5 English afternoon teas to try in Copenhagen

Recently, I had to present a topic in my Danish class. Of course, I picked to talk about food. I mentioned that I missed a lot from home. One of them is Afternoon Tea.

As I learnt from my Danish class, many people confuse ‘Afternoon Tea’ with ‘High-Tea’. They are actually very very different. Delectable cakes, scones, savories and sandwiches are the signatures of an afternoon tea. They are typically elegantly presented in a classic 3 tier stand. Think of it as an afternoon soiree.

Legend has it that Afternoon Tea was started in England around the mid-1800s when Duchess of Bedford wanted something to munch on between lunch and dinner. Afternoon Tea is in fact also called ‘low tea’ as guests enjoy the delicious bites on low tables with comfy sofas or chairs.

High-tea, on the other hand, is less luxurious and more substantial. It is typically some hearty dishes such as meat or fish, potatoes and beans for the working class at the end of the working day.

High-tea has gone less and less common in modern cities but the tradition of Afternoon Tea has flourished beyond the border of England, especially in former colonies in Asia.  

As the rainy Danish summer is hitting us now, I have decided to hunt for some sweet hygge. Here are 5 afternoon tea spots I have found in Copenhagen:

1. Nimb Bar

The luxury hotel serves weekend afternoon tea with a local twist (375DKK). Expect the English must-haves such as scone with clotted cream and homemade jam, as well as the Danish classic flødebolle, a house-made chocolate puff filled with whipped cream.  

Every first Sunday of the month, you can indulge in their champagne Afternoon Tea Extraordaire (695DKK) with a glass of Dom Pérignon.

Bernstorffsgade 5, 1577 København, Denmark

2. A.C Perches Thehandel

Established since 1835, the legendary teashop is the city’s go-to place when it comes to tea, and their English-style tearoom is the hotspot for sweet lovers. Perch’s classic tea stand (250DKK) offers the quintessential afternoon tea experience. Go back in time as you lounge at Perch’s beautifully adorned tea lounge, sip tea and enjoy a hygge moment, whilst the hustle and bustle of the downtown is locked behind its doors.

Kronprinsensgade 5, 1114 København, Denmark

3. Dronning Louise’s Tehus

‘Queen Louise’s Teahouse’ is a former guest house for the Bernstorff Castle where Christian IX and his wife, Queen Louise, spend their summer with kids and hosts tea parties. Sip tea like a royal in their beautiful rose garden, or in their historical tearoom when it gets rainy and cold. The classic afternoon tea costs 245DKK per person. Located near Jægersborg, Dronning Louise’s Tehus is around 25 minutes from the city center by train.

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4. Maude’s salon

The spacious corner cafe has been a popular neighborhood breakfast spot. Less known is their traditional British Afternoon Tea (200DKK with juice, or 250DKK with cava). The vibe there is Frederiksberg casual – meaning Nordic chic with a tiny tiny dash of posh (Jante’s Law won’t allow too much luxury) but truly hyggelig.

Gl. Kongevej 164, 1850 Frederiksberg, Denmark

5. Peter Beier Chokolade

The local chocolate hero has several cafes in town, all serving classic afternoon with a special highlight on its signature chocolate creations. We recommend the newest one in the brand new Axel Towers for the most comfort, thanks to its more spacious seating and natural daylight owning to the café’s large windows.

Vesterbrogade 2V, 1550 København V, Denmark

When the ‘green winter’ hits, keep calm and drink tea!

IMPRONTA

Tucked on the quieter end of Østerbrogade, Impronta is a delicatessen selling Portuguese and Argentinian gourmet items. With a few tables, freshly brewed Portuguese coffee and their to-die-for pastel de nata, the little shop double as a small eatery for a quick bite.

The fresh-from-the-oven pastel de nata we tried was crispy on the outside, with smooth and sweet egg custard filling. In fact, it was better than the ones we tried in Porto, probably because we were lucky enough to eat it when it literally just came out from the oven. While in Portugal, a cafe would bake everything once in the morning and sell all the tarts throughout the day.

We also had a piece of vegetarian Caprice empanada, a hearty pocket pastry filled with a mouthful of comfort. Satisifying melted cheese with fresh and delightful tomato richly ’embreaded’ in a thin dough. We will definitely return to try to more classic Beef versions, an Argentinian festival favorite.

Before we left, we also took some Havanna Alfajores (chocolate and meringue) with us.

Whilst we have trouble finding a Portuguese restaurant in Copenhagen, we are glad to have found the taste of Portugal in Østerbro.

Telephone: +45 32 12 72 90

Address: Østerbrogade 93, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.

Café Coco

Cafe Coco is not your regular hotel all-day-dining spot.

Located in the heart of Vesterbro just a few minutes away from the Central station, Cafe Coco is an upbeat, delightful, French-inspired cafe helmed by the famous local restaurant group, Cofoco.

Expect simple, modern Mediterranean fares with a Nordic twist on their short menu. For instance, their breakfast plate is a Danish classic with organic bun, soft boiled egg and yoghurt, whilst you can also opt for a quick croissant, pain au chocolate to be washed down with a strong espresso.

Rest of the day, try the hipster-meets-classic Avocado on ryebread (smørrebord), or a simple Salad Nicoise, to go with a wide selection of wines.

Cafe Coco serves organic dishes primarily and is committed to sustainability by not serving plastic-bottled drinks. In fact, like the hotel that houses the cafe, the venue is covered by green energy from Cofoco’s solar park in Jutland. How cool!

Their lovely courtyard is our latest best-secret in town. An urban hideaway from the hassle and bustle of the busy Vesterbro.

Occasionally, the chic restaurant also hosts live nights featuring local artists. Think jazz, think bal-musette, think shy Danes (finally) mingling with the world adventurers. A fine tune and a sip of cocktail are all it takes.

Telephone: +45 3321 2166

 

5 rooftop restaurants / bars to visit this summer

Let’s be honest – some of us are still in our winter jackets.

But despite the chilly weather – we have been enjoying the sunny days, since errr, the lockdown?

Now that the country is reopening up, we can finally get some air – and all savor some long-awaited gourmet bites.

We are looking forward to visiting these rooftops:

Gro Spiseri

This rooftop eatery is an urban oasis in Osterbro, Copenhagen. Upon climbing up the stairs, you are greeted by a lavishly green rooftop garden, where some of the ingredients are harvested fresh. At the beautifully adorned greenhouse, enjoy a 6-course seasonal dinner served ‘family style’ (495DKK). The menu is very popular and there’s usually a waiting list. So hurry up!

The rooftop bar

The name says it all – Hotel Denmark‘s top-floor terrace is the rooftop bar to be in Copenhagen. Enjoy fantastic view of the city hall, tivoli and more as you lounge and sip cocktails while soaking up all the sun in the airy location. Summer hygge at its best!

Illum’s roof terrace

There are many restaurants at the iconic Illum mall in downtown Copenhagen. Some of which on the top-floor offer a nice alfresco vibe. But to be honest – none of the restaurants are that impressive food-wise. So leave the food to the tourists but you can still have a great time having a cool beer or nice glass of wine at the terrace overlooking the busy Købmagegade. On the other hand, Original Coffee, is our top choice there! It has the best view among all F&B joints in Illums – and the quality of their fares are uncompromised. Grab a cup of aromatic coffee, a piece of freshly based danish pastry and an uninterrupted view of Christiansborg. We simply can’t wait.

CitizenM

Very few Copenhageners know of this new hotel and therefore we have been keeping CanteenM a secret. The new design hotel’s lobby / living room / cafe / bar / restaurant offers no-nonse all-day-dining options with a view. With floor to ceiling windows and a long patio, CanteenM gives you a poster-perfect place to unwind whilst enjoying the spacious view of the City Hall plaza opened up not long again (due to the decade-long metro construction).

DAC Cafe

We don’t know when the museums are going to be opened yet, but when it does, we are pretty sure Denmark Architecture Center‘s topfloor dining spot will be busy again. The spacious cafe has 3 rooftop terraces, one of which has an expansive harhorfront view, and another overlooking the charming old streets surrounding the inner canals. On weekends, get a special deal with exhibition admission and brunch buffet at 185DKK only.

Mormor

Resembling a grandma’s home, Mormor is a cozy café in downtown Copenhagen, serving a range of homemade pastry treats, cakes and comfort lunch fares.

Floral wallpapers, wooden furniture and some quirky antique toys and decorative pieces incongruously create a homey and peaceful mood in the busy street of Bredgade, where all the museums, galleries and embassies are located.

Despite its touristy location, Mormor has some very friendly staff with a genuine smile – they may even give you a thumb-up when you try to speak some broken Danish.

Address: Bredgade 45 1260 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Telephone: +45 33 16 07 00

 

Sidecar

Sidecar is one of our favorite places for weekend brunches. Treat yourself to a delicious semi-buffet, indulge in a selection of fresh fruits, salads, cheese, smørrebrød and sweets beautifully presented in the central table, while your set of warm dishes prepared straight from the kitchen are served at your table.

On the menu are also a wide range of a la carte options, ranging from American pancakes, waffles, granolas to veggie breakfast plate and more.

Apart from coffee, the popular restaurant also serves some great fresh juices, smoothies and cocktails.

Address: Skyttegade 5, Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark

Telephone: +45 2099 9727

Nørrested

This café on Stefensgade is definitely one of our favorite office-away-from-the-offices in Copenhagen. The small coffee shop has a real neighhourhood vibe – meaning, the owner and baristas would recognize you if you visit often enough. Customers seems to be regulars and know one another. Digital nomads frequently occupy the “work desks” tucked in the back of the café, while family and friends enjoy the homey communal table by the entrance, chitchatting with the café staff, or relaxing alfresco.

nørrested nørrebro copenhagen københavn
Nørrested is a work friendly cafe in Nørrebro, Copenhagen

The space also houses art works and designer lighting pieces, offering ‘food for thoughts’ while you are having a writer’s block.

Address: Stefansgade 47, Copenhagen, Nørrebro, Denmark

Telephone: + 45 60 63 93 39

Café Øieblikket

Café Øieblikket, meaning “Café Moment”, is an espresso bar with a large alfresco seating area at the The Royal Library of Denmark.

On a nice day, the deck is filled with sun-loving coffee lovers hanging out at the harbor.

Our picks include their homemade chocolate and sweet pastry treats prepared by their own chef, and naturally, house-blend brew from Estate Coffee.

Address: Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Den Sorte Diamant, Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1221 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Telephone: +45 33 47 41 06

Café August B

Located in the foyer of The Royal Danish Theatre’s Old Stage, Café August B is named after August Bournonville, an iconic figure in the Danish ballet tradition.

Enjoy humble, organic and fair traded food and drinks at this small café facing Nyhavn and Magasin Du Nord.

Address: Kongens Nytorv, 1017 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Telephone: +45 27 79 63 15

Gonzo

A new café has arrived at one of Copenhagen’s most happening streets, Jægersborggade. Gonzo feels spacious and cozy. With large windows, plenty of plants and space, the café is an airy den. It is almost as if it was designed like a household living room so kids and kidults could run around freely as adults and grown-up (alike) could have some conversations.

On the menu are plenty of organic and natural options, such as craft beer by Herslev Bryghus, some natural wines, organic filtered coffee and herbal tea, as well as a host of cakes. Organic breakfast plates are served daily while brunch dishes are available on weekends.

What makes it more special is its weekly community dinner on Monday at 100kr/adult, 75kr/child from 3-7, and complimentary for the little ones under 3. Naturally, the grower friendly place serves plenty of vegetarian bites for those who do not eat meat, or are a support of the green Monday movement. Whether you are simply visiting the capital city of Denmark, new in town or have lived here for your whole life, Gonzo offers an authentic communal /social dining experience (Fællesspisning) that has been recently trending in Copenhagen.

Address: Jægersborggade 32 Copenhagen, Denmark 2200 N, Denmark

Telephone: 27 24 42 98