Nab a table close to the open kitchen at Paustian, chef Bo Bech’s immaculate bistro located in a waterside furniture showroom designed by Jørn Utzon (of Sydney Opera House fame). From here, you can peek at Bech preparing the “Alchemist,” a $110 experimental tasting menu, or “Chlorophyll,” the chef’s ode to vegetarian cuisine.
Join the fashionable crowd at French-Oriental Umami, located north of the city center. Sip on a lemongrass-sake cocktail at the voguish martini bar, then indulge in Claus Engelbrecht Hansen’s East-West specialties like rabbit loin stuffed with shiitake mushrooms.
Located in a nineteenth-century warehouse in up-and-coming Christianshavn, Noma serves a medley of exotic Nordic specialties (whale meat, musk ox, sorrel) shipped direct from Danish protectorates Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
If the Danes' liberal smoking rituals are a turn-off, head to Cofoco, Copenhagen’s first nonsmoking restaurant, where you can sit at a chandelier-lit communal table and feast on inventive Franco-Danish cuisine.