Scandinavia is not known for being a vegan-friendly region to travel to. For that reason, Copenhagen took me by surprise. The concept of veganism is well understood in the city and I saw options marked as vegan in multiple locations, not only in vegan eateries. It also helps that English is of course very widely spoken, so being able to communicate your needs and desires is easily done even in not specifically vegan-friendly places. Cope
Much of the vegan scene in Copenhagen seems to lean towards the health aspect of veganism, focusing on things like fresh juices, raw vegan cakes and using organic ingredients, though there is still also a bit of the fake meat style food to be found here and there. Being located in Scandanavia, Copenhagen is rather expensive but if you do your research you can find some moderate-price restaurants as well as cheap activities and even plenty of free things to do.
Copenhagen Vegan Restaurants
This is the key used in this guide, which appears directly under the name of each establishment mentioned:
Which meals are catered for
- breakfast: typically 10:00-13:00
- lunch: typically 11:00-15:00
- dinner: typically 18:00-22:00
The type of food served
- serves meat / vegetarian / vegan / raw vegan
A rough price range (based on prices of mains)
- cheap up: to 50kr (up to €6.70)
- moderate: 50-100kr (€6.70-€13.40)
- expensive: 100kr+ (€13.40+)
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breakfast, lunch & dinner / raw vegan / expensive
Everything about this place is just fantastic. The service is friendly, attentive and helpful without being overbearing, the ambience is bustling but not hectic and most importantly the food is phenomenal!
We tried the tasting menu to sample a little of everything, including a fantastically fresh gazpacho, avocado and grated carrot maki, raw seed bread open faced sandwiches with various toppings (mung bean burgers, avocado, mushroom pâté and cashew parsley spread) and various salads.
And the dessert platter was exquisite with three differently flavoured raw cakes (chocolate, lemon and raspberry) and a light cashew mousse with raw chocolate pieces and fresh strawberries.
I would highly recommend this place for a special night out to experience raw vegan food done right. Note that while everything is vegan, not absolutely everything on the menu is raw: they offer breakfasts which include cooked bread, and a couple of soups which contain cooked rice noodles.
vegetarian / cheap
This unassuming little bakery does not advertise itself as vegan friendly, but about a third of the cakes they offer are vegan. Just ask what is, and it’ll be pointed out to you. They also have many gluten free options.
It’s take away only, so come here to pick up some sweet treats for on the go or (as we did) before you leave Copenhagen for your journey ahead.
- Address: Frederiksborggade 29, 1360 Copenhagen
breakfast, lunch & dinner / serves meat / moderate
Possibly the most hipster eatery in Copenhagen, Kalaset (which means ‘party’ in Swedish) serves everything but has some excellent, and clearly marked, vegan options including brunches, mains and snacks.
Portions are extremely generous, and I even questioned my ability to finish the towering vegan chickpea burger and roast potatoes I had. Spoiler: I did.
They have a great selection of freshly made juices, smoothies and coffees and the staff are extremely friendly and chatty. This would be an amazing brunch spot for a lazy Sunday morning.
vegan / cheap
This very new ice cream place serves up coconut based ice cream in various flavours that they make on site. Rather than being served in scoops from large tubs, individual popsicles are prepared and sold, eaten from wooden sticks (which I loved, because I hate ice cream cones). The ice cream itself is smooth and creamy and not too sweet. Delicious!
Recommended Hotels in Copenhagen
If you're looking for a place to stay in Copenhagen, we can highly recommend the Andersen Hotel. With an excellent, central location, quiet, comfortable and unique rooms, a vegan-friendly breakfast and sassy staff, it's a great option for a short break in the Danish capital.
There are many sites for apartment rentals including Airbnb and Vrbo. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.