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The Monthly Bite: Best Takeaway in Copenhagen Vol. 2 [COVID Edition]

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We’re in lockdown 2.0 in Copenhagen, which means that bars and restaurants are closed until after new year. So what does that mean for the food industry? Your favorite local spots are having a hard time right now – just like everyone else – and if you can afford to support them, we encourage you to do so! Almost all cafes and restaurants will be offering takeaway services right now, so book a special meal or grab a bag of coffee beans to make your brews at home.

Remember: wear masks, even when going to get your takeaways! Wash your hands often, stay away from large groups, pay attention to the rules, and do what you can to feel a bit of normalcy in this strange, strange time.

Here are the best new openings in Copenhagen where you can get a takeaway

April Coffee Roasters

In less than six months, April Coffee’s first direct-to-consumer coffee bar has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. The Copenhagen-based micro-roaster has long wanted to create a space that feels welcoming to traditional wholesalers and caffeine enthusiasts alike.

“Prior to this year, we’ve had a growing customer base internationally,” explains Joseph Nathaniel Fisher Budge, Head of Production, Media & Sales for April Coffee Roasters. “[Now] we have a place where we can invite people to better understand [our coffee] and how we work.”

April Coffee’s self-proclaimed “coffee showroom” is tucked away on Ryesgade – a pleasant, residential street that runs parallel to Copenhagen’s Lakes. The charming coffee-bar-cum-boutique blends minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic with handmade accents from Korea and Japan.

 

 

There’s no set menu at April Coffee – an intentional choice that reinforces their showroom concept. “[This allows us] to be more curated in the sense that we’re choosing the [beans] that we think are brewing the best at the time,” Joseph adds. “Seasonally, [the coffee is much] more interesting to present and from a quality perspective we’ve found it to be much better.”

Single estate East African and South American beans feature prominently in shop, and can be purchased in bags, capsules or as a filter drip pack. (The compostable, single-filter drip has an innovative free-standing design, that it makes it the perfect gift for the on-the-go caffeine addict in your life.) Of course, you can also get a cup of coffee carefully brewed by one of April’s in-house baristas. My personal favorite, an espresso-based beverage with warmed, fresh milk that’s delivered directly to April from Søtoftes biodynamic farm.

Following the new COVID regulations implemented by Danish government, April Coffee is open for coffee and pastries to-go. You can also support April Coffee by purchasing a monthly coffee subscription.

 

 

April Coffee

Ryesgade 86A
2100 Østerbro


Opening Hours:
Weds – Fri 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Food Category:

Coffee

Vegetarian/Vegan Options?

Yes

Gluten Free Options?

Yes, but check with the barista to make sure that products are safe for consumption if you have Celiac Disease.

Recommended Dish:

Flat white

 
 

Coffee Collective

The sixth location of the award-winning microroaster, Coffee Collective, opened just two months ago to quiet fanfare. “We had hoped to open with a big party,” says co-founder Klaus Thomsen, “however, due to corona restrictions, we decided to just open the doors and then put something special on the grinder.”

The gorgeous, new coffee bar, with a direct view of Sankt Hans Torv, has the same Nordic charm that the Danish third-wave coffee powerhouse has become known for. It also features a sleek Modbar – an invisible, under-the counter espresso machine that continues to revolutionize the style of the coffee industry. “[The idea] was to design a ‘samtalekøkken’ [conversation kitchen], where the customer and barista could engage,” explains Coffee Collective’s Marketing and Communications Specialist Signe Hansen. “We wanted the space to feel inclusive, whatever [the kind of] coffee you like.”

 

 

Of the all the Coffee Collective locations, Sankt Hans Torv was the most sustainably built. Renovations incorporated aesthetic ambitions, as well as environmental considerations around construction methods and materials. “Our goal is to be fully sustainable,” Signe adds. “We want [Coffee Collective to be] net zero by 2022.”

In addition to a wide-range of espresso-based beverages and pour overs, home-brewing equipment, roasted beans and buttery Meyers pastries, you can also find cans of Coffee Collective’s refreshingly effervescent coffee kombucha – the latest product from their years-long collaboration with Læsk, an organic kombucha company out of northern Zealand.

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the newer products stocked at the Norrebrø locale like the specialty Christmas beans, meant to compliment rich Yuletide meals. (The coffee Advent calendar was also among my must-buy recommendations, however it already sold out within a few days!) Be sure to ask about the recently rebranded coffee subscription options. Coffee Collective offers two kinds, both with exclusive beans not available in the stores.

 

 

Coffee Collective

Sankt Hans Torv 3
2200 København N

Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat & Sun 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Food Category:

Coffee

Vegetarian/Vegan Options?

Yes

Gluten-Free Options:

Yes, but check with the barista to make sure that products are safe for consumption if you have Celiac Disease.

Recommended Dish:

Coffee Kombucha

 
 

YAM

British-Jamaican chef Kai Semple is bringing delicious takeaway to Copenhagen with his Caribbean food concept, YAM. Semple had trouble finding the kind of Caribbean food he desired in the Danish capital, so he decided to provide it himself. Semple launched YAM in March of 2019 as a catering and event business and only recently began offering takeaways.

 

 

Once a week, YAM opens for takeaway orders on a single day of Semple’s choosing: order the jerk chicken or vegan jerk (plantain-stuffed vegan mince balls) with rice ‘n peas. You better be quick because he sells out almost immediately. Each dish is 150 DKK, including delivery in Copenhagen, and is delivered hot to your door by the chef himself. It’s the best takeaway dish in Copenhagen, full stop, and you gotta try it.

Takeaway dates will vary in December due to the lockdown, but will be every Monday from January. To order yours, follow @yamcph on Instagram and send a direct message. You can also place an order by emailing [email protected]

 

 

YAM

Order through Instagram or by emailing [email protected]

Food Category:

Caribbean Cuisine

Vegetarian/Vegan Options?

Yes

Gluten Free Options:

Please let Kai know about dietary requirements and he will let you know if he can accommodate you

Recommended Dish:

There’s only two options, so why not try both?!

Want more takeaway in Copenhagen? See our first COVID-19 takeaway edition, as well as the city’s best food delivery service. Find out how to safely support local businesses during COVID-19 here.