Guide: Where to eat in Nordvest
Nordvest typically doesn’t get much attention for its gastronomy, but that is a crucial mistake in our understanding. If you stroll through the district, you’ll find that excellent gastronomy has moved into the neighborhood. If you’re into authentic dining experiences with lots of soul and creativity, Nordvest is undoubtedly a place for you. We have listed ten places to enjoy a good meal, and as any guide should, it serves options ranging from pizzerias, a bar, a canteen, and cafes to two food trucks. Enjoy!
Behov pizza hardly needs an introduction anymore. Some call it the city’s best pizzeria and, we do get why people go crazy for it. Although Behov also has a restaurant in Vesterbro, the pizzeria originally started in Nordvest, where the ambition was to create a communal place to gather for locals. Behov pizza has earned a spot in the competitive pizza market in Copenhagen with tasty pizzas and a feature that differentiates from other sites. As any, you can choose from the menu, but designing your own pizza is an option here too.
Bonus information: We’re told that the gluten-free pizza bases are pretty good too!
Photo from Tribeca’s Instagram account.
Form one pizza place to another. At Tribeca NV you get juicy pizzas with humoristic names. An example is ‘Dark Side of the moon’ – a pizza with truffle, pulled pork, pickled onions, mizuna salad, black mayonnaise, and garlic dust. While eating, you can toast in their own household Tribeca-brewed beer. The Danish brewery Ugly Duck and Tribeca NV are experimenting with developing a beer that will enrich the taste of each pizza experience. So, feel free to ask the staff before you decide on a beverage.
Photo from Mexihagens Instagram account.
While Denmark was in lockdown, a new street food gem opened in February 2021. Mexihagen is a food truck located on the square between Nørrebro Bycenter and the old Lygten Station building. Mexihagen has quickly become a success, and guests are queuing up to try the juicy Birria tacos, made from a recipe that originates from nothing less than a grandmother with Mexican blood in her veins.
Though it’s what they are most famous for, Mexihagen doesn’t only serve tacos. Bite into a QuesaBirria, Mexihagen’s version of a Quesadilla, and Consomé de birria, which is a Mexican soup. If you haven’t been to Mexihagen, we cannot recommend this place enough. A pro tip is to arrive hungry as you’ll quickly feel like eating everything on the menu.
Photo from KUKU Instagram-account.
Next to Mexihagen is another good food experience. Say hi to the food truck KUKU. KUKU serves food as if you’ve been invited to the home of an Iranian family. The menu consists exclusively of traditional stews that the owner has developed with a family friend. The food truck, which opened in April 2021, focuses on making authentic food, why you can only choose between two dishes: the Iranian national dish Ghorme Sabzi, which is traditional stew of herbs, kidney beans, slow-roasted beef, and the noodle soup Ash Reshte with herbs, beans, and caramelized onions.
We are already looking forward to going back, especially to taste the fusion between Ghorme Sabzi and Danish Christmas food later on. That is when the owner makes the traditional dish with duck instead of beef in wintertime.
Every neighborhood has a good pizzeria, and Di Minute is worth visiting too. It’s not a gourmet-style pizza place like others in this guide, but they still do deserve some recognition. Pizza and sandwiches are made with ingredients imported directly from Italy, and when you visit, we hope you’ll be lucky to meet the owner, who proudly explains the different dishes to you. Prices are outrageously low and almost unfathomable for the general level of pricing for food in Copenhagen. Especially their ciabatta sandwiches are mouth drippingly delicious.
Photo from FOVL Instagram-account.
Fovl is located on the corner of Frederikssundsvej and Sneppevej, and it’s that kind of place that offers a bit of everything. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and small servings for dinner. We recommend coming during lunchtime, as delicious pies made from seasonal ingredients are served at that time of day. Get ready for a cozy, relaxed, and unpretentious atmosphere in the restaurant where ingredients are the focus point and everything are made from scratch. The people behind Fovl are also the founders of Democracy Garage, a meeting place and a democratic house, and the upcoming North West bakery Flere Fugle.
At Damaskus Grill, you’ll be greeted by the most warm-hearted owners from Syria. The restaurant’s name originates from the family’s former restaurant in their hometown of Damascus, which now continues its business in Nordvest. The place oozes soul and warmth, and because the owners prioritize talking to their guests, you quickly feel welcome. Have a delicious meal for a small amount of money – the fresh, crispy, and hot falafels – with a punch of coriander is an absolute must.
Photo from TEKNO Instagram-account.
This social canteen is named after the toy manufacturer Tekno, which was once housed in the buildings further down Rentemestervej. The atmosphere at Tekno Eatery is unpretentious and canteen-like in the coziest way. Food is stunning and tasty, and we so do recommend visiting the place if you haven’t been yet. The eatery mainly serves as a canteen for guests who need to eat during their lunch break, but everyone is welcome to jump in for a cup of coffee or a plate of food. Tekno Eatery serves breakfast and lunch dishes from Monday to Friday, and the menu varies from week to week. Try looking up their website, where you’ll find the dish of the day.
At Degnestavnen, the favorite local café, Storm B, is placed. It oozes of warmth from freshly baked goods and lunch plates accompanied by cozy jazz from the speakers. Storm B’s popular weekend brunch pulls people to the address, but also their lunch plates are recommendable. In addition, you can get a hearty cup of coffee or draft beer if you’re in a more festive corner.
We argue that some of the best bars are known for their tasty bar snack – and Åbenbar indeed has good ones. Try snacking the incredibly yummy artichoke cream, roasted chickpeas, and a feta dip with vegetables. If you come by midday, it’s also possible to buy an open-faced sandwich. Go to Åbenbar for the atmosphere, the courtyard, and again, the glorious artichoke cream.
One can hardly make a guide to Nordvest without mentioning Lygten Bazar. This shop will serve you all the Eastern flavors imaginable. Congratulations, if you have ever managed to walk away empty-handed. People come to Lygten Bazar for their large selection of exciting groceries of Arabic, Turkish, and Asian origin. Examples are mini eggplants, great flatbread, green za’atar, labneh, and pallets of olives of various kinds. If you take a trip to Lygten Bazar, we suggest you go with a lot of time on your hands, since we know from experience, is needed to have a good look around there.