Denmark, like much of Scandinavia, loves coffee with a deep passion so it’s no surprise that the capital city Copenhagen is full of interesting and unique cafés. There is a major trend towards sustainability, craftsmanship, and traceability in Danish café culture and many of the best coffee shops in Copenhagen are centered around providing a wholesome and ethical coffee experience. From pioneers in the local café scene to new additions, here are my top 10 coffee shops in Copenhagen.
1. The Coffee Collective
The Coffee Collective is a veteran of the Copenhagen coffee scene and a notable trailblazer for specialty coffee in the city. The original café is based in the hip Jægersborggade area, while they have additional locations in Torvehallerne, Bernikowsgade and Gothåbsvej. They regularly feature on lists of the best coffee places in Copenhagen thanks to their excellent brews and inviting ambience.
The Coffee Collective roasts their own beans and is dedicated to ethical sourcing and sustainability. They source their beans from farms around the world and ensure a fair price for coffee farmers. They are deeply involved in the process of making exceptional coffee, from collaborating on farmer education to innovative roasting techniques and flawless brewing methods. Their space has classic Scandinavian interiors and welcoming baristas who are always ready to help you learn more about coffee.
2. Prolog Coffee Bar
Tucked into a small space in the meatpacking district, Prolog Coffee Bar is the perfect place to learn about and experience third wave coffee. They are among the best Copenhagen coffee shops that focus on sustainability and building direct relationships with farmers. Prolog roasts their own beans and each batch is served fresh and prepared with finesse.
This is one of the few coffee shops in Copenhagen to deviate from the classic minimalist aesthetic of the city, so you can expect bright colors and funky décor. Prolog tends to prefer serving light roasts with notes of berry, citrus, and nuts. They change their coffee menu often and curate it to suit the season, so you can always count on a unique experience every time you stop by their café.
3. Andersen & Maillard
Launched in 2018, Andersen & Maillard offer picture-perfect interiors and some delicious coffee. Their espresso-glazed croissants are a crowd favorite and pair excellently with their coffee which is roasted on location. This café is in the heart of the bustling Nørrebrogade area and is great for a leisurely coffee break or to expand your coffee palette.
Since the coffee is roasted right in the café, you get fresh coffee every time. Their espresso is brewed with the American Synesso espresso machine and you can also opt for batch brews, AeroPress, and pour-over coffee. You can’t skip their baked goods from freshly-baked bread paired with hand-churned butter to the aforementioned croissants which are adored by the locals and tourists alike.
Split across two locations, Risteriet is a laid-back café with chill vibes and a bohemian air. The outlet in Studiestræde is best for a quick coffee takeaway when you’re in a rush and the Halmtorvet space is where you’d go to kick back, settle in, and soak in the coffee experience.
Like many of the cafés on this list, Risteriet roasts their own beans but what makes them unique is that you can also buy green coffee here. They feature coffee from different countries every month, apart from their usual menu. You can order Ethiopian espresso, siphon coffee, AeroPress, pour-over, cold brew, and black tonic with fever-tree tonic. Once you’re done with your coffee, take a minute to browse their collection of brewing equipment and maybe even pick out something to experiment with at home.
5. Hart Bageri
Hart Bageri is led by Richard Hart, a British baker who relocated to Denmark and trained in Noma. This is one of the most famous bakeries in all of Copenhagen, or perhaps in Denmark as a whole. Expect a long wait if you drop by here, especially on the weekends.
While they are best known for their delicious bread and baked treats, their coffee is similarly top-notch. The ambience has a cool-toned Scandinavian vibe that compels you to slow down and take in the delicious flavors and aromas that surround this bakery. Hart Bageri is situated in the heart of the Frederiksberg main street, so don’t miss it!
If you want a bit of a Parisian flair in the Copenhagen city centre, head over to Sonny. Inspired by a French aesthetic, Sonny has a pleasant ambiance with striped cushions, a beautiful glass ceiling, and even a miniature Eiffel tower. The café is run by a couple Sara and David, and David trained as a barista in Paris. After years of perfecting coffee for picky Parisians, he moved back to Denmark to set up his own establishment.
Coffee is obviously their main attraction, but David is also a sommelier so expect to learn about how similar coffee is to wine when you consider the care and consideration that goes into creating the final product. I’d recommend their espresso brewed on the La Marzocco Strada with beans sourced from roasters in Denmark and Sweden.
7. Copenhagen Coffee Lab
This café definitely takes the ‘Lab’ in their name very seriously. Copenhagen Coffee Lab is a perennial favorite for their dark espresso, which is often sourced from Brazil or Ethiopia. They also roast their own beans and thanks to their flair for experimentation, this means they offer unique flavors that you may not find in other cafés in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Coffee Lab can be found near the Danish Parliament and it occupies a space in a cellar along a cobble-stone street. You can find the usual minimalist Scandinavian décor offset by the warm and friendly staff who are always ready to talk about coffee origins, new roasts, and anything coffee-related.
8. Ø12 Coffee & Eatery
Based in Østerbro, near Statens Museum, Ø12 Coffee & Eatery is the best spot for brunch or a snack. Their coffee is expertly brewed and often served strong. Their food is hearty and generous, with a selection of brunch food, Danish pastries, and dinner plates.
Ø12 serves the impeccable Ozone coffee from London, which is a delight any time of day and any time of the year. In the summer you can make the best of their outdoor seating which has serene views of the neighborhood or settle in with a book in the cozy interiors.
9. Apollo Bar
Tucked into the historic Kunsthal Charlottenborg courtyard of the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Apollo Bar & Kantin is a true hidden gem. The ambience alone is worth it- think vaulted ceilings, classic Danish design, and sculptures dotted through the space. You can expect a range of local and international foods, with some interesting fusion options.
One of their most fascinating drinks is the cascara brew made with coffee cherry skins, tonic, and rose. Stop by Apollo Bar for a quick morning coffee and pastry or for a leisurely vegetarian lunch paired with lighter brews. The menu changes with the seasons and the café space also hosts art and music gigs. Once you’re done with your meal and drinks, stroll over to the art exhibitions and soak in the culture.
Arrebo is not a place you come to frantically work while you gulp down your coffee- this is a computer-free zone where you can take a break, wind down, and truly focus on your coffee experience and nothing else. This is a great place to hang out with friends and explore the menu which features craft beer and wine apart from coffee.
The coffee served here is sourced from a local roastery called Holy Bean, based on the Danish island of Funen.
Whether you like your coffee black and strong or mellow and light, there’s a café for you in Copenhagen. Pay a visit to these coffee shops and you’re sure to discover new flavors and experiences.