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Best places for healthy food in Copenhagen

Can’t bear the vivid taste of chemicals in your meals any longer? In this updated guide we have rated eight alternative places for nourishing your body and soul in Copenhagen

A few years ago, our reporter visited a series of healthy spots in Copenhagen and graded them. We have now updated the list for our healthy readers’ inspiration and edification starting with the lowest overall score, and ending with the highest.

We are opting to keep the original grades, but have otherwise updated the details to give our healthy readers a good overview.

The grades are cheapness, location, healthiness and taste, ranging from 0 to 5 asterisks. They are all good, but we had to choose, so let’s start with the lowest graded first, and work up to the highest graded.

8. Organic for starters

If you don’t want your conversion into healthy eating to be too traumatic, Den Økologiske Pølsemand should be a good start. Just between Rundetårn and Studenterhuset there is a pølser (sausage) stand, serving entirely organic products – to begin with sausages, bread and sauces. Plus, they have an option for vegetarians and vegans as well. Prices are a bit higher than in a regular pølser stand but still affordable and the service definitely healthier.

Den Økologiske Pølsemand: Købmagergade 52 and Amagertorv 31 (Strøget)
Open Mon-Sat 11.00–18.15 and first Sunday of the month 11.30-17.15

Cheapness ****
Location *
Healthiness **
Taste **

TOTAL: 9 points

7. That community feeling

Folkets Hus is one of numerous spots in Copenhagen, where young people can gather for a common meal (folkekøkken). The volunteers prepare various dishes and raise donations during the supper. From these donations resources, ingredients, and groceries are bought, while bread is collected from bakeries for free. Since the menu depends on available products, the food, arranged as a buffet, varies a lot.

In principle it is vegan. And feministic. You’ll get to know all of the latest feministic activities or even will get to participate in one. Folkets Hus is not profit-oriented, so conditions here differ from commercial eating houses. Rather than hectic consumption, it is the opportunity to meet people, enjoy time together, and discuss politics and activism. The lively atmosphere and the feeling of community accompanying the event makes it very special. Feministic folkekøkken takes place every last Friday of the month at 18.30.

Folkets Hus: Stengade 50, København NV

Cheapness *****
Location *
Healthiness ***
Taste **

TOTAL 11 points

6. Eventful eating!

Dortheavejs Folkekøkken in Ungdomshuset (the Youth House) is another folkekøkkenet listed here. Some claim it is the best place of this sort in Copenhagen. For sure, it gets crowded, loud and lively during suppers here. The menu is purely vegan and more predictable than in other people’s kitchens. Volunteers prepare a few kinds of tasty warm meals and serve them with organic greens. As in Folkets Hus, you will be asked to donate to the kitchen. Besides the common meal, there are a few other inspiring going-ons worth mentioning. Before the folkekøkken, you can activate yourself physically during yoga classes, or enjoy some live music afterwards. Around once a month Dortheavejs Folkekøkken also offers a vegan super brunch from 12-14 so keep an eye on their calendar.

Dortheavejs Folkekøkken: Dortheavej 61
Open Thu 19.00

Cheapness *****
Location **
Healthiness ***
Taste **

TOTAL 12 points

5. A humming cook and some home-made hummus…

Organic Corner isn’t very striking from the outside. The interior is also rather simple: the coach with pillows on the window, square table with newspapers, a few chairs and shelves with organic products for sale. What makes Organic Corner worth visiting is on the other side of the counter. Friendly staff serve really tasteful food here. They offer self-baked full-corn bread, organic ingredients, and uniquely composed dishes, i.e. sandwiches with smoked tofu or chicken with peanut butter and honey, falafel with home-made hummus and a wide range of salads and warm vegetarian and meat dishes. Prices from DKK 32-70.

Organic Corner: Amagerbrogade 13
Open Mon-Sat 11.00-21.00, Sun 12.00-21.00

Cheapness ***
Location **
Healthiness ****
Taste ***

TOTAL 12 points

4. Vegetarian colours

Another alternative to fast-fatty food can be Estin, a salad boutique, as colourful as the neighbouring Nyhavn harbor. It is a perfect nourishing stop when you are wandering around this picaresque part of Copenhagen. The small, homely bar, run for around 20 years by a lovely Danish-Jamaican couple, offers a wildly wide range of vegetarian salads. You can either take away a small (DKK 55) or big (DKK 70) portion of delightful greens, as the majority of customers do, or stay in the boutique and take a rest from the busy tourist epicenter.

Estin: Lille Strandstræde 13
Open Mon-Fri 11.00-15.00

Cheapness ***
Location ***
Healthiness ***
Taste *****

TOTAL 14 points

3. Café N – worth rushing back!

There is a cozy café in Nørrebro, well-known for a beckoning atmosphere and a welcoming staff. Although it is quite tiny (there are only two rows of tables inside and a few outside), it has a huge yummi–potential. Café N offers some wonderfully composed, appetizingly served, and remarkably delicious, warm vegetarian dishes, salads, pancakes and a soup of the day. Moreover, you can get freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices there. On top of that, prices are student-friendly.

Cafe N: Blågårdsgade 17
Open Mon-Fri 8.00-22.00, Sat-Sun 9.00-22.00

Cheapness ***
Location ***
Healthiness ***
Taste *****

TOTAL 14 points

2. In a soft-hued hut…

A spot in Christiania worth recommending is Morgenstedet. Seen from the outside, the restaurant building brings to mind a fairy tale house. It is soft-hued and surrounded by a petite garden with picnic benches. Coming inside, you will be kept in a pleasing fairy tale mood. Pastel-painted walls, bright tables with fresh flowers, and delicious food brings you back to harmony. Morgenstedet offers a range of tasty and healthy dishes – soups, warm meals, and various salads. All vegetarian and relatively inexpensive.

Morgenstedet: Fabriksområdet 134
Open Tue-Sun 12.00-21.00

Cheapness **
Location *****
Healthiness *****
Taste ****

TOTAL 16 points

1. Green house effect

Our top nutritious and pleasing spot is the Café Væksthuset. It’s not only number one because of its nutritional advantages, but also due to its gorgeous location. It is between the LIFE campus and the botanic garden in an old green house, which has been lovingly rearranged into a café.

The daily menu includes a tasty soup, appetizingly colourful warm dishes and sandwiches (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian), as well as cakes and all sorts of drinks. Café Væksthuset features not only healthy spring-on-your-plate meals but also provides you with an actual opportunity to experience spring yourself. Just take a table outside and enjoy your meal sitting in the midst of flowerbeds! Moreover, you can get a discount with a student ID!

Café Væksthuset: Grønnegårdsvej, 1870 Frederiksberg
Open Mon – Fri 8.30-17.00

Cheapness ***
Location *****
Healthiness ****
Taste *****

TOTAL 17 points

Any more suggestions?

So that’s it. Do you have any other suggestions for places with a more varied and valuable menu? Let us know in the comments field below!

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