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Best smørrebrød and other traditional Danish food

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A truly Danish food experience, you can get at lunch time in Copenhagen with the renowned smørrebrød (open faced sandwich). But at dinner you should treat yourself to some other Danish classic dishes too. They might claim less internatinal fame, but are loved by locals - for good reason.

Invariably based on rye bread, smørrebrød can have an almost limitless number of different toppings, from herring, to raw beef, seafood and egg.

We also recommend our guides to New Nordic restaurants and top 10 seafood restaurants in Copenhagen.

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Schønnemann
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Schønnemann

Schønnemann's is one of Copenhagen's oldest eateries. Since 1877, this old-world establishment has invited patrons to feast on delicious smørrebrød, herring and potent shots of chilled schnapps.

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Aamanns Etablissement
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Aamanns Etablissement

At the Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant in Copenhagen Adam Aamann and his team serves Aamanns signature smørrebrød and classic Danish dishes for lunch with home-made schnapps and local organic be...

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Restaurant Kronborg
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Restaurant Kronborg

Danish smørrebrød and traditional Christmas food at restaurant Kronborg in the centre of Copenhagen.

Find out why Danes love open-faced sandwiches - smørrebrød - at Restaurant Kronborg in the centre of...

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Restaurant Koefoed
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Restaurant Koefoed

Restaurant Koefoed in inner Copenhagen draws inspiration from the island of Bornholm.

Bornholm is Denmark's rocky gem in the Baltic Sea and a major supplier of fresh produce.

The mild insular climate pr...

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Selma
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Selma

Restaurant Selma is a strong competitor in the race for Copenhagen’s best ‘smørrebrød’.

Swedish Magnus Peterson has joined forces with specialty brewery, Mikkeller, and opened Selma in the heart of C...

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Lumskebugten
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Lumskebugten

Lumskebugten - the Treacherous Bay - offers traditional Danish cuisine, including an extensive selection of fresh seafood.

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Ravelinen
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Ravelinen

The cozy and traditional Danish restaurant, Ravelinen is located in the unique and beautiful location between Christianshavn and Amager. Here you can enjoy the stunning view while having a delicious a...

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Aamanns 1921
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Aamanns 1921

The moderne gastro temple is ruled by one of Copenhagen’s most renowned kings of smørrebrød, Adam Aamann. Expect some of the best smørrebrød in town - actually the best in 2019 according to the associ...

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Restaurant Carl Nielsen
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Restaurant Carl Nielsen

If you want to try a traditional danish “smørrebrøds” lunch, then Restaurant Carl Nielsen is a safe bet.

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Fleisch
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Fleisch

Combined butcher and restaurant in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District

Fleisch is the German word for meat, and there is no doubt that meat is the essence at this combined restaurant, bar and butcher at ...

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Christianshavn's Ferry Café
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Christianshavn's Ferry Café

Classic Danish food and home-made schnapps on the waterfront of Copenhagen’s old, maritime Christianshavn neighbourhood.

The ambition at the more than 150 year old ferry café of Christianshavn is to ...

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Restaurant Kanalen
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Restaurant Kanalen

It is the love for high quality and good taste that drives the team behind Restaurant Kanalen right by the waterfront in Christianshavn.

The chefs always work with the best produce in the given seaso...

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Nyhavns Færgekro
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Nyhavns Færgekro

Picturesque Nyhavn is situated only a stone's throw from Kongens Nytorv. Nyhavns Færgekro (Ferry Inn) is located in one of the 17th century houses that formerly housed a shipping company. The Inn's he...

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Restaurant Møntergade

In the intersection where the streets of Gammel Mønt and Møntergade meet, you'll find Restaurant Møntergade. Here the restaurant offers a gastronomic experience, which balances a traditional and moder...

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Update: Luckily for us - and for curious and hungry visitors to Copenhagen - new smørrebrød restaurants are opening up. These newcomers should be on the list as well: 

Restaurant Carl Nielsen

Restaurant Møntergade

Madklubben København

A glimpse inside Selma - one of the best in town

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