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Grab a Quick Coffee

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If you’re into coffee, you’re into Copenhagen.

Coffee. Here. Is. King.

Danes can down coffee like it’s going out of fashion, and they’re incredibly serious about the good stuff. Starbucks has never made great strides here and is rarely encountered, instead there are local coffee chains and bakeries – some of which make the grade and some of which the Danes consider to be more for the tourists.

Here are the good places to grab coffee in Copenhagen:

DEMOCRATIC COFFEE
Only one branch at Krystalgade 15, Indre By, but one that’s brilliantly and centrally located adjacent to the ground floor of Copenhagen Main Library – perfect for rainy moments, when retreating into the library’s kid’s section might feel like a good idea, or for grabbing a cup before or after heading up the Rundetårn. The reviews and word-of-mouth chatter about Democratic’s brews, pastries and croissants are unsurpassed – my own husband once said that the very best flat white he has ever had in this city came from here (and he is FUSSY).

THE COFFEE COLLECTIVE
Revered and adored by Copenhageners – and for very good reason. Its graphic packaging gets a tick. Its roasts get a tick. Its vibe get a tick. There are relatively few locations, although there are many cafés that serve their coffee, and their coffee only.

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Locations include:

Vendersgade 6D, Torvehallerne, Indre By
The original location and still a point of pilgrimage for coffee aficionados. Not only a great place to grab your daily cup, but also a stockist of all CC’s beans in bags to take home with you. There are bar stools inside and tables out – and it’s across from Israels Plads, the perfect architect-designed urban play space to head to with coffee from here and pastries from Lauras Bakery just across the way.

Strandgade 95, Broens Gadekøkken, Christianshavn
This, the newest location, is part of the noma-and-Copenhagen-Street-Food-conceived open-air street food experience by the harbour, just a hop over Inderhavnsbroen.

Godthåbsvej 34B, Frederiksberg 
A big, white industrial-style space that incorporates a roastery, in this Frederiksberg location the Collective invites you ‘to go completely coffee nerdy’. 

Website: coffeecollective.dk
All locations: coffeecollective.dk/the-coffee-collective-bars

Also served at:

Café det Vide Hus

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At Gothersgade 113 right opposite Kongens Have and across the street from where the soldiers do their twice-daily marching band thing in their bearskin hats, Claus serves the most delectable cappuccinos (and any other coffee type you care to love) from only Coffee Collective beans. An easy takeout for the park – or if you’re staying you MUST try the yogurt with fruit. It is so beautiful, you’ll almost be sad to eat it.

Website: facebook.com/detvidehus

ORIGINAL COFFEE
If the simple monochrome branding weren’t enough, Original Coffee has been stamped ‘Byen’s Beste’ (the city’s best) several times. The coffee and the breakfast plates are amazing.

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Locations include:

Bredgade, Indre By
Placed perfectly on one of the smartest streets in Copenhagen, this sits on the block between Nyhavn and Amalienborg Palace and Marmorkirken, and further on, Designmuseum Danmark, making it a perfect stop for a caffeine hit while doing the sights.

Illum, Østergade 52, Indre By
Up on the top floor of this sleek department store, this makes a welcome view-filled break from the bustle of Strøget.

Nordre Frihavnsgade, Østerbro
This is a tiny shop at the Østerbro/Trianglen end of this long shopping street, so it’s convenient for Fælledparken if you’re headed there.

Göteborg Plads 11, Nordhavn
A spacious, airy shop right by the water, perfect for picking up a cup after a summer morning dip in Nordhavn’s harbour bath, and sitting on the wooden dockside with it.

Sortedam Dossering 9, Nørrebro
A large shop right by the lake, as a perfect stopping point before or after a wander along the water.

Website: originalcoffee.dk
All locations: originalcoffee.dk/pages/kaffebarer

EMMERY’S
This bakery is found everywhere and was once described to me as a ‘rather worthy’ take on traditional Danish baked treats. Its coffee gets as many thumbs down as up – some Danes think it’s watery, but it depends on what you go for. Skip the huge lattes, and go for Americanos, small caps or cortados.

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Locations include:

Store Kongensgade 97, Indre By
This nice shopping street lies between the Nyboder District and Bredgade, for Design Museum Danmark, Amalienborg Palace and Marmorkirken. It’s also a short hop from the unique, historical green space at Kastellet.

Suhmsgade 2, Indre By
Near the tiny urban playground at Hausers Plads, which is an easy place for a leg stretch right in the middle of the city, as well as the city’s best and most loved skate shop, Mills (most kids who are into scooters, skateboards and rollerblades love this store and their 100kr Mills tees are a great souvenir).

Corner of Frederiksborggade and Nørre Voldgade, Indre By
This huge new shop is brilliantly located for the Metro and S-tog stations at Nørreport and features Emmery’s new branding and a calm, cool, industrial-style interior (shown below).

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Øster Farimagsgade 39 (shown above), Østerbro
One of the more charming stores, marked by a modern white neon-lit version of the traditional bakery-denoting Danish pretzel sign. This store serves the pretty terraced streets of the Kartoffelrekerne, and a block away, the Lakes. Just a little along the street is Øster Farimagsgade Skole’s Green Playground, which at weekends and after 4.30pm-ish, is open for anyone to play in.

Ved Vesterport 3, Vesterbro 
Close to Tivoli, this is a good one to know about for a refuel before the rides – and that includes sandwiches for lunch if you want to avoid eating in the fun park.

Nørrebrogade 8, Nørrebro
Just by Dronning Louises Bro, where hipsters hang on sunny days, this location is good for picking up a cup before a stroll along the Lakes.

Website: emmerys.dk
Locations: emmerys.dk/aabningstider

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JOE & THE JUICE

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If you can only accept your coffee served by hunks in a disco, this Danish chain, now found in other European countries, is for you.

Seriously! This description nails the experience.

Website: joejuice.com
Locations: joejuice.com/stores

LAGKAGEHUSET
A favourite for pastries, sandwiches, pizza bread and pølsehorn, Lagkagehuset does pretty good coffee too. It’s everywhere, but here are some good locations for sights. There are also several branches at the airport – useful for a last minute souvenir!

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Grønningen 1, Indre By
Right opposite the beautiful star-shaped Kastellet fortification on the harbour’s edge, in the centre of which is a windmill, swans, and a couple of small playgrounds.

Torvegade 45, Christianshavn
The original location, where people would go for their ‘chocolate potatoes’ (a cream-filled bun overlaid with marzipan and dusted with chocolate powder, the whole resembling a potato).

Bernstorffsgade 16, Vesterbro
Located within København H (or Central Station), this is a perfect pitstop getting the train to Louisiana or Helsingør, across to Jutland, or further afield to Germany, Sweden and wider Europe.

Vesterbrogade 4A, Vesterbro
Directly opposite Tivoli, this is a useful location for snacks and caffeine fixes before entering the (lovely) madness.

RICCOS KAFFEBAR
This is a Copenhagen chain that’s found all over the city. Each is different, meaning they feel like a collection of independent stores.

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Website: riccos.dk
Locations: riccos.dk/kaffebarer/

SHABAZ

Delicious coffee – plus the nicest homemade filled boller (buns), salads, fresh juices and breakfast plates.

shabaz-oester-farimagsgadeStore Kongensgade 75, Indre Bye
Handy for Frederiksstaden’s royal sights.

Studiestræde 24, Indre By
In the Latin Quarter, so useful for mooching, and sandwiched between the Rundetårn, Tivoli, Ørestadsparken and Strøget.

Øster Farimagsgade 93, Østerbro
Great for Østerbro, Øster Farmigsgades Skole, the Kartoffelrækerne, the Lakes and Øster Anlæg park.

Åboulevard 46, Nordvest
Useful if you’re staying in the northern part of town.

Bülowsvej, Frederiksberg/Vesterbro
In Frederiksberg C and near Vesterbro, Kødbyen and within reach of København H (or Central Station).

Website: shabaz.dk/en
Locations:
shabaz.dk/en

COFFEE CARTS

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All over the city, baristas set up their little coffee-bars-on-wheels in useful spots, such as outside S-tog stations, at beaches, at key harbour-side locations and – most usefully when you’re travelling with kids – at the playground areas of parks. Some of them also sell waffles and other warm sweet snacks.


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