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Top 5 budget eateries in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a wonderful city and has some of the most beautiful buildings and historic sites in Europe, not to mention Generator Copenhagen; however, what it is not known for is being a cheap place to visit. Here at Generator Hostel Copenhagen we understand that many visitors are on a budget and so we have made a list of our top five places to eat if you are watching the purse strings:

Danish fast food

Copenhagen is not famous for its junk food, but it does do a good line in Hot Dogs or Pølse. You will find a stand on almost every corner and most serve appetizing food at budget prices. These are not the over processed junk you would normally expect; the sausages are real sausages and you can swap the bun for something more healthy. Particular ones to note include those at Tivoli Gardens, the Organic Hot-dog stand at the Round Tower (DOP for short) and Harry’s Place which is on the outskirts of the Norrebro district and has been endorsed by two former prime ministers! Typical prices are around 30kr.

Magstraede 16

This is a little known Italian restaurant tucked away on a side street not far from the Gammel Strand. The menu is not extensive and mostly consists of pizza and antipasti, so you are not in for a gourmet meal. What you do get, though, is a tasty pizza at an affordable price served by very helpful waiting staff. If you can splash out a bit more they also have a wide selection of red and white wine and some delicious traditional Italian desserts. Expect to pay about 90kr for a pizza and around 50kr for a snack or they do a buffet menu for just over 200kr per person.


Located on Kompagnistræde, near Stroget, RizRaz is right in the centre of Copenhagen. Their speciality is Turkish/Greek/Mediterranean style food served as a lavish vegetarian buffet with warm and cold dishes. You can pay as little as 45kr and get as much food as you can eat; just the thing for starving tourists in the very expensive Danish capital. Drinks are not included in the buffet price but otherwise this is extremely good value for money. If you are a meat lover don’t be put off as the dishes are delicious and you can also order a steak or meat skewer to accompany your salads.


Set in the district of Vesterbro this tapas restaurant and wine bar is perfect forsome simple but tasty food. The menu changes every day and has around three or four choices. With both hot and cold tapas including a superb range of seafood tapas which is fresh from the sea there is something for everyone. This place is very popular with the locals and is always bustling at night when it turns into a wine bar; luckily the waiters are very friendly and helpful so you will feel like one of the family. Expect to pay around 80Kr per person.


Right on the esplanade and not far from the Little Mermaid statue Kafferiet is a lovely, cosy little find perfect for a cold winter’s day. They serve what is said to be the best coffee in Copenhagen and for those who are peckish there is a range of delicious fresh sandwiches and Panini’s. The building dates from 1760 and is painted a bright blue colour so it is easy to spot; there is a small seating area outside where you can get superb views of the water front and is the perfect place for lunch. Prices for coffee start around 25kr.

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