A verified institution, Schønnemann has been lining bellies with smørrebrød (open sandwiches) and snaps since 1877. Originally a hit with farmers in town peddling their produce, the restaurant’s current fan base includes revered chefs like Noma’s René Redzepi; try the smørrebrød named after him: smoked halibut with creamed cucumber, radishes and chives on caraway bread.
Other standouts include the King’s Garden (potatoes with smoked mayonnaise, fried onions, chives and tomato). Two smørrebrød per person should suffice. Make sure to order both a beer and a glass of snaps to wash down the goodness – and always book ahead (or head in early) to avoid long lunchtime waits.
One of the best, the oldest (dating from 1978) and least costly smørrebrød places in the city, but word is out so you may have to opt for a takeaway as there are just a handful of tables inside and out. The piled-high, open-face sandwiches are classic and include marinated herring, chicken salad and roast beef with remoulade.
Coffees are also cheap here with a cappuccino costing just Dkr16 – a steal in this town. Note that there’s nothing fancy about the decor, in fact the place resembles a seafood market stall with its floor-to-ceiling white tiling and stainless steel counter. No worries, you’re here for the food.
Höst’s phenomenal popularity is a no-brainer: warm, award-winning interiors and New Nordic food that’s equally as fabulous and filling. The set menu is superb, with three smaller ‘surprise dishes’ thrown in and evocative creations like beef tenderloin from Grambogaard with onion compote, gherkins, cress and smoked cheese. The ‘deluxe’ wine menu is significantly better than the standard option.
Noma is a Holy Grail for gastronomes across the globe. Using only Scandinavian-sourced produce, such as musk ox and skyr curd, head chef René Redzepi and his team create extraordinary symphonies of flavour and texture. Tables are booked months ahead, so expect to join the waiting list.
Neighbourhood in Copenhagen’s hip Vesterbro district is an all organic gourmet pizza and cocktail bar and local hang-out, where vinyl tunes fill the air, and community table seating makes it impossible not to meet your neighbours. The pizzas at Neighbourhood cost DKK 135 and are modern interpretations of the classic Italian pizza. They are lighter, crispier, greener, organic and even more beautiful. A completely different pizza experience than you are probably used to. The amount of pizza dough is less than half of a traditional pizza and most toppings are non-cooked fresh salads, fresh, marinated or pickled vegetables, fresh cheeses, fresh pestos, herbs and various fresh, cured, smoked or light roasted sea food or meats.
Copenhagen’s Gorilla is a beast of a restaurant residing in old industrial premises in the Meatpacking District of Vesterbro. Restaurant Gorilla is an unpretentious restaurant divided into two areas with a bar area – where you can enjoy a drink or some snacks – and a more classic restaurant area. Gorilla’s kitchen is undogmatic, with roots in the Mediterranean cuisine. The menu consists of shareable snacks and a la carte dishes, big and small, as well as a price-friendly tasting menu consisting of 10 or 15 shareable servings. The wine list is mainly European and consists of fruity, joyful wines. If you prefer cocktails, there is also ample opportunity to sip a cocktail. Max capacity: 180 pax
Local Vesterbro restaurant Bodil is bang for the buck in a cozy setting. The eatery Bodil is named after its location in a typical residential building on the corner of Bodilsgade and Sønder Boulevard, which stretches through Copenhagen’s Vesterbro. Expect a down-to-earth atmosphere but without any slack. Instead, there is quality dishes on the menu, which has an international focus. The open kitchen area breaks down barriers and gives guests an opportunity to see the concentration and meticulousness put into every plate by the kitchen staff. The menu prices are in the low end meaning plenty of value for your money, and with a nice selection of both classic wines and new, nature wines, Bodil is definitely worth of visit – both to locals as well as people visiting the area.