The Scandinavians are known for being some of the most passionate coffee drinkers in the world. There is a huge coffee culture in the Nordics, centered around craftsmanship, sustainability, and accountability. What sets these independent, third wave coffee shops apart from your big chains like Starbucks (aside from the taste!) is that they care deeply about the entire chain of the coffee production from bean to bar, from the farmer to the roaster to the barista. Additionally, many of the founders and owners of these coffee bars have been in competitions and are award-winning baristas and coffee roasters – they have perfected the art of the brew, whether you prefer drip coffee, pour-overs, or espresso-based drinks. From the first movers who opened over ten years ago (hey, Coffee Collective!), to the newcomers that opened a shop this year (looking at you, April!), here is a guide to the best cafés in Copenhagen.
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The Best Coffee Shops in Copenhagen
Coffee Collective paved the way for specialty coffee in Copenhagen when founders Peter Dupont, Klaus Thomsen, and Casper Rasmussen opened their first shop in 2008. Over the last decade, they have set the standard for how a Danish light-roasted coffee should be made, and are passionately “focused on sustainability from seed to cup.” Jægersborggade is the original location of Coffee Collective, and their other shops are located at Torvehallerne, Bernikow, Godthåbsvej, Sankt Hans Torv, and inside Telefonkiosken at Nørreport Station. Don’t miss out on their espresso soft serve when it’s available during the summer.
COFFEE COLLECTIVE JÆGERSBORGGADE Address & Contact Information Jægersborggade 57, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
For the past four years, April Coffee only operated as a roastery, but now award-winning coffee brewer Patrik Rolf has his own shop in Østerbro. The sleek, sophisticated space feels much more like a designer store or an art gallery than a coffee shop. Drop in to sample April’s full range of high-quality products from pour-overs to espresso-based drinks, and buy innovative brewing gear for travel.
APRIL COFFEE Address & Contact Information Ryesgade 86, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Prolog Coffee Bar
If you’re looking to learn more about the third wave of coffee, Prolog Coffee Bar might be the perfect first chapter. The name stems from “prologue” (the beginning of a book), and Prolog begins their coffee story by first looking to the farmers where they sustainably source their beans. Sebastian Quistorff and Jonas Gehl opened the coffee bar in 2016, and it instantly became one of the hottest places for specialty coffee in town. The Kødbyen (Meatpacking District) shop is located in a narrow little venue in the bustling and vibrant neighborhood. There are just a few seats inside and a couple of tables outside, but that doesn’t stop the herds of coffee nerds from sitting on the pavement outside and enjoying a cup of joe.
PROLOG COFFEE BAR Address & Contact Information Høkerboderne 16, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
One of Copenhagen’s coziest coffee shops, Darcy’s Kaffe is situated on a sunny corner on Rantzausgade. Owner Darcy Millar serves a rotating selection of coffee from April, Koppi, La Cabra, Coffee Collective, and more, and sells bags of beans to go. Darcy’s also bakes some pastries in-house, and offers tasty seasonal toasts. This café is the definition of hygge, and the perfect place to people watch.
DARCY'S KAFFE Address & Contact Information Rantzausgade 2, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
Andersen & Maillard
Andersen & Maillard’s espresso-glazed croissants and Instagram-worthy pastries have drawn a crowd since their opening in 2018. But what we are most impressed with at this café is the high-quality coffee roasted by Hans Kristian Andersen and his team in Nørrebro. One day we tasted two Ethiopian pour-overs from the same farm side by side, one natural coffee and one washed, to see the different flavor notes the processing brought out of the beans. A fascinating experience for a true coffee lover!
ANDERSEN & MAILLARD Address & Contact Information Nørrebrogade 62, Copenhagen, Denmark Website Instagram Facebook
The cozy little hole-in-the-wall in Amager, Alice, first opened as an ice cream shop, but has expanded to add a café on the corner with coffee, pastries, natural wine, and charcuterie. Don’t miss the flawless butter croissant – moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside, with perfectly layered dough. Owner Anderz Lorenz exclusively serves coffee from Koppi Roasters in Sweden. On the menu, you’ll find rotating drip coffees as well as espresso-based drinks.
Det Vide Hus
Café Det Vide Hus is a charming little café on Gothersgade which sells coffee and baked goods, as well as artisanal, handmade ice cream bars during the summer. Owner Claus Dalsgaard and his staff also sell high-quality groceries to go, like coffee beans from April, Coffee Collective, and La Cabra, and dairy products from Søtoftes Gårdmejeri.
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