Our Story

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It all started when...

a family fell in love with a city. 

My husband Joachim and I moved with our children from Copenhagen to San Francisco a few years ago. Until then, we had only visited the city as tourists, and we quickly realized living here permanently would mean we'd embark on a completely different kind of adventure.  

Already after the first few months, San Francisco had charmed us all. Our children were thriving in their public schools, while Joachim and I had fallen for the West Coast vibes, the friendliness of strangers in our neighborhood, and the good weather. And admittedly, I had developed a big soft spot for the local farmers markets. 

As a chef, I've always had a dream of opening a casual eatery, and to me, San Francisco seems like the best place to make that dream come true. Joachim and I had hunted for a restaurant space for almost two years before finding the space at 1906 Market Street, and we both knew right away that it had the potential to be the neighborhood gathering place we'd been looking for. 

Kantine's goal is to be a local spot for delicious food. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, the menu will be Scandinavian-inspired, as an homage not only to the many fantastic years our family lived in Copenhagen, but also to the deep Scandinavian roots in and around the Upper Market/Castro areas. 

My family and I feel extremely grateful to have landed here in San Francisco. The city has enriched our lives in ways we couldn't have imagined, and now we look forward to giving something back, and in the very best way we know: by creating a place for others to share food and good company around the table.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kantine! 

Nichole