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Mid-morning matters: the best places to have brunch in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a city made for foodies, with hundreds of top-notch dining experiences from street food markets to Michelin-starred restaurants to tempt the taste buds. So it's no surprise that when it comes to the glorious meal that is brunch, the Danish capital has you covered.

Copenhageners love brunching every day of the week, so there's no need to wait for the weekend to roll around.  The only challenge is choosing from one of the many fantastic spots the city has to offer, but you can't go wrong with these brunch favourites.

Bowls and plates of brunch foods such as granola, fruit and pastries stack on each other at a Copenhagen restaurant.
Brunch is a serious business in Copenhagen © MissKing / Shutterstock

Wulff & Konstali

Build the brunch of your dreams at Wulff & Konstali, where diners choose five or seven items from the ever-changing seasonal menu. Tuck into freshly baked pastries, local meats and cheeses, soups, gourmet mini panini, and plenty of fruit and veggie options, as well as a 'sweet choice' to finish things off (go for the heart-shaped waffle, currently served with lemon zest cream and salted caramel).

Wulff & Konstali's colourful fresh juices are the perfect complement to your custom brunch. The fabulous Nørrebro location, with its gleaming robin's-egg blue tiles and pale wood interior, is the most central of three Wulff & Konstalis, which all serve brunch daily between 9am and 3pm.

Mad & Kaffe

Mad & Kaffe also offers the create-your-own brunch option, with a tempting spread of delicious options to choose from. Select three, five or seven tasty items from the list such as blood orange with tarragon sugar; pork, tomato and chive sausage; and dark chocolate brownie with berries and caramel.

Mad & Kaffe means 'food and coffee', so of course they won't leave you lacking in the java department, using organic espresso beans from Copenhagen Coffee Lab. If you prefer something cold, order a fresh juice, homemade lemonade or iced tea. The original Vesterbro location has an outdoor seating area in the warmer months that is perfect for taking in this lively neighbourhood.

Natural light floods on to matched tables and chairs in the dining room of Mad & Kaffe, Copenhagen. Industrial pendant light fittings hand low from the ceiling and simple but stylish prints adorn the walls.
The understated interior of Mad & Kaffe, in Copenhagen's Vesterbro neighbourhood © Caroline Hadamitzky / Lonely Planet

Café Norden

An elegant two-level cafe in a historic building on the Strøget pedestrian street, Café Norden pairs perfectly with your shopping plans. The tasty and filling brunch plate includes a variety of breads with cheeses and homemade jams, fruits, smoked salmon and a wild-card pick such a pancake, eggs and bacon, or avocado. The plate also comes with your choice of both a hot and cold drink, and a massive slice of their cake of the day. Don't think you can manage all that? Brunch items are also available à la carte.

Møller Kaffe & Køkken

Nørrebro's Møller Kaffe & Køkken is an all-day brunch paradise – in fact, it's all they serve. The large but homely dining room is always bustling with happy diners enjoying small dishes made from local organic ingredients. Much of what is offered at Møller is made in-house: sausages, burrata cheese, chocolate-hazelnut spread, delicious panko-breaded chicken nuggets and a heavenly fresh sourdough bread. The drinks are all crafted here as well, with homemade lemonade, kombucha and their own herbal soda called Essence on the menu.

Close-up of Union Kitchen's brunch dish of fried chicken and waffle topped with a salad garnish, with drinks in mason jars in soft focus behind.
Mouthwatering brunch bites such as fried chicken and waffle are on the menu at Union Kitchen, close to Nyhavn © Caroline Hadamitzky / Lonely Planet

Union Kitchen

Tucked into a quiet street behind iconic Nyhavn, Union Kitchen is a trendy spot popular with locals. Opening bright and early at 7.30am (8am on weekends), brunch runs throughout the day until 4pm. Along with a regular and vegetarian brunch plate, daily offerings range from light choices like granola bowls and avocado toast to hearty fare such as fried chicken and waffle and the 'Hangover Cheeseburger', served with truffle fries. For the full brunch experience, sip on a Bloody Mary with bacon, one of the many interesting cocktails Union Kitchen is known for whipping up. On sunny days, enjoy your brunch out front and watch the world go by.

Hyggestund

With comfortable, eclectic decor inside and a large patio set up on the historic street outside in warmer weather, Hyggestund lives up to the hygge – that indefinable Danish cosiness – in its name. Part of the Mikkeller craft brewery family of bars and restaurants, Hyggestund is a cosy, all-day breakfast place inspired by the American diner. Touted as 'the perfect hangover spot', Hyggestund serves up homemade donuts, fried chicken, soft buns piled high with bacon and eggs, and hair of the dog in the form of a Beer Geek of the Day.

Two bowls of porridge, each covered in different toppings including hazelnuts, yogurt and chopped apple.
The humble bowl of porridge is elevated with toppings aplenty at Grød © Caroline Hadamitzky / Lonely Planet

Grød

Admittedly, it's not strictly a brunch place, but Grød hits the spot with all-day porridge (until 5pm). This local chain, with small cosy locations in each of Copenhagen's central neighbourhoods, takes the humble grain to a new level. Order one of their flavourful oatmeal, chia or granola creations (the oat porridge with fresh apple, almonds and caramel sauce is a winner) or build your own bowl with interesting topping choices like sea buckthorn compote, Icelandic yoghurt and cacao nibs to liven up your bowl.

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