There’s no denying I love a really big and greasy pizza or a creamy pasta dish combined with a few glasses of wine. However, I try to limit my unhealthy meals to one meal per week in order to not gain weight. It’s pretty easy to eat healthy at home when you’re the one in charge of cooking the meals, but eating out can be a challenge. I find this to be true especially for us vegetarians, as vegetarian meals in restaurants somehow tend to be loaded with either carbs or fat – or both. During the periods where I’m serious about my workouts I tend to eat more at home because of this, which is actually quite boring when all of you’re friends are going out to eat. Thankfully, there are more and more healthy choices and last weekend I set out to hunt them down and make a list of the best healthy restaurants in Copenhagen.
- Hafnia Bar – this little gem is quite new to central Copenhagen but used to be located in the suburb of Hellerup for a few years. It’s made quite a splash among the Copenhageners who seem to love their bowls, sandwiches and juices. The location, close to Kongens Nytorv and the lovely park Kongens have, is perfect and the café has a lovely atmosphere whether you’re working on your laptop alone or catching up with your friends. You’ll find both vegan and meat options here and they’re all healthy. The juices are quite expensive though at 60 DKK for a large juice.
Where? Store Regnegade 26A, CPH K
- Social – A new addition to the cafés and restaurants in Nørrebro, Social manages to stand out with its gluten free and healthy menu. It’s located right by the canal just a step away from Dronning Louise’s bridge. The staff is friendly and the healthy sandwiches are equally huge and delicious, served with home made, warm zucchini bread and perfectly ripe avocados – see top photo for evidence!
Where? Peblinge Dossering 4, CPH N
- Bob/Bio Mio – Don’t let the big BOSCH signs fool you, there are no electric appliances for sale here. Bob’s Diner, formerly known as Bio Mio, offers organic food for both veg*ns and meat lovers and has plenty of tables. Despite this, it was completely full on a Saturday night, so I suggest arriving early or booking a table in advance. They serve wine by the glass and by the bottle and have a small selection of cocktails as well. This place is perfect for a date.
Where? Halmtorvet 19, CPH V
- Simple Raw – If you have some extra cash to spend and want a really healthy, raw and vegan meal I’d recommend a visit to Simple Raw. You’ll find everything from breakfast and brunch to healthy salads and burgers – heck, even delicious desserts.
Where? Oehlenschlægersgade (yeah, I can’t pronounce it either) 12, CPH V and Gråbrødre Torv 9, CPH K
- WeDoFood – located a few steps from Bob/Bio Mio, WeDoFood is great for days when you don’t have time to cook and need something easy, quick, and healthy. You choose one of the “classics” for 69 DKK or make your own salad and pick and choose whatever you want in it. I usually do the latter and have never been dissappointed. There are some seats inside, although I wouldn’t go there to sit for hours and talk, but on sunny summer days you can also sit on the tables outside or just get your salad to go.
Where? Halmtorvet 21, CPH V and Østerbrogade 151, CPH Ø
- Souls – This place officially opens April 1, but looks like a great concept. It’s located in the heart of Østerbro and is run by two Aussies who describe it as “an alternative for people who want worry-free food on the go”. Here you’ll find buckwheat pizza, avocado smash, quinoa pancakes and healthy juices. Plus: all of it is plant-based (meat available).
Where? Melchiors Plads 3, CPH Ø