While Copenhagen might be the first spot that comes to mind for java addicts seeking out the top places for coffee in Denmark, there’s some hidden little cafes across the country that are absolutely smashing it.
From sleek, Scandi coffee stores in the city to cosy countryside cafes, Denmark can really hold its own on the global coffee scene.
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This cute coffee shop in the pretty port city of Helsingor has fresh, steaming brews and organic goodies. The coffee is made from freshly roasted beans from Risteriet in Copenhagen, and brewed to perfection. Choose from classic espresso drinks – including a super creamy chai latte espresso – and sip it in the cute back garden.
With four locations in Aarhus, Street Coffee is a force to be reckoned with. Cosy vibes, vinyl tunes and gourmet coffee makes this a must-visit. They source their coffee in collaboration with Union Handroasted, located on the outskirts of London, who roast the beans fresh and send ’em on over. You’ll fall in love with the coffee on offer here.
The world’s smallest hotel (there’s just one room) and Copenhagen’s smallest coffee shop. You’ll be lucky to nab one of the five seats here. The coffee at Central Hotel & Café is made from freshly roasted beans from Risteriet and the entire cafe just oozes good vibes.
Original Coffee has eight locations in Copenhagen, as well as cafes in Nordhaven and Hellerup. Not only do the owners have the world’s cutest dog, the coffee is the real deal and despite expanding the quality remains super high. Original Coffee works closely with Kontra Coffee , where as a team they buy and roast their gourmet coffee beans.
The motto here is that ‘life is too short for bad coffee’, and we couldn’t agree more. Whether you try their signature espresso blend from Brazilian specialty coffee plantations in Minais Gerais and Alto Altoe or their house blend, you’ll love it. Have A Coffee works directly with micro plantations across Brazil to source single origin beans, and roasts them fresh in store.
When you ask any Odense local where you’ll find some of the best coffee in Denmark, there’s no doubt they’ll point you towards Nelle’s. With four cute locations around the city, each has its own unique vibe. All of the cafes however share the same ethos of sustainable coffee, eco and organic ingredients and friendly staff. You’ll never go wrong with a cortado here.
This funky coffee shop is located in Helios Film and Culture House and has the best coffee in the city. While the sleek setting is super impressive, the coffee here wows just as much. SOZE even has its own roastery, with a range mainly organic beans that they roast fresh several times a week. Enjoy them instore or get a bag to recreate for yourself at home.
When it comes to fantastic coffee in Denmark, you can always rely on ROAST. Working directly with coffee farmers for a fair price, they then hand-roast the beans in small batches to bring out the very best in each coffee’s natural flavours and aroma.
The coffee bar itself is beautifully designed, with a minimal feel and the smell of fresh coffee in the air. Choose from pourovers, V60, Aeropress or espresso brews.
The owners here have been in the coffee business for over two decades, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about a great brew. Kaffedepartementet is an industrial-style cafe that roasts speciality coffee beans from Kenya and Ethiopia on top machines for the best results. As soon as you get the first sip of the coffee here, you’ll see why it has such a glowing reputation.
Stop by Bill’s Coffee early in the morning to grab a takeaway coffee from their hole-in-the-wall window, or enjoy a more leisurely coffee break inside. They have a rotating roster of beans here from various countries, and the house espresso is a rich Guatemalan blend. Coffee this good deserves a treat to go with it, so pair it with a raspberry slice from Langenæs Bakery in Aarhus.
You can’t have a list of the best places for coffee in Denmark and not include this cafe. Democratic Coffee specialises in single origin, light roasted coffee and you can also buy their perfectly roasted beans to takeaway. The cafe is small but sweet, with freshly baked almond croissants that are baked twice a day and are soft and buttery.
Look for the wooden CUB-sign on the cobbled street and step down into the basement of one of Copenhagen’s beautiful 18th century buildings. Here, you’ll find coffee beans roasted on a Giesen drum roaster to highlight natural fruit flavours. Talented baristas will make you the perfect cup of anything that takes your fancy.
Baboon coffee is a charming and cosy coffee shop just off Benedict’s Square that roasts all its own beans and brews them in a wide range of styles, from Hario V60 to Aeropress or espresso. For the coffee connoisseur, you can even try a ‘flavour set’ to try the same bean brewed in three different ways. There’s no airs or graces here though, just people who really love coffee!
This is one of the more unique places for coffee in Denmark, as Wecycle is not just a place where you can buy vintage bikes and unique bike gear – you can also get an awesome cup of coffee to enjoy instore or takeaway. Whether you go for a smooth Americano or a ‘foss’ (a flat white), you’ll be sipping on great coffee surrounded by good vibes.
When you can’t decide what sort of tasty beverage you’re in the mood for, Haandpluk is a coffee shop, beer bar and wine bar all in one. We urge you to try the seriously excellent coffee here though: with fresh beans from Danish micro-agency The Coffee Collective. Get a rich espresso-style coffee or opt for a Kalita wave brew, for a delicate and smooth cup.
This specialty coffee shop in Vejle is a firm favourite among both locals and visitors. What’s not to love about BRYG’s dedication to fresh brews, creamy lattes and silky filter coffees? They often host pop-up coffee tastings here, where you can learn all about the different flavour profiles of the coffee that they serve here. It’s a real shining star in Denmark’s coffee scene for 2020.
Not only does Apelgren Kaffebar look like a beautiful cottage from a fairytale book, the coffee is also pretty magical. You’ll find it down by the harbour in Ebeltoft with a menu packed full of freshly baked pastries and coffee that’s made using beans freshly roasted onsite. Plus, they have bags of their irresistible roast coffee beans on sale in store, too.
This lovely cafe is well known in Aaalborg for its excellent coffee, which the baristas here bring to a whole new level. They brew from beans that the owners curate from small coffee farms around the world, so there’s always a new and exciting roast to try.
Behag Din Smag also sells coffee beans, tea, coffee and espresso machines, filters and other barista equipment.
Craving world-class coffee in Roskilde? This is the place to come. This cosy cafe in the creative Musicon district uses beans from Peru, you can choose possibility of varying degrees of roasting and thus coffees with different flavours and grades. It’s a microroaster and cafe in one too, so you can expect only the freshest coffee and a wonderful aroma in the air.
Formerly known as Great Coffee, Stiller’s Coffee is a legend when it comes to specialty coffee in Denmark. The owner and head barista is seven times Danish coffee champion and three times world finalist – so you best believe they know good coffee. They use Chemex, Hario, December dripper and Cold brew, as well as espresso methods, with weekend treats.
For the perfect blend of Scandi sleek with French chic, come to Sonny. Owners David and Sara are clearly coffee mad, and they’ve teamed their drinks up with a super strong food menu that helps both elements shine and complement each other.
Their selection of coffee comes from various roasters – right now there’s Kenyan and Ethiopian beans from La Cabra. With a tasty menu of homemade bites, it’s no wonder Sonny is so popular.
Clever Coffee knows that you will have the best coffee experience when specialty coffees are brewed on world-class equipment, so that’s exactly what you’ll get here. Specialty coffee beans brewed by skilled baristas in a friendly environment at Kaffebaren at the Aarhus Street Food market.
They are super transparent about every step of the coffee process here, all the way from bean to cup.
Prolog is one of the key leaders in great coffee in this country, with a cute store in the trendy Vesterbro neighbourhood. You can choose from a great range of coffees here – with beans changing regularly – such as refreshing ice coffees, batch brews and a rich cortado. Along with their artisan coffee, they serve croissants that are beautifully buttery and flakey.
Want a velvety smooth Nitro Coffee? Maybe a refreshing and acidic Coffee Kombucha? You’ll find all that and more at The Coffee Collective, which roasts its own beans and also supplies them to some of the best coffee shops in Denmark.
With several competition awards in the bag, including gold in both the World Barista Championship and World Cup Tasting championship, this is a real winner.
For a uniquely Nordic coffee experience, La Cabra is smashing it out of the park. What started off as a small cafe in 2011 has now grown to two coffee bars, a bakery and a roastery, which supplies beans to people in more than 40 countries as part of La Cabra’s great coffee subscription package. The coffee bars have incredible Danish design, freshly baked pastries and coffee that’s as clean, crisp and exciting as Denmark itself.
Update: a previous version of this post included The Lazy Wombat in Aarhus, however it has closed down as of December 31st 2019.