Pluto, city centre

This centrally located restaurant has a New Yorkish feel to it. That’s partly down to the mixture of seating at tables or on bar stools and the open kitchen that features lots of white tiles and raw concrete. Pluto is run by much-loved Danish chef Rasmus Oubaek, who knows how Copenhageners like to dine. That means lots of super-savoury and smoky cured meats, patés and charcuterie, as well as mountains of foie gras, decent cocktails, loud music and popular natural wines. 

16 Borgergade, 1300
+45 3316 0016

Kødbyens Fiskebar, Vesterbro

“Our food is local and playful – it’s created to delight and excite,” says Fiskebar’s Michelin-trained head chef, Jamie Lee, and it’s easy to see his expert hand at work in the dishes here. Using seasonal vegetables and foraged ingredients to complement top-notch seafood, Lee turns out favourites such as trout tartare with rye emulsion, capers and burnt onion; and scallops, peas, wild mushrooms and anchovy. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy a summer evening – staff set up deckchairs in the car park out the front.

16 Borgergade, 1300
+45 3316 0016

Baest, Nørrebro

Baest commands queues around the block thanks to its impeccable wood-fired sourdough pizzas, dazzling in-house charcuterie (the super-rich pork rillettes are hauntingly good), organic mozzarella made fresh daily in the dairy upstairs and a big-city atmosphere.

29 Guldbergsgade, 2200
+45 3535 0463

The Coffee Collective, Nørrebro

Founded by four top baristas, The Coffee Collective was one of the first venues to emphasise ethical beans and quality processing. “We wanted to show how well coffee could be sourced, roasted and brewed,” says co-owner Klaus Thomsen. The roaster and one café are located in Frederiksberg but the original tiny space in Nørrebro is still a top pick: the lack of a counter between the customers and the staff working the Probat roaster and espresso machine creates a homely vibe for observing the action on lively Jaegersborggade.

10 Jaegersborggade, 2200
+45 6015 1525

Gorilla, Vesterbro

The Meatpacking District (Kødbyen) isn’t short of cool places to eat and drink but this venue, which was once a meat-processing plant, really exploits the open-plan layout of the former Karriere Bar to create a funky, relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for serving punchily flavoured small plates. The 15-dish snack menu might be a little excessive so try the 10-course option, which roams a familiar “dirty gourmet” repertoire of brisket sliders, lobster rolls, Korean hot dogs and pig-tail chips.

63 Flaesketorvet, 1711
+45 3333 8330

Images: Per-Anders Jörgensen, Marie Louise Munkegaard, Jan Søndergaard, Irina Boersma 

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