42 Raw, Copenhagen
On the second day of our weekend trip, we walked across town for what surely has to be the best brunch in Copenhagen. We had already filled the gap with a vegan cookie sandwich each and thought the walk would build up our appetites. When I was searching for vegan places to eat in Copenhagen, I came across 42 Raw and fell for their breakfast offerings (wait for it): a delicious platter of banana pancakes with agave syrup, banana & gojo berries, sweet potato fries, gluten free bread, avocado & humus and their much loved granola bowl. So our mission simply became to experience this vegan brunch. We marched through the beautiful streets, headed for the Pilestræde branch, hitting the centre, bustling with tourists and shops and only minutes away from our goal, only to discover we were still not hungry. Those incredible vegan ice cream sandwiches from Nicecream Copenhagen, full of good fats and protein, had us still full. So, we went shopping.
We arrived at 42 Raw just as a downpour of rain hit Copenhagen, and just as brunch had closed. Brokenhearted, we scanned the rest of the menu and mended our wounds - we could hardly choose. Despite being in pain, I caved and ordered the most delicious vegan espresso avocado shake. I swear to you, I have seriously considered booking a cheap flight just for the day, to taste that beauty again. It was heaven in a glass. My friend ordered a comforting cup of chai, which came out in the cutest mug (which somehow automatically made you feel cosy) and was made with rich, creamy and frothy almond milk , sprinkled with cinnamon. For food, Becky had an avocado and pesto sandwich, served on gluten free bread and piled high with fresh ingredients - it took her a pretty long time to get through it! I was still full up form the sandwich and couldn't quite bring myself to eat a meal, so I stuck with my avocado shake and then ordered the most ridiculous chunk of raw chocolate, laden with peanuts to finish (I just couldn't let pain get in the way of me and these crazy vegan delights).
It was simply awesome to be in a place where nothing on the menu was off limits. Completely plant based, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free, it's likely I'll eat there every day when I go back. The café offers various foodie options, from a plant based protein burger with a side of sweet potato fries to fresh salads that includes accompaniments such as tamari almonds and parsley pesto. They even have pizza (PIZZZA!) on a gluten free base with vegan cheese (I so regret not forcing myself to fit that in) and lots of avocado based sandwich options, as well as raw thai noodles and a raw lasagna.
I feel my favourite though - despite not having tried it yet - will probably be their beautiful looking breakfast bowls. I just really enjoy good breakfasts and 42 Raw offers some exceptionally healthy and endometriosis diet friendly options. The matcha bowl would be perfect if you're feeling a bit fatigued (I wake myself up with a matcha most mornings) and is made with a base of avocado, coconut and banana, sprinkled with gronola and topped with the super fruits goji berries and blueberries. The chia bowl comes in three flavours; vanilla, cacao or matcha, is made with almond milk and is a great for topping up omega levels, which help reduce inflammation.
Finally, if you're not hungry, it's still a great vegan Copenhagen hang out, where you can get a drink without having to skip the milk. All their drinks are made with cashew or almond milk, and if you're reducing caffeine, they have hot chocolate and chai latte alternatives. The smoothie and milkshake list is simply endless and includes peanut butter and date/vanilla flavours (drool) - I'm not sure I'll make it through all of them, but I sure hope so.
So there you have it. Probably the best vegan and endometriosis diet friendly Copenhagen restaurant there is. I really can't recommend this place enough, we had a lovely time talking while the rain fell and sipping on our favourite drinks, it was a little bit of endo friendly magic.
Let me know if you visit!