About Copenhagen Bakery & Café


Baking and cooking in the bay area from our Burlingame Avenue cafe & bakery since 1977. Our family is honored to be part of your families’ celebration as you gather for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and the holidays. It’s a privilege to serve you delicious coffee cakes, specialty cakes, cookies, danish pastries, American food, European food, and to cater to all your bakery and cafe needs. The Nielsen family and our honored employees thank you for making us a success for four decades in Burlingame.

Since 1977, Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe has been a remarkable success story – a traditional family business that has survived and thrived despite fierce competition and sweeping changes in the Burlingame business community. Many independent merchants have been forced out by chain operations, yet our business has continued to serve the local market.

In the early 70’s, Ralf and his wife Shari followed in the footsteps of his Danish grandfather and uncle, both were bakers, by moving to Denmark to learn the bakery trade. In 1977 they returned to California, and with Ralf’s brother Ben, bought a former pastry shop and soda fountain on Burlingame Avenue. Although small, the shop included adequate bakery facilities and a 26-seat café.

In 1983 they expand into space next door. Expansion gave them the ability to increase the bakery offerings and add a breakfast menu and more variety for lunch. Soon they added dinner service Wednesday through Sunday night. The business has continued to grow thanks to word of mouth. The bakery and café frequently add new items.

Following the Copenhagen tradition of delicious homemade foods and Danish specialties, our customers can savor our offerings in the café or bring home a wide range of exquisite baked goods. We deliver catered meals, cakes, and pastries throughout the bay area. The café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an extensive menu of European and American meals.

Over the years we’ve become well-known in the Bay Area for our exquisite custom-made Wedding cakes, Birthday cakes, and many other special occasion cake. From cookies to bread, petit fours to napoleons and an extensive selection of mouth-watering pastries, Copenhagen Bakery and Cafe is the place to go for a unique and delightful variety of European specialties.