For the past decade Copenhagen has made its mark on the world map
The city vibrates with good taste, not only in fashion and architecture, but literally speaking: here, the restaurants' focus is always on locally sourced products, craftsmanship and sustainability - much like in the rest of Scandinavian culture.
The best-loved spots around Copenhagen mirror their guests in their aesthetic: they're cool and simple, and the dress code is casual. Copenhagen Fashion Week is just around the corner, and you'll undoubtedly be looking for somewhere fun, inspirational and delicious to take a break. Let your fork follow your fashion, and check out my round-up of the best spots in the city.
Photo: Alona Vibe Vestergaard Andersen, Visit Copenhagen
The sourdough bread at Apollo Bar, located at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, won't disappoint, and neither will the service: you will be met with good taste and a casual atmosphere in their cosy courtyard. The plates are for sharing and the vibe is natural. Chef Frederik Bille Brahe, the husband of model Caroline Bille Brahe, wanted to create a creative and open space. During weekends, the restaurant turns into a bar, which is definitely worth checking out for its chilled ambience.
In Italian, 'Mangia' means to eat; amongst the Danish fashion insiders, it means to dine at one of the best Italian restaurants in town, situated on Bagerstræde. The menu is classic and the vibe is cool. Before an evening at Mangia, you should always make sure you leave a little space - the food is more than worth waiting for.
Juno The Bakery
On another note - or cardamom roll - the queue at Juno The Bakery on Århusgade is sometimes long, but always worth waiting out. The award winning bakery focus on quality and craftsmanship and the conceptual surroundings, created by Frama interior Architects, are just as sumptuous. The colour palette is much like the pastries in the window: beautifully pastel and golden.
Restaurant Baka d’Busk
Get your vegetables at the vegetarian bistro Baka d’Busk, on Rantzausgade. The surroundings are colourful and playful, just like the guests, and the kitchen always succeeds in creating tasteful vegetarian plates. A go-to for the young and creative, this is the place for you if you like carefully cooked, healthy food and natural wines.
A modern take on an Italian trattoria with an appreciation and care for quality, at Italo Disco on Oehlenschlægersgade, you'll find only the best products from Italy and plenty of locally sourced fish and shellfish. With its warm and casual atmosphere, this is a must-visit.
A former gallery on Gothersgade is now home to Atelier September, a little oasis of calm in the very center of the city. At September, the kitchen is open and vegetarian, and always delicious. This restaurant has a faithful, creative crowd, and serves aesthetically pleasing pancakes all day.
At Den Vandrette, located by the canals on Havnegade, you'll find a good selection of natural wine and perfectly sized sharing plates. This a fantastic location to wine and dine - but mostly wine...
Louise Roe Gallery
At this concept store and eatery under probably the most iconic clock of Copenhagen on Vognmagergade,, you'll find plenty of locally sourced products, curated interiors and excellent takeaway coffee.
Beau Marché Cafe À Vins
This French café and wine bar on Ny Østergade is the preferred pit stop for the francophiles and anyone with a love for a delicious Chèvre Chaud and freshly pressed orange juice. The café also boasts a carefully designed interior and sunny seats outside on the pavement - something the French do best.
Dronningens Tværgade, a little corner in the centre of Copenhagen, is the home of Maison, which offers up some of the best French classics and selected wines in the city, as well as incredible skinny fries and wonderful service.