In my opinion, Copenhagen is one of the most underrated cities in the world.
From time and again, I still get questioning look from people whenever I say that Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities in the world. Some even go so far as asking, “Where is Copenhagen again? Is it in Europe?”.
That’s how underrated this city, and Denmark is. The city where the famous statue of Little Mermaid is situated. The capital city of where the world renowned writer Hans Kristian Andersen came from. The city where Carlsberg brewery can be found (everyone must have heard of Carlsberg, surely!). The city which hosts the headquarter of Maersk, the biggest shipping company in the world. The capital city where LEGO, the world-renowned toy company, comes from. The city where Noma, the world’s #1 restaurant is! I mean come on people. Either I only care about things that no one else in the world cares about, or most people are simply ignorant, or Denmark has the worst marketing team ever.
And now, I shall add one more thing to the already long list of why Copenhagen is amazing: the city has many cafés with some of the best brunches that I have ever had.
Now, brunches aren’t really my thing, so I wouldn’t call myself a brunch guru. But I have had enough of them, especially in Singapore, where they are simply unimpressive. Brunches are always overpriced for the portion that they serve and most cafés, at least in Singapore, only focus on decorating the place and making the food presentation pretty (so they can charge a premium to it) without paying much attention to how it actually tastes (there are exceptions of course).
But I remember being very impressed with Copenhagen brunches, at least those few that I have tried. Or perhaps I was just being biased about this city as usual. But who cares, here are the list of my favourite brunch cafés in Copenhagen (note: it’s all of them):
- Café Zakabona
A friend of mine brought me here since this place was recommended by her Danish friend. Located at Istedsgade 88, a street right behind Copenhagen Central Station, it is apparently one of the most popular places to have brunches. I’m not surprised though, the food was excellent with MASSIVE portion and reasonably priced. My absolute favourite, and highly recommended.
- Café Anton
Calling itself the most hygge café in Copenhagen, Café Anton serves all-you-can eat brunches in the weekend. To be honest, I can’t really remember how the food tasted, but if you were having particularly hungry in the weekend, head to this place. Location is pretty central as well, close to Nørreport Metro Station.
- Café København
The name itself would suggest that it is a very touristy place. The café is located at Hillerød, right next to the pier where tourists would take the small boat to go to the Frederiksborg Castle. I loved the food there although still not comparable to Zakabona. But here, you can sit al fresco with the view of the water and looking at the charming atmosphere of Hillerød.
- Cafés by Nyhavn
Okay, I have to admit I don’t have any recollection of which café I ended up visiting, but I suppose it does not matter. This is one of the epitomes of ‘brunch with a view’ that I have experienced. The world renowned Nyhavn is lined with cafés from one end to the other, and I’m sure you would do very well picking any one of these and you would still enjoy yourself. Especially when the sun is shining and the sky is blue, almost nothing beats sitting by the harbour and enjoying a good plate of (slightly overpriced) brunch.
If you have any other suggestions for excellent brunch places in Copenhagen, I’m all eyes and ears!