With the coffee scene on the rise in Europe right now, the Danes have gotten in on the action too. Though my list of coffee shops to visit wasn’t as long as I expected it to be, I do admit that I’m a tad picky about where I spend my time. With several locations in Copenhagen, Original Coffee was definitely on my list. However, one location sparked my interest the most, and I did it for the #views (literally).
Before we jump in to Original Coffee, you might want to read my last post about coffee shop design in Copenhagen. Here I go over the fundamentals, including what to expect and my feelings while visiting coffee shops in Denmark. It’s a good read to get the gist of why I had such a hard time photographing and living up to my own expectations of Danish coffee shops. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s jump in to Original Coffee!
Original Coffee has several locations throughout Denmark. I chose one of the more popular locations at the top of the Illum shopping center. Illum in Copenhagen is like our Nordstrom, but for design and everything home. At the top of the department store there are several restaurants and Original Coffee. The thing that drew me the most to this location is that it had an incredible balcony that looked down on the center square below. Definitely a first!
This place was absolutely packed by the time I made it in. Nearly every seat was gone, and the outside balcony was standing room only. The first thing I noticed off the bat while I was waiting for my coffee, was the classic contemporary Scandinavian design. Black and white with touches of warm wood. The interior was like an upscale and more tasteful IKEA. It was definitely something I was immediately attracted to. The Danes seemed to love the space too, as most were cheerfully conversing or getting cozy with their lattes. I couldn’t personally pick out many tourists other than myself (always a good thing).
The space was very large, and the set up of the tables was one of my favorite parts. No space went left unused. There was a long bar by the window that gave you some great views of the outside balcony, as well as some bar stools set up at the coffee bar.
The tables had two different levels. The ones in the center of the space were of normal proportions. Along the wall were the traditional Scandinavian tables that sat lower to the ground. They too were round and very inviting. I find that lower tables have that ‘come fall in to this couch and slouch for a bit’ vibe. The chairs looked insanely comfortable, and there were even small ottoman-like stools to plop your feet on to.
The string lights hovering over the tables were adorable. I also loved the black subway tiles along the walls, and simple framed portraits. Original Coffee was effortless looking, yet thoughtful at the same time. Something the Danes are particularly good at in their Design!
After I grabbed my coffee, I took a step outside to see the beautiful view I had been waiting for. Oh how I wish I could have grabbed a seat outside. It was the perfect day for it, and now I reminisce about enjoying my coffee on that balcony. Aside from that, the balcony was a great touch and the one thing that sparked my initial interest. I was not disappointed.
The Baristas seemed nice, even though the place was packed with people. I didn’t get a chance to chat with anyone. I did notice though that this was definitely a place you come to with company. Nearly every single table was filled with two or more people. I didn’t see too many loners like myself, and I’m using ‘loner’ by its literal meaning (not trying to be self depreciating). As a consequence, the coffee shop was rather loud. This is not the place to study or find solitude. It’s more of a place you take a coffee break at while shopping. It’s the Nordstrom’s Cafe of Copenhagen! But like a million times better.
On my last day in Copenhagen, I headed to another Original Coffee location that was just down the street from my hotel. I decided I could get some work done for an hour or so, since it was so rainy out anyway. That particular location was super tiny and completely opposite the location on top of Illum. I actually got a chance to chat with the barista who was really nice. This location was definitely more homey, and it was great to have a conversation with someone. Solo traveler problems, you know?
Overall, I think Original Coffee was a great option during my stay in Copenhagen. I found the interior to be quite lovely and inviting. The balcony is seriously worth a visit in itself. You can get some great shots for Instagram in the coffee shop or out on the balcony. The coffee is great too. If you want to see a perfect example of Scandinavian design, then check out Original Coffee if you’re ever in Copenhagen. Definitely glad I stumbled upon this coffee shop, in all its original glory.