Believe it or not, Copenhagen is not rich in seafood restaurants: In fact, up until a couple of years ago, the expensive and exclusive fish restaurant Krogs
on Gammel Strand was the only such eatery in the city. Quite why Copenhagen, surrounded as it is by water, does not have a greater tradition of seafood restaurants has long been debated: Despite their seafaring past, it seems Danes are not crazy about fish.
Change is afoot however. In the last few years, a number of restaurants combining freshly caught seafood with high culinary standards have appeared on Copenhagen's restaurant scene. In 2008, Kødbyens Fiskebar
opened; the former an informal, canteen-style setting in the former meat-packing district that has managed to find itself with a Michelin-recommendation Bib Gourmand
, the latter an extension of the gourmet Italian Era Ora
empire and the city's only Italian seafood restaurant. Then in late 2010, French bistro Pastis opened a sister restaurant, Pastis Fishmarket,
inspired by the lively fish halls of Paris and Nice.
has always been a good place to find seafood. Organic restaurant Cap Horn
always has at least one fish course on the menu, while Nyhavns Færgekro
is known for its 'herring table' of open sandwiches. Also on Nyhavn, Restaurant Havfruen
is the nearest Copenhagen gets to an oyster bar.
Gammel Strand 38
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Langebro Kaj 570
Classy restaurant on a boat in Copenhagen harbor...