I spent some days in Copenhagen this week and took the opportunity to explore some cafés and their serving of tea. For me the tea break is a needed rest from the hustle of the city.
What I need is: drinkable tea and a newspaper that I enjoy to read.
Café Moccador, Falkonér Allé, Frederiksberg.
The café is situated next to the Frederiksberg Center and offers a nice classical café with diner-like red seats in 3 half-levels on a busy street.
One of the cheapest cups of tea around: 22 kr. My choice this day was camomille.
The tea arrived as a glass of hot water infused with a fairtrade tea bag (Rioba) with lemon and a small chocolate. No soy milk. Politiken.
Nørreport (former Café Fokus)
Next to the metro entrance at Nørreport station, Frederiksborggade 20. A large modern café with a very cool look and painted in grey colours. I have often found it quite empty and I enjoy the feeling of having the spacious place almost for myself. A breathing space In one of Copenhagens most crowded spots. I like the bright light that comes in through the large windows. Different levels enhance the feeling of spaciousness.
Tea selection from famous Copenhagen tea shop Perchs: earl grey, quince, jasmine and green tea with ginger and lemon. 38 kr for tea. Newspapers: Politiken and Berlingske.
I chose the earl grey and a little soy milk. The tea was served in a rather small glass, the tea leaves in a metal tea ball. It tasted all right but not more than that. With the soy milk. However the croissant I had was delicious.
At another visit I had the green tea with ginger and lemon and found it extremely uninteresting.
What a pity that the good tea is not served in a way that gives it justice.
Kaffeplantagen, Sankt Hans Torv, Nørrebro
Crowded and cosy little coffee shop. I got the chai latte because it was made on tea and spices (and not from powder). They have 3 kinds of soy milk! A good selection of news- papers: Politiken, Weekendavisen, Berlingske. I had the chai latte made with soy milk. It was slightly bitter from the tea.
Mostly I find chai latte too weak or sweet and wish the spices would get more flavour like real indian chai, but that seems to be a different story. This was not the best chai latte I have had, but not the worst either.
Floras Kaffebar, Blågårdsgade
A nice cafe, slightly dark though? This time I didn’t stay there because they didn’t meet my needs at that moment: Newspapers and chai. They make the chai from the powder that I find too sweet and weak. They do offer soy milk or rice milk and also green tea and keemun (black) tea. No newspapers.
Wilders Café, Christianshavn
A classic cosy café in a lovely neighbourhood. Selection of teas: earl grey, assam, green, white, chai latte. I had a cup of green tea that was simply a cup of hot water and a tea bag of green tea (Emeyu). The green tea had a sligth perfume. It turned cold quickly. 26 kr.
Café Victor is a beautiful classic french-looking café that has existed since 1981. It is also a restaurant. They have a wide selection of newspapers and also a lot of magazines.
Selection of teas from Perch’s: earl grey, quince, green tea, mint, white temple tea. I was happy to see it served in a small metal teapot. Finally someone who shows a little interest and care for the tea. The chai latte is made from powder. They have soy or rice milk. Tea or chai latte, both 38 kr.
Café Det Elektriske Hjørne
A large popular cafe opposite Café Victor on Store Regnegade. I ordered earl grey tea. It was served in a huge glass with a large tea strainer containing enough tea for many cups. I took out the strainer qiuckly to avoid it getting too strong or bitter. It was a mediocre tea experience. I enjoyed reading Politiken which was the only newspaper I saw this day. No soy milk. Tea 28 kr.
next time in Cph I want to visit:
See other posts in The Tea Drinker’s Café Guide.