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Dining in Copenhagen reflects the city's rarefied aesthetic sensibilities and its constant itch for the new—making it Scandinavia's most creative test kitchen. Traditional Danish haute cuisine, heavily influenced by French classicism, was supplanted in the 1990s by a heady, often messy embrace of fusion. Torben Olsen led the charge with a series of global comfort-food bistros (such as Café Ketchup) that became popular hangouts. A cadre of his disciples, saddled with the kiddie desperado moniker "The Olsen Gang," went on to open its own network of restaurants, including the currently buzzing Quote. But what really turned Copenhagen into a serious dining destination—now flaunting 12 Michelin-starred restaurants—is its increasingly patriotic emphasis on local Nordic sourcing and New Danish cuisine. At Noma, the pioneer of this purist movement, the whole Scandinavian ecosystem is dished up for dinner. The rise of local culinary pride isn't just limited to high-end kitchens: Traditional smørrebrød (open-faced sandwich) restaurants have won new respect, and Danish brasseries such as Madklubben and Restaurant Nimb have made herring plates, fish cakes, and meatloaf stylish again. However, not everything edible is a salute to Scandinavia. International restaurants that reflect the city's new multiethnic face are also driving Copenhagen's dining scene. Kiin Kiin, for example, draws foodie crowds for its ambitious Thai cuisine, and Umami fills up with scene-stealers who know their unagi from their anago (59 Store Kongensgade; 45-33-38-75-10). Despite all this very busy eating, none of the city's statuesque natives seem to have gained a pound.

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Smørrebrød, Copenhagen

Smørrebrød translates as "open-face sandwich," but once you have piled shrimp on top of crayfish and crowned it with caviar, it hardly deserves such a...more

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Restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Copenhagen

A collaboration of Danish artists, light and textile designers, acoustic experts, and scenographers turned this 18th-century pavilion in the Frederiksberg royal...more

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Relæ, Copenhagen

Copenhagen's Noma was recently ranked the world's best restaurant—so it's no wonder that the city's hottest table is the brainchild of Noma expats. Just...more

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Quote, Copenhagen

Constantly packed with everyone from art students to investment bankers, Quote's buzzy success has less to do with its location, right on the central Kongens...more

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Noma, Copenhagen

For many purists, the artistry and soul of contemporary Danish cooking begins and ends with Noma, considered one of the best restaurants in the world. Chef...more

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Marv & Ben, Copenhagen

Sitting very pretty on a narrow cobblestone street near the harbor, Marv & Ben (Marrow & Bone) is one cozy haven. The warren of rooms spread out through...more

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Manfreds & Vin, Copenhagen

The very model of the second-wave, post-Noma food scene in northern Copenhagen, Manfreds sits on Jaegersborggade, which has become the bobo culinary ground...more

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Madklubben, Copenhagen

By forgoing hipster aspirations and blasting music for a very Danish mix of unaffected stylishness and coziness, this bistro near Amalienborg Palace has become...more

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La Glace, Copenhagen

Sitting just off the busy Strøget pedestrian street but inhabiting a hushed, quaint parallel universe, this venerable tearoom and cake shop is the epitome...more

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Kiin Kiin, Copenhagen

Trailing a serious pedigree, including a stint at the Michelin-starred restaurant The Paul and a four-year stay in Bangkok, chef and owner Henrik Yde determined...more

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