Best Cafes In Copenhagen For The Working Traveler
Travel is no longer becoming an act of "all play and no work," but many individuals in this generation are required to travel for work, have the ability to work remotely, or simply enjoy staying connected. There are cities all over the world that allow the working adventurer to keep on working, but Copenhagen—Denmark's capital—is the ideal place for a freelancer, business executive, and wifi dependent destination hopper to earn money while 'out of the office.' As a freelance writer myself, flight attendant blogger, and YouTube content creator who is constantly returning to "the happiest city in the world," here are my six favorite picks of København cafes for getting some work done, drinking perfect cappuccinos, and utilizing free (and well working) wifi.
I've made notes about certain aspects of each cafe including things like wifi connectivity, outlets available, best thing to order on the menu, amount of workspace, and prices. This is not a comprehensive list as there is literally an endless array of places to unfold your laptop and caffeinate your body in this lovely city.
Cafe Parterre— "Avocado Toast so good, it may just change your life."
For a coffee and a workspace that will kickstart even your worst of Mondays, Cafe Parterre brightens up the day. Not a recent addition to the city, but a fairly recent discovery of mine, this coffee and food establishment is located a short walk from the metro stop. Three little steps lead down to a semi-basement style room, with ground level windows that look out onto the street. The staff is friendly and the baristas adept, my Lactosfri Cappuccino always topped with beautiful art. The space is not dark—but inviting—for both locals and foreigners. Stop in to chat with a friend, enjoy a cozy breakfast, or to write that epic novel. The seating area is fairly small, so if you are going to work, be polite and wrap things up if Parterre becomes busy. If not, you will be able to slave away for hours thanks to the numerous outlets that can be found under the bar-seating lining the windows. The wifi code is on the counter.
Democratic Coffee Bar— "Almond croissants and perfect lattes."
For those freelancers watching their Danish Krones and cents, Democratic Coffee is the place that I would first recommend as where to find the best tasting coffee and pastry in exchange for your money. This small coffee bar, with a separate entrance, but located "within" the Copenhagen Main Library has well working free wifi, freshly baked croissants, and delicious cappuccinos. I'll spend hours here, finishing up blogs or editing YouTube videos. I love being in the morning bustle of the smartly dressed Danes going to work and listening to the chatter of Danish students discussing what I can only imagine being study group questions. Democratic Coffee Bar is popular, but unlike some spots, the busy does not become distracting. It's not really a place to plug-in, so come with devices charged, and only one time (out of probably 10-15), did the baristas have a non-dairy milk alternative. Never hurts to ask though.
Cafe Paludan— "Hide yourself away amongst books, student chatter, and ample seating."
Paludan Bogcafe my first favorite Copenhagen cafe ever. The coffee shop and book cafe is large, but not in an overwhelming way. It's very popular with students, especially international ones. The space will be inspiring for the writer in you with the endless array of books lining the walls. Also inspiring are the strong cappuccinos and large menu. Prices are reasonable. Don't expect to discover outlets easily, but they do exist. Wifi code is located on the back wall and notes throughout caution against leaving items unattended. Cafe Paludan is a great spot for working in the winter as it's so cozy. Please visit the website for hours and additional information.
Øieblikket Espresso Bar at The Royal Danish Library— "Discover new inspiration with the views and history surrounding this place."
I go to The Royal Danish Library and Øieblikket when I feel a need to be inspired— desiring to stare out of a window and become lost in thought. Bar seating, along what seems to be, floor to ceiling windows allows one to gaze out over the water while enjoying a varme drikke or kolde drikke. When creativity and work-flow slows, take a break and visit the collection of rare books and Medieval manuscripts (it's quite amazing, and it's free). The library also offers rotating exhibits and events, the schedule of which can be viewed here. Øieblikket is the best choice for those who want to combine work and tourism; allowing for one to experience the history of Denmark, architectural excellence, and the wonderful student and cafe culture of Copenhagen.
FAR's Dreng— "Design focused space to un-clutter your mind and free your creativity, along with coffee and wine to fuel your success."
The recent gem of Far's Dreng opened in May 2015 and has already made a splash as a place to eat delicious food, drink wine, and enjoy a caffeinated beverage. Conveniently located near Nyhavn and Kongens Nytrov, it is a quick place to go for those tourists who are staying near the center of the city, but are not interested in the chain establishments of Joe & The Juice or Baresso Coffee. I was immediately impressed with the perfectly decorated space. Entering felt like I walked into someone's home, so lovingly and thoughtfully designed is Far's Dreng. To me, this cafe completely embodies the untranslatable Danish word Hygge, which maybe now I will start translating as, "like a hug." Because that is what this place is. Ask for the wifi code.
Joe And The Juice— "This hotly branded chain has delicious sandwiches, healthy fresh juices, and tasty coffee. Pairs nicely with code-less free wifi and their delicious looking Joe Boys."
Joe & The Juice is a chain, but it's good. I love how the company has branded their cafes, each carrying their signature black and white with hot pink, the icing being the always attractive and usually tattooed Joe Boys. Leave your number instead of a tip, or if you are feeling generous, leave a tip so the cuties can afford their Tinder dates. If the attraction distraction doesn't get to you, you will be able to finish projects and get work done with the free wifi powered by The Cloud. Outlets are available at most locations. For those veggie lovers, you can't go wrong with the Avocado Sandwich and Ginger Shot.
København has many desirable features, from its safety for solo travelers to it's attractive citizens, the gamet of needs that this beautiful city fulfills is endless. So, if your next trip must include catching up on freelance work or you're a travel junkie in search of wifi, make sure you check out one of the coffee-havens mentioned above and let me know what you think! To see more photos of Copenhagen and other great spots all over the world, follow me on Instagram @thefalife...
And yes, if you learned one thing by reading this, I have a thing for Avocados.