Turkish-Lebanese cafe in CopenhagenGuide to Copenhagen: Best breakfast in Copenhagen

Many cafés in Copenhagen taste the same. Therefor, I got really happy when I found Mahalle, a small Turkish and Lebanese café at Nørrebro in Copenhagen. The two young girls owning the café have learned the dishes from the Middle East from their families, and when entering Mahalle I’ve never been in doubt that this is for real – the taste, the colors and the smell of the food are all more intense than many dishes you can get other places.

Mahalle fits in at Nørrebro, with old wooden tables, stylish prints at the walls and candles at the tables. Here you can get coffee and tea, brunch (I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear it’s delicious) and lunch. There are just a few things at the menu, which I like. Places with a short menu often know what they are doing, and my impression so far is that the girls at Mahalle definitely do as well.

Every time I visit, I need help to fully understand the menu. The Turkish and Lebanese expressions make me confuse, and I tend to forget from time to time what a “Turkish coffee” is, so every time I visit I ask the sweet girls owning the café about it again. Luckily for me, they are both service minded, so I can continue to ask, and go back – every time I need some exotic food but can’t afford a trip to Istanbul.

Birkegade 6, Nørrebro (map here)

30 dkk for a coffee, 100-115 dkk for breakfast, toast 35 dkk, salad 65 dkk, tapas 15-40 dkk each

Bus 5A to stop Elmegade (150 meters)

Linn Grubbström

Linn is the main contributor of Guide To Copenhagen. She is from Sweden and has lived in Denmark since 2008. She lives at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and works with food photography. She also writes the Danish food blog Frk. Kræsen.