Guide: A dip and a bite to eat in Copenhagen
Summer is back! The sudden return of the sunshine opens a battle for the seats at any kind of bathing water in the capital. But what do you eat when you have landed on the towel and the hunger strikes? Here is the guide to what you can eat near the most popular bathing opportunities in Copenhagen.
If you want to swim in Nordhavn, it is critical to arrive early to secure a spot. The relatively new bathing area is very popular and due to covid-19 restrictions, like so many other places, there are restrictions on how many people can visit the area at the same time. Nevertheless, there are opportunities for going sea-kayaking, paddleboarding and in the sauna (if you are a member of the sauna club, that is). If you get hungry in Nordhavn, there are plenty of opportunities to eat well. And if the food needs to be picked up, you can eat pokébowls from OLIOLI, pizza from Bar Uno or sushi from LETZ Sushi. If you would rather be serviced, Buvette offers Danish/French bistro dishes. Also read our guide to Nordhavn here.
Super-popular Ofelia Plads is located in central Copenhagen and is a hotspot for both swimming, drinks and tanned skin. On site there are various options for take-away from Grab’n Go Burgers, pizza from Gustodo, soft drinks and drinks from Luftkastellet or ice cream from the shop SCOOPS ICE CREAM.
Meyers’ Restaurant & Café Ofelia in Skuespilhuset serves you all day from a menu consisting of both something greasy, open sandwiches and vegetables. If you want to hang out until evening, there is the opportunity to dine in the restaurant’s small newly set up and corona-friendly greenhouses outside the restaurant.
If you would rather stay in the sun, you can grab a seat at one of the long tables at the food truck market Broens Gadekøkken just around the corner, where there is something for everyone. See our guide to Broens Gadekøkken here.
Islands Brygge has for many years been a well-visited bathing place for Copenhageners – and it’s still very popular – which has created the basis for a lot of good places to eat, both for bathers and the locals. Maui Poké offers bowls of fresh fish and vegetables, and Corsa Pizza offers crispy pizzas to take away. Fars Dreng and Wulff & Konstali both offer breakfast and healthy dishes during the daytime, while The Fat Pike offers seafood, and Il Buco offers Italian. The Pizza Bro’s food truck is ready with stone oven pizzas.
At Østerbro, you’ll find Svanemøllen Strand, which has both a sandy beach and a concrete surface to choose from. Right on the beach is a well-attended coffee cart located close to Picnic Pizza, which offers crispy pizzas with everything good from Italy. If you sneak up to the station, you can pick up salads from Wedofood or durums from Durumbar.
There are several places on Refshaleøen to jump into the water, and the amount of places to eat is no less. At the street food market Reffen, you can eat everything from Indian cauliflower-tandoori from Dhaba, Argentinian choripan from Fuego Street Food to grilled, freshly caught Danish organic fish from Gro. See a guide to Reffen here.
The well-known restaurant Amass is also located on Refshaleøen and has recently added Amass Fried Chicken on Refshalevej 153. If you are looking for a natural, organic, biodynamic and locally produced meal, you can either visit Restaurant 56° or the small restaurant and wine bar La Banchina.
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