One of Copenhagen’s best cafes is hidden off the lobby of the city’s main library, Københavns Hovedbibliotek, several blocks from Nørreport station. Head to the right when you enter the library and you’ll find your way into a room with a long wood paneled bar. You could almost be excused for thinking this is where you should check out your books, if it weren’t for the bakery in the back and the coffee equipment.
Oliver, the shop’s proprietor whose curly hair and glasses make him hard to miss, serves a great espresso using coffees from Koppi, a well regarded roastery in Sweden. When I visited they were serving a Rwanda Rubavu single origin that was sweet, citrusy, chocolatey, and thoroughly enjoyable. They also bake a variety of pastries in house, including delicious properly made croissants and other creations you can see below.
Few things go as well together as a stack of interesting books, a great coffee, and a delicious pastry. If I had lived on the Danish side of the Oresund while working on my masters degree, you would certainly have found me camped out at Democratic all the time! If you’re in the city, definitely pop in for a visit.
Also, you can see the work that goes into the pastries and the coffee in this nice little video put together by Julie at Strutterview.com (she writes about her visit here).
Below are a bunch of pictures I took. Unfortunately I didn’t have my regular Nikon DSLR with me, so we’ll have to settle for these iPhone images. Sorry!
I’m sad I didn’t get to try anything like this caramel apricot concoction when I visited, but check out the picture I nicked from Democratic’s Facebook page. If this isn’t a must-try, I don’t know what is.
Hours, Address, Directions, Map:
Krystalgade 15, København
Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Phone: +45 40 19 62 37
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