People often ask me where to find good Korean food in Copenhagen because they assume that being adopted from Korea and all, I would have some insider knowledge. However, it’s been over a decade since I lived in Copenhagen, so I’m not the best person to ask. Instead, I reached out to my friend Peter, who is also adopted from Korea. Peter has a real (that is, non-adopted) Korean girlfriend, and they currently live in Copenhagen and eat out a lot. Here are Peter’s recommendations for the best Korean food in Copenhagen:
After Miga closed, Sakura is the only place in Copenhagen, where you can get traditional Korean food, and it has become the go-to spot for my girlfriend, whenever she craves authentic Korean dishes. Their Kimchi jigae and yukgaechang soups are particularly noteworthy and taste just like they do in Korea.
Sakura, Møntergade 22, 1116 Copenhagen
Juju is a modern Korean restaurant run by Kristian Bauman, an adoptee from Korea, who is also the guy behind the fine-dining establishment KOAN (currently closed, February 2023). Juju is a bit more casual than KOAN, but it bears KOAN’s signature flair, so if you love KOAN as much as I do, Juju is a good substitute, while we’re waiting for KOAN to open again. The menu consists of various small plates, perfect for sharing among a group of friends. Seating is cozy, and the atmosphere is welcoming.
Juju, Øster Farimagsgade 8, 2100 Copenhagen
Casual Korean restaurant with authentic Korean food in trendy surroundings. There is a good selection of typical Korean dishes, such as bulgogi, kimchi jjigae, and bibimbap, and it is also one of the best places to order Korean take-away.
Bulko, Ny Carlsberg Vej 38, St.Tv, 1760 København V
Kopan is a cozy and unpretentious restaurant that serves bibimbap, mandu, and other light dishes. The food is adapted to Scandinavian taste buds, but the restaurant was started by a Korean.
Kopan has a street kitchen/food truck branch (the original) located in Torvehallerne. You’ll find the food truck right next to the metro station entrance.
Kopan, Linnésgade 24, 1361 Copenhagen K
SSam is a popular Korean food bar with two restaurants in Copenhagen – one in Vesterbro and one in Fisketorvet. Although the food is quite Westernized to cater to Scandinavian tastes, it still tastes great. However, I don’t frequent SSam as much due to concerns over their work environment and the unhappy demeanor of their staff.
SSam is a popular Korean food bar, serving up trendy Korean food adapted to Scandinavian tastebuds. There are two Ssam restaurants in Copenhagen; one in Vesterbro and one in Fisketorvet. The food is delicious, but I don’t come there very often, as my impression is that the work environment isn’t the best, and the staff never seem to be in a very good mood.
SSam, Colbjørnsensgade 7, 1652 Copenhagen V
This Chinese-owned restaurant has one of the city’s best Korean BBQ deals: All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for two hours for 249 kr. (February 2023). There are two branches of Koreansk BBQ; one at Flintholm station and one at Nordhavn. I don’t find the location at Flintholm very suitable for Korean BBQ as the ventilation is rather poor. The restaurant in Nordhavn is nicer and has better ventilation.
Koreansk BBQ, Hamborg Pl. 6, København