20 best brunch & breakfast places in Copenhagen

Lille Petra Breakfast in Copenhagen

If you want to find the best breakfast in Copenhagen to set you up for the day, then this guide is here to point the way. The Danish capital has a fabulous café culture, and in fact a number of the following venues also double up as cocktail bars. 

Whether an authentic French feast, a local Danish bakery or one of the coolest spots in town is what you’re looking for, this list of 20 Copenhagen brunch spots should satisfy your cravings for scrambled eggs and bacon, croque madame or monsieur or pancakes. Plus, of course, a great cup of coffee.

Continue reading to find your ideal Copenhagen breakfast venue. 

1. Ø12

Øster Farimagsgade 12b, 2100 København Ø

It’s open 365 days per year and doesn’t take reservations, so Ø12 is a great place to drop into spontaneously. Positioned in the in the Østerbro part of town, this cute café is a real contender when you’re seeking the best breakfast in Copenhagen.

In fact Kasper and Enete, the couple who run Ø12, established their place because they couldn’t find anywhere in the city serving a delicious breakfast or brunch plus really good coffee.

The interior has a cosy, hygge feel. When the weather’s warm you can eat outside on the small bistro tables right outside. 

Ø12 Breakfast Copenhagen

2. Sidecar

Skyttegade 5, 2200 København

Sidecar can be found in the city’s Nørrebro neighbourhood, and is open all day and evening long. Here you can enjoy breakfast, savour a lazy lunch or enjoy dinner followed by cocktails, natural wines or local beers.

It’s the ideal place to go in Copenhagen when you fancy something a little different. The weekday brunch boards include meaty and vegan variants, or you can order the likes of croque monsieur, a savoury waffle or cheese-topped sourdough.

At weekends there are four brunch options to choose from at Sidecar. 

Sidecar Brunch in Copenhagen

3. The Midwestern Diner

Gyldenløvesgade 4, 1369 København K

The Midwestern Diner serves up a slice of US-style living set in Scandinavia. Expect brunch classics such as omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, waffles and French toast here. Plus breakfast plates or sandwiches served in a brioche bun.

For a little pick-me-up, the B. E. C. burger is ideal, as it adds a beef patty to the regular sandwich containing scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese.

You can reserve a table at this retro US-style eatery, order take-out or even shop at the on-site General Store during your visit. 

Midwestern Diner

4. The Coffee Collective

Jægersborggade 19-1, 2200 København, Denmark

With several branches located across the Danish capital, the Coffee Collective is a real lifestyle concept as well as a great eatery. The Jægersborggade outlet is one of the top cafés in the entire city. 

This venue somehow manages to combine slick, Scandi-style minimalism with cosy comfort to create a welcoming and fresh ambience. You can of course expect to be served top-notch coffee here, by baristas who are dedicated to their craft.

The freshly-baked selection of Danish pastries served at Coffee Collective is also a big hit with visitors. 


5. Bistro Lupa

Marstalsgade 8, 2100 København

Bistro Lupa is a vegan bistro in the Østerbro area. The plant-based menu is crafted so that even keen carnivores won’t miss the meat. The concept has met with much acclaim from local foodies.

If it’s a sunny day, the outdoor seating provided is a great place to while away the morning while you savour breakfast or brunch in Copenhagen. The owners’ other eateries in town include Souls and ARK. 

Lots of ingredients are freshly prepared on site at Bistro Lupa, including unique kombucha brews and breads that have just emerged from the oven. 

Bistro Lupa

6. Bowl Market

Gasværksvej 3, 1656 København

Unsurprisingly, the concept at Bowl Market is bowl food. From a mouthwatering and warming serving of porridge to a fresh acai bowl, it’s all about healthy eating and lots of flavour here.

The porridge bowls are made from gluten-free, organic Danish oats, and have a layer of toppings in the middle as well as on the surface. There are signature options to pick from, or you can create your own.

Both the porridge and acai bowls are freshly made to order, and the latter can be topped with your choice from a list of 30 ingredients. 


7. Sankt Peders Bageri

Sankt Peders Stræde 29, 1453 København K

The Sankt Peders Bageri café is a Copenhagen institution that’s famed for its freshly baked cinnamon rolls. There are lots of other tempting baked goods to choose from too, including an irresistible selection of sweet treats. 

Sankt Peders Bageri is located on a street of the same name and occupies a historic building in the Latin Quarter. Look out for the warm yellow frontage and a gold hanging sign shaped like a pretzel with a crown on top. 

This bakery sells around 4,000 of its signature cinnamon rolls on some days, so get there early if you want to beat the rush. 


8. Sixteen Twelve

Jægersborggade 8 KL TH, 2200 København

Sixteen Twelve is one of those Copenhagen brunch places serving healthy dishes. Alongside incredible coffee and a choice of slightly less saintly cakes. 

‘Next-level brunch’ is the bold tagline – and in this case, what you’re told is exactly what you get! The interior is uber cool, with pared-back walls and simple seating, allowing the food and drinks to become the focus of attention.

Whether you opt for a bowl of Bircher muesli, a loaded croissant, smashed avocado on sourdough, banana bread or a spicy Shakshuka, each dish served here contains some probiotic or fermented ingredients good for gut health.  


9. Mad & Kaffe

Sønder Blvd. 68, 1720 København

If you’re seeking the best brunch in Copenhagen and like to do things your way, then Mad & Kaffe could be the city eatery for you. This place offers all-day dining and each menu item ordered comes in a separate small bowl so you can plate it up as you please. 

Try to get here before 10:00AM if you want to snag a seat. Do try the smoked salmon bagel or chorizo sausages if you eat fish or meat. If you do need to wait for a table, Sønder Boulevard is a good spot for a stroll.

The dishes here are invariably very photogenic, so don’t forget to charge your smartphone before arriving if you want to make your Insta followers envious!


10. Kompa9

Kompagnistræde 9, 1208 København

Kompa9 specialises in serving Danish favourites for breakfast, brunch and lunch at very pocket-friendly prices. You can also choose from the range of sweet and freshly-baked buns to go with your organic coffee. 

More substantial dishes available here include rye bread sandwiches, apple porridge, soft boiled eggs and a platter of cold cuts.

When it comes to cosy cafés, Kompa9 is one of Copenhagen’s best-kept secrets. Sampling the excellent food and coffee here won’t break the bank either – which is great news in such a pricey city. 


11. Grød

Several branches across Copenhagen

Grød? Grød in Danish translates to porridge in English. So a bowlful of something hot and utterly yummy is guaranteed here. Not necessarily sweet, however: there are savoury options like risotto to plump for too.

The model has been so successful that there are now several branches dotted around the city. With dulce de leche, apple and toasted almonds, the signature dish is both creative and very moreish indeed.

The menu changes often, but prices at Grød are invariably very good value. 

Grød

12. Parterre

90, K, Overgaden Oven Vandet, 1415 København

Parterre can be found in the Christianshavn area, close to the water. Occupying a small basement building, this Copenhagen café is anything but dull or dingy within. In fact it’s something of an Instagram star.

A father and son team are at the helm here and they serve Swedish Koppi coffee at very reasonable prices. 

For those who tend to wake early, Parterre is a great option as it opens earlier than many other Copenhagen eateries. Cool music, palate-pleasing food and a uniquely-styled interior create a great atmosphere at what many see as Christianshavn’s top café. 

Paraterre Copenhagen

13. Lille Petra café

Kronprinsessegade 4, 1306 København

Positioned at the heart of the Scandinavian city in København K, Lille Petra has become one of the best places in town for coffee, brunch, lunch or breakfast. The fact that it’s situated on a little back lane also makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a well-kept local secret.

The small, snug courtyard provides a delightful setting for breakfast or brunch when the sun is shining. Menu options range from a light croissant or bun with cheese and jam to Skyr with granola and fruit compote. Or opt for a breakfast plate including rye bread, egg, cheese and compote. 

You can also order homemade juices or a chai or golden latte here to wash it all down with. 

Lille Petra Breakfast in Copenhagen

14. Frenchy

Store Kongensgade 69B, 1264 København

If you fancy breakfast or brunch with a French flavour, then come to Frenchy while in Copenhagen. From crêpes to croque monsieur to quiche Lorraine, here it’s all about Parisian-style eating with a twist.

President butter, croissants, Bonne Mamon jam and macarons can also be expected at Frenchy. You can even buy French goodies to take away, converse with staff in French or listen to French music.

If you can’t choose, go for the Frenchy’s Brunch including ham, cheese, eggs, bread, yoghurt, a pancake and even a macaron. 

Frenchy Copenhagen

15. Kalaset

Vendersgade 16, 1363 København

Kalaset isn’t your run-of-the-mill café: rather, it’s a really cool, colourful spot with a retro-style look. Think stripped-back brick walls adorned with vintage radios and you’ll get the picture.

Operating since 2006, Kalaset has the benefit of local experience behind it and offers plenty of vegan and meat-free dishes on the menu. Organic ingredients are often given centre stage too.

Pancakes are served all day until tea-time or you can pick between heartier classics with eggs and bacon or tempura vegetables with tofu. Croissants, banana bread, coconut yoghurt and chia pudding, meanwhile, are among the sweeter offerings. 

Kalaset

16. Hart Brød+Bar

Galionsvej 41, Copenhagen DK-1437

Hart Bageri boasts a British celebrity chef at the helm and there is a branch in Frederiksberg as well as this one on Galionsvej. 

It’s a bakery, but not as you know it: this place represents a shift from the traditional Danish bakery to a more modern concept that doubles up as an evening wine bar.

Specialities to sample at Hart include sourdough bread, freshly-baked pastries and top-notch charcuterie and cheese platters. The setting close to the harbour also adds to the appeal of this Copenhagen brunch spot. 


17. Cadence

Ny Carlsberg Vej 40, 1760 København V

The freshest food and a contemporary, light-filled space are what greets those who venture into Cadence. With a kitchen open until 3:00PM and a bakery that closes at 5:00PM, it’s ideal for any time earlier in the day. 

Putting health and good coffee first is the ethos here. Some of the more unusual options include sweet potato hotcakes with blueberry compote and lemon mascarpone, the panna cotta gluten-free granola or Turkish eggs with coconut and herb labneh, zaatar brown butter and pan-fried greens. 

Inside, Cadence is styled along industrial lines with potted plants and open shelving adding character to the minimalist space. 


18. The Union Kitchen

Store Strandstræde 21, 1255 København

With a relaxed ambience, the Union Kitchen serves food and drinks right through from breakfast to cocktail time. It’s open early – from 7:30AM on weekdays or 8:00AM on weekends – up to 11:00PM or midnight most nights.

Though the Store Strandstræde branch is the leader of the pack, there are also other Union Kitchen eateries and cocktail bars scattered across town. Which is testament to the brand’s considerable success. 

With a range of delicious dishes, great service and a vibrant atmosphere, Union Kitchen is one of Copenhagen’s prime picks for early risers. 


19. Granola

Værnedamsvej 5, 1819 Frederiksberg

A shiny black sign and a matte mushroom-coloured frontage alert you to the presence of Granola on Værnedamsvej. Once you step inside, it’s like entering another era thanks to mid-century music, vintage signs and an ancient coffee grinder. 

This Frederiksberg café is a popular local hangout and that applies right through to cocktail hour and beyond. For breakfast or brunch, the options include omelettes, a croque madame, shell-on prawns with bread, Danish beef tartare or a Granola burger (made with meat, not cereal). 

You can also round off a weekend breakfast with a dessert such as affogato, lemon pie or creme brulee. 


20. Les Trois Cochons

Værnedamsvej 10, 1619 København

Once a butchery, the building housing Les Trois Cochons now serves French fare from morning until evening on weekends. Despite the elegant setting and high quality food, prices are very affordable.

Classic French, country-style cooking is the order of the day at Les Trois Cochons. Available from 11:00AM, the brunch and lunch menu includes omelettes, avocado, salads and croque madame as well as more substantial picks like a flat-iron steak, chicken burger or beef tartare. 

If the idea of dining in Parisian style appeals, then be sure to bag a table at Les Trois Cochons during your Copenhagen jaunt. 

Les Trois Cochons

Visitors to the Danish capital are utterly spoilt for choice with incredible brunch and breakfast spots in Copenhagen. I hope your tummy is rumbling as much as mine is after reading this post!

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