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Atelier September
Gothersgade 30, Gothersgade
A hybrid café, boutique, and creative studio, Atelier September is tucked into the cool, design-forward Gothersgade neighborhood. Here, Frederik Bille Brahe runs the cafe part of the operation, where he pours coffee and features a light food menu (boiled eggs, avocado toast). In the back of the space, designers Jonas and Annette Trampedach pull together an enviable mix of contemporary furniture, sixties Italian design, lights, and ceramics, as well as pieces from their own collection.
Café Pascal
Norrtullsgatan 4, Vasastan
Café Pascal is a beautiful, stylishly rustic space with exposed brick walls, contemporary low-hanging lights, and communal-style tables. The glass display cases are brimming with incredible looking sandwiches, cakes, and bakery goods, but there are plenty of healthier options like avocado toast and chia pudding if your sweet tooth is maxed out. Coffee is courtesy of what is arguably Stockholm's best roaster (Koppi and Love) and comes served in pretty, delicate turquoise cups and saucers.
Drop Coffee
Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 10, Södermalm
Few businesses treat crafting the perfect cup of coffee as seriously as this Söder café. Joanna Alm and her team are committed to elevating the lives of the farmers who produce their beans, all of which are direct-trade, sourced from plantations in Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. In 2012 Drop Coffee constructed their own roaster nearby and have enjoyed their status as Stockholm's consistent coffee roaster champions ever since. This is the spot for one (or several) cups of coffee you can feel really good about.
Leckerbaer
Ryesgade 118, Osterbro
The unmistakeable scent of sugar and dough baking in the oven hits you as soon as you enter this unassuming 16-seat patisserie. Founded in 2015 by chefs Jakob and Gabi Bär Mogensen, the whole idea behind Leckerbaer is to allow guests to sample several sweet treats at once. All the confections in the case are bite-sized and look more like miniature works of art; it goes without saying they taste incredible. We've heard good things about the profiteroles made with salted caramel and Oreo-style cookies, too.
Mad & Kaffe
Sønder Blvd. 68, Vesterbro
Arguably the best brunch in a city obsessed with breakfast, Mad & Kaffe's menu is pretty DIY. Here's how it works: You choose a few (or several) options from the menu and everything comes out at once in small bowls on a tray—essentially like building your own breakfast tray. The scrambled eggs and chorizo sausages are tasty, but the smoked salmon bagel is insanely good. This café doesn't take reservations so on weekends get there early—by 10am is best.
Prolog Coffee
Høkerboderne 16, Kødbyen
In Copenhagen's rapidly gentrifying Meatpacking district, Prolog Coffee occupies what was the old neighborhood bookstore. It's one of those coffee shops that has indie magazines and books stacked on the counters, encouraging you to stay awhile and read. The best-kept secret here is their interpretation of the classic Italian afternoon pick-me-up, affogato: Prolog pours their coffee over soft serve ice-cream using a syringe and tops it with grated chocolate.
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