If you had visited Copenhagen in the early 2000s, there would be no New Nordic food. Though it’s still possible to get a good old fashioned roast pork with parsley sauce in a restaurant in Copenhagen today, the New Nordic movement has completely taken over the restaurant scene. However, it’s not just in Copenhagen, or the Nordic countries for that matter. New Nordic has made its marks on restaurants as far away as New York and Sydney. The New Nordic movement is what put Copenhagen on the culinary map.
But what is this New Nordic? Well, it all started back in 2004 when the Danish culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer gathered 12 visionary chefs from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Island, and Finland. Representing Denmark was the man behind the historic restaurant Lumskebugten, Erwin Lauterbach, and René Redzepi from the world-famous Noma. Together they co-created and signed the Nordic Kitchen manifesto. A ten-point manifesto of purity, season, ethics, health, sustainability and quality that would guide them in their cooking. In short, the New Nordic cuisine is pure, fresh and simple, yet still very innovative.
In the following years, the manifesto was picked up by many more than just the founding 12 chefs, enabling the New Nordic food culture to grow and become one of the most influential food cultures on the planet.
Today there are an abundance of New Nordic restaurants in Copenhagen. Some of the best are listed here for you to explore. We also recommend our guides to Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen.