Guide: 10 old school cafés in Copenhagen

Copenhagen got its first café in 1976, but the café culture has really exploded during the last 20 years. AOK guides you to ten cafés that were all among the very first places in Copenhagen to adopt the French concept.

Med mere end 33 år på bagen er Cafe Victor en af de ældste cafeer i København. Fold sammen
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Cafe Sommersko

When brothers Jørgen and Søren Bro opened the Café Sommersko in collaboration with artist Kenn André Stilling on June 11th 1976, they actually made history. Sommersko was Denmark’s first café and the year of birth is written next to the name of the place, right on the façade of the building. Some of the café’s first regular customers included iconic Danish writers like Michael Strunge and Dan Turéll.

Cafe Sommersko
Kronprinsensgade 6
1114 København K

Café Dan Turéll

Since Dan Turéll was one of the first dedicated café guests in Copenhagen, it was only natural that the eccentric cult author would lend his name to a café. That happened in 1977 when Kenn André Stlling named his second café after the author, who even got to eat and drink for free. A pretty good deal, you might say.

Café Dan Turéll
Store Regnegade 3-5
1110 København K

Café Victor



On a corner in the beautiful neighborhood by Hovedvagtsgade and NyØstergade, you’ll find Café Victor, a café that has attracted the rich, the famous and the fancy since 1981. Their inspiration comes from the French/Italian café and brasserie culture and many people have held boozy business meetings here during the 33 years this place has existed.



Cafe Victor
Ny Østergade 8
1101 København K

Cafe Sonja

In 1986, Vesterbro was still a neighborhood for workers and a good deal of the residents struggled to make ends meet. When Café Sonja opened, it was a place that focused on social work and was, of course, named after a legendary, Danish children’s television show that portrayed the rough Vesterbro environment. Café Sonja was – and is to this day – run by volunteers and the prices are very budget-friendly.

Cafe Sonja
Saxogade 85
1662 København V


Cafe Den BlåHund


In the late 1980s, Frederiksberg got one of its first cafés. That was Café Den BlåHund, which was named after - and got its logo from – an album from 1984 by the Danish band Gnags. Even though the café has been around for many years, it’s still as popular as ever and the place has been renovated more than once over the past few years to make room for its many guests.

Cafe Den Blå Hund
Godthåbsvej 28
2000 Frederiksberg

Kafe Kys


Nowadays, Strædet is packed with cafés but in 1988, KafeKys was one of the first cafés on the street, which was the go-to place for antiquers. Today, the café is a classic and many of the regular customers can tell you lovely stories of how they met their significant other at KaféKys, which makes the name very appropriate as “kys” means “kiss” in Danish.


Kafe Kys
Læderstræde 7
1201 København K

Café Europa 1989

When Café Europa opened in the spring of 1989, the people behind it didn’t even realize that the name they’d come up with was perfectly timed. When the café opened, Europe was still divided, but the continent became more and more unified during 1989, starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall. You can find a lot of European history inside the café where there’s an entire wall of portraits of important, European people.

Cafe Europa 1989
Amagertorv 1
1160 København K


Bankeråt, which is located on Nansensgade, was one of Copenhagen’s first original and different cafés. You will be welcomed by stuffed animals dressed in people’s clothes, created by the artist Filip Jensen. Around the opening in 1989, the then owner,JaisLauritsen, ran into some practical problems and his friends were cracking jokes like, “this place is going to go bankrupt” but 25 years later, the place is fortunately still in business.

Ahlefeldtsgade 28
1359 København K

Cafe Norden


In 1993, Café Europa got a new neighbor on Amagertorv, Café Norden, which is Copenhagen’s biggest café. There are two floors and room for a whopping 200 guests. And that’s just the indoor area – if you go outside, there’s room for 100 guests and you get a great view of Storkespringvandet (the Stork Fountain), Amagertorv and crowds of people.


Cafe Norden
Østergade 61
1100 København K

Cafe Sebastopol



Sankt Hans Torv (Sct. Hans Square) was renovated in 1993 and Sebastopol opened the following year. However, that was still way before the square became hip and happening with cafés and bars all over the place. Sebastopol is strongly inspired by the classic, French café style with an elegant interior design and French movie posters on the walls.



Cafe Sebastopol
Sankt Hans Torv 32
2200 København N