The Bib Gourmand is an international award given each year to exceptional restaurants with reasonable prices. While they aren't necessarily the cheapest eats, they can be a great deal if you want to try some of what Denmark’s fine dining scene has to offer without breaking the bank.
The team at Anarki (led by head chef Rune Sauer Sonnechsen) seem to challenge the common dogmas, as they draw inspiration from all corners of the world. As an added bonus, Anarki proofs that gourmet food and good service does not have to cost the equivalent of the newest smartphone.
Are you passionate about Italian wine? Then Enomania is the place to go, because the name of the restaurant basically translates to wine enthusiast (or maniac - depending on the degree of fandom). And while you're at Enomania, why not pair that wine with a creamy risotto and homemade Italian sausage?
Hærværk Restaurant in Aarhus makes up one part of the duo of Aarhus restaurants holding down the Bib Gourmand title for Denmark’s second largest city. Using almost 100% organic ingredients, the dishes necessarily change by the week, day, or even table, depending on what they have available and the inspiration that strikes.
Despite being located in one of the old meat halls in Copenhagen's Meatpacking District, Kødbyens Fiskebar is all about fish and seafood. You can simply relax in the sofas while enjoying a glass of wine paired with a few nibbles, have a drink at the bar with a bite to eat or dine at the tables while getting the full and delicious treatment. TIP: In Summer, the beach chairs outside restaurant is a popular hangout spot to have a few pre-dinner drinks.
While strolling through Snaregade, one of Copenhagen's oldest and most picturesque streets, you'll come across this delicious gem of a restaurant. Marv & Ben (Marrow & Bone) offers Nordic gastronomy based on local and mainly organic produce, which makes this restaurant a great suggestion for you to dive into the Nordic cuisine.
Moment is the place to go if you are looking for an affordable gourmet restaurant while venturing outside Denmark's big cities. You will find Moment on Djursland, just a half-hour drive from the vibrant city of Aarhus. The restaurant's gastronomy is centered on seasonal produce from the immediate local areas, and as a result the dishes may change completely from day to day.
With the number of spots to hold Michelin awards growing even more this year, Aarhus is certainly establishing itself as a culinary force to be reckoned with, and Pondus is a worthy example. A sister to the Michelin-starred Substans, the more affordable modern Danish bistro, Pondus, offers organic New Nordic plates at a more affordable price.
Want to try a true Danish lunch classic? Then smørrebrød is the one for you - and while the name of these open faced sandwiches might be difficult to pronounce, they are delicious to eat! At restaurant Selma, they have taken the art of smørrebrød to another level. Furthermore, Selma is located just around the corner from Nørreport Station which makes it the perfect lunch spot when you are exploring the inner city of Copenhagen.