Although Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world, it can also be a budget-friendly destination for foodies if you know where to go.
In this article, I share the best cheap eats in Copenhagen and where to find them.
1. Hotdog stand
There are many hotdogs stands around Copenhagen, so don’t hesitate to try one. With an affordable price and incredible tastes, you can pick one up for lunch.
Where to try hotdog in Copenhagen?
Here are some recommendations for a good hot dog in Copenhagen.
Location: Købmagergade 52, 1150 København K, Denmark
If you find yourself around the Norreport Station area, stop by and try delicious hot dogs from DØP. This hot dog stand is just nearby the Round Tower (Rundetaarn).
The price starts from 35 DKK, and you can pay an extra 5 DKK to upgrade your choice of sausage.
b) John’s Hotdog Deli
Location: Bernstorffsgade 5, 1704 København V, Denmark
John’s Hotdog Deli is another option for people who are around Central Copenhagen. It’s located just outside Central Station and across Tivoli.
The price is a bit lower than DØP, starting from 28 DKK. Some people say the hotdog here is better than DØP, but I will let you try it yourself :)
2. Dalle Valle
Dalle Valle is my favorite place for a buffet in Copenhagen.
It’s an “All you can eat” restaurant and serves several delicious dishes ranging from salads to different types of meat and pasta. Therefore, it’s vegan-friendly and also an excellent place for meat lovers.
For an expensive city such as Copenhagen, Dalle Valle is a good deal :)
Big bonus: Besides coffee and beer, the restaurant also serves cocktails in the evening too. You can read the menu here
From 10 am to 4 pm, the price is 99 DKK
From 4 pm to 10 pm, the price is 149 DKK
Great deal: If you visit Dalle Valle from Saturday to Tuesday, you can receive ½ discounts on a buffet from 6 am to 10 pm.
Address: Fiolstræde 3, 1171 København K, Denmark
If you download the app off Dalle Valle, you can get two buffets for One price in weekdays or two buffets on Sundays including drinks for 199 DKK in total
Fish Market Mall is another cheap eats in Copenhagen.
Because Fish Market Mall is a bit far away from my apartment, I rarely go there, but this Mall also has different buffet restaurants.
I once tried a buffet at a Thai Restaurant, and it cost me less than 100 DKK.
4. Takeaway Pizza
Takeaway pizza is also a recommended choice for cheap eats in Copenhagen. There are many pizza shops around Copenhagen, and the price usually starts from 60 DKK.
Where to eat the best pizza in Copenhagen? : Pizzeria La Fiorita
I knew this delicious pizza restaurant from my friend, and this place has become my favorite stop for pizza. Pizzeria La Fiorita is located near the Lake, and not far from Central Copenhagen.
The restaurant is small and cozy, so you can experience a relaxing atmosphere while enjoying delicious slices of pizza. With fresh topping and crispy dough, Pizzeria La Fiorita is a great place to eat authentic pizza at an affordable price.
There are vegan pizza choices as well, along with other Italian dishes such as Bruschetta, Lasagna, Fettuccine, Tortellini, etc.
Location: Charlotte Ammundsens Plads 2, kld. Hjørnet af Nansensgade, 1359 Kbh. K.
Another recommended pizza place is Forno a legna pizzeria in Frederiksberg
5. Sunset Boulevard
If you are looking for a cheap place to eat in Copenhagen, you should visit Sunset Boulevard. It’s my favorite place to have an excellent fresh-made burger.
You can find this shop near the Fish Market (Københavns Hovedbanegård).
If you enter the shop, you will see the price for one burger starts from 43 DKK, but you can ask for the cheapest option, which is Snack Burger, and it’s only 15 DKK.
I find Snack Burger and other burgers are not much different, so I usually go with Snack Burger. Not only so cheap, but Snack burger is also delicious. The sauce of Snack Beef Burger reminds me of the taste of Vietnamese Banh Mi.
If you’d like to have a Greek meal in Copenhagen, Samos can be the right choice. Samos is a budget greek restaurant with “all you can eat” buffet. Although the food selection is limited, food is tasty.
Price: The buffer is 60 ~ 79 DKK (can be changed)
Limitation: The restaurant is small with many tables, so you might feel uncomfortable if you have intimacy problems.
Fiskafeen is located in Vanløse, which is close to the metro station.
They serve delicious fish and chips. Especially, Fiskafeen also has vegan options and vegan desserts.
If you are a group up to 5, it will cost 385 DKK for ten big panko buttered cod + all you can eat chips. (385/5= 75dkk per person).
Two pieces of cod+ chips =95 DKK
If you only drink water, tap water costs 10 DKK (You have to pay for water in Copenhagen, I know!). So, if going on a budget, you can still eat well for 105dk
You can check their website here: https://fiskafeen.dk/mad/
8. Veggies Heroes CPH
You can choose the “All you can eat” buffet was 110kr. The shop has a reasonable price and a large selection of vegan dishes. It was all delicious, and there’s a wide range of selection of sushi.
Address: Blegdamsvej 106 Copenhagen 2100
9. Søren K
There’s a canteen above Søren K in the Black Diamond that is open on the weekdays between 13-14 – good food, and you pay by weight. You can get a big plate of delicious food for around 30-40kr.
The lunch is always substantial and tasty, and you can get filter coffee and a muffin/piece of cake for 25 kroner.
Check their website: https://absaloncph.dk/?page_id=3651.
11. Thai Asien
Thai Asien on Holbergsgade next to Nyhavn is very cheap and good for the price. It is around 99kr average price for a meal.
12. Punjab Bites Amager
One of our new favorite takeaways, we usually get some vegetarian dishes (the mutter paneer usually), it’s 75 DKK with a side (rice or naan), and it’s enough for two – it’s a considerable portion.
We toss in naan or two as well, and it’s around 100 DKK and a meal for two.
For a tasty buffet that works for vegetarians and vegans alike, there’s also RizRaz. If you show up before 16.00, they also serve vegetarian pizza!
Instead of wasting food, restaurants cooperate with this app to let users buy at a lower price in the evening before the closing time.
While using the app, you can see the distance from your location to the restaurants, and what food they offer.
My favorite choices are bakeries and “All you can eat” restaurants. There are vegan restaurants for you as well! However, you can only go and pick your food at a specific time of the day, so make sure that you don’t miss it.
How to use the application Too Good to Go?
Firstly, you need to register as a user and choose the restaurant based on your interest.
After purchasing, you must be at the restaurant at a proper time to receive your food. The restaurant will check your ticket and press a button, and they will give you a small box to take whatever you want.
Therefore, if the picking-up time is 10 pm, I suggest being there at 9:55 in order not to be in a long queue or miss all the food. Your phone should have internet data as well to check your ticket.
15. YourLocal App
With a mission to “Fight food waste and support local shops,” YourLocal notifies users about eco-friendly last-minute deals whenever a shop had food leftover.
You can find supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, fish shops, restaurants, and takeaway in the App.
It’s in both the App Store and Google Play, so it’s easy to download.
According to Anne – a user of this app
“The advantage of this app over the TGTG app is that you don’t have to wait until late to pick up your food as some participants in YourLocal are standard supermarkets like IRMA.
Also, you can get meat, fruit, and vegetables to cook, not just restaurant leftovers. That said, I like both apps.”
16. Supermarket takeaway food
There are few cheap supermarket chains in Copenhagen, such as Netto, Fakta, Lidl, and Aldi.
However, Netto is the most popular one. It’s everywhere in Copenhagen and opens until late at night (10 pm or 11 pm, some even open 24 hours).
I usually buy an already-made salad from Netto, and it is tasty. There are burgers, sandwiches, spaghetti, and other takeaway dishes that you can choose from as well.
17. Fast food chains: Burger King, McDonald’s
Even though I’m not a fan of fast-food, it’s one of the cheapest options if you need a quick-and-cheap meal.
There are some fast-food chains in Copenhagen, such as Burger King, McDonald’s, and the price starts from 20 DKK. I usually eat there after a late night, as they open 24 hours.
18. Copenhagen Business School
As I study at Copenhagen Business School, I usually have my meals there. Even though it’s for students at CBS, everyone can eat there without the requirement of student ID.
The cafeterias serve different types of dishes and change the choices every day. You need to choose what you like, and then put the plate on the calculator and pay for it on your own. It’s a self-serving service.