Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities in the whole world. After being lucky enough to live there for almost a year, I fell in love with Copenhagen’s streets, style, hygge, and even cycling (despite arriving in the city with absolutely zero knowledge of how to ride). However, one thing really blew me away, and that was Copenhagen’s food scene. With 15 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city, the city’s foodie undercurrents can be felt far and wide, from the smallest little cafes right through to the spots owned by some of the best chefs in the world, and breakfast and brunch spots are no exception to this rule. Yep, the Danish capital has far more to offer than the Danish pastry (although I am a big fan of that particular item…). Read on for a foodie guide to the best breakfasts in Copenhagen – after all, it’s the most important meal of the day.
For a tick-box brunch:
The tick-box brunch menu has become something of a trend in Copenhagen, with multiple breakfast spots across the city offering a build-your-own-brunch plate menu. Instead of a normal menu, upon arrival a visitor will receive a piece of paper and a pencil, with a long list of small breakfast plates on offer at the cafe. Guests then choose items by ticking which ones they would like to try from a number of categories, resulting in a delicious assembly of treats tailored exactly to their tastes. The original purveyor (and many would argue the all-time best) of the city’s tick-box brunches is Wulff & Konstali, a food shop and cafe located in Copenhagen’s Amager district. Plates on offer on the menu here include vanilla waffle with rhubarb and white chocolate sauce, scrambled eggs with spinach, yoghurt with fruit and granola and a variety of baked goods. Breakfasts are made up of either 5 dishes for 129DKK or 7 dishes for 159DKK, and are served on beautiful wooden boards, making everything super Instagram-friendly, and with all the food coming out of the kitchen looking so appetizing, it’s almost impossible to choose what to order.
Brunch is served every day between 9am and 3pm, though it’s worth noting that on the weekends, Wulff & Konstali can get very busy, so be prepared to wait a while! To get to Wulff & Konstali from the city centre, you can hop on an M1 metro from Nørreport Station to Islands Brygge, and take a short walk to the cafe at Isafjordsgade 10.
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Another brunch spot offering a very similar setup to that of Wulff og Konstali is Mad og Kaffe, a Copenhagen mini-chain with a flagship location in trendy Vesterbro which has recently been followed up by another in Amagerbro. The cafe offers guests a choice between a 3-plate, 5-plate or 7-plate brunch platter (78, 120 and 148 DKK respectively), with choices again including items from categories such as baked goods, dairy options, meat and fish and greens. Mad og Kaffe actually list their full menu in English here, and it gives a good idea of what the tick-box brunch is all about (I feel that it’s hard to explain the idea properly, but maybe pictures speak louder than words here!). My favourite outpost has to be the gorgeous Vesterbro location on Sønder Boulevard, a wide street in a cooler-than-cool part of town just a short bus (or bike!) ride from the city centre. On a sunny day here it feels like half of Copenhagen has come out to grab breakfast or a coffee, cycle along the expansive cycle lanes or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Mad og Kaffe also offer their brunch plates daily: from 8.30 – 12 on weekdays, and until 1pm on weekends. It’s another busy spot, but be assured: it’s more than worth the wait!
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Another lovely option for those of you wanting to try one of Copenhagen’s famous tick-box brunches is Møller – Kaffe og Køkken (I mentioned this spot in my guide to 24 hours in Copenhagen’s hip Nørrebro district!). Again, the concept is more or less the same, with the menu at Møller comprising of a number of small dishes ranging from classic egg dishes to items such as the Nørrebro waffle. Both the food and coffee here is top-notch, plus brunch is served until the kitchen closes at 3pm (the owners wanted to cater for everyone, including those who might go to bed late and get up late due to working in the hospitality and restaurant business) making this the perfect spot for a late breakfast. Located on busy Nørrebrogade, the cafe itself is an oasis of calm, with Scandi vibes and hygge by the bucketload. In short, it’s definitely worth a visit: take a quick stroll across the famous Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise’s Bridge) from the city centre and you’ll reach Nørrebro in no time.
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A final spot that is worth a mention for a Copenhagen-style tick-box brunch lies in hipster neighbourhood Vesterbro. Bang og Jensen serves brunch in a relaxed, authentic atmosphere: the cafe takes Scandinavian style and makes it effortlessly quirky, with a mismatched array of furniture including a set of old cinema seats and versions of the same painting adorning the walls. Yep, if you’re on a hygge-hunt and want to dine elbow to elbow with the locals, this is the spot. The brunch menu here is more basic than the above options, with a build-your-own system where you choose your favourite item from 3 categories (egg, pastry and dairy), and the plate being served up with a bowl of bread. However, filter coffee and tea is unlimited, and the total price for a breakfast plate is just 90DKK (10GBP/12USD) – pretty good value for money in one of the most popular areas of town! You can find Bang og Jensen on Istedgade by taking a quick bus or bike ride from the city centre.
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For a relaxed brunch platter:
Moving away from the tick-box brunch craze, there are a few great spots in Copenhagen that serve up their own pre-designed brunch plates. These provide guests with a tempting array of treats, perfect for those who find it difficult to choose between sweet and savoury in the morning: here, you can have it all! One popular spot for a relaxed brunch is The Laundromat Cafe, a local favourite that combines a cafe with a laundrette, meaning that happy customers can get their socks washed and enjoy coffee and some breakfast at the same time. The original outpost of Laundromat (pictured below) is on Elmegade, a hip shopping street in Nørrebro, but the cafe has since expanded and there are now locations in leafy Frederiksberg and Østerbro, as well as one in Reykjavik, Iceland. The brunch menu here (available on the weekends!) has two options for their classic brunch plate: Dirty Brunch, the carnivore-friendly option, and the Clean Brunch for veggies. Both will set you back 139DKK (around 16GBP or 19USD, so not the cheapest!) but come with a range of items including pancakes, cheese, bread and seasonal fruit, with a homemade smoothie on the side. Delicious!
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One of my favourite spots in the whole of Copenhagen for a relaxed brunch plate has to be Paludan Bog & Cafe. This gorgeous cafe is located very centrally, minutes by foot from the central Nørreport Station and just next to Copenhagen University on Fiolstræde. It’s for this reason that the cafe always seems to be bursting with students, from those studying alone or in a group, to friends taking a much needed break over a coffee, a beer or some brunch! Similarly to The Laundromat Cafe, Paludan offers up two versions of its popular brunch plate: one for veggies, consisting of eggs, greek yoghurt, bread, cheese and fresh fruit, and one for carnivores, featuring some bacon and sausages alongside the other items. Both plates come in at just 99DKK (around 11GPB and 14USD) and include a smoothie or juice, which (especially for Copenhagen prices!) is pretty good value for money! The cafe itself is huge, with tables spilling over multiple floors as well as outside, and the walls are lined floor to ceiling with books. The ‘bog’ part of the cafe name actually means book, and Paludan was actually founded in 1951 as a bookstore aiming to provide the city’s students with books at reasonable prices. At the turn of the millenium, Paludan debuted the cafe, and has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Photo credit, interior shot: clapi_clapo
Photo credit, brunch plates shot: sugimunchies
When it comes to pancakes in Copenhagen, there’s one place which is known to be the best of the best. Kalaset describes itself as ‘the little Swedish corner in the heart of Copenhagen’: Kalaset actually means party in Swedish, and the cafe say they aim to make every visit a little celebration. The morning menu is varied, with a range of more basic items such as skyr with berries and muesli, or larger brunch plates with a variety of components similar to the ones described above. However, when it comes to Kalaset, the true draw for any sweet tooth is their pancakes. With four different flavour options (my personal favourite is the walnut pancakes with raspberries, followed closely by the blueberry pancakes pictured below) and each plate coming in at just 65DKK (just over 7GBP and 9USD), this is not only one of the most delicious breakfast options in the city, it’s a pretty reasonably-priced one too! Kalaset’s interior is more than charming, with tables hidden away in nooks and crannies allowing the cafe to make the most of their limited space. The location of this spot is also perfect: you’ll find it on Vendersgade, a 5 minute stroll from central Nørreport station that handily takes you past Torvehallerne, a foodie paradise in the form of two covered food markets selling everything from organic produce to street food and coffee to alcohol. Stop by on the way, you won’t be disappointed!
Photo credit, exterior shot: jmbx
Photo credit, pancakes shot: annieeatsabroad
For something unusual:
Another spot mentioned in my foodie guide to 24 hours in Nørrebro, a visit to Grød is perhaps the most important recommendation I give to friends, family and random acquaintances upon learning that they are visiting the Danish capital. What makes it so unusual, you might ask? Well, it’s a cafe serving up nothing but porridge. That’s right, Grød offers up Scandinavian twists on this humble dish, with everything from sweet dishes such as my all-time-favourite apple, toasted almond and caramel sauce, to savoury dishes such as porridge-based takes on risotto and daal. I have to admit, when living in Copenhagen, Grød became more than a slight obsession: I can’t count how many times I visited, and now that I’m living back in the UK, the Grød poster I bought during my last days as a Copenhagener sits proudly in my kitchen next to the Grød cookbook I also splurged on. What can I say? I’m a fan (and I wasn’t even that into porridge when I first went!). Grød has quickly expanded since being founded in 2011, and there are now 5 porridge bars throughout Denmark. My favourite, however, will always be their flagship: located on foodie street Jægersborggade in the heart of Nørrebro, the cafe exudes Scandi minimalism, and rain or shine it’s a great spot to settle in and people watch for a while. Jægersborggade is around a 30 minute stroll from Nørreport Station, or alternatively you could hop on a bus. Another of their outposts worth mentioning is a stall within the food market Torvehallerne (mentioned above) – if you have limited time in the city and are staying in central Copenhagen, it’s a good place to get your porridge fix! The prices are also really reasonable: a hearty bowl of porridge will set you back between around 45 and 70 DKK (5-8 GBP or 6-10 USD).
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The final category in any list of the best breakfasts in Copenhagen had to include a few spots for a top-notch Danish pastry. Sankt Peders Bageri on central Sankt Peders Stræde is Copenhagen’s oldest bakery, and serves up a variety of classic Danish treats. Perhaps their most famous pastry is their onsdagssnegle, which literally translated means Wednesday snail (in English we’d call it a cinnamon swirl!) which they only serve on Wednesdays and costs just 15DKK (around 1.70GPB or 2USD!). Warning: head here too late in the day and their most famous treats might be gone, making breakfast the perfect time to swing by and sample some of the best pastries the city has to offer.
Two more favourites of mine when it comes to pastry are Meyers Bageri and Lagkagehuset. Between these two mini-chains of bakeries, it’s certain that you’ll always be close to a spot serving up some delicious pastries, no matter where in Copenhagen you are. I could go on and on about the best pastries in Copenhagen, but all in all I’d say if a bakery looks popular and smells delicious, head inside and see what’s on offer. If you’re on the hunt for the best cinnamon pastry you can find, check out this article by Scandinavia Scandard: they’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best kanelsnegle (cinnamon snails!) in the city. As well as the classic cinnamon swirls, I’m more than partial to a spandauer, a pastry that filled with jam or custard (I’m a custard girl, myself) that closely resembles what in the UK we would describe as ‘a Danish’. These are so, so good: try one for yourself and see.
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So there you have my ultimate guide to the best breakfasts in Copenhagen. However, I know there’s a lot of information there, and it would be almost impossible to pack all of these places into a quick city break in the Danish capital! If I had to choose my top 3 breakfast choices for a weekend break in Copenhagen, they would be Grod, one of the tick-box brunch spots (the Vesterbro location of Mad & Kaffe might be the winner in my book!) and one of the city’s famous cinnamon buns. Enjoy!
Let me know if you decide to visit any of these spots, or if you’ve already been! You can get in touch via Instagram or Twitter, or by commenting on this article – I’d love to hear your feedback! As usual, I’ve linked all the Instagram accounts of the foodie spots I’ve mentioned below. Happy scrolling – hope you’re not too hungry!
Bang og Jensen (they don’t have an Instagram account, so I’ve linked their geotag here!)
Meyers Bageri – again, no Instagram account, so I’ve linked a geotag for one of their locations instead!