The first location of Souls vegan cafe sits on a corner of Melchiors Plads in Østerbro, the eastern neighborhood of Copenhagen. It’s charming and unassuming from the outside; a few tables and chairs dot the square when the weather is nice(ish) and you could almost miss the entrance if you didn’t keep an eye out for it. A true local spot, with prams lined up outside and bikes leaning against the exterior. But it’s worth it to find your way there.
The interior is inviting and pared-down, with wood elements and a focus on natural light from the huge windows lining one side of the restaurant. It is the food and drink, however, that shines brightest. Breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner are all on the menu.
Founded in 2016 by two Australians and Danish vegan chef Neel Engholm, Souls set out to offer a plant-based alternative in Copenhagen. Their menu is full of vegan iterations of Australian cafe favourites like avocado smash, acai bowl and cashew yoghurt, as well as heartier fare like vegan burgers and pizza. If you’re in the mood for a tasty drink, try their homemade lemonade, fresh juices or (a personal favourite) iced latte made with coconut milk.
Yes, Souls is a plant-based cafe, but this food is for everyone. With Souls, the proof is in the pudding (er, acai bowl): vegan eating isn’t niche, it isn’t difficult and it isn’t insubstantial. It can be hearty, delicious and will have you coming back for more.
Melchiors Plads 3
|Nørre Farimagsgade 63
1364 København K
Photos by Freya McOmish.
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