10 Best Copenhagen Cafes for brunch, breakfast, snacks and hanging out

Copenhagen's cafe culture can be chic and sophisticated or homely and nostalgic, depending on what you are looking for in a cafe. From the vintage furnishings--which are also, incidentally, on sale along with the coffee--of coffee shops like Props in Nørrebro to stylish, Pan-European eateries such as Cafe Europa 1989 on Amagertorv, cafes in Denmark's capital are ideal for meeting a new friend, tanking up on breakfast or lunch, enjoying a break from shopping, or simply watching the world go by from a picturesque square or canalside spot.

Missed out on breakfast? Cosy, retro cafes such as Mormors on Bredgade and Granola on Værnedamsvej serve croissants and even oatmeal with coffee and atmosphere by the jugful.

Copenhagen's squares are great places to people watch with a coffee or lunch. Sankt Hans Torv in Nørrebro is a great example, and French-international cafe-restaurant Sebastapol is a popular hangout whatever time of day.

Take a break from downtown shopping on walking street Strøget at Cafe Norden on Amagertorv, quite possibly Copenhagen's best-known cafe and certainly its best location: Or enjoy dainty cakes and doll-sized 'smushi' at Royal Copenhagen's Royal Cafe.

A unique character, as well as the chance to support fair trade causes, characterize downtown volunteer cafe Retro and basement Makke Kafe - which is family-friendly and ideal after a trip to the nearby Nationalmuseet. Likewise, sweet toothed museumgoers well be spoiled for choice in the cafe in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.

Cafe Sebastopol
Photo courtesy of Christian Alsing / Copenhagen Media Center

Located on the lively Sankt Hans Torv square in inner Norrebro, Cafe Sebastopol is a well-established, French-inspired cafe-restaurant with a Parisian bistro decor and smartly-attired wait staff. It always seems to be brimming with life,...  Read More

Props Coffee Shop
Photo courtesy of Props Coffee Shop

There's generally a lively atmosphere both inside and out with Props, a tiny, cosy cafe on the paved, mostly pedestrian street of Bl?g?rdsgade in Norrebro. If you feel like you've just entered a private party, the feeling is quite usual: Many of...  Read More

Cafe Glyptoteket
Photo courtesy of Kim Nilsson

Glyptoteket is one of Copenhagen's most attractive museums and its cafe has the perfect placing, in the tropical winter gardens of the museum atrium. Enjoy the cafe's breakfast plate (served until 1pm), light lunches, healthy sandwiches or just...  Read More

The Royal Cafe
Photo courtesy of The Royal Cafe

This cute cafe next to the flagship store of Royal Copenhagen on Amagertorv has put its own dainty twist on the traditional Danish lunch, building up quite a reputation for its own invention: "Smushi", a fusion of smorrebrod open sandwiches with...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Granola

Almost too cute to be true, this retro cafe is situated in the middle of 'Little Paris' Vaernedamsvej, Frederiksberg's foodie street--right on the edge of the neighbouring Vesterbro district. Granola has been completely furnished in true...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Local Expert, Jane Graham

Sandwiched between the Nationalmuseet and Gammel Strand on the canalside overlooking Christiansborg, kid-friendly cafe MakkeKafe is the perfect pit spot for tired families on a sightseeing tour or after a museum visit. Located in a basement on...  Read More

Cafe Retro
Photo courtesy of Cafe Retro

You're more likely to hear English behind the counter at Cafe Retro than Danish, as this cafe is run by a dedicated staff of international volunteers who are only too happy to serve various drinks and a small range of sandwiches, tapas plates...  Read More

Cafe Europa 1989
Photo courtesy of Cafe Europa 1989

The rather long name of this classic metropolitan cafe emphasizes not only the year it was established, but also the year that Europe finally began its long unification process, starting with the fall of the Berlin wall. Most people just refer...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Mormors

In Frederiksstaden, a neighborhood of exclusive stores and galleries where simple cafe fare can be hard to find, cosy Mormors (meaning "grandma's") is the perfect place to take the weight off your feet and enjoy a simple, inexpensive sandwich...  Read More

Café Norden
Photo courtesy of Ty Stange / Copenhagen Media Center

Cafe Norden's prime location on Amagertorv square in the middle of pedestrian street Stroget make this art deco-styled cafe the spot for meeting people, particularly in the summer, when its chairs and tables sprawl out into the square. The cafe...  Read More


Meet Jane Graham

After touring most of Europe in her twenties, Jane was charmed by Copenhagen's relaxed tempo and moved there from her native northern England in 1999. Four young children at home has meant...  More About Jane