BY SIRI HAARLØV-JOHNSEN
Denmark ranks among the top ten nations in terms of coffee consumption per capita. Unlike many other capital cities however, Copenhagen is not overwhelmed by big chains like Costa or Starbucks.
In fact, while cities like Istanbul and London have over 100 Starbucks, Copenhagen only has 11. Instead, Copenhagen specialises in small, independent cafés, where high quality coffee and cosy vibes are the number one priority. Here are some cafés that are worth checking out:
Coffee and the Cph Skyline
Original Coffee can be found on the top floor of the shopping center Illum, located in the city center. Most cafés in Copenhagen are located on the ground floor, and simply have a view out to an arbitrary busy street. Being on the top flooe, this café however overlooks the beautiful Copenhagen skyline. You can enjoy your coffee both inside and outside, depending on the weather and the number of layers you have on.
Illum, Østergade 52, 1100 København K
Coffee, clothes & vintage bikes
Heritage Coffee & Bikes is a one of a kind in Copenhagen. As the name suggests, it combines coffee with bikes. The owner refurbishes old bikes and puts some of them on display in the shop. The backroom has a selection of stylish and sustainable clothing from Iceland. The cafe offers fantastic coffee from the carefully selected Caffè River in Italy.
Bremerholm 18, 1069 København K
Café with a laptop ban
Enghave Kaffe is a special café which has a ban on laptops. So, if you are tired of cafés where everyone is just looking blankly into their computer screens, then this is the café for you. People go here to enjoy each other’s company. The café’s owners are motorbike enthusiasts, which is heavily translated into the cafés décor. The walls are pasted with colourful helmets, number plates and a vintage motorbike which you can see in the picture.
Enghave Plads 3, Copenhagen
Coffee served by writers
Publisher of the City is a publishing company which was founded in 2009. They focus on modern and alternative literature and also write poetry about Copenhagen. In 2012 they opened the bookstore and café, called Byens Bogcafé. The editors and writers use the café as their office, so when you visit the café you might find them scribbing away, working on their latest literary project. Your coffee is served by the talented editors and writers themselves. For only 10kr you can get one of their poems read up to you along with your coffee!
Istedgade 102, Vesterbro, Copenhagen
Coffee and quirky art
Bankeråt Café has created an interior like no other by inviting local artists to decorate the café with their art. There are lamps made of decapitated dolls’ faces. The walls are covered with mounted heads of wild boar and elk. Currently there are paintings by Jesper Kikkenborg hanging on the wall, functioning as part of their pop-up display. They have a great brunch menu where you can mix and match exactly what you would like, with a price ranging from 80-150kr. Definitely worth a visit!
Ahlefeldtsgade 27-29, 1359 København K
Café where coffee is science
Kent Kaffe Laboratorium is a laboratory disguised as a café and dedicated to heightening your coffee experience. Behind the counter are the baristas, the mad scientists, whose knowledge about coffee has no boundaries and who will help guide you on your quest for the perfect coffee. All the coffee beans are ecological and are imported from all over the world. You get to choose the brewing method for your coffee. Their methods range from Aeropress to Chemex to V60! A paradise for coffee nerds.
Mon – Fri: 09.00-17.30
Nørre Farimagsgade 70, 1364 København K