8 hygge-esque restaurants to visit in Copenhagen

Denmark is known for their simple, ultra-modern Scandinavian designs, “hygge” atmospheres and trendy fashion sense. If you haven’t heard of the popular Danish word “hygge”, it’s used to describe the mood of feeling cosy, comfortable and content. While visiting the country’s capital city of Copenhagen, I was in awe of just how “hygge” the entire city felt. Copenhagen has easily become one of my favourite cities in Europe for multiple reasons, but mostly because of the insanely cosy interiors which made our restaurant experiences even more enjoyable and unforgettable. So, without further ado, here are 8 Hygge Restaurants that are truly worth a visit in Copenhagen…

Den Gule Cottage (The Yellow Cottage)

Nestled in the park along Bellevue Beach sits the quaint and charming restaurant, Den Gule Cottage. Upon walking in you are immediately flooded with the “hygge” presence as the cottage is pristinely staged with elegant place settings on the tables and sheep fur softly draped over chairs creating the cosiest atmosphere. Embellished with warm wooden floors, your eyes are immediately drawn to the lush green space and blue sea views through the white lattice glassed window, providing the ultimate tranquil dining experience.

The Illum Cafe Rooftop

With a modern black and white design, this rooftop cafe is located in the luxurious shopping mall, Illum. Take a break from roaming the city and enjoy a cup of coffee with beautiful city views.

Bar Next Door

Settled along the lakes in the neighbourhood of Nybro, is a casual and cosy bar that is perfect for happy hour. With creative cocktails and small bites to nibble on, Bar Next Door has a comfortable and hip vibe for couples or large groups to enjoy.

Gran Torino 

Italian food and all you can drink wine. Need I say more? Gran Torino is a rustic, modern restaurant and is the perfect place to indulge in delicious gourmet pizzas and authentic pasta dishes.


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Winner in 2017 and nominee in 2018 for ‘Best Cafe Copenhagen’, Social is a simplistic bohemian cafe offering healthy comfort food that will definitely please your appetite. From fresh fruit-filled acai bowls, open-faced sandwiches, to colourful smoked salmon salads, feel free to leisurely enjoy your meal by the lakes, just minutes from the centre city.


One of the best-seasoned burgers we had in Copenhagen was from this cafe in Nybro. Vintage floral wallpaper, antique tables and wooden Scandinavian chairs filled the space creating a rustic, but homey atmosphere.

The Union Kitchen

Located in the vibrant area of Nyhavn, also famously known for where the fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen lived, is the ultra-hip and modern cafe, The Union Kitchen. While walking into the restaurant you are immediately greeted with a sense of “hygge”. It’s a small space with warm wooden floors in an industrial setting styled with modern, farmhouse furniture. Your eye instantly gazes on the tea-light candles centred on tables while beautifully plated dishes are enjoyed by customers. No matter the day or time, prepare to make reservations to dine at this uber-popular restaurant.

The Olive Kitchen

Each time we visit Copenhagen we make sure to have a dinner reservation here – it’s just that tasty! The interior features warm shiplap walls, rustic wooden floors with simple candles lit on each table creating a welcoming dining experience. Not only do they prepare delicious food and offer a cosy atmosphere, but the service is exceptional as well. One interesting feature about this restaurant is that the menu and cocktail list is tweaked according to the season to ensure fresh ingredients are being served. I can highly recommend the beetroot and goat cheese salad or creamy mushroom soup as an appetizer and the tender flank steak with pureed sweet potatoes and seasonal veggies for the main course. Honestly, no matter what item you choose on the menu, I believe your taste buds will be highly satisfied!

All words and photos by our guest blogger Victoria Moon, find more of her writing and photography on her personal blog Victoria Moon.


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