open at night. The steaks cost between 180 and 240 DKK, or just over 30 euros for a 300-gram piece of meat. The desserts are around 10 euros as well, and the wine, because of some very high taxes, is expensive too. So you can budget 50 euros per person for a full dinner. The food, and the meat in particular, is very high quality.
Prémisse is a restaurant in Dronningens Street housed in a beautiful old building with an impressive entrance. The restaurant is on the first floor and used to be the private apartment of a rich owners. It is tastefully decorated and all the details are perfect. The restaurant offers a tasting menu at 750kr (100 euros) and wine at 1500 DKK (200 Euro!). But each dish is accompanied with a specially selected wine. The less elaborate menus cost 450 DKK for three courses, or 500 DKK for four. The menu includes smoked salmon and other fish, caviar, marinated herring, and other dishes based on the traditional cuisine of the country. It has been awarded a Michelin star, guaranteeing its excellent quality.
Leonore Christine is a restaurant in Nyhavn, the old port of the city with low colorful houses which is perhaps Copenhagen's prettiest neighborhood. The restaurant is named after a famous noblewoman of the Danish royal court, and is housed in the oldest building in the area (dating back to 1681). As for the prices: a sirloin steak is 36.00 euros, roast lamb 27.00, chicken 25.00, and fishcake 27.00. You can count on paying 10.00 euros for dessert. That means that you'll end up paying between 50 and 80.00 euros per person depending on the wine, which is heavily taxed by the government.
The name of this small restaurant literally means the potato cellar. It sounds like a simple restaurant, but they cook the potatoes with different meats, cheeses, even with herring and smoked fish, all specialties from Denmark. The restaurant is on Krystal Street, behind the University of Copenhagen, and is a popular place among students in the district. The potatoes are relatively cheap, around 7 euros depending on the garnish. Keep in mind that Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and this is the minimum price you would pay for a meal at a fast food restaurant. The restaurant is in a nice old house, with a discreet facade. The good thing is that there are also pictures of the dishes on the menu so you can't go wrong. They serve other things too, from steaks to chicken to duck meat. They accept credit cards without charging a fee.
As with many cafes in the area, the Cafe Nick has a very discreet facade; I guess that the lack of windows must be due to the very cold winter, as it costs more to heat a building with lots of glass. You'll find a lot of cafes and restaurants in the basements of buildings which you can easily pass by without realizing that there's a bar or restaurant there. Nick Brown is located in the lively neighborhood of of Indre By on the first floor of an old house. They serve snacks and lots of different coffees prepared in various ways. Danish Beers, accompanied by small sandwiches, are a great option in the afternoon. The decor is very original, and it's not very expensive.
The Cap Horn is a restaurant in Nyhavn, the small, old port in central Copenhagen. Generally, if you are looking for a less crowded place, there is not a lot to choose from in this neighborhood, especially during the beautiful. The Cap Horn mixes traditional Danish cuisine with a modern twist and southern influences. They have meat from Argentina so if you want to eat a good steak, they are delicious here. The service is friendly, and professional, the wait times are not long, which is surprising because Nyhavn is one of the most touristy places of the city. There is a cozy interior with a fireplace and a maritime decor, reminiscent of the old port, while it was still active with fishing boats. It is a good place in any season.
Casa D'Antino is in Taergade Dronningens near Kongens Have and Rosenborg Palace. It has a small raised terrace on the side of a pedestrian plaza which allows you to enjoy a quiet dinner outside without the noise of the traffic passing by. It is quite expensive to eat out in Copenhagen, and a restaurant that would cost 15 euros in the rest of Europe will be easily 40 euros here. In general, Italian restaurants are the cheapest option (not to mention the ubiquitous kebabs), with pizza rarely costing more than 12 euros. There's rice and pasta, risotto, and a special every day, some of which can be shared between two people. The dessert menu features classics like poached pears in wine, chocolate cake, and honey parfait.
This restaurant was next to our hotel, and its location captivated us. Below the planetarium and just in front of Lake St. George, it's an ideal place to walk around during an afternoon, thinking about the jets of water and the midday sun.
Among this restaurant's highlight dishes are the herring, the roast meat with rosemary, chicken salads and hot apple pie. It has various children's menus.
Open from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm.
If I had to say something negative about this restaurant, it would be that the service was a little slow.
Vingarden is a restaurant in Nikolaj Plads, near the Nikolaj Kirke. There is a nice, shady terrace with about a dozen tables, and more in the interior dining room. It's expensive to eat in restaurants in Copenhagen and this isn't an exception. Lunch will cost you about 35 euros a head, and dinner around 50, including a drink but not a bottle of wine. The starters are 10 euros, as are the desserts, and they cost a little more if you want something typically Nordic like smoked fish. Then the main courses come in between 20 and 30 euros. The square is very quiet but it's also located only a short walk from Strøget street, the commercial heart of the city.
Ankara is a restaurant on Copenhagen's Krystal Street which specializes in Turkish and Balkan cuisine. It is well-located, being close to the university and the round tower in the old medieval quarter of the city. It offers a menu at noon and dinner and an unlimited buffet for a little more than 10 euros. Non-alcoholic drinks start at 3 euros. The food is not the best: it's pretty basic, with salads, hummus, eggplant, some meat in sauces, etc., but it's a decent price for Copenhagen. It's usually pretty crowded at 7:00pm and if you arrive later you'll find less food on offer. But for a large group of friends it's perfect, as everyone is served and eats at the same time, and it's inexpensive. There's no terrace or outdoor space.