In this post I share my favorite spots for a delicious breakfast, a slow weekend brunch or lovely lunch in Copenhagen.
When you enter Kalaset near Nørreport, it almost feels like you enter the Seventies. This place has a very hipster-like atmosphere with old radios on the wall and a rustic collection of retro tables and chairs. Kalaset is mostly known for their breakfast/brunch and therefore this place is packed during the weekends. Order a brunch plate with a creative collection of dishes, like scrambled eggs, falafel, hummus and yogurt with homemade muesli. Also make sure to try their famous pancakes with maple syrup and fruit. These thick pancakes are less sweet than American ones and in my opinion simply perfect!
This tiny place is usually filled with pretty fashionable girls and creative types. Very understandable, because everything is just perfectly stylish here. The worn tables, marble counters, freshly picked flowers and old-fashioned tableware…everything is done ‘right’. Luckily, the same is true for their food, because that is simply delicious. Atelier September is famous for their avocado sandwich and I have to say: that dark Danish rye bread with creamy avocado is indeed wonderful. A dish you just have to order! Almost as good is the Caprese salad, with creamy buffalo mozzarella and perfectly sweet Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes. They don’t have an English menu, but the waiters are more than willing to translate. Be sure to take your wallet though, because this place isn’t cheap.
In the foodie street Værnedamsvej in Vesterbro you find café Granola. This popular place feels a bit American: with a Fifties bar, high stools and all sorts of milkshakes, sodas and pancakes on the menu. The Danes don’t mind standing in line for a brunch with oatmeal (porridge), French toast or rye bread with soft-boiled egg and bacon. Make sure to visit the neighbors as well, because the chocolate from Summerbird is also highly recommended.
Lêlê Street Kitchen
This sister of restaurant Lêlê has several locations in the city and is perfect for a light Asian lunch. The menu is Vietnamese and offers dishes like spring rolls, noodle salads and fish cakes. The fresh summer rolls are silky on the outside and filled with crunchy vegetables, tender chicken and crunchy nuts on top. I absolutely loved the lettuce rolls with caramelized chicken, chili and pickled vegetables. You can also have everything to go, so it’s very suitable for a picnic in the park.
Café Norden is located in the middle of a shopping area and therefore their terrace is always full. But don’t worry if you can’t find a spot outside, because the inside of this place is just as nice. Besides good coffee (with freshly baked cookies) and large pie slices, you can also have an extensive brunch or lunch here. With a brunch plate filled with small portions of bread, cheeses, salmon and the cake of the day, so you don’t have to choose. Or with huge sandwiches that make sure you can continue shopping for a while.