Man Seeking Coffee recently posted a link to Coffee Collective’s google map of cafes using their beans, which gave me a starting point for exploring Copenhagen’s cafe scene when I visited yesterday.

The first location, called Cafe Norden, basically ticked off all the boxes on the list of preconceptions I had for what a ‘European Cafe’ should be like: the crowded outdoor seating, the decor, the view from the upstairs windows, and the large bar at which you order, and even its location next to a large square with an old fountain and street performers. A bit of a touristy, commercial spot, but for me it’s a welcome change of scenery and seat turnover is quick enough that even if it’s crowded you can find a place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

Given the size of the place and the crowds, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by attention to detail in the preparation of my coffee, but I did really enjoy the double I was served, with the quality of Coffee Collective’s blend showing through in its balanced flavor. My friend’s cappuccino looked a bit overly foamy, but he said he enjoyed it. This isn’t a “third-wave” shop, but it’s a pleasant place to have brunch or dessert and a good espresso (drip coffee consists of two pots sitting on hot-plates, which is probably best avoided by coffee geeks). It’s open quite late as well – up til midnight when I visited. You can get more information and see the full menu on their website. Now, here are some photos from my visit!

Click here for a map to Cafe Norden.

From Kobenhavn H, the central station, walk out the main exit, turn left, go to the intersection, turn right and keep walking east for ~10-15 minutes past the square and through the shopping street until you reach Amagertorv.

View FRSHGRND – Global Cafe Guide in a larger map