This vegan Copenhagen restaurant guide will help you find the best vegan meals in the city. During my three days in Copenhagen, I ate a lot of delicious vegan meals. I didn’t have any trouble finding plant-based eateries or restaurants with vegan and vegetarian options.
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While Denmark has one of the highest rates of meat consumption in the world, the vegan movement is growing at a rapid pace. This is mostly due to a deep concern about the state of our environment. Copenhagen was named the European Green Capital in 2014 and has plans to be carbon neutral by 2025.
Going vegan is the easiest and best change a person can make in order to have a positive impact on the environment and climate change. Even Danish politicians took a 22-day vegan challenge to demonstrate how a typical Western diet has a massive environmental footprint.
Looking to stick to a vegan diet? Check out this vegan Copenhagen restaurant guide for travellers and locals alike. I’ve compiled them all into a list of the best vegan restaurants in Copenhagen to help you when you visit.
Vegan Copenhagen: Souls Eatery
Souls has a really cute slogan, Eat Like You Give a Fork! Their motto encompasses the philosophy of the entire restaurant. Souls puts the soul back into food by offering high quality, locally sourced ingredients by minimizing the environmental footprint of every meal.
They want you to be conscious of the quality of food you put into your body, but also the impact it has on the planet. By eating local, organic, vegan food, you’re making the best choice possible for you and the environment.
Souls has every meal covered: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. There are so many choices on the menu for every taste. Burgers, ramen noodles, pizza, pancakes, smoothies… it’s the comforting food that you love.
I ordered the BBQ seitan burger (marinated seitan strips, cole slaw, BBQ sauce) and the tempura cauliflower bites. The tempura cauliflower starter were little morsels of deliciousness. The seitan burger was flavourful and meaty, something that any herbivore or carnivore would devour.
As I was feeling super tired after walking around all day, I took my meal back to my hotel rather than dining at the restaurant. The atmosphere of Souls was very soothing, warm, and inviting, so it would be a real treat to dine in, too.
Souls will make all of your vegan Copenhagen dreams come true, and I highly recommend you dine there. Please note that they have moved locations since I visited. They are now located on Carlsberg Byen. The location that I visited is now home to Restaurant ARK, one of their sister restaurants that’s a fine dining vegan restaurant.
ARK: Vegan Fine Dining in Copenhagen
A sister restaurant to Souls and Bistro Lupa (the “Ark Collection”), ARK is a Green Michelin Starred restaurant and fine dining establishment, serving an innovative and season inspired 9 Course Tasting Menu. You can expect a plant-based experience surrounded by sustainable Danish design.
The menu is based on seasonal tasting dishes. ARK is also an innovative cocktail bar featuring unique, natural and bio dynamic wines. They also serve what they describe as unconventional beers from local brewery, Mikkeller, as well as a Nordic inspired cocktail menu.
ARK sounds like such an exciting restaurant to visit. The restaurant is situated inside where Souls used to be, and it’s right at the top of my list for my future return visit to Copenhagen.
Bistro Lupa is a vegan bistro, brunch spot, and bar. Like other restaurants in the Ark Collection, they focus on high-quality, fresh food that’s also sustainable. You can order their 5 course experience or select single items from the a la carte menu. These are mostly small plates (they suggest 3 dishes and 1 dessert per person).
You’ll find all sorts of unique creations made out of vegetables, like southern fried mushrooms, creamy white wine sauce pasta, and risotto verde. Some of their desserts include a chocolate noisette or a panna cotta. They also have a variety of creative cocktails, wine, beer, and espresso beverages.
Vegan Restaurants in Copenhagen: Atlas Bar
Atlas Bar is a vegan Copenhagen restaurant in the central Latin quarter that turned fully vegan recently. They also own the upstairs vegan cafe, Urten. Atlas Bar offers beautiful plant-based dishes that are creative, fresh, and colourful.
They regularly post photos of their food on their Facebook page, so check that out for a sneak peak. You can order vegan burgers, lasagna, burritos, roasts, and desserts.
You don’t have to travel far to try the next vegan restaurant. It’s right above Atlas Bar! Urten has the same owners as Atlas Bar, and they are a fully vegan cafe in Copenhagen. They’re only open in the evenings for dinner and serve a three course menu.
The dishes are inspired by a fusion of Nordic, French, and Italian cuisine. Their menu changes each month, and they regularly post their menus on their Facebook page. The three course meal comes with a starter, a main, and a dessert.
Eden Jaxx is a fast food, vegan burger joint, with a couple of locations in Copenhagen. They specialize in vegan burgers, they have gluten-free fare, and they make their own vegan shakes, too. Eden Jaxx serves Beyond burgers, portobello burgers, fries, and cole slaw. There are also salads, desserts, and house-made lemonade.
Vegan Copenhagen: Flavour Bastards
Flavour Bastards is a vegan restaurant that’s open for dinner through the week, and earlier as well for brunch on weekends. On the regular dinner menu, you’ll find a selection of mezze and flatbreads, as well as main courses like butter chicken, creamy truffle gnocchi, and the Balkan burger.
Brunch is served during the day on weekends. They have waffles, French toast, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, tofu scramble, hummus toast, avocado smash, and more. Of course, everything is vegan!
Injera is a 100% vegan Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant. There are all kinds of traditional Ethiopian meals gone completely vegan, served on injera (traditional bread). There’s a vegan sampler and a vegan sampler for two that provides a good variety of several dishes in one. You can also order traditional Ethiopian coffee here, too.
Vegan Copenhagen: Kaf
When I visited Copenhagen, there was a delightful little vegan cafe called Yellow Rose that unfortunately no longer exists (the photo above is from Yellow Rose Cafe). I’m delighted to hear that Kaf is a place to find coffee and vegan desserts in Copenhagen.
Kaf serves 100% vegan cakes and pastries that are freshly baked from scratch. You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch in this charming little cafe, including many meals created with croissants or sourdough bread.
POW – The Vegan Pizzeria
POW Pizzeria is a 100% vegan pizza shop in Copenhagen (in Nørrebro). You can order full pizzas or pizza by the slice. They are cleverly named for cities around the world, featuring a variety of vegetable and mock meat toppings. They have vegan mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan cheese, too. You can do delivery or takeaway, making this a great option if you feel like ordering pizza to your hotel at night.
Vegan Copenhagen: Vegetarzan
Vegetarzan is a vegan bistro in Copenhagen that’s also mostly gluten-free. They focus on meals that use fresh, high quality and organic ingredients. They serve lasagna, pasta, risotto, soups, gumbo, stews, curries, and so much more. They only have five tables for dining in, so this is a great option for takeout as you might not be able to secure a table otherwise.
Riz Raz: Vegetarian Buffet Restaurant
While Riz Raz isn’t a vegan or vegetarian restaurant, they have an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet that comes with every meal. You can also choose just the buffet as your meal, which is a more economical option. Personally, I felt as though the buffet was more than satisfying, so I was content with a plate full of vegan buffet offerings.
Choose from several Mediterranean inspired salads, potatoes, pasta, hummus, falafel and pita bread. Eat as much as you like, and the food will keep you satisfied as you walk all over Copenhagen. Some of the buffet meals are vegetarian but most are vegan, and they are all clearly marked.
Morgenstedet: Vegetarian Restaurant in Christiania
Keeping with the green and natural lifestyle of this hippie commune, Freetown Christiania has lots of vegan and vegetarian food Morgenstedet is a vegetarian restaurant in Christiania. The fully organic menu blends various cuisines from around the world as the chefs have different cultural heritages. The prices are reasonable and lower than other dining options in Copenhagen.
Grønsagen is another restaurant in Freetown Christiania that’s vegan-friendly. They serve veggie and omnivore options at their buffet. You pay by how much food you put on your plate. Fresh fruit and vegetables are also available.
Vegetarian Copenhagen: Petról
Petrol is a vegetarian Copenhagen cafe that’s open for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner. They have lots of gluten-free options, and they are a completely organic restaurant. All of the vegan items on the menu are marked with a “V”.
On the breakfast menu, you can choose from vegan omelets made from chickpea flour or vegan oatmeal. For lunch/dinner, they make a vegan mac ‘n cheese with a creamy vegan cheese sauce. There are also vegan cakes and pies, as well as coffee beverages.
Chao Viet Kitchen
Chao Viet Kitchen is a Vietnamese restaurant with a separate vegan section on the menu. It’s not a very big restaurant, but there are a few bigger tables for larger parties, and another few spots for couples and solo diners.
There is a separate vegan section of the menu at Chao Viet Kitchen. It is a great choice if you’re travelling with omnivore friends who want to have meat options on the menu. However, I was travelling by myself and loved the vegan selections at Chao Viet Kitchen.
I ordered the Bun Cha Gio Chay, which is a rice noodle dish with spring rolls on top of it. They even prepare their own vegan fish sauce for a more traditional taste, leaving out any animal products. To drink, I sipped an iced green tea with lychee and mint.
District Tonkin is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of the Indre By district of Copenhagen. They actually now have two more locations in Copenhagen now (three locations in total!). It’s not a vegan restaurant, but they serve a few vegan meals that are clearly advertised as such (VG on the menu).
I was a little bit disappointed because they were completely sold out of tofu, and most of the vegan meals had tofu in them. I ordered some vegetable spring rolls and the rice noodle salad (sans tofu), which was super yummy. They added some extra vegetables to the mix; however, it would have tasted better with some tofu in it.
I visited District Tonkin on my first day in Copenhagen and was still tired upon my arrival. After walking around all day, I took my meal back to my hotel room as it was very close to the restaurant. Hence, the photos of the food on my bedsheets.
Naturbageriet: Veg-Friendly Bakery in Copenhagen
Looking for vegan or gluten-free baked goods? Naturbageriet is right beside the Torvehallerne market, and it’s a gem. This little bakery always seemed busy with mostly locals, lining up for their favourite treats.
Everything is clearly marked as vegan or gluten-free. I stocked up on a few sugary desserts and some croissants for breakfast the next morning.
There’s also a great variety of grocery items, including refrigerated goods like vegan cheeses. If you’re staying for a little while in Copenhagen or have access to a fridge, be sure to stock up here. It was so busy that I couldn’t take photos inside, but I snapped a few through the front window.
Vegan Food at Torvehallerne Food Market
Torvehallerne is a food market spanning two buildings and outdoor areas that is a must visit spot in Copenhagen. You might be wondering what a traditional market is doing in a vegan Copenhagen guide. As it turns out, there are several vegan options at stalls within Torvehallerne.
I recommend wandering around the stands at Torvehallerne. Many of the booths have their menus posted with the vegan items clearly marked. If you’re wondering, just ask the friendly staff members as I’m sure they’ll be able to assist you. Everyone in Copenhagen seemed familiar with veganism, so they will be able to tell you if they offer any vegan meals.
I was on the lookout for vegan food at Torvehallerne and found a few options. Palaeo has two vegan meals and two vegetarian meals posted on their menu board. There’s also one veggie burger that’s labelled as vegetarian – I’m not sure if it can be made into a vegan burger, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask.
Vita Boost has several smoothies and smoothie bowls that are naturally vegan. For food, there’s a vegan panini with avocado and hummus.
For coffee lovers, there’s a Coffee Collective location inside Torvehallerne. Coffee Collective cafes are all over Copenhagen, and they brew some delicious caffeinated beverages. Also, here’s my guide to the best coffee shops in Copenhagen.
Vegan Food at 7-Eleven
7-Eleven convenience stores might seem like a funny option to have on a vegan Copenhagen restaurant and travel guide. However, the 7-Eleven shops in Copenhagen are super vegan friendly! I immediately noticed that there are signs advertising their vegan options all over the front of the store. They’ve got the non-dairy varieties of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, for instance.
There are a couple of salads labeled as vegan as well. For a more cost effective option in a very pricey city, it wouldn’t hurt to grab a meal or two at the 7-Eleven. It was my favourite place for a light breakfast or snack as they sell vegan croissants. The vegan croissants are buttery and quite yummy, so grab a couple when you’re in town. It’s nice to see such a major chain getting on board with veganism.
With my vegan Copenhagen guide, you’ll have no trouble at all finding delicious vegan meals that are not only healthy, but from restaurants that are conscious of the environment. While there are many more vegan restaurants in Copenhagen, these are some wonderful establishments to try, particularly if you only have a few days in the city.
Where to Stay in Copenhagen
Looking for a place to stay? I stayed at Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade, a modern, no frills hotel in the middle of town. It’s inexpensive (around $100 Canadian a night) and has your basic needs covered: it’s clean, has a modern design, and has the essentials (bed, shower, bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi).
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