When it comes to eating out in Copenhagen, the city’s modern restaurants have attracted plenty of attention in recent years. The cafés here also provide not-to-be-missed experiences and delicious food and drinks. Great coffee and tasty snacks are highly valued by local residents and it’s no surprise that there are plenty of options not only for lunch and dinner, but also for breakfast.
Whether you visit historic establishments which have been serving customers for more than a century or one of the city’s groundbreaking specialist newcomers, you’ll find that Copenhagen’s café culture is brewed to perfection.
Café Atelier September
The Atelier September boutique, with its very stylish edit of furniture and homewares, opened in the late 1980s. A café has now joined the Atelier September stable, also located on Gothersgade, headed by chef Frederik Bille Brahe. The focus here is on natural and healthy food. For breakfast there’s soft-boiled egg, comté cheese and butter on rye bread, or porridge with gooseberries and tarragon. Light lunches include Café Atelier September’s version of shakshuka, classic Danish open sandwiches, and buffalo mozzarella salad. Drink options include coffee made with expertly roasted beans, a good selection of teas, homemade lemonade and juices.
Café Atelier September, Gothersgade 30, 1123 Copenhagen, +45 2629 5753
Conditori La Glace
For a taste and feel of historic Copenhagen, head to baking specialist Conditori La Glace, which has been a mainstay of the city’s old town since it opened on 8 October 1870. The café has been situated on the same site since its founding and over the decades it has been run by six generations of the same family. It is famous around the country for its sweet treats which include the Sports Cake: created to mark the opening of a play called the Sports Man in 1891 it has a macaroon base topped with crushed nougat and garnished with whipped cream and caramelised choux pastry.
Conditori La Glace, Skoubogade 3, 1158 Copenhagen, +45 3314 4646
This traditional lunch-only venue has been feeding the city’s residents since 1877. In its early days, local farmers would come to Restaurant Schønnemann for pickled herring along with a fortifying drink of schnapps or beer. Today, visitors as well as the city’s regular customers have their midday meal in the restaurant’s cosy, wood-panelled rooms. There’s an impressive selection of 110 made-to-order open sandwiches, alongside small plates and hot meals such as minced steak with fried onion. Herring is still on the menu, whether marinated or a pickled spicy version. Finish your lunch with a cup of coffee and a slice of almond cake.
Restaurant Schønnemann, Huser Plads 16, 1127 Copenhagen, +45 3312 0785
Grød, Copenhagen’s first porridge bar, opened in 2011 with the aim of changing perceptions about porridge which, to many people, is an unexciting breakfast option. The café on Jægersborggade has shown that porridge can be delicious and versatile, serving various savoury porridge-like dishes for lunch and dinner as well as sweet versions at breakfast. First thing in the morning, enjoy a warming bowl of porridge oats with homemade dulce de leche, apple and roasted almonds, or a barley and spelt blend served with almond milk, strawberries, cocoa crumble and banana. The lunch and dinner options extend the definition of porridge to include dishes such as risotto and dal – Grød’s take on this staple Indian dish is made with lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk, ginger and coriander. Congee, an Asian rice porridge with chicken, ginger, peanuts and spring onions, is also available. Grød’s concept has been so successful that there are now four branches in Copenhagen.
Grød, Jægersborggade 50, 2200 Copenhagen, +45 5058 5579