Coffee in Copenhagen
Torvehallerne is a renowned market with two covered halls offering a panoply of food options and an area out front for a flea market.
I was visiting during the Copenhagen Opera Festival so of course started my day – don’t we all always? – with some impromptu full-costume opera in the flea market. That ticked the box on culture for the day, so I headed for snackage.
My first stop was at a familiar logo that I was sighting for the first time in its natural habitat – Coffee Collective.
They’ve long been a favourite roaster of Edinburgh coffee staple Baba Budan, so I was already a confirmed fan.
Their shop at the top of one of the Torvehallerne halls is a long counter set-up where a steady parade of customer spin through to get their latest caffeine fix.
I was in usual mood so opted for espresso (30 DKK which was pretty much what was charged everywhere). I opted for the bright and fruity single origin and was rewarded with a splendid shot that perfectly welcomed me to a scorching day in the city.
After a light snack in the market, I then headed off to Andersen & Maillard for a second shot of the day.
It’s a super-stylish cafe with roastery on site. I was pretty sweaty so glad to be out of the sun for a bit.
I stuck with espresso as I was still easing my way into the day. It was another fantastic shot with great depth and layers of flavour. I was very impressed.
Their cafe space was the most welcoming and relaxed I found in the city. I could imagine spending a good portion of my time here on future visits.
I kept things pretty well behaved on the booze front in this trip, but I did have a little look in at Lidkoeb for a bevvy before dinner at Nose 2 Tail.
This is a bar with a strong connection to Scotland having done a couple of bar takeovers with Bramble.
After a refreshing beer, I had their house martini which was called the hyggelig.
It was served wet with some nice grapefruit zing to it, and topped with an elegant star anise.
With a nice blend of outdoor and indoor seating along with a whisky bar on site, Lidkoeb is definitely worth tracking down.
Next day I headed back to the meatpacking district for lunch at Fiskebar. On the way I stopped at Prolog, just around the corner.
This had an excellent minimalist feel to it. I tried their house-roasted espresso and it was a splendid start to the day.
This is a very cool neighbourhood with lots of eating and drinking options. Prolog serves it very well as a top-notch coffee shop.
After lunch it was off into the historic centre of town for a wander and coffee at Cub.
A sweltering basement, I enjoyed the place very much but I couldn’t stay long in the conditions as I began to visibly melt.
I still had time for an excellent espresso in this great little below street level, artistic space.
But I had to go back out into the cooling mid-afternoon breeze before I totally corroded the furniture.
The following day I headed to Forloren but sadly foubnd that it is closed on Sundays. I headed to Original Coffee, round the corner.
This small chain across the city has a smart feel to it with a stripped back aesthetic.
I opted for an espresso on their house OC blend. This was very good although a notch below the excellence of the other places I’d visited.
So overall, Copenhagen looks to have a very impressive coffee scene. I only scratched the surface during my stay, I suspect. I’d be glad to return to this excellent city to further explore. And thanks to Niall for many of the excellent coffee recommendations.