Ultimate guide to being vegan in Copenhagen

May 21, 2019
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Lars Thoning

Plant-based dieters rejoice! Copenhagen offers a feast of vegetarian and vegan choices for intrepid travellers, with 28% of the population (and counting!) identifying as vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or flexitarian. A crazy burger fight between two local restaurants even got McDonalds to make a vegetarian burger! But we wouldn’t recommend it. Below you’ll find some of the best vegetarian and vegan places Copenhagen has to offer, in the humble opinion of Lars, our in-the-know (and vegetarian) local guide:

Local foods

We won’t beat around the bush – traditional Danish food is heavy on the meat, making finding local foods that are vegan by nature a difficult task. As you’ll see below, that doesn’t mean eating vegan in Copenhagen isn’t possible, you just likely won’t find many traditional foods that are vegan-friendly.

However, there’s a good chance you can get yourself a traditional smørrebrød (open-face sandwich) with a vegan twist. You would just need to ask for one without butter (or other dairy-based spread) and get it topped with veggies.

Eating out – Restaurant Recommendations

Arty restaurant shot of lettuces

Vegetables take centre-stage at Gemyse, Copenhagen. Photo Credit: Gemyse Restaurant

Gemyse: Located in Tivoli Gardens, Gemyse is the German word for vegetable, and though they have meat and fish, their main focus is on vegetables. They are located in the middle of Tivoli, so it is the perfect place to eat when you are having your “mandatory” trip to Tivoli Gardens on a visit to Copenhagen.

Mielcke & Hurtigkarl: Technically not located in Copenhagen but in Frederiksberg (a city in the middle of Copenhagen), you’ll find Mielcke & Hurtigkarl in Frederiksberg Gardens, a huge park with a big yellow castle in the middle. Inside that castle is exactly where you will find Mielche & Hurtigkarl. The head chef Jakob Mielche is famous for two things: being a master of vegetables in a futuristic and original way, and being one of the judges of the Danish version of Masterchef.

Relæ: Not only a Michelin star awarded restaurant but also one of the coolest of its kind, Relæ practices the art of New Nordic cuisine. It is located on Jægersborgsgade in the northern part of the city, a very cool street with loads of different stores.

VeVe: Short for ‘vegetarisk verdenskøkken’, VeVe means vegetarian world kitchen, and it only serves vegetarian dishes in a very beautiful refurbished old storage warehouse. The focus here is on the seasons and they don’t have an a-la-carte menu to choose from. Instead, guests are served snacks and six dishes chosen by the chefs. Call ahead to ensure you’ll be able to get everything made vegan.

Souls: Not just one of the most popular vegan café’s in Copenhagen, Souls is also one of the most popular cafes in the city in general. It’s located both in the eastern part of Copenhagen very close to Nordhavn Station, and in the inner city close to Nørreport Station. Souls is good for either lunch or dinner, and maybe a cocktail later.

Kalaset: This is the place to go if you are looking for a nice vegetarian brunch with vegan options. Located very close to Nørreport station and close to the lakes of Copenhagen, make sure to take a nice walk around the lakes after you have eaten.

Djuus Copenhagen: A brunch place located close to the lakes, this is a beautiful place to walk in the early morning and you can head here for a brunch afterwards. Djuus makes everything from scratch and offers some really delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, which you should complement with one of their cold-pressed juices that just are to die for.

Acacia: Located on Frederiksberg, Acacia serves a delicious vegan and vegetarian brunch. It was even nominated for one of the best brunch places in the city, which is quite the achievement as a vegan and vegetarian place – but if you check out their Instagram, you will also see for yourself their dishes just are so beautiful.

Eating out – Fast food and takeaway recommendations

Interior of California Kitchen restaurant

Quick, healthy food on the go at California Kitchen, Copenhagen. Photo Credit: California Kitchen Restaurant

Landbageriet: A vegetarian and vegan bakery located close to Nørreport Station, Landbageriet is where you can stock up on delicious cakes and bread. Denmark is of course very well known for its ‘danishes’ and you can even buy vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options.

California Kitchen: Having grown immensely over the last couple of years, California Kitchen now has a restaurant located in the seedy and hip Vesterbro neighbourhood, as well as in the multi-cultural and edgy Nørrebro ‘hood. They serve different versions of the ultra-popular poke bowl, which you can make your own in so many ways, also as vegetarian and vegan options.

Pizzeria la Fiorita: Pizza lovers take note: this is the place to go for great pies! They have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. It is located only a few meters from Kalaset and a great little place if you want a very good Italian for dinner.

Durum Bar: Located in Nørrebro, the most multicultural area of the city, Durum Bar is your go to place for vegetarian and vegan falafels made with their own homemade bread.

Vegan shopping

Shop owner standing outside Eco Ego Shop holding a bicycle

Eco Ego specialise in organic, cruelty free, vegan and fair trade products. Photo Credit: Eco Ego store

Eco Ego: This is a lifestyle store selling eco-friendly and ethical products, including vegan-friendly products. Shop eco-conscious clothes, shoes, personal care products, bags, and more.

Join us for an aperitivo and some snacks, Danish-style on our Bites, Sights and Aperitivo Time tour and discover some of our favourite vegetarian and vegan flavours in the city.