1. Alchemist, 2. Geranium, 3. Noma, 4. Søllerød Kro, 5. Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, 6. Kadeau, 7. Restaurant Jordnær, 8. Kong Hans Kælder, 9. Alouette, 10. Gastromé. Discover the finest of the best from Denmark's many top restaurants, as ranked by the leading Nordic restaurant directory, White Guide. With the most majority based in Copenhagen, there is no denying the capital's high quality of gourmet dining and other gastronomic experiences. These are the top 10 best restaurants in Denmark.
- Søllerød Kro
- Mielcke & Hurtigkarl
- Restaurant Jordnær
- Kong Hans Kælder
Alchemist ranks 1st place in the list of the best restaurants in Denmark. This restaurant, the brainchild of chef Rasmus Munk, got two stars in the prestigious Michelin guide in 2020 after only being open for a little more than a year. This has never happened before for such a fledgling business on Danish soil. And the standard has been maintained because the two stars will be retained in 2021 as well.
Alchemist and chef Munk have pushed the restaurant and dining experience to previously unheard heights after expanding from a little 15-seat bistro. Despite being surrounded by art, theater, sound, and light while dining, the major focus is still on the cuisine, with a set menu of 50 “impressions.” A cuisine that is both delicious and political, commenting on current events and societal issues. Chef Rasmus Munk says he wants the dining experience to reverberate beyond the restaurant sector, causing people to eat and then think.
Alchemist takes place in the rough and industrial neighborhood of Refshaleen, and its inside is as perplexing as its surroundings. When was the last time you dined beneath a dome while the aurora borealis danced above you?
Rate: 4.9/5.0, 253 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Refshalevej 173C, 1432 København, Denmark
Contact:+45 31 71 61 61
Geranium, which is in 2nd place on the list of the best restaurants in Denmark,grows in the seemingly incongruous setting of Denmark’s major soccer stadium. The kitchen windows provide fantastic pitch views (ask for a kitchen tour) while staring northwards provides panoramic views of the pastoral Faelledparken (Common Gardens), giving the impression that you are a world away from a Monday night home match against arch-rivals Sweden.
Many restaurants adapt their menus to the changing seasons, but Geranium goes above and beyond. The newest Autumn Universe selection is a prime example, beginning with rich pickings like Jerusalem artichoke leaves and pickled walnut and progressing into a sequence of fish and seafood courses that reflect Chef Rasmus Kofoed’s passion for sea-foraging. Squid with melted smoked lard, yeast aroma, and potatoes is a true flavor of Denmark’s brackish seas, while pheasant with thyme seeds, berries, and pickled pine is the only meat on the 16-course menu.
There are possibly no greater chefs in the world at bringing beauty to the cuisine than Kofoed. He has an innate ability to create absolutely magnificent meals that make the most of color, empty space, and an accurate volume of ingredients, resulting in a synergy between flavor, aestheticism, and a sense of flow that runs throughout the menu.
Rate: 4.8/5.0, 552 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Per Henrik Lings Allé 4, 8 DK-2100, Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact: +45 69 96 00 20
Noma is not your average Michelin-starred restaurant. They’ve emerged as true forerunners of the New Nordic Kitchen Manifesto, facilitating its spread across the country. They want to reintroduce the traditional usage of local foods and culinary methods.
Noma splits their cuisine into three themes, each highlighting a different season and its greatest foods. From January till the beginning of the summer, the cuisine will focus on Scandinavian shellfish. From then until autumn, vegetables will be the focus, followed by a menu of game and woodland ingredients until next January. Aside from ensuring that the ingredients remain of consistently high quality, the change of seasons also emphasizes the Manifesto of New Nordic Kitchen, which Rene Redzepi co-wrote. It was founded in 2004, and it illustrates how the Nordic kitchen could be innovative while yet maintaining. The emphasis is on health and ethical production philosophy, yet traditional foods and processes are still used. A benefit of this method of operation is the more sustainable handling of components, as it eliminates the need for an expensive middleman with a high environmental impact.
Rate: 4.6/5.0, 1537 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Refshalevej 96, 1432 København K, Denmark
Contact: +45 32 96 32 97
Not all of Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred restaurants are located in the city center. One of them lives in Holte, an unremarkable outside suburb 19 kilometers north of the city center. Søllerød Kro, a one-star Michelin restaurant housed in a lovely 17th-century thatched-roof inn, is the venue in question. The kitchen’s innovations are nothing short of spectacular, elevating even the best ingredients to new heights.
Dehydrated artichokes may be served with hazelnut milk and smoke, while roasted foie gras could be served with beets and an elderberry sauce. The blending of flavors and textures, as well as the wine pairings for each course, is frequently astounding. Despite the accolades, Sllerd Kro maintains its feet firmly on the ground, foregoing pomp and circumstance in favor of real hospitality that is as much a highlight as its degustation dishes.
To get here from Copenhagen, take the S-train (Line E) north to Holte station, then take bus 195 150m to Sllerd Kro (inform the driver you’re going to Sllerd Kro). The trip takes about 35 minutes.
Rate: 4.8/5.0, 587 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Søllerødvej 35, 2840 Holte, Denmark
Contact: +45 45 80 25 05
Mielcke & Hurtigkarl
Mielcke & Hurtigkarl ranks 5th on the list of the best restaurants in Denmark. It is located in Copenhagen’s gorgeous Frederiksberg Gardens and has long been a favorite among Danish culinary critics.
The chefs here draw inspiration from all around the world as they boldly combine tradition and innovation, founded in a creative and modern approach to cooking and dining. The plate presentation, as well as the ornamental interior, is unique and magnificent. Mielcke & Hurtigkarl’s wine range includes both natural wine avant-gardists and classic producers, as well as older vintages. Burgundy has a unique place on the wine list, and at the time of writing, there are Burgundies dating back to the 1960s. Argentina, Chile, and other new world countries are also present.
Mielcke & Hurtigkarl not only serves world-class cuisine. The restaurant also mimics the beautiful surroundings of The Royal Danish Garden Society, making it the ideal backdrop for a romantic dinner.
Rate: 4.7/5.0, 192 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Frederiksberg Runddel 1, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Contact: +45 38 34 84 36
Kadeau restaurant received its first Michelin star in 2013, and its second in 2018, which it will keep until 2021. In 2016, Kadeau underwent a substantial renovation and lowered the number of seats in order to focus even more on each guest and, in their words, “get even closer to their max.”
Originally, there was only one Kadeau restaurant in Denmark, and it was located on the island of Bornholm. However, in 2011, the individuals behind Kadeau felt that it was time to share the wonders of Bornholm with Copenhagen.
Since then, the restaurant in Christianshavn has provided high-end gourmet. The menu at this restaurant is inspired by Bornholm delicacies and Danish products. As a result of the popularity of the two fine dining establishments, the owners have since opened two more: Roxie in Hotel Herman K and Pony in Vesterbro.
The menu changes with the seasons. And so do the hours of operation. For the most up-to-date information, see Kadeau’s website.
Rate: 4.7/5.0, 230 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Wildersgade 10B, 1408 København, Denmark
Contact: +45 33 25 22 23
Eric and Tina, the host couple at Jordnaer (which means “down to earth”), have big plans. They aim to provide a harmonious restaurant experience that is complemented by high-quality food and service. All visitors should be able to relax and enjoy themselves without having to make any decisions. Jordnaer got a Michelin star in Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2018 just 10 months after its opening. They received their second Michelin star in 2020, which they still retain in 2021.
Eric, who has three years of Noma expertise, is in charge of the Nordic and ecological cooking, while Tina ensures that all guests are comfortable. The restaurant may be described as “down to earth,” but it has a high degree of gourmet. It is more about a farm-to-table concept and gathering ingredients from nature. Herbs from the surrounding green spaces or freshly caught fish from the neighboring Arres lake The Gentofte Hotel, where the restaurant is housed, comes from the late 15th century but was renovated in 2008. Despite its current appearance, it has distinct references and charms from the past. Because the restaurant is quite popular, reservations must be made well in advance.
Rate: 4.8/5.0, 131 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Gentoftegade 29, 2820 Gentofte, Denmark
Contact: +45 22 40 80 20
Kong Hans Kælder
Kong Hans Kaelder was the first restaurant in Copenhagen to be awarded a Michelin star in 1983, and it has maintained its lofty standards ever since. It has two stars in the Guide Michelin Nordic Cities 2021 and is still a point of reference for pleasure and elegance in Copenhagen.
Kong Hans Klder still serves traditional French fare. They use only the greatest food from across the world, and the processing is done with the highest care and respect for the raw ingredients’ integrity.
Whereas many modern kitchens use advanced techniques and creative presentation, the owners have chosen to flip the script and base the kitchen on more traditional characteristics.
This refers not just to their hospitality, but also to the original chef and waiter values, which cannot be hidden behind any form of staging.
Address: Vingårdstræde 6, 1070 København, Denmark
Contact: +45 33 11 68 68
After just being open for nearly a year, Restaurant Alouette was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Nordic in 2019. It will keep its star in 2020 and 2021. Nick Curtin, an American chef, and his wife, Camilla Hansen, run Alouette. They operate the kitchen alongside chef Andrew Valenzuela, who is also from the United States, and draw inspiration from the varied cuisines of the United States as well as their time in some of Copenhagen’s top restaurants, including Noma.
The kitchen’s style isn’t defined by any dogmas other than the seasonal produce that comes through the door. What matters most to Alouette is the quality of its ingredients and its relationships with suppliers. There is a set 5-course menu that changes with the seasons.
Alouette is located in the same courtyard as several music studios and the workshop of Kbenhavns Mbelsnedkeri. Both worlds are evident in the restaurant’s design, which was created from the ground up by Kbenhavns Mbelsnedkeri. They planned everything from the floors to the kitchen to the tables, which gives the place a serene appearance.
Rate: 4.8/5.0, 197 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Sturlasgade 14, 2300 København, Denmark
Contact: +45 31 67 66 06
Gastromé is a modest nighttime restaurant in Aarhus’ Latin Quarter, on one of the city’s oldest streets, surrounded by cobblestone walkways and secret backyards. The menus are seasonal, and the ingredients change depending on the season, with good seasonal produce from local fishermen, farmers, and breweries in and around Aarhus. When you enter Gastromé, you will notice that the environment is Nordic, the food is contemporary, the wine is from all over the world, and the service is grounded and down to earth.
The concept of the two chefs is reflected in their wine, food, and overall excellence. They believe in experimenting in a traditional inventive kitchen where the sky is the limit. You will only be served dishes that the two cooks enjoy, and everything has been carefully chosen.
Gastromé offers three menu options: Half Throttle with 5 servings, Full Throttle with 8 servings, and Signature with snacks and 13 servings. The Signature should begin before 7:00 p.m., according to the restaurant.
Please keep in mind that the Half Throttle menu is not available on Fridays and Saturdays.
Rate: 4.8/5.0, 166 reviews (Google.com)
Address: Rosensgade 28, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Contact: +45 28 78 16 17