Culinary Powerhouse: Copenhagen awarded 23 Michelin stars in 2021

Author: Anne Marie Barsøe
Photo: Ditte Isager

Copenhagen’s culinary scene continues to thrive as Guide Michelin Nordic Countries 2021 assigns 23 stars to 14 of the city’s restaurants - including three stars to noma - as well as three Michelin Green Stars to local venues promoting sustainability and two Michelin Special

There’s no shortage of superb food experiences in Copenhagen and this year’s Guide Michelin Nordic Cities once again acknowledged this by assigning more Michelin stars and Special Awards to the local gastro community than ever before. With 23 stars, Copenhagen continues to lead the gastro field ahead of neighbouring Nordic capitals Stockholm (15 stars), Helsinki (7 stars) and Oslo (6 stars) too.

A culinary powerhouse

Already named one of the world's best restaurants, the crown jewel of Copenhagen’s culinary scene, noma, joined Geranium as one of now two Copenhagen restaurants with three stars. Kong Hans Kælder joined Copenhagen restaurants AOC, Kadeau, Alchemist and Jordnær to hold two stars, whilst newcomer The Samuel entered the list of local one-star restaurants.

Copenhagen’s exciting green gastro scene also reaped huge recognition for its innovative cuisine and sustainable credentials with no less than three special green stars awarded to local venues Ark, Térra and Brace.

Meanwhile, René Redzepi, Chef-Owner of noma, also received the MICHELIN Chef Mentor Award 2021 whilst Christoffer Sørensen, Head Chef at Stud!o at The Standard was awarded the MICHELIN Young Chef Award 2021.

The Samuel

Photo:Michael Jepsen

These Copenhagen restaurants were awarded Michelin stars in 2021:

Restaurants Awarded Three Michelin Stars:

Restaurants Awarded Two Michelin Stars:

Restaurants Awarded one Michelin Star:

Michelin Green Stars in Copenhagen

The three Copenhagen restaurants recognized with Guide Michelins’ Special Green Star for their sustainable credentials and measures to promote sustainability are:

Bib Gourmand restaurants in Copenhagen

Since 1955, the Michelin Guide has highlighted restaurants offering exceptional food at reasonable prices - the Bib Gourmands. Guide Michelin Nordic 2021 added the following Copenhagen restaurants to the Bib Gourmand:


Photo:Christoffer Rosenfeldt

MICHELIN Special Awards to Copenhagen Chefs

René Redzepi, Chef-Owner of noma in Copenhagen, received the MICHELIN Chef Mentor Award in recognition of the huge influence he has had on the many chefs who have passed through his world-famous kitchen.

Christoffer Sørensen, Head Chef at Stud!o at The Standard in Copenhagen was awarded the MICHELIN Young Chef Award, sponsored by Danske Bank. The maturity of Chef Sørensen’s refined, elaborate cooking really impressed the Michelin inspectors.

Notes to the Editor

  • In total, Denmark was assigned 36 Michelin stars at 26 restaurants this year, thus cementing both Copenhagen and the nation’s position as one of the leading gastro destinations of the world.

  • The Michelin Guide Nordic Countries 2021 covers Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

  • Download press photos of the local restaurants right here

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Anne Marie Barsøe AMB

Senior Manager - International Press & Communication