Whether you’re looking for a hot cup of coffee, a bite to eat or just a spot to relax, one can easily find a cafe in Copenhagen. The city center is abundant in coffee shops, and picking just one can be difficult. To make this search a bit easier, check out our guide to the nine of the best cafes in Copenhagen.
Café Bevar’s is a relaxing retreat in which to hide away during a busy afternoon in Copenhagen. With a wide selection of drinks, good music, retro-chic furniture and comfortable armchairs, Bevar’s can charm anyone into spending a few hours in its interior. During the daytime, you will often find people studying or working on laptops as Bevar’s invites people to work outside the office. There is a meeting room in the back of the cafe to cater to larger work parties. In the evening, the cafe transforms into a relaxed, informal brasserie with beers on tap and live music at least once a week.
This spot — known as the Paludan Book & Café in English, is a large coffeehouse with a name that says it all; here, it’s all about books. This second-hand bookshop-meets-coffee shop is the perfect place to come for lunch, or to browse the selection of novels over a cup of tea. The cafe is often frequented by students from the University of Copenhagen, but the overall customer base is diverse and the coffeehouse enjoys a stellar reputation among both locals and tourists.
Bertels is famous for its cheesecakes — considered to be the best in Copenhagen with their melt-in-your-mouth texture — and even boasts two separate locations. The flagship shop, located in the center of Copenhagen, has a lovely, upmarket aesthetic and a loyal customer base. The cafe is spread over two floors and serves a great cup of coffee, and don’t forget to grab a slice of the famous cheesecake to go along with it. Don’t fancy battling the crowds at this popular location? Head to Bertels Salon 54 in Frederiksberg — the more intimate and cosy location serving tapas and light food in a fun-loving and relaxed atmosphere. Whichever location you choose, Bertels is a must-visit for all those seeking a sweet treat.
Looking for a bit of culture and refinement in your Copenhagen cafe experience? Head to Café Norden — an upmarket coffeehouse consisting of two floors and an outside area with views of Amagertorv square. This spot boasts a Parisian Art Deco vibe and is found right in the center of Copenhagen, directly seated on one of the main pedestrian streets of the city, the Stroget. The decor — think Art Deco windows and beautiful brass ornaments — pairs just right with the classic, fin de siècle ambiance.
The Coffee Collective | Courtesy of The Coffee Collective
The Coffee Collective, an iconic Copenhagen institution, is widely considered to have the best coffee in town. Established in 2008 in Norrebro, The Coffee Collective provides most of the coffee shops in Copenhagen with premium, directly sourced coffee beans while also running three coffee bars of its own around the city. Their first cafe — located on Jægersborggade — is a relaxed joint staffed by only the best in the barista business, serving delicious, rich coffee roasted in-house. Be sure to witness the coffee roasting in action — the roaster sits right at the center of the cafe.
Republikken is designed for those looking for a quiet retreat from the city to read a book, get some work done or simply spend a few hours holed up in its warm atmosphere. The main focus of this cafe, however, is to provide a creative space for professionals and entrepreneurs who don’t have an office to work in. There’s ample room to work here, large tables, and meeting rooms (that can be booked privately) making it the perfect place to focus. The high ceilings and simple decor make the space inviting and less distracting than the average coffee shop. You can purchase a work pass, which includes unlimited coffee as well as discounts on food and drink options, at the front desk. The price is 40kr for the first hour, and 15kr for every hour after that.
Away from the upmarket cafes and busy shopping streets of Copenhagen’s city center you’ll find a different kind of coffeehouse. Located near the up-and-coming Norrebro neighborhood, Tjili Pop is perfect for those looking for something relaxed but professional. Situated on Norrebros Rantzausgade, Tjili Pop serves a great cup of coffee, provides excellent service, and is a spacious spot with a unique decor. Up-cycled, mismatched couches and chairs fill the space, making for a quirky yet inviting ambiance, and the walls are adorned with various recycled objects. There are also a few mini terraces to sit on. It is worth bearing in mind that this spot is one of the very few cafes that allow smoking inside, which may not make it enjoyable to everyone.