Getting Hygge With It: 5 of the Coziest Cafés in Copenhagen

Sarah Lempa

Chicago, USA

Copenhagen manages to be incredibly trendy, cozy, and welcoming all at the same time. The Copenhagen café scene is unmatched, hosting unsuspecting shop fronts dotting the streets all across the city. With the unpredictable weather, you may find yourself craving some rest and relaxation during a light rain storm. Luckily, the Danish capital has you covered with a plethora of unique spots to grab a coffee and hunker down for a peaceful hygge afternoon.

Paludan Bog & Café

Copenhagen Café:Paludan Bog & Café
Paludan Bog & Café, Copenhagen, Denmark. instagram.com/caitlining5

Calling all beer-drinking bibliophiles! This Copenhagen café boasts a grand selection of coffee drinks, teas, smoothies, and even beer and cocktails. Paludan is the biggest café on this list, but you might mistake it for a campus bookstore from the outside looking in. This popular study hangout for university students is conveniently located near Copenhagen University.

The walls are filled with a seemingly endless library of books, making you feel like you’ve stepped into a secret library in an old home. If you start to get hungry after 4 hours of reading and cuddling up, you can check out their full menu to satisfy your cravings. With books, baked goods, and brews, Paludan is a must-visit in Copenhagen.

The Living Room

The Living Room, Copenhagen, Denmark. instagram.com/dlwn1

This café in Copenhagen’s city center lives up to its namesake. I’d describe it as a collection of several living rooms stitched together into one big, cozy, three-floored haven that you will never want to leave. From the outside, you won’t be able to see the three separate floors that make up this unique spot.

After ordering at the upstairs coffee bar, descend into the Moroccan-styled basement to find yourself immersed in a brightly decorated environment with a fireplace, lanterns, candles, and endless embroidered cushions. Come to The Living Room for a coffee or tea, stay for brunch, and then linger all afternoon curled up with a book to appreciate the warm atmosphere. On a chilly day in Copenhagen, this place is your home away from home.

Big Apple

Big Apple, Copenhagen, Denmark. instagram.com/___danette

If you’re craving a fresh smoothie, Big Apple is the place for you. This juice café is centrally located in Copenhagen right by the botanical gardens and Rosenborg Castle. The space is bright and airy, with two floors filled to the brim with plants and rustic, yet minimalistic décor. Choose from a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies, or create your own juice based on available ingredients.

Apple, avocado, and lemon might sound like a bizarre smoothie combination, but trust me, I’ve been trying to recreate this drink ever since. Try something you normally wouldn’t, or ask the staff to whip up their favorite concoction for you! You won’t regret it.

The Donut Shop

The Donut Shop, Copenhagen, Denmark. instagram.com/thelaurax321

While strolling down the street in Copenhagen’s city center, it’s easy to miss the petite entryway of The Donut Shop café. This coffee and donut emporium is a basement favorite among university students and anyone else who notices the small shop front from outside. Not only are the donuts killer, the staff are friendly and they have great playlists.

Grab a donut or two and take your pick between several comfortable lounge chairs and fluffy couches. It’s a suitable spot to get work done, or just kick back and socialize with some friends over a game of cards.

Café Arabica

Café Arabica, Copenhagen, Denmark. instagram.com/arabicacopenhagen

This charming Copenhagen café is located in the beginnings of Nørrebro: Copenhagen’s creative, multicultural neighborhood. This area boasts an impressive amount of kebab restaurants, vintage shops, and laid-back cafes like this one. Café Arabica is off the beaten path, hardly even showing up on Google Maps without a proper search of the name. By taking a quick turn off the main street, Nørrebrogade, you will find yourself in this quiet spot known for its cheesecake.

The café features wooden walls and furniture, Moroccan-inspired décor, and luminous lantern chandeliers. The Chai lattes are also remarkable: pair it with your cheesecake and call it lunch. You deserve it.

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