No visit to Copenhagen’s trendy Vesterbro area is complete without a meal at Fiskebaren. This seafood specialist has become one the most popular venues in the former meatpacking district, which offers a vibrant array of cool and contemporary bars, cafés and restaurants.
Head chef Jamie Lee hails from London but it’s in Copenhagen that he’s found his calling. Here the local fish is some of the best in the world. The young chef joined Fiskebaren in 2012 and has helped establish the restaurant as one of the must-visit eateries in the city.
Located in a former butcher’s shop, the space is the epitome of industrial chic. Stylish yet welcoming, the spacious dining area strikes the perfect balance between formal and casual. Intimate tables can be booked for a romantic evening, booths cater to larger groups, and in the warmer months the outside seating is a favourite for those looking for a relaxed meal.
Oysters are a speciality here, and locals make the most of the no-reservations area at the bar, the perfect place to enjoy these with a glass of fine wine or a local beer. The menu changes daily depending on the best catch, but house favourites such as classic fish and chips ‒ with the fish lightly smoked to take it to the next level ‒ are always on offer. Fiskebaren aims to embrace everything delicious that the sea has to offer, making each ingredient a star in its own right. From roe dishes to scallops, mussels to hake, the chefs know exactly how to present seafood to perfection. Ask one of the expert and friendly staff for their recommendations, or go for the seven-course chef’s menu, which is altered each day according to the best dishes available.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Fiskebaren is its accessible prices, which aim to make its superb dishes available to everyone. So uniquely reasonable are the prices, in fact, that the restaurant has become known as the critic’s favourite; this is a place that makes Michelin-recommended food feasible for everyday dining. Pay a visit and it’s likely that the most discerning foodies will be among your fellow diners.
As is to be expected, the wine list at Fiskebaren is exemplary, and the sommeliers are always on hand to recommend the perfect accompaniment to each dish. French and Italian wines are well represented here, and if you have room for dessert, ask for a glass of Danish cherry wine to go alongside it. The team is passionate about local produce and staff are rightly proud of this sweet, full-bodied tipple. If you can’t find room for dessert, don’t worry. With such a varied menu, and dishes changing every day, Fiskebaren is a restaurant that deserves a second visit.
Fiskebaren, Flaesketorvet 100, 1711 Copenhagen, +45 3215 5656