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.
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
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Last visited: October 2019
Last updated: September 2021