If you’re somewhat interested in keeping up with the Copenhagen food scene, you’ll know there’s an invasion of highly hyped bakeries opening up these days. Places like Juno Bakery, Andersen & Maillard and Hart Bakery make sure us locals never have to compromise on baked goods again. Sure, they know what to charge for the their cardamom swirls and sour dough loafs, but I guarantee you, it will be worth every cent. After all, bread and baked goods are such an important part of Danish food history, and these new places offer an excellent taste of both classic rye bread, and innovative pastry.
Out of the handful of new bakeries, Lille Bakery located on Refshaleøen is probably the cosiest place. Admitted, it’s a bit of a hike to get here from most neighbourhoods in town, but once arrived, grab a seat at the communal table, and enjoy both sweet and savoury dishes from the menu offering breakfast, lunch, and the occasional pop up dinner. On sunny days, light streams in the floor-to-ceiling windows in the airy loft space, and the welcoming bakers and inviting interior with all its effortlessly perfect details make you want to stay forever (or, at least for both breakfast and lunch!).
Lille Bakery opened its doors in the spring of 2018, and has fast become a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. Despite the distance from our home to Refshaleøen, we venture out here every once in a while and Lille never disappoints. Their baked goods are some of the best in town, and contrary to most of the other quality bakeries, they also serve a proper lunch consisting of salads and a couple of warm dishes of the day—such as home-made pies, salted cod with chickpeas and egg on toast, and white beans with tomato.
For the sweet tooth, their custard-filled ‘berliners’ are an absolute must, as well as the breakfast brioche with mascarpone and sour Mirabelle plums. Also try their organic sourdough bread with cheese. And the flaky veggie rolls as well.. Everything is baked on site in the large oven that was purchased after a succesfull Kickstarter campain earlier this year. Jesper, Sara and Mia (ex-alumni’s at establishments such as Noma, 108, and Fäviken) managed to reach their goal, and convert the old shipyard apprentice school to the beautiful, airy bakery of their dreams.
Service here is international and friendly, you order at the open bar where you can have a good look at all the baked goods. The place is usually pretty busy, especially on weekends (don’t be surprised if a group of 15+ tourists suddenly walk in the door and get in line!). So if you can, I’d recommend going here on weekdays, or perhaps when they open the doors at 8 am on weekends.
During summer, the area outside is filled with colourful beach chairs, a cool Copenhagen crowd, and all the foodie-tourists as well, of course. Restaurants such as Amass, Barr, Noma, and the down-to-earth La Banchina are all close by, and all of them add to a pretty lavish foodie tour route of Copenhagen’s cool Refshaleøen.