sustainable seasonal scandinavian spot

Kantine is exactly what it says it is: a Scandinavian canteen. Which, to our American eyes, is a sleek, more elegant, more hip version of an image one might conjure with the word “canteen.” The daytime spot serves up breakfast and lunch, while also functioning as a friendly coffee shop for takeaway drinks and beautiful Danish pastries flakier than your most unreliable friend.

The menu changes daily, but always includes Scandinavian staples like porridge and smørrebrød. But the true gem is in the “build your own brunch” section that lets you choose your own adventure from bread to fish and meat to vegetables and eggs and it all comes out on a beautiful platter reminiscent of an alluring charcuterie board or Japanese breakfast set in composition. Everything in the Certified Green restaurant is sustainably sourced and most of it is made from scratch as a part of chef and owner Nichole Accettola’s commitment. So in short, cute “canteen” with good food and quality ingredients.

the details

Address1906 Market St, San Francisco
Hours08:00 – 14:00 weekdays, 09:00 – 15:00 weekends, closed Mondays
Price$$ – food is generally $10-20
Aestheticwould you expect any less than minimalist scandinavian chic? 

good to know

Go here for: a casual breakfast with friends, a weekday brunch ahem, lunch with coworkers, a solo indulgent coffee run

Order this: a brunch board and go ahead, get that pastry on your way out

Amount of time to spend: about an hour for a casual meal

When to come: weekday mornings are more laid back if you’re avoiding a wait

Getting here: street parking only, or about a 5 min walk from the Church MUNI station

Other things to note: 

  • Walk in only, no reservations.
  • They have indoor and outdoor seating available.

Last visited: October 2019

Last updated: September 2021

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