Establishment neighborhood
Mad & Kaffe
Sønder Blvd. 68, Vesterbro
Arguably the best brunch in a city obsessed with breakfast, Mad & Kaffe's menu is pretty DIY. Here's how it works: You choose a few (or several) options from the menu and everything comes out at once in small bowls on a tray—essentially like building your own breakfast tray. The scrambled eggs and chorizo sausages are tasty, but the smoked salmon bagel is insanely good. This café doesn't take reservations so on weekends get there early—by 10am is best.
Ryesgade 118, Osterbro
The unmistakeable scent of sugar and dough baking in the oven hits you as soon as you enter this unassuming 16-seat patisserie. Founded in 2015 by chefs Jakob and Gabi Bär Mogensen, the whole idea behind Leckerbaer is to allow guests to sample several sweet treats at once. All the confections in the case are bite-sized and look more like miniature works of art; it goes without saying they taste incredible. We've heard good things about the profiteroles made with salted caramel and Oreo-style cookies, too.
Torvehallerne Market
Frederiksborggade 21, Indre By
This glass-enclosed market has some sixty stalls manned by butchers, florists, bakers, and vegetable sellers alongside several restaurants, and coffee counters. (All of Copenhagen's best chefs buy their produce here.) Wander through the market to sample the assortment of—ridiculously decadent—Danish specialty's like snaps (herb infused spirits) and, at Christmastime, risengrod (a thick rice pudding topped with butter, cinnamon, and sugar). If you happen to be in Copenhagen during the summer months, stop by Hija de Sachez, a taqueria run by former Noma alum Rosio Sanchez. It's as authentic as it comes in this part of the world. (They're open seasonally April-October.)
Atelier September
Gothersgade 30, Gothersgade
A hybrid café, boutique, and creative studio, Atelier September is tucked into the cool, design-forward Gothersgade neighborhood. Here, Frederik Bille Brahe runs the cafe part of the operation, where he pours coffee and features a light food menu (boiled eggs, avocado toast). In the back of the space, designers Jonas and Annette Trampedach pull together an enviable mix of contemporary furniture, sixties Italian design, lights, and ceramics, as well as pieces from their own collection.