Since the start of this school year my son’s school is now located in Valby. It is an area I know from when he was at preschool here but a lot has changes in the area since then. Our route in from home also takes us through the older, more traditional part of Sydhavn. In my quest for my second morning coffee and perhaps the odd pastry, I have been discovering a few coffee shops in the area. Here are a few I like in case you are also in this area.
First is Snabel B located close to Valby Station. This is a retro, grungy cafe which reminds me a lot of the Berlin aesthetic. Friendly staff, comfy seats, great music and reasonable coffee.
Next is the Valby outpost of the Emmerys chain, located at Trekronergade 147b. Not a big fan of their coffee as I find it a little strong but if you like it that way then this is the place for you. It is a short walk from Sjælør Station. Their avocado on rye bread is very good.
Saving the best for last is Rallys, located just off Mozarts Plads in Sydhavn. A cosy place with great coffee, pastries and breakfast plates. It is also very reasonably priced. This is certainly an area on the up and Rallys has got in before the area gets too gentrified.
Also worth another mention is South Harbour Cafe (close to Sydhavn Station) and Wild Kiwi Pies (close to Valby Station).
If you watch a Dane eat breakfast it often contains the same elements – bread or a roll (rundstykke) with a slice of cheese and jam (yes together), maybe a boiled egg, coffee and a fruit juice. Sometimes a pastry but this is often reserved for weekends. Many of the city’s cafes and coffee shops have made eating this kind of breakfast even easier by having little set menus you can choose from. In many cases they offer pretty good value and also alleviate the need to make too many decisions before that first or second coffee of the day!
In this post I am going to talk about these quick breakfast plates rather than more brunch type ones you find in places like Mad og Kaffe.
Here is a round-up of some of my favourite spots to have a little breakfast combo but as I say most coffee shops have some kind of breakfast plate available – look for morgen complet, morgenbræt or just morgenmad on the menu.
First is an exciting discovery in the Lagkagehuset at Nørreport, opposite Humac (I’ve not seen this in other locations). This breakfast plate above consists of an egg or omelette with loads of lovely fresh toasted bread, cheese slices, jam, avocado smash and some fancy salt. The coffee and juice are extra. The breakfast is around 50dkk and will certainly give you a good start to the day.
Next is Baresso (locations all over town) with this plate above where everything is included in the price of 69dkk. You can choose two things to go with the roll and butter is not an automatic addition to the plate but your coffee or tea is part of the deal.
Another place I like is Kaffeplantagen on Enghave Plads in Vesterbro. They have a few morgenmad plates to choose from. The one above is the basic one with a roll and two pålæg not including the butter this time. I am delighted that they have little jars of traditional English marmalade and you can get a slice of chocolate as one of your toppings – always a winner for me. I think the coffee is included.
Honourable mentions go to places such as Original Coffee, Andersens and Riccos, but like I say this breakfast plate idea is super popular at the moment so pop into your local coffee shop and you may certainly get lucky.
Grød, the Copenhagen (and maybe the first in the world) porridge cafe , has opened another small place on Guldbergsgade in Nørrebro, just a stone’s throw from Sankt Hans Torv. Blink and you miss it, this little cosy place serves the same menu as the other two outlets but the place has a slightly more bohemian atmosphere. It’s a lovely place to drop by for your porridge fix and Guldbergsgade is certainly a street worth exploring.Also as part of the Grød ’empire’, Lasse Skjønning Andersen has written a second porridge cookbook and this time it is available in English as well as Danish. The photography in the book is by the talented Chris Tonnesen (@lachristus on Instagram) so if you want to try your hand at some exciting porridge dishes at home this is the book for you. Blurb in translated from Danish about the book says:
‘The cookbook is a collection of the best recipes we have tested since opening in 2011. In the book you will find both new interpretations of traditional porridge flavours of øllebrød , porridge and rice pudding , as well as more modern variants including roast pork bygotto, tiramisu porridge and Asian chicken rice porridge.’
You can buy the book in all three shops (you may want to check availability of the English version) or via the Grød website.
Address: Guldbergsgade 7a, 2200 København N