For some months we have been walking past a potential new cafe in Sydhavn, close to the station (come out of the station and walk towards the big crossroads). The type of place it was going to be was shrouded in window covers with not even a little gap for nosey people like me to peer into. One day I saw a man unlocking the door and although I picked up the pace to see what was inside the door was already closed by the time I got there. So on Monday morning as we walked out of the station in the early morning dark, there it was open with a man handing out delicious samples of tiny croissants. At last!
After dropping my son at school, I headed back to try out South Harbour Cafe. I have been saying for the last year and a half that we need a coffee shop here but I had no idea my wishes would be answered by something so amazing.
The cafe is owned by a local woman, Jamila, whose family are originally from Morocco, so much of the food and drink in here is inspired by that. They serve the most amazing fresh mint Moroccan tea, there is a soup of the day (only 39dkk), traditional pancakes (savoury and sweet), couscous salad and some outstanding savoury pastries called pastilla (I think) filled with meat flavoured with delicate spices. Of course there is the usual coffee menu, juices and bread rolls with cheese. All very affordable.
But what about the hygge factor? Well it is there in spades with a couple of hyggekrog, candles, and board games (my son and I sat for about an hour with our tea and a chess board, with two twenty-something girls next to us playing backgammon and then crocheting).
It is also the attention to detail I love. Jamila’s husband fitted the place out and it is just lovely. On a practical point of view they made sure there were plenty of plug sockets for laptop users and hooks under the high tables for coats and bags. The local history society helped them out with old photos of the place when it was a bakery and other wonderful shots of trams on the streets nearby. You must check out the table tops near the front door and the inspiration quotes in the bathroom.
I have been in here every day since it opened and I can see it become a regular place for me to work, read or hang out with my son. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and it has been busy with a real mix of local people so far. If you are in this area you must pop in, in fact I recommend you make a trip here regardless and enjoy some Moroccan hygge!
Follow them on Facebook and visit at Hørdumsgade 1, 2450 Copenhagen.
There are two things in life I enjoy – a good cup of coffee and a good browse in a bookshop. Sadly living in a country where the native language is not my own, finding browsing opportunities is hard. There are some English bookshops here and they offer a reasonable selection (such as here, here and here) but I really want to see a bookshelf that looks like the one below to really delve into.
So you can imagine my delight when I discovered this one at the back of Riccos in Sluseholmen. My new morning beat is completely new to me and all my old haunts for coffee after school drop off are not so convenient anymore. One of the mums at my son’s new school told me there was a coffee shop close by to the school so I headed off in the right direction and sure enough there it was.
First of all some thoughts on the coffee shop itself. Like most of you I was familiar with Riccos and have a few favourites already. such as the one on Strandboulevarden, so I knew the coffee would be good. This place has only been open since March this year and is currently the largest Riccos in the city. I like the way that each Riccos is different and fits with the vibe of the area and the building it is located in. Sluseholmen is a newly built area so they had a blank canvas to work on for the coffee shop and I love the cosy, arty but industrial feel of the place. It fits with the variation and modern feel in the area but also still manages to be hyggeligt (the most important box to tick in regard to Danish coffee houses!)
But let’s get back to the vast floor to ceiling bookshelves. They are not for decoration but an enormous selection of new and secondhand books to buy. There are many shelves of English language books and loads I have never seen before but really want to discover – plus they are reasonably priced. I came away with this book, which I have never seen before but thought sounded interesting. The bookshop is operated by a third-party called Næste Runde, which was formerly a bookshop on Jægersborggade and still has a presence there in Rubæks Bøger, and the coffee shop staff take the money on their behalf.
Sluseholmen isn’t difficult to get to from the city centre and the number 14 bus stops almost outside Riccos or why not get the boat bus and enjoy a harbour ride on your way to get your next new read?
Address: Sluseholmen 28, 2450 Copenhagen
The older part of Sydhavnen is usually somewhere I go through on the way to somewhere else. My husband used to work close to Sydhavn Station and on some of our first visits to Copenhagen we stayed in some of the business hotels in the area. It has always struck me as a slightly rundown part of town unlikely to be touched by gentrification. And that may still be the case but there was something new on my radar in this area I wanted to check out – Wolfie. This new cafe is located in a blue and white wooden hut in the middle of Mozarts Plads (see what they did there with the name of the cafe?), the centre of what is known as the composers quarter (komponistkvarteret) and close to what I discovered as some interesting residential areas. The hut has had various lives as a hang out, and a cafe called Monster Times before Wolfie moved in. The square attracts a variety of local residents from families with young children to weather-beaten drunks and their dogs. Until now there was just a small supermarket and a kiosk in the area. Wolfie is the new opening by Grød founder, Lasse Skjønning Andersen. Sydhavnen is not the place for another Grød, he has said in media interviews but as it is the area he grew up in and knows well, he wanted to open a cafe that would be for the local people and to help revitalise the area. On the morning I went in I can see that this is working thus far. There was a local man, who lives in the nearby haveforeninger (an area of wooden built homes similar to kolonihaven but permanent), enjoying his paper and a coffee. A skinny older chap sitting alone and a couple of young men who live out on the nearby coastland popped in, curious about the new place. No one was especially hip, just folk enjoying their breakfast. And the breakfast was great. I had the generous portion of greek yoghurt with muesli and a great cup of coffee. I was tempted by the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, maybe next time. The menu is simple but interesting. I was delighted to hear the bread they serve comes from one of my favourite bakeries, Brødfløv in Frederiksberg. There is a small delicatessen area selling organic ingredients and of course porridge oats from Grød. Bjarke, who was working that morning, also lives locally and can see the need for this kind of cafe in the area. There are a lot of young families here and the play area in the square gets busy and people like to get something to eat and drink; there are the mums on maternity leave walking their babies in prams who welcome a comfy spot for a coffee whilst the baby sleeps outside as is the Scandi way. And then there are people who just want a decent cup of coffee to go. I don’t think this cafe will start a hipster wave in Sydhavnen, but I may be wrong, time will tell as the city gets fuller and fuller and people are looking for cheaper, more available residential areas. But right now it is just offering an unpretentious place for great coffee, breakfast or lunch for locals and bringing new life to this old square. Leave your preconceptions of Sydhavnen at home (many recognise the area from scenes in Danish crime programmes) and give Wolfie a visit. Address: Mozarts Plads, 2450 København Facebook page