Over the past couple of decades, Copenhagen has transformed from gastronomic backwater to undisputed gourmet hotspot, with a dynamic, diverse and democratic food scene. At the fine-dining end of the culinary spectrum, a Copenhagen restaurant (Geranium) holds top spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, and the team from another (Søllerod Krø) took Denmark to victory at this year’s Bocuse d’Or awards. Meanwhile, it’s become increasingly easy to eat out well for less, thanks to an abundance of gourmet burger bars, great pizzerias, artisan bakeries and assorted street food stalls. More international, too, as a new wave of Asian, Latin American and Mediterranean restaurants shake things up on the flavour front.
The traditional favourites are still there, of course, often with a modern makeover. Make time for a lunch of smørrebrød (the famous open sandwiches); try a classic hot dog (the original Danish street food); and get your fingers sticky with delicious pastries, layer cakes and flødeboller (chocolate-covered marshmallow buns). And don’t forget to stock up on foodie souvenirs: goodies worth bringing back include small batch cheeses, gourmet liquorice, handmade chocolates and craft gins and liqueurs.
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Top dollar restaurants
Denmark’s national football stadium is the unlikely setting for this three-Michelin-starred restaurant, perched up on the eighth floor, with views over the neighbouring parkland. Not that anyone’s looking at the view; they’re too busy admiring the succession of 20-odd exquisitely crafted and endlessly creative dishes that come to the table over the course of a three-hour tasting menu. You may have to scrimp and save (and book months in advance) to bag a table here – but you’ll soon understand how it got that ‘world’s best’ title. geranium.dk
Hotel D’Angleterre is the undisputed grande dame of Copenhagen hotels, and Marchal is its suitably swish restaurant. You could just come for the lavish breakfast spread and be set up for the rest of the day, but dinner is a real treat. The menu features fresh Nordic produce prepared with classic French techniques and beautifully presented on Bernardaud porcelain. Try to get a window seat so you can watch…
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