Splurge or Save – Four Places to Eat in Copenhagen on Your Budget

Bae and I are complete opposites when it comes to our spending when we travel.  He’s all about taking advantage of every local experience regardless of the cost, and I thrive on finding the cheapest way to soak in the culture.

The good news? Most of the time we balance each other out.  He makes sure I don’t miss out on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and I make sure he doesn’t wipe out his entire life savings.  Win-win.

Our trip to Copenhagen in August was a great example of our budgetary mindsets colliding in perfect harmony.  We tried everything from street food by the water to a Michelin Star restaurant, so I can say with confidence that you can find great food in Copenhagen no matter your budget.

Here are my favorite finds.


Papiroen: Copenhagen Street Food

Price Range: $

Type: Street Food/Fast Food

Vibe: Outdoor, laid back, modern

Papiroen has something for everyone with more than 30 vendors serving everything from sushi to cheesecake.  You can even grab an adult beverage to enjoy on the picnic tables by the water.  We were especially smitten with the pizza from MadenItaly and the Moroccan flatbread from Marrakech.  To top it all off, everything is super affordable.


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Carlsberg Brewery

Price Range: $$

Type: Beer and Bar Food

Vibe: Outdoor, laid back, historic

Everywhere you go in Copenhagen, you’ll find Carlsberg on the menu, but to truly understand the mark it’s made on Danish history, you need to visit their brewery.  For DKK 95 (~$14), you get two beers and a self-guided tour of the facility, which features an active stable, brew house and (probably my favorite part of the entire experience) the world’s LARGEST beer bottle collection.

When you’re done with your tour, you can enjoy your two beers in their courtyard area or upstairs in their restaurant.  You’ll often find a DJ keeping things lively.

And since I promised food, you can order from a pretty extensive bar menu that’s even equipped with a dessert option.   Beer and dessert, they know the way to my heart!

The brewery is about 15-20 minutes outside of the center of Copenhagen.  They even offer free shuttle service!


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Nyhavn

Price Range: $$$

Type: Variety of Options

Vibe: Outdoor, casual

Nyhavn is a must see.  It is home to the iconic Copenhagen tourist photo attraction (see above) and a whole host of great restaurants.  Most are middle of the road when it comes to price and you really can’t go wrong with any of the options.  So sit down at whichever one catches your eye, order a nice cold beer and take in the beautiful views of the canal.


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Geranium

Price Range: $$$$

Type: Scandinavian, Organic

Vibe: Formal, modern

So this is when I admit that sometimes (just sometimes) bae is right and a splurge is worth the price tag.  Deciding to try one of the several Michelin Star restaurants in Copenhagen was definitely one of these times.

Geranium is more than just a great meal, it’s an experience – as I am sure most Michelin Star restaurants are but I really wouldn’t know since this was my first.

Forget having to choose your entree, from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’re presented with course, after course, after course of mind-blowing food.

There’s a team of about 15 of the world’s greatest chefs working in an open kitchen so you can watch the magic, and you meet almost all of them as the chef that prepared each dish brings it over to explain how the ingredients work together and the story that inspired it all.

To say this was the best meal I have had in my life wouldn’t do it justice.  This was the great experience I have ever had with food.

Trust me if you can swing it, it is worth every penny.

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How to Make the Most of a Rainy Day in Newport, R.I.

Let’s just say bae’s birthday weekend in Newport didn’t go quite as planned.  It was supposed to be a romantic trip to one of our favorite New England islands with a brisk fall stroll by the wharf and maybe even a beer on an outdoor deck for the last time this season. But…

Mother nature had other plans.

Our brisk fall day turned into torrential downpours and powerful winds, but we were determined to enjoy our day and take it on as our next adventure.

In reality, the rain forced us to explore some parts of Newport we’d never seen before!

So, here are my top three suggestions for how to make the most of a rainy day in Newport, R.I.


Enjoy a rum or beer tasting at Newport Storm Brewery 

About a 10 minute ride from the main tourist area, this small brewery is a great place to warm up and try some local craft brews.

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The brewery, which now also distills rum, was the brainchild of four college friends that has grown to distribute throughout Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

They offer free self guided tours all day long and a guided tour every day at 3PM.   Beer tastings, which are $9 each, include four samples and a souvenir glass.

We’re already planning to return for the rum tasting, which is $10 for three samples and a souvenir glass.


Check out classic cars at the Audrain Auto Museum 

This museum is small but mighty.  With about 15 to 20 cars on display at a time, you really have time to learn the history and story behind each vehicle at the Audrain Auto Museum.

Audrain Auto Museum, Newport RI

It costs less than $15 a person and the volunteers who work the floor are true enthusiasts.  Bae could have talked to them all day!

The greatest part? They change out their exhibition theme every few months so you can explore a new set of vehicles from their arsenal of over 200 with each visit.


Chow down on some seafood at Midtown Oyster Bar 

Relatively new to the Newport scene, Midtown Oyster Bar was a huge hit with bae.

Midtown Oyster Bar, Newport, R.I.

Whether you’re just in the mood for a good vibe while enjoying a beer at the bar or in for a full on feast, they’ve got what you’re looking for.

We went all in on the seafood but they have everything from salads to steaks if crustaceans aren’t your friend.

Personally, I am still dreaming about the mussels frites and fried oyster tacos.


Though I won’t be wishing for rain any time soon, it turned out that bae’s birthday was not a total wash!