Copenhagen's 10 Best Spots for Desserts (and coffee!)

Copenhagen is gaining a reputation for its restaurant scene and the Danish kitchen is hip – but do its desserts meet the grade? Here's the lowdown not only on the city's most desirable pastries, but where to find a tiramisu or a tart you just can't resist.

Top of our list is Strangas Cakeaway – you’ll have to eat your main course elsewhere, as this place is devoted entirely to the sweet tooth. A little out of town on Aboulevard, this conditori is run by the former pastry chef of Michelin-starred Italian Era Ora Nikolaos Strangas.

A more traditional patisserie is the long-established La Glace, with old-fashioned charm and delicacy.

Dainty cakes can be had at the Royal Cafe along with sandwiches, soups and mains. The sumptuous surroundings of the Cafe Glyptoteket compel some regulars to pay the museum entrance fee just to enjoy coffee and a cake in the elegant winter gardens. 

Round off a selection of the innovative starters and mains from contemporary Scandinavian kitchen of Restaurant Geist on Kongens Nytorv with one of a number of exceptional desserts.

La Galette, found hidden in a courtyard, is one of the Latin Quarter’s secrets; Breton buckwheat pancakes, both sweet and savoury.

A new concept in Copenhagen is the Sunday afternoon cake table, which can be enjoyed in the fresh, airy surroundings of Restaurant Orangeriet in Kongens Have and the more off-the beaten path Spiseri in Norrebro. We hope this tradition is here to stay.

We think few kitchens can come up with desserts as delectable as the Italian; dolcis of panna cotta ice cream and tiramisu are all homemade at Cofoco’s The Italian, on the street level of Hotel Kong Frederik, and are organic at trattoria Che Fe.

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The Italian
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A smart yet casual Italian restaurant on the street level of Hotel Kong Frederik run by the incredibly successful and generally extremely reliable Copenhagen restaurant chain Cofoco. The decor here is simple but fresh, with plain wooden tables...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Spiseri


A simple and rustic Italian in offbeat Norrebro run by a team of four women chefs who all met at the established Famo restaurant in Vesterbro. Spiseri means "the eatery" in Danish and this offers no frills or finery, but good food with mainly...  Read More

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Che Fe
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Che Fe in downtown Copenhagen is an organic certified restaurant, run by the team behind Christianshavn's Era Ora and L'Altro. Many of the dishes offered here are classics that helped make Era Ora its name back in the 1980s. With very reasonable...  Read More

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Photo courtesy of Restaurant Orangeriet


A breath of fresh air in the popular Kongens Have Gardens, Orangeriet is certainly in another league than your typical park cafe. Located in the old glass house of the Kings Gardens with an adjacent terrace for al fresco dining on a warm summer...  Read More

La Galette
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Buckwheat pancakes from Breton region of France, both savoury and sweet, are the specialty of this secret courtyard cafe in Copenhagen's Latin quarter, where a whole 22 different varieties are offered. Should buckwheat not be to your taste,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Restaurant Geist


This smartly casual restaurant is located on a strip of similarly swank eateries on the north side of Kongens Nytorv, through the rather formidable gates and at the end of an attractive courtyard. Unlike most other gourmet restaurants in...  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
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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

Conditori La Glace
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This old-fashioned coffee shop and patisserie was established in downtown Copenhagen in 1870 and has managed to retain its character through six generations of owners. One look through the window will have anyone with a sweet tooth excited by...  Read More

Strangas Conditori and Cakeaway
Photo courtesy of Nikoloas Strangas


This exquisite patisserie and cake shop is located a little out of town in a former bakery on the rather characterless aboulevard, but it's worth the trek if you have a sweet tooth: the Greek-born owner, Nikolaos Strangas, was pastry chef at...  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