Guide: The Best Bakeries in Copenhagen Sourdough Bread & Pastry

There has been a silent bread revolution happening in Copenhagen over the last couple of years – a bakery boom, if you will – which intensified in 2018 with four new grand openings. Some call it the third wave of bakeries, probably with reference to what has happened in the specialty coffee industry. What’s even more unique is that, for the first time ever, people in the Nordics are actually queuing up to get their hands on freshly baked bread and sweet pastries. While lining up for food may be normal many places in Asia and the U.S., it’s not something we see much of here in Scandinavia (partly due to the cold weather, which makes it a nightmare in the autumn and winter months).

All over Copenhagen city, new bakeries have popped up – each with a specialty of their own. Østerbro has Juno the Bakery, Nørrebro is home to both Andersen & Maillard and Mirabelle, and Bageriet Brød is found in Vesterbro. Frederiksberg just added Hart Bageri, Amager has Alice, Christianshavn got The Corner at 108, and Refshaleøen sports Lille Bakery. If you find yourself in the city center, Indre By, you should stop by Democratic Coffee Bar. You simply cannot travel to the Danish capital without paying a visit to at least a few of these spots.

Looking for more great spots for food and drinks in the Danish capital? Check out our city map of Copenhagen!

Juno the Bakery is the best overall bakery in Copenhagen and truly world-class.
Juno the Bakery is the best overall bakery in Copenhagen and truly world-class.

The Best Bakeries in Copenhagen

The top three bakeries in our guide are in a league of their own. Each of them has their own style and has perfected certain pastries, taking them to a new level that we’ve never experienced anywhere else. We’d venture to say these bakeries are among the best in the world.

Juno the Bakery

Our favorite pastry in the world is not found in Paris, the viennoiserie capital of the world, but in Copenhagen, at Juno the Bakery. Swedish-born baker Emil Glaser, a former Noma chef, has perfected the art of pastry – Juno’s croissants are buttery, laminated things of beauty. But perhaps their most impressive treat is the “kardemummabulla” – a traditional Swedish pastry that is typically dense and heavy, but here is transformed into a light and airy miracle of a cardamom bun. It’s fluffy and buttery and oozing with cardamom and sugar, but not in a syrupy sweet way. The best part? Juno bakes their buns all day long, so they never sell out, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to be warm and fresh from the oven. Juno’s almond croissant must be tried as well (it’s simply the best we’ve ever had), and the sourdough bread is also one of our favorites in town. We’d be lying if we said Juno wasn’t a huge factor in our decision to move to Copenhagen. Pro tip: If the line is too long outside Juno, they also have another café around the corner, At the Counter, which has some of the same pastries for sale (and a few exclusive to the location).

The cardamom buns from Juno the Bakery are the best we've ever tasted.
The cardamom buns from Juno the Bakery are the best we’ve ever tasted.
JUNO THE BAKERY

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Århusgade 48, Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Wednesday-Saturday 7:30am to 6:00pm, Sunday 8:00am to 3:00pm

Alice

Despite having been open for almost three years, Alice has remained a bit of a hidden gem in the Copenhagen food scene. Noma alum Anders Lorenz started making small-batch, artisanal ice cream at his cozy Amager shop, but when the winter season came he decided to start making pastries. Although he had no training or experience with baking, he managed to craft the most perfect butter croissant we have ever tasted. And we’re not the only ones who think so – last year, Alice won the “City’s Best Croissant” in a blind taste test. The croissants are extremely moist on the inside, with a crunchy exterior made of many thin layers. Alice also makes cinnamon rolls using croissant scraps, and twice-baked almond croissants if there happen to be leftover croissants from the day before.

You won't find more perfect plain butter croissants than at Alice.
You won’t find more perfect plain butter croissants than at Alice.
ALICE

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Markmandsgade 1, Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Hart Bageri

Richard Hart, formerly of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, joined forces with René Redzepi of Noma to open a sourdough bakery in Copenhagen. In addition to the bread at Hart Bageri, they also serve a variety of incredible pastries that change seasonally. Our absolute favorite is the “cardamom bun”, which is made using leftover croissant scraps and lots of extra butter, so it caramelizes like a kouign amman. Another delectable pastry is the drømmekage, a twice-baked “dream cake” croissant with coconut, brown sugar, and caramel. Hart Bageri also serves international dessert favorites like American doughnuts, a Basque cheesecake, Italian Panettone for Christmas, and Danish Kransekage for New Year’s Eve.

The cardamom bun from Hart Bageri is like a croissant, kouign amman, and cardamom bun hybrid.
The cardamom bun from Hart Bageri is like a croissant, kouign amman, and cardamom bun hybrid.
HART BAGERI

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Gamle Kongevej 109, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Monday-Sunday 8:00am to 7:00pm

Other Great Spots For Pastries & Sourdough Bread

Once you’ve tried our favorite bakeries in the city, you should check out these other great shops which also do really good pastries and/or sourdough bread.

Lille Bakery

Situated in Refshaleøen – undoubtedly the hottest neighborhood in town at the moment – is Lille Bakery. When you see the surrounding area and building, you might ponder about the strange choice of location. That’s before you realize the closest neighbors are restaurant Amass, restaurant Noma, La Banchina, Reffen (Copenhagen Street Food), and Copenhagen’s newest two Michelin-starred restaurant, Alchemist. Lille Bakery is a great place to have breakfast or early brunch, and you wanna get here early before they sell out of their famed sausage rolls. Don’t miss the Berliner doughnut or their take on a cardamom bun – buttery pastry swirled into a roll and covered in cardamom sugar. Their brioche bread with mascarpone and pickled plums reminds us of Sqirl in Los Angeles, and their whole wheat sourdough bread is one of our favorite loaves in town.

Berliner doughnuts from Lille Bakery.
Berliner doughnuts from Lille Bakery.
LILLE BAKERY

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Refshalevej 213A, Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Wednesday-Sunday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Bageriet Brød

Located on Enghave Plads in Vesterbro, Bageriet Brød is more of a neighborhood spot, but this bakery has actually been around since 2012, making it the oldest on this list! We were really impressed by the high level of both the pastries and the sourdough bread. The twice-baked almond croissant has just the right amount of gooey almond filling, and the pastry layers are moist and deliciously buttery. Go on a Wednesday to try the Berliner doughnuts!

Don't miss the almond croissants from Bageriet Brød.
Don’t miss the almond croissants from Bageriet Brød.
BAGERIET BRØD

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Enghave Plads 7, Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Monday-Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:00am to 6:00pm

The Corner at 108

The Corner at 108 is a combined coffee shop and wine bar adjacent to the one-Michelin-starred restaurant 108. Open from early morning, serving coffee from the Oslo-based Tim Wendelboe, and baking their own pastries with untraditional glazes like beef garum, a koji fermented beef stock. Our personal favorite is the Danish pastry glazed with Swedish blueberries. In a city with lots of great sourdough, we have to say that 108 makes our favorite bread in town. The starter is from the old Noma, but chef Kristian Baumann has absolutely perfected the recipe – it’s got a perfect crunch on the outside but a light and fluffy, almost sticky center. Note that the wine bar has some excellent bottles of natural wine on offer and can serve you a decent dinner too, should the restaurant next door be fully booked.

Layered blueberry pastries from The Corner at 108.
Layered blueberry pastries from The Corner at 108.
THE CORNER AT 108

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Strandgade 108, Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Monday-Friday 8:00am to 12:00am (midnight), Saturday-Sunday 9:00am to 12:00am (midnight)

Andersen & Maillard

With two locations in Nørrebro and Nordhavn, Andersen & Maillard’s espresso-glazed croissants and sleek interior design have drawn a crowd since their opening in 2018. From that point on, they’ve added one Instagram-worthy item after the other, from a croissant acting as the cone for an espresso soft serve (made from the leftover milk from the coffee bar) to a chocolate-swirl croissant (filled with more chocolate) that looks like it has been 3D-printed to perfection. How do they make those impeccable chocolatey twists?!

These chocolate swirl croissants quickly became an Instagram favorite in Copenhagen.
These chocolate swirl croissants quickly became an Instagram favorite in Copenhagen.
ANDERSEN & MAILLARD

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Nørrebrogade 62, Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Göteborg Plads 19, Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Monday-Friday 7:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm

Mirabelle

Mirabelle is an organic bakery and coffee shop that turns into a pasta restaurant for lunch and dinner. As part of Christian Puglisi’s restaurant empire, the place supplies sourdough bread, baked goods, and pizza doughs to all their other places like Bæst, Manfreds, and Relæ. The croissants are flaky, and the focaccia is fluffy and topped with seasonal farm produce.

The cinnamon bun from Mirabelle Bakery.
The cinnamon bun from Mirabelle Bakery.
MIRABELLE

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Guldbergsgade 29, Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Wednesday-Sunday 7:00am to 7:00pm
It's always busy in the bakery of Richard Hart.
It’s always busy in the bakery of Richard Hart.

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