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Copenhagen might inspire a plethora of images in the minds of different people, from the fabled Little Mermaid basking on the rock overlooking the riverways to designer lightbulbs, furniture, and the world’s number one restaurant where they will serve you ants for dinner! A city of interconnected waterways and islands hugging a green coastline. Bridges span a grey sky and the pale-pastel hues of water, beach and sky envelope the city giving it that Scandinavian edge.

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Copenhagen happens to be a city of bicycles, literally thousands of pedals and spokes crowd the streets, zipping here and there. Home also to the delicious Danish or rather the wienerbrød. Although we did not rent bikes to explore the city, we did get our fingers sticky trying various sugar and custard encrusted buns and pastries as well as wading our way through a large smorrebrod (known to non-Danes as ‘smorgasbord’) an open faced sandwich which is top marks on the ubiquitous tourist checklist.

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We explored the various markets and neighbourhoods, took a leisurely but chilly boat trip, walked around the ever interesting and entertaining Christiania.

Visiting a new city, especially on a limited time frame can be daunting, what to see, what to miss? So many designer cafes and museums. Copenhagen is well known for it’s food and bar scene.

Since we are fans of coffee, we often route our walking tours to cover various shops to sample our favourite black beverage, and to pick up beans to take back home. Coffee in Copenhagen. It’s a fun and different way to see a city, it can trap you with tourists, or spring you clear off the beaten track, where you can experience a city a little more like a local. It’s always a surprise. A sort of scavenger hunt for a snack and drink.

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The Coffee Collective

We visited the store and coffee bar in the Torvehallerne Market. We delighted in wandering around all the stalls, our fragrant coffee a nice pick-me-up for a chilly day.

Frederiksborggade 21 1360 København K, Denmark

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The Coffee Lab

We particularly enjoyed the coffee from this shop. A basement level bar offering all kinds of “Third wave” artisinal beverages. The barista will painstakingly explain different beans and brews. We have long polished off all the beans we brought back home.

Boldhusgade 6
1062 København

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Phil’s Kaffe Kaelder

A tiny basement coffee bar, serving Coffee Collective beans. We enjoyed our americano and espresso here, it’s super convenient location served us well, as we explored the center of town.

8 Klosterstræde, København 1157, Denmark

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Copehagen has a few more coffee gems hidden about, which we will save for next time.