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Kanal Cafeen

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Indre By (Inner City)
European, Scandinavian, Danish
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Frederiksholms Kanal 18, Copenhagen 1220, Denmark
+45 33 11 57 70
11:30 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 19:00
Sat 11:30 - 16:00
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small - old style restaurant. Has the best smørrebrød! We didnt make a reservation, but I would make one to be sure getting a table. Do not miss this whan in Copenhagen!

Thank SandraSif
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kanal Cafeen serves the best smørrebrød in Copenhagen! The smørrebrød is homemade blackbread with a wide range of toppings. The commodoties are very fresh and delisious. Kanal Cafeen also serves a lot of different beers. Tablereservation is needed.

Thank Anne S
Stockholm, Sweden
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

IF You want to Enjoy Classic Smørebröd lunch in Copenhagen, so this is the place to make reservation ! Hering, fish and meat smørebröd with a great variation of snabs and bier! Very friendly service in a crowdy location with nice atmosphere!

Thank Markkujsaar
Frederiksberg, Denmark
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782 reviews
455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 368 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were 4 and selected a small selection of different dishes on rye bread. As always nice quality and huge portions. We sat inside, since it was February - however, in spring and summer service is also done on a floating pavillion in the channel. The waiters was a little "tired" this day, normally they are good.

Thank Lynge T
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for traditional Danish food then visit Kanal Cafeen, you have to book in advance but won't disappoint you! Place, lamb and many other plates ! One of the best meals we had ever had! Presented also like an afternoon tea! FANTASTIC, EXCELLENT

Thank Cotalondon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A fantastic place to get familiar with danish smørrebröd in a rustic and busy basement. Any choice from the menu is a treat. Combine with snaps and beer to get the mors out of your stay. Splendid

Thank Kristian G
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

One of the oldest and most authentic lunch places in Copenhagen. Second to none danish traditional food in the old building just by the parlament. During summer you can sit just at the kanal to eat. Must visit in Copenhagen

Thank Torben M
Malmo, Sweden
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

A traditional Danish “Smörrebröd” open since 1852. Still a fantastic place to eat Danish Smörrebröd, some Beers and a Danish Aquavit. Many favorites and very popular, especially around Christmas time or probably hole of December. So reserve a table in advance.

Thank KBJshare4U
Fredrikstad, Norway
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Crowded place with good food. Most of the food was very good but dont order the prawns, they were not fresh.

Thank 123paa-tur
Nashville, Tennessee
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275 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

We didn't really know what we were in for. Someone working at the Christianborg Palace recommended it. If you want to see what Danish food was like before Noma and the new cuisine, check this place out. I don't recommend the cheese sandwich, our daughter was not happy. It was cold cheese on cold break with a smear of butter.... More 

Thank greengirl68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Scandinavian, Danish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frederiksholms Kanal 18, Copenhagen 1220, Denmark
  • Location: Europe  >  Denmark  >  Zealand  >  Copenhagen>  > Indre By (Inner City)
  • Neighbourhood: Indre By (Inner City)
  • Phone Number: +45 33 11 57 70

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Indre By (Inner City)

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Indre By (Inner City)
This is the heart of old town Copenhagen, with its blend of charming old buildings and bold new architecture, broad avenues and tiny streets as well as picturesque canals and a modern harbor. The inner city is home to the Royal Danish Theatre, which consists of three buildings, two of which are new and situated on the harbor front. The streets, squares and venues of the inner city and its surrounding neighborhoods, are alive all year round with everything from jazz festivals to outdoor ice skating rinks and parachuting at the lakes right in the center of the city. This compact area boasts beautiful old castles, tranquil parks, and bustling squares where you can always find a bench to stretch out your legs whenever you need a break.
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