Copenhagen Coffee Culture

Alice Logan, English and American Studies, University of Copenhagen

 

Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world and after exploring Copenhagen one coffee shop at a time, I can see why!  Below are a few of my absolute favourite coffee shops…

42Raw

Pilestræde 32, 1112 København

Tucked away down an unassuming side street just off Norreport station you’ll find 42Raw, one of Copenhagen’s plant based coffee shops.  Their expansive menu ranges from açai bowls and raw smoothies to lentil burgers and peanut butter milkshakes.  Try the raw chocolate chip cookies and the beetroot latte for a light snack or the vegan lasagnaee which is life changing.

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Taste

Store Kongensgade 80 – 82, 1264 København

Located behind Frederiksberg Church  is the delightful taste cafe.  Specialising in beautiful handmade pastries and macaroons, be sure to try the classic Danish open sandwiches whilst you sit outside in the sun.  On a recent venture there I got talking to one of the owners who told me all of the history of the family run business which he’d been working on for fifteen years.  In a capital full of chain coffee shops it was nice to discover and support a local business!

 

Munchies

Torvegade 55, 1400 København

A ‘must eat’ in Copenhagen is a bubble waffle from Munchies in Christiania, be prepared for out-the-door queues as the tourists will be out in force.  However, they’re definitely worth the wait! I took my best friend here and we had the Strawberries and cream (Straewberries, strawberry ice cream, cream and Nutella) and the Nutella Dream (Nutella ice cream, nutella and a kitkat) whilst sat by the canal

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Ermano 

Store Strandstræde 11, 1255 København

Ermano was the first coffee shop I ever visited in Copenhagen, way back in freezing cold January, so its become a sentimental haunt for me.  I recently discovered their Danish pastries that are handmade and served warm- perfect for a cup of tea away from the bustle of Nyhavn.

 

Illum

Østergade 52, 1100 København

This is, in my opinion, one of copenhagene’s hidden gems and is the perfect way to see the city away from the tourists.  Located on the main high street, the world renowned Illum department store is relatively unassuming. However, the roof terrace boasts a food hall to rival Selfridges without the price tag.  Choeose from exquisite bagels, authentic Italian pizzas or my personal favourite, Original Coffee which does the best banana bread in town.

Grød

Stand A8 17 Linnésgade København K, 1362 København

As a self-confessed porridge addict, Grød had come highly recommended by the locals.  I am very aware that going to brunch for porridge as a student seems ridiculous, given the absurd price of eating out, however no one does porridge like thee Danish.  I’m pretty sure it must be a national grain or something because they are obsessed with it.  There’s nothing boring about the Danes and their porridge, we had the delicious oats with oat milk, rhubarb, hazelnuts and coconut shavings and peanut butter, rhubarb and granola.  You’ll never disparage porridge again.

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Ewalds

Allegade 24A, 2000 Frederiksberg

Not quite fitting the coffee criteria, but still worthy of a mention is the high-end brasserie, Ewalds, in Frederiksberg.  For when you’re feeling a bit fancy after walking around Fredericksburg gardens, Ewalds is the perfect spot to watch the locals go by with a glass of Aperol and a selection of cheeses (as modelled by my lovely mother on her recent visit)

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