Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Coffee Out: Copenhagen

When I went to Copenhagen a couple of weekends ago it seemed I’d arrived in a magical land where everything runs efficiently, people are happy and suntanned, the footpaths are paved with bicycles instead of dog turd,

the architecture is stunning,

and a handsome Prince turned an Australian called Mary into a Princess.

What would the coffee be like in this fairy tale kingdom?

The first thing that struck me after London was the absence of the big coffee chains. For some reason Starbucks has not made it further than the airport in Copenhagen. Baresso looks like the Danish equivalent but they are far outnumbered by independent cafes.

I was expecting great things but unfortunately a good coffee isn't as easy to find as ridiculously friendly people are in Copenhagen. I did manage to track down a couple of little café gems thanks to recommendations on this website and the trusty Wallpaper City Guide.

Sweet Treat, Sankt Annæ Gade 3A

Sweet Treat serves a macchiato in a designer crinkled porcelain cup- love the Danish.

Estate Coffee, Gammel Kongevej 1, which feels a bit like a coffee chain

with its pictures of coffee plants on the wall,

but actually serves a really good coffee.

Estate's piccolo

Saving the best until last, Granola, Værnedamsvej 5

where I drooled over the 1930s industrial furniture and the beautiful spacious shop counter... but not granola which they don't have on the menu. Odd. Obviously I need to be a bit more lateral.

Granola's double macchiato

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is nice city to visit, but to live... buy a gun before you move there so you can shoot yourself. It is so boring and depressing.
I've lived there for over 18 months and after all good time of newcomer it became just another place with nothing new to discover. Malmo across the bridge has more going on than (wonderfull)? Copenhagen.
People are nice but if you spend more time with locals you will see that they are very cold and hard to get to. Only nice on the outside and when they see profit in business with you.
So if there is anyone that is stunned by this country...please stay there little longer and feel the pain...

Anonymous said...

who is the 'sweet treat' in front of 'the sweet treat'? we must know more....

Scrambling eggs said...

Ouch. Sounds like you are not a Copenhagen lover but (just quietly) I can see what you mean. Its a bit beige. Actually reminded me of my hometown, Brisbane which is uber beige.

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