Let’s face the truth: Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. It’s even more expensive than Paris and London!
Having a good but inexpensive meal is pretty impossible, and
McDonald’s seems to be our only solution.
But nothing is impossible, so I managed to find out some great restaurants and cafes that, according to their food quality, service and ambience, are the best compromise to have a good meal without breaking the bank.
#1 PALUDAN’S CAFE – AT ANY TIME, ALSO TO HAVE BRUNCH!
This café is near the University and it’s a quite common meeting point among Danes. Food and design make it a place you definitely can’t miss: you’ll enjoy your meal sitting at a reading table or on a comfy sofa (they also have conventional tables), between shelves full of books, like in a real library. For sure, this is one of the nicest places I’ve been to in Copenhagen.
Talking about food, I (obviously) chose the Paludan’s Brunch, as you can see in the picture below. It is also available in its vegetarian version. At only 95DKK (approx. € 13), it won’t make you think about food for the rest of the day, I promise! 🙂
Brunch apart, there are many tasty recipes in the menu and you’ll surely find the perfect one for you. Prices are cheaper than the city average. Last but not least, water is always available thanks to the all-you-can-drink format 😀
DET LILLE APOTEK – THE ANCIENT CHEMIST’S
This Danish kitchen restaurant is inside an ancient chemist’s of 1720.
The ambience is really picturesque and, after all, prices are lower than the average. They serve hefty portions and with less than € 30 you’ll enjoy an excellent dinner in a fine and quiet place, suitable both for friends and for couples. Reservation is highly recommended because there are few tables!
Papirøen (Papiroeen) – FOR STREET-FOOD LOVERS
Its name literally means “paper island”. This is due to the fact that this place has been used for decades by the Danish press to store newspapers. Not far from the Opera House, it’s a place where you must eat, especially if you are keen on street and ethnic food! You’ll find a hall with dozens of stands where food from all over the world is served: from Moroccan to Asian recipes, from the classic hamburger to fish & chips. And there’s also a stand entirely dedicated to cheesecakes… It’s a dream coming true! In my opinion, you cannot come back home without having had at least a lunch here. It will surely be cheaper than any restaurant in the very city centre and it offers much more than any other place. There are many tables both inside and outside the hall.
SKINDBUKSEN – DINNER WITH PIANIST
This restaurant offers you a jolly, pub-like atmosphere, wood tables and a pretty eclectic pianist, who (from tuesday to saturday) will cheer up your dinner playing joyful pieces at the upright piano, which is part of the decoration. The owner of this restaurant is a funny and odd guy! It’s been a very pleasant dinner, that’s why I strongly recommend you this super central restaurant to enjoy again typical Danish kitchen.
These are the restaurants I liked the most in Copenhagen. I hope you’ll find them useful for your stay in this amazing city, which may be your next travel destination!