Smørrebrød is arguably Denmark’s unofficial national dish and a sure hit if you want a delicious lunch. In this article, I guide you through the jungle and tell you about the best places to eat smørrebrød in Copenhagen.
I tell both about the restaurants that often win awards for their smørrebrød but also give tips for slightly more unknown places to eat delicious smørrebrød in Copenhagen.
In the overview, I have used the emoji ‘💸’ to show where we are in terms of price in the given place.
- 1. Aamans 1921 💸💸💸
- 2. Café Halvvejen 💸
- 3. Aamanns Genbo 💸💸
- 4. Restaurant Schønnemann 💸💸
- 5. Tivolihallen 💸💸
- 6. Husmanns Vinstue 💸💸
- 7. Restaurant Palægade 💸💸💸
- 8. Hallernes Smørrebrød 💸💸
- How much is a smørrebrød?
- Where do I get the best cheap smørrebrød in Copenhagen?
- What restaurant in Copenhagen has the best smørrebrød?
We’re starting with a genuine Copenhagen classic – of course, I can’t write a guide to Copenhagen’s best smørrebrød without mentioning Aamans.
1. Aamans 1921 💸💸💸
Aamanns 1921 is a Danish restaurant with a strong focus on ecology and traditional Danish dishes, which can, however, have an international twist from time to time.
For lunch, you will find a selection of smørrebrød that do not have a Michelin star but are nevertheless mentioned in the Michelin guide, which must be said to be a massive pat on the back.
I include Aamann’s smørrebrød in the guide here, as I would recommend it to those of you who are looking for the city’s best smørrebrød and don’t care too much about what the bill ends up with.
Smørrebrød at Aamanns is indeed quite expensive, but the quality is also second to none.
So to sum it up: if you’re looking for the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen City Centre, then Aamanns 1921 is a good bet.
It is recommended to book a table, as this is a very popular restaurant in Copenhagen.
Note: only open in the evening Tuesday-Saturday
Website (only in Danish)
2. Café Halvvejen 💸
Okay, so this is probably more of a personal preference for you looking for a cosy, classic Danish and cheap place to eat smørrebrød in Copenhagen.
Right opposite the Synagogue in the heart of Copenhagen, we find Café Halvvejen, which serves traditional Danish dishes in cosy surroundings.
Here you will be served three pieces of smørrebrød for only DKK 89. A definite find at that price in the centre of Copenhagen.
This is probably the cheapest smørrebrød restaurant in Copenhagen City Centre.
In addition, large draft beers are served for only 35 Danish Kroner, and even the fantastic Albani beers, Odense Pilsner and Classic, are on tap.
I know the place from when I had an office just around the corner and often ended up at Halvvejen for lunch, so I have eaten here several times.
The food is quite good, but it is, after all, a cheap place, so if you are looking for the ultimate culinary experience, I recommend one of the other places to eat on the list here.
It would be best if you visited Café Halvvejen for the excellent atmosphere, the unpretentious service and the reasonable price.
This is not the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen, but it’s a hidden gem where you’ll be sure to meet the locals.
Website (only in Danish)
The kitchen is open Monday-Saturday 12:00-15:00
The bar is open Monday-Thursday until 01:00 – Friday and Saturday until 03:00
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3. Aamanns Genbo 💸💸
In Carlsberg Byen next to Vesterbro, a lot of exciting things are happening these years.
I therefore passed by Aamanns Genbo here in November 2022 to try the new restaurant Aamanns Genbo.
If the name tells you anything, then it is true that Aamanns was also number 1 on the list of the best smørrebrød places in Copenhagen – now the “chain” has opened a restaurant in Carlsberg Byen, which is significantly cheaper and has a different atmosphere than the traditional restaurant in Indre By.
I had a friend from the UK with me, and we agreed that Aamann’s Genbo is taken from a home magazine that should try to show what the Scandinavian style looks like.
Even the toilets are impressive and beautiful in this trendy, Scandinavian style 😀
The food was also impressive, and we are close to saying that it is some of the best smørrebrød I have had.
A piece costs from DKK 90, which I think is a really fair price.
The waiters were super nice and there is generally a really good atmosphere at Aamanns Genbo, so I think it will be a huge success for them with this Scandinavian gem in Carlsberg Byen.
A bit of a hidden gem at the moment as Carlsberg Byen (the Carlsberg City) is an up-and-coming area of Copenhagen.
It’s a bit hard to find, so load up Google Maps on your phone!
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4. Restaurant Schønnemann 💸💸
Then we take a step up the quality path again and enter Restaurant Schønnemann, a few hundred meters from Nørreport Station in Central Copenhagen.
Danish luxury smørrebrød has been served here since 1877, so this is a proper Copenhagen institution.
The price range is more ala Aamanns than Halvvejen, but the quality and taste should also be similar. You can get a taste of the dishes in their online food menu here.
Schønnemann is often mentioned when the conversation turns to the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen. It is thus again a good idea to book a table for lunch at the restaurant – it is popular.
An excellent choice if you are looking for an outstanding Danish lunch in the centre of Copenhagen.
5. Tivolihallen 💸💸
Then we have to get closer to Tivoli Gardens, where we find the cosy basement restaurant diagonally opposite the legendary Rio Bravo (which you could drop by as well, but they’re best known for their roast pork “stegt flæsk” ad libitum), Tivolihallen.
Tivolihallen is a good choice for you who are looking for a middle ground between Schønnemann and Café Halvvejen:
- the price is not too bad
- the service is friendly with a classic Danish twinkle in the eye
- the smørrebrød is of really high quality
- In addition to smørrebrød, Tivolihallen also serves hearty dishes, where their speciality boiled clipfish is a popular dish in the small restaurant.
As the name suggests, the place is close to Tivoli Gardens in Indre By (the city centre), so it is an excellent place to stop by when you have been sightseeing in Copenhagen.
Tivolihallen is, among other things, included in the book “1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die”, which only mentions three other Danish restaurants.
Smørrebrød costs from DKK 84, and a classic Danish, hearty dish such as roasted pork (kind of like pork belly – flæskesteg, my favourite) with red cabbage and cucumber salad costs just DKK 104.
All in all, an excellent Danish restaurant in Copenhagen, where you can get smørrebrød in cosy surroundings.
6. Husmanns Vinstue 💸💸
In this guide to the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen, we will stay in the city centre for the time being.
I’m not doing this on purpose, as I love the bridge districts (Nørrebro and Vesterbro).
Still, the truth is that many of the city’s best lunch restaurants are located in the centre for good reasons: this is where the tourists come, and many of the eateries have been here for nearly 150 years.
Husmanns Vinstue is also a traditional restaurant that was founded in 1888 and continues to serve smørrebrød in the trendy Larsbjørnsstræde.
The prices are again affordable, with smørrebrød starting at DKK 76 for a spiced herring with curry salad and onion, which is the cheapest item on the menu.
Husmanns Vinstue also works in companies and has, among other things, a dedicated men’s lunch menu that can satisfy even the hungriest groups of men on an excursion.
The place currently has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Google, which says something about the quality and price being linked here.
A really good choice of smørrebrød restaurant in cosy, traditional premises in the middle of the capital.
Kitchen is serving:
Weekdays from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Saturday from 12.00 – 16.00
The restaurant is open:
Weekdays at 11.30 – 18.00
Saturdays from 12.00 – 17.00
7. Restaurant Palægade 💸💸💸
Then we put on our walking shoes and stroll towards Nyhavn, but we quickly and elegantly skip the tourist traps in Nyhavn itself.
We are heading towards Restaurant Palægade, where the price range leaps, but now we have also come to the expensive part of Indre By, so it goes without saying.
However, it is not the case that smørrebrød at Restaurant Palægade is too expensive. For instance, the cheapest piece of smørrebrød (curried herring with egg and cress) costs DKK 110.
This restaurant is excellent if you want a slightly finer restaurant in Copenhagen to try smørrebrød.
At Palægade, they strive to build a bridge between tradition and innovation, which is why their menu is also unique.
On the rating front, the restaurant got a whopping 4.9 out of 5 stars on Facebook and was voted the city’s best lunch restaurant in 2021.
Website (booking is encouraged)
8. Hallernes Smørrebrød 💸💸
I thought Hallernes Smørrebrød only existed in Torvehallerne, but in my research for this guide to Copenhagen’s best smørrebrød, I found out that they are also behind the places in Magasin and Tivoli Food Hall.
I once took my friend from Liverpool to Hallernes Smørrebrød in Torvehallerne, where he raved about both the one with chicken salad and liver pâté.
So the place is approved by the local (me) and the tourist 😀
The only drawback is that it is not a restaurant, so in winter when you cannot sit outside at Torvehallerne, it might work best as a takeaway.
On the other hand, I can remember the place in Magasin du Nord (a famous high-end mall), where seats are pretty cosy.
The food area is on the top floor of Magasin.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen.
And as you probably know by now – I’m Danish and live in Copenhagen, so I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have before your trip to Denmark.
How much is a smørrebrød?
Smørrebrød in Copenhagen begins at 30 DKK in cheap restaurants such as Café Halvvejen, but the average price is around 80 DKK a piece.
Where do I get the best cheap smørrebrød in Copenhagen?
I recommend Café Halvvejen for a traditional, cheap Danish lunch in the city centre. If you’re in Nørrebro or Northwest, you should try Vibes Smørrebrød. In Vesterbro, you can drop by Birthes Smørrebrød for a cheap bite.
What restaurant in Copenhagen has the best smørrebrød?
Aamanns 1921, Restaurant Schønnemann and Restaurant Palægade are three of the best smørrebrød restaurants in Copenhagen.