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New flights and affordable gastronomy make Copenhagen one of the coolest budget-friendly cities around

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Denmark’s stunning capital city, Copenhagen, embodies the effortless style and warm hospitality that has made the world fall in love with the Danish way of life. With a vibrant food scene, outstanding fresh ingredients and new restaurants, bars and food markets adding to the city’s incredible array of gastronomic delights, Copenhagen is a firm favourite for fans of the Nordic food scene.
Now, with new flights from RyanAir offering an increased choice of UK airports and prices from just £9.99, it has never been easier or more affordable to experience the buzz of Copenhagen. And with many of the city’s trendiest chefs and restaurants offering ever more affordable dining options, everyone can experience the best of modern Danish cuisine without breaking the bank.
New Flights
RyanAir has expanded its range of flights from Stansted to Copenhagen, with a new three-per-day year-round service now operating offering one-way fares from just £9.99. In addition, RyanAir is introducing a four-times-weekly service from Liverpool to Copenhagen, with the first flight scheduled from the end of October 2017, and the airline is also planning to increase capacity on its existing route between Edinburgh and Copenhagen, from four to five weekly departures. With more choice of departures, budget-friendly fares and a new route to Denmark from across the UK, there has never been a better time to visit Copenhagen on a budget.
Affordable Gastronomy
Copenhagen’s status as a giant of world gastronomy is illustrated by the fact that 15 restaurants in the city now hold prestigious Michelin stars. But in a growing trend across the city’s restaurants more and more Danish chefs are bringing the philosophy and taste of modern Scandinavian cuisine to a wider audience by offering a taste of Danish hospitality and culture at a more affordable price.
A sign of this current food trend is evidenced by the fact that a further 10 restaurants are now holders of a Bib Gourmands, which is the Michelin Guide’s award for restaurants serving ‘exceptional good food at moderate prices’. The latest restaurant to receive the honour in the Michelin Guide Nordic Cities 2017 is Anarki, a modern bistro in the Frederiksberg district serving unpretentious food inspired by cuisine from all over the world.
Further examples of the trend include Madklubben, which now has 11 restaurants with different concepts in Copenhagen. The name means ‘The Food Club’ and the aim is to serve excellent food at reasonable prices. All Madklubben restaurants, from the French-Nordic Madklubben Bistro-De-Luxe to the super-trendy Madklubben Vesterbro, with its built-in cocktail bar, offer two and three courses starting at £18–£20. Restaurant group Cofoco also now has 15 restaurants around Copenhagen, offering affordable options for everything from French and Italian cuisine to Japanese and Nordic, all with a focus on top quality gastronomy.
Michelin-starred chef, Henrik Yde Andersen, now has 10 establishments across Copenhagen, but his outstanding food can be enjoyed without the Michelin-star prices at Kiin Kiin Bao Bao, a modern Asian restaurant combining two further food trends – social eating and cocktails designed to match each dish. At Kiin Kiin Bao Bao, Asian-inspired tapas are served at very reasonable prices, with cocktails from under £10. Meanwhile, in the super-trendy Meatpacking District, a vibrant cultural hub with a huge choice of bars and restaurants, Mediterranean-inspired Restaurant Gorilla offers a 10-course tasting menu for £40 and 15 courses for £55. While new restaurant Mes combines a playful, creative take on everything from interior design to the food itself with seasonal, fresh ingredients and innovative culinary techniques, and offers a five-course tasting menu at £35 a head.
Other Michelin-starred establishments have also followed this trend, opening ‘sister’ restaurants that offer an affordable way to enjoy food created by some of Denmark’s best chefs. Uformel is the ‘cool and edgy younger brother’ of Michelin-starred formel B, serving a modern pick-and-choose menu and wines to suit every price range. Manfreds, from the team behind Relae, focuses on using the highest quality, organic produce, but with a more relaxed atmosphere and more affordable prices.
Food Markets
Seasonal produce, raw food and outdoor living are integral to modern Danish culture, and there has been a huge growth in the popularity of food markets in Denmark. Good, sustainable, organic street food is gaining ground in Copenhagen, with a range of markets offering the chance for visitors to hang out with the locals, satisfy their taste buds and drink a glass of wine in the sun, all while listening to live music, as well as picking up some of the freshest Danish produce available.
Torvehallerne food market halls in the city centre are open year-round and offers luxury groceries, bakeries, coffee, wine, beer, delis and fast food – most of which is organic. Meanwhile, Copenhagen Street Food is an entirely different experience, still in the city centre, but across the harbour on Papirøen (Paper Island). The market offers a sustainable food truck experience, with one of the best views of the city. The latest addition to the scene is the new WestMarket in Vesterbro, offering more than 40 food stalls with fresh produce and eating experiences from bakeries to bars. Kødbyens Mad & Marked in the Meatpacking District is packed with a constantly changing array of food stalls on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, all selling honest food with a focus on taste and fantastic quality.
Also new for 2017 is Tivoli Corner. Set to open in November 2017 it will include a new food court with over 30 outlets showcasing the best of relaxed modern Danish food and hospitality.

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