Copenhagen’s reputation as a culinary destination has traveled across the globe, so treating out-of-town guests to eating out ought to be one of the highlights of their trip. An ill-informed decision, however, may make for disappointment and anticlimax. With good service, availability and location to consider in addition to the menu, we found four reasonably-priced restaurants where out-of-towners are welcome. In all cases, reservation is highly recommended.
- Restaurant Kanalen in Christianshavn boasts an idyllic location right by the water in one of Copenhagen’s most attractive quarters. A former customs office, this eatery has old-time atmosphere and both in and outdoor serving, weather permitting. Its traditional menu is tourist-friendly, with vegetarian options. Pricey rather than exorbitant, service and quality are equally high.
- Classic restaurant Peder Oxe is located on Gråbrødretorv, an attractive old square in Copenhagen’s historic Latin Quarter. In the summer it’s possible to eat out on the square, while in colder months, the open fire is lit. Known for its steaks—free-range cattle only—the menu also includes a selection of game and fresh fish dishes.
- Restaurant Radio opened just last month, but its historic premises—a former concert hall close to Forum Metro station—give it plenty of atmosphere. Its concept of using only local produce for its changing, seasonal set menus is similar to award-winning noma, but prices here are hardly Michelin rates, with three courses for 300 kroner.
- Those looking for a taste of Denmark’s famous free-thinking society should check out Spiseloppen, Christiania’s only evening restaurant. With a truly international, extremely creative kitchen and multilingual waiting staff, this is a great place to bring travelers who enjoy an offbeat experience, and the daily changing menu is a particular treat for vegetarian guests.
Image courtesy of Restaurant Kanalen.