Vegan guide to Copenhagen! – 10 of School Night Vegan’s favourite vegan spots across the city!
How could I resist creating a vegan guide to Copenhagen when that city has such a special place in my heart? There’s a magic and elegance to Copenhagen which is undeniable – especially within its food scene and I’m totally stoked to show you what I found!
Perhaps it’s because I’m over 30 now, but birthdays just don’t have the same ring to em any more. I was ready for this year’s birthday to fly by without excitement until my NEXT-LEVEL husband blocked out my diary for a long weekend in Copenhagen. I’m not sure why he picked Copenhagen (perhaps it was the amount of vegan Danish pastries I’d been baking), but I was crazy excited!
Scandinavia in general is a special place for us – we got engaged in Stockholm (on a park bench eating cardamom buns!) so Copenhagen was an inevitable next step! My first thought after we’d booked the flights: “If only we had a vegan guide to Copenhagen!”
A vegan HEAVEN!
We knew it’d be great, but I’m not sure we were ready for just how BONKERS good Copenhagen was for vegans. I did a lot of research before we departed (face-times with Danish friends, trawling through articles, pawing over instagram geo-tags) and I’m pleased to say that, if anything, we had TOO much choice! I’ve whittled everything down to 10 places – perfect for a long weekend!
So here it is – my vegan guide to Copenhagen.
If you use this guide and find it helpful, please be sure to leave a comment below – I’d love to know how you get on! Likewise if you think I missed anywhere, let me know!
Stylish snack bar setup offering Healthy Breakfasts, Lunch, Smoothies and Juices.
I had to start my vegan guide to Copenhagen with this place because we visited 42Raw for our first breakfast in the city. The place is bright and modern inside – feels like California actually! Their menu is expansive and has a huge range of breakfast and brunch options.
This isn’t a spot for you vegan junk food lovers – everything seems optimised for health, including their many juices and smoothies. But if yo follow this guide, chances are you’re gonna need a nice light breakfast – there’s plenty more to come!
This is one of three 42Raw locations, I didn’t visit them all but this one is the most central and therefore easiest to find!
Trendy informal Hand baked vegan pizza joint, Serving whole or by the slice!
This is a spot we REALLY wanted to try but simply ran out of time! Sad face!
We did, however, walk past the window on our way to the Assistens Cemetery (a seriously beautiful and HUGE churchyard which the locals use as a public park). The pizzas looked stunning and well priced.
My advice? If the weather is dry, grab a full pizza to take away and take it inside the cemetery. Find a cute spot under a tree and enjoy!
Traditional italian gelato booth (with vegan options) within a beautiful indoor food market.
This ice cream was one of the first vegan things I ate in Copenhagen (because I’m a GROWN UP and I can DO WHAT I WANT!) and it did NOT disappoint. I ordered a scoop of their SUPER dark chocolate gelato and good LORD that stuff was good.
We ended up going back here for another round because it really was so good. The vegan options actually made up a good 50% of their total flavour choices, and I can honestly say this was the best chocolate gelato (VEGAN OR OTHERWISE) that I’ve ever tasted.
They appear to have other, larger locations around town, but the food market is a MUST VISIT so this smaller booth hits two soy-birds with one stone!
Traditional Danish bakery specialising in vegan and gluten free baked goods.
If you’re planning to do a lot of walking or cycling around Copenhagen, this should be your first stop in the morning. It’s just a short walk from the Torvehallerne (the food market I mentioned above) and I’d recommend grabbing a coffee there first.
The baked goods here are awesome and really made me feel like I was making the most of my time in Denmark. I mean, it’s ALL about Danish pastries, am I right??
I ordered a custard Danish and the husband ordered a cinnamon roll. They were both spectacular. We ate ours by the water (as there’s nowhere to actually sit at Landbageriet) and it was magical!
Super trendy cafe serving great coffee and small-plate lunches with jetty on the water!
This was easily one of the coolest places we visited. It’s located right on the water and has its own jetty which you can sit on while you enjoy your morning coffee. You can even strip off to your swimmers and dive in to cool off!
The coffee was awesome and they served oat milk (like most places in Copenhagen). They also had a selection of lunch options but we stayed only for caffeine!
To get here from the centre of town is a little trek, but if you’re on a bike (which you should be) it’s a total breeze. The route takes you through some picturesque neighbourhoods too!
Simple but excellent italian restaurant which is 100% vegan.
This one was a surprise. It’s rare to find a completely vegan Italian restaurant – let alone in Copenhagen, but that’s exactly what this place is. And it EXCELS at what it does! The food here is really something to sing about.
They make all their own cheeses in house (including their insanely good parmesan, which you can smell as soon as you walk in). I ordered the carbonara and it was magnificent! Be sure to save yourself for a slice of their street-food style pizza too! They’re crispy and to die for!
Great vegan burgers in a trendy indoor street food market.
A really cute little burger spot which is set within a sweet little street-food arcade. There are loads of choices around for everyone to try but these guys just looked so impressive. I went for their simplest option which involved a beyond burger in a charcoal bun (oooh striking!).
The burger was crazy good. I wished their menu was slightly bigger as I imagine they’d absolutely SLAY the vegan sides game, but for now this is an awesome spot to stop for a bite!
Cute vegan restaurant in a stunning setting. Perfect for an evening Al Fresco meal!
I’d say this was one of my most memorable vegan meals in Copenhagen. Not necessarily because of the food (which was good, not great) and definitely not because of the service (which was friendly but very slow!). What made it memorable was the setting.
SimpleRAW is located in an absolutely stunning square named Gråbrødre (don’t ask me how to pronounce that – I can’t help you!). If the weather is warm enough to sit out into the evening, get here early and pick a seat outside. The hustle and bustle of the city feels a million miles away and you’ll really enjoy people watching from this neat little vegan vantage point.
A real hidden gem with stunning south indian dishes and an extensive and well labelled vegan menu.
Whatever I say here will not do this place justice. PLEASE don’t be put off by how hidden this place is. We walked past it three times, only to notice that the entrance is through an alley, inside a building and up two flights of stairs. But when we entered we noticed two things which made us very happy:
1. The place was packed.
2. We were the only white people in there.
This may be a huge generalisation, but with Indian restaurants this usually means that the food is great and authentic. We weren’t wrong. Everything I ate was absolutely stunning. I haven’t had a proper dosa in years but after the first one here, I wanted to order three more. The staff are super friendly and helpful and the menu clearly labels all vegan options and all allergens!
It sounds strange to say this about an Indian restaurant, but I would go back to Copenhagen JUST for this place!
Great value and incredibly delicious vegan buffet!
We saved this place for our last meal in Copenhagen for two reasons: it’s close to the train station AND it’s BLOODY BRILLIANT.
This place is an all you can eat style vegan buffet, so prepare yourself to over-eat. The food is pan-Asian, so includes curries, stir fries, noodle and rice dishes. The first time I looked at their spread, my face absolutely LIT up! I’ve never had so much choice at a vegan restaurant!
We ended up filling our plates twice over but I seriously wish I’d done more! You MUST visit this place – especially if slightly hungover!
So what do you think? Did I miss anywhere?
I plan to keep this page updated each time I visit Copenhagen but I’d love to hear your thoughts on anywhere I should visit next time! Suggestions in the comments!
Otherwise, enjoy your vacay!! Oh and why not whip up a batch of my vegan apricot and pistachio danish pastries to get you in the mood!