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Your Guide to the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Copenhagen

February 12, 2016

If you’re vegetarian or vegan and looking for good places to eat in Copenhagen, you’ll be pleased to hear that Copenhagen has been through a transformation over the last couple of years and offers plenty of choices. Back in 2014, I wrote this guide for Vilda Magazine but since then, some things have changed – new restaurants have popped up, established restaurants have decided to offer plant-based food and others have closed down. So here are my best suggestions for vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Copenhagen for 2016:

(Updated last on June 17, 2016)

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN
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Café N: One of Copenhagen’s first vegetarian cafés has recently gone all-vegan. You’ll find tasty burgers, falafels and other delicious food.
Astrid och Apornas Spiseri: A Swedish vegan supermarket opened its take-away restaurant on the hip Jægersborgsgade. Burgers and hot dogs all the way, with delicious dressing.
Max: Swedish fast food chain located right by the main shopping street Strøget has introduced five new green burgers – and they’re great.
Govinda: This Indian-inspired take-away restaurant always has vegan dishes on the menu, which changes every week.
Morgenstedet: Cozy little place with a cute garden in the middle of the freetown of Christiania.
Express Pizza: Pizza place in Nørrebro with lots of vegan options including vegan cheese, vegan “ham” etc.
Video Video: Fairly new vegan café in Christianshavn which offers food as well as something sweet and most importantly: cocktails (including a White Russian for vegans!)
Kalaset: One of my favorite cafés in Copenhagen, always has vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, and great juices too!
Souls: New café serving plant-based, delicious food that is good for the planet and good for you. Located in Østerbro.
Hafnia Bar: Here you’ll find salad bowls, acaí bowl and delicious sandwiches and the location is right in the centre of Copenhagen, close to Kgs Nytorv.
Social: A cozy little place close to the Dronning Louise bridge in Nørrebro with delicious sandwiches, chia pudding etc. All gluten-free!
von Fressen: Unpretentious, cozy place with lovely food and good cocktails in Vesterbro. Serves vegan (and vegetarian) brunch and hamburgers, as well as vegetarian lasagna. On sunny days, you can sit on the benches outside.

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Atlas Bar/Urten: Two separate yet joint restaurants. In the cellar you’ll find Atlas with many vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, as well as meat options. Big portions. Try the lemonade.The neighbour upstairs, Urten, only serves vegan food.
Bollyfood: Indian food in the middle of Kødbyen with an amazing daal as the vegan option and great naanbread.
Wagamama: The japanese chain has some great veg options, my favorite is the ramen soup.
42 Raw: Denmark’s first raw food restaurant. Prices are hefty but food is good, although if you’re really hungry you might not get full. Tasty smoothies too.
Barburrito: Real Mexican food that tastes heavenly. Book a table in advance. You can choose between a vegan or vegetarian burrito and tacos.
Halifax: Popular hamburger chain which has a great concept of putting together your burger so it has exactly what you like. Ask a waiter how to make it vegan. I recommend the chickpea burger.
The South Indian: South Indian food with lots of both vegetarian and vegan options. Not your usual Indian food – this is something else.

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Vegan burritos at Barburrito

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Bio Mio/BOB Bistro: The place formerly known as Bio Mio has changed name to BOB Bistro but still offers delicious, vegan food (that is also organic) as well as something for the meaties in your life.
Simple Raw: Another raw food restaurant. I recommend the burger. Service wasn’t great when I was there, but hopefully that’s not the standard there.
Sticks and Sushi: You’ll find this popular sushi place in Copenhagen and in London and the best one is the one in Tivoli Hotel, where you overlook the entire city from the 12:th floor. Combine your own menu or get the Greenkeeper menu. Tasty cocktails.
Verandah: Indian restaurant owned partly by Michelin-starred chef Karam Sethi. There’s a “Chef’s Vegetarian Menu”, which changes every season but if you order in advance you can also get a vegan tasting menu – otherwise there’s always the a la carte. Book a table in advance as this is a pretty popular place.

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Me enjoying the view from Sticks and Sushi at Tivoli Hotel.

VEGETARIAN ONLY

La Rocca: One of my favorite restaurants in Copenhagen is this Italian place with an amazing truffle pasta (which has cheese in it, so not vegan). Friendly staff, great wine.
Mother: I absolutely love their pizza with buffalo mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. Yum!
Scarpetta: Another favorite restaurant. There’s a set menu, but you can call in advance and order a vegetarian version which has never disappointed me.
Forno a legna: One of my favorite pizza places in Copenhagen with authentic Italian wooden stove pizza. You’ll find both vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
Tommi’s Burger Joint: If you’ve been to London you might have already tried Tommi’s, and now it’s also available in Copenhagen. Good burgers, no fuss.

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Pizza Margherita at Mother.

Of course, there are many more restaurants than these that offer vegan options, but these are the ones I recommend so far. This list will be updated continually.

 

Top photo: Verandah.dk

Copenhagen

How To Spend 48 Hours in Copenhagen

September 25, 2015
Copenhagen

Copenhagen, or as the Danes like to call it (much to the Swedes’ dismissal):  the Capital of Scandinavia, is the perfect destination for a short city break. It’s fairly small, but it has a lot to offer, so knowing where to go, what to see and what to do is of the essence, and of course – I’m here to help! Let’s get down to business:

DAY 1

12:00 – First order of business: check into the place you’re staying… Don’t know where to stay? Here are some tips:

Luxury: Blow the budget at five star luxury hotel D’Angleterre, which was recently refurbished and has the perfect location by Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn. Every single detail has been taken into account here and just the flowers by the entrance will make you gasp. My favorite day-spa Amazing Space is located in the basement, where there’s also an indoor pool for hotel guests to enjoy. Another option is the trendy apartment hotel Stay Copenhagen by Islands Brygge with a roof top terrace and great views over Copenhagen.

Value-For-Money: Find an apartment on AirBnb – there are some pretty cool ones in Copenhagen, or look on hotels.com or trivago.com for good hotel prices. Most hotels have a pretty good standard here, so there’s little chance you’ll end up in dumpster. If you’re looking for something really cheap, the Generator Hostel is quite popular.

13:00 – After you’ve checked in, you’re probably hungry and want to have a bite to eat. Grab lunch at Swedish-owned Kalaset if you’re up for some traditional café food (their pancakes are heavenly) or try Barburrito if you like real Mexican food (not the dull, Europe-fied version).

Copenhagen for a day

A vegan burrito (cheese optional) at Barburrito

14:00 – Walk along Strøget, the main shopping street, and shop from all the large brands if you’re into spending money. Here you’ll find Zara, H&M, the popular & Other Stories as well as Cos and Topshop, and you’ll find the luxury shops such as Gucci, Burberry and Hugo Boss the further down toward Kongens Nytorv you get. If you don’t want to shop at the stores you’ll see in every other European city, I suggest visiting Gammel Kongevej, Nørrebrogade or Østerbrogade and the crossing streets.

16:30 Want to see Copenhagen’s typical tourist attractions quickly? Hop on one of the open-air guide boats that will take you on a guided tour of Copenhagen through it’s canals. Bring snacks, beer or whatever you like and sit back and enjoy the ride that takes around one hour. When you’re back, you’ll have seen the little Mermaid (which is called little for a reason), the Amalienborg Palace, and the beautiful Christianshavn with the Danish Parliament building among other things. Afterwards, you can either continue shopping or you might want to head back to the hotel for a quick rest and change of clothes.

18:30  Before dinner, you can toast to Copenhagen with cava by Torvehallerne – try the rose cava. When you’re starting to get hungry again, walk over to La Rocca, if you love Italian food (because who doesn’t really?) – they have fantastic food, really good wine, and friendly staff. Be sure to book if you’re planning a dinner on a Friday or Saturday though. Or, you can try to head on over to PS Bar & Grill and continue the fun all through the night, as the restaurants transforms into a bar (do try the Sangria jugs!). Unfortunately, the vegetarian/vegan selection of food isn’t that great at PS – but they do have a great vegetarian pizza. Want to try the Copenhagen nightlife? There are many places to go; Hive, Sunday & Zen – all hard to get into and not worth the hype if you ask me. Although, if you’re into that kind of stuff, this is where you go. And then there’s the more down-to-earth places like the Jane and Hornsleth.

 

DAY 2

10:00  Rise & shine! If you’re not all about that hotel breakfast, I suggest you visit Grød. “Grød” means porridge, but you won’t find any old boring, grey porridge here – try the oat porridge with home made dulche de leche, fresh apple and almonds for example.

11:00 – After the savory breakfast you can head on over to Botanisk Have, if it’s spring or summer – it’s a big garden full of beautiful flowers and plants, grassy areas for relaxing, greenhouses and a small pond with water-lilies (my favorite!). Walk around and completely forget that you are in the very center of Copenhagen for a while.

If you’re here during winter (you poor thing) and you’re into art, head on over to Statens Museum for Kunst instead which exhibits Danish and European art through 700 years – they often have special exhibits and admission is free!

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Botanical gardens in Copenhagen

13:30 – Afterwards, hop on the Metro or bus and get off at Christianshavn. Find your way to freetown Christiania, which is a truly unique place. Not only is it regulated by its own special laws, it is located in a really picturesque part of Copenhagen and the people who live here are very friendly and openminded. Christiania is famous for its hash commerce, but people sometimes forget that it offers so much more than Pusher Street. Walk past Pusher Street and discover the funky buildings, the horse stable, the lake and the green areas. Have a beer at Café Nemoland and catch one of the free concerts that are sometimes arranged here, or just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere – it’s very unique. You’re probably up for some lunch now and lucky for you, Christiania houses one of my favorite places to eat – Morgenstedet. It’s a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, small and unpretentious with the most gorgeous and cozy little garden where you can enjoy your lunch and hear the birds sing. Take your time to explore this place, it’s truly special.

Christiania Copenhagen

Christiania and its funky houses

Christiania Copenhagen

Vegetarian restaurant Morgenstedet in Christiania

17:00 – Time to explore! Choose one part of Copenhagen that entices you and explore it some more – I’d recommend Nørrebro. Walk around the area, around the lakes and explore the small streets like Blågårdsgade and Elmegade. There are many great restaurants and small cafés in Nørrebro and the atmosphere is..in one ord: hipster informal. Try the famous Mikkeller beers at Stefansgade 25, grab a coffee and do some people watching, shop in the vintage stores (you will need a souvenir after all!) or join the other hipsters on the Dronning Louise bridge as soon as one (1) ray of sun hits your skin. Grab something to eat at thai restaurant Aroii on Guldbergsgade, which shares kitchens with Michelin star restaurant Kiin Kiin next door or just grab a vegan burger at Jægersborgsgade at Astrid och Aporna.

 

 

Top image by Jacob Surland / www.caughtinpixels.com.