Røde Roses Kaffebar – which translates into Red Rose’s Coffee Bar – is truly a local gem.
When the sun is out, the cafe’s regulars, together with migratory visitors from other areas of the city, scatter around Balders Plads (Baldur’s Square) outside the cafe with brunch and coffee, or maybe an ice cold beer. On colder days, refuge may be found inside, where the staff is spinning their favourite albums on the record player, and you can treat yourself to a delicious piece of cake and a glass of hot elderflower juice. Don’t despair if the front room looks full: there are a couple of tables in the kitchen area too, so there’s hope that there is still room for you.
In summer, the cafe arranges a music festival on the square in collaboration with Copenhagen Jazz Festival. A dance floor is built, and you’re invited to dance away to tango, swing blues and New Orleans funk. Røde Roses Kaffebar is also the mastermind behind one of the city’s friendliest summer flea markets, Balder Biks, on the very same square (Balders Biks is taking a break this summer, but will be back in winter).
Wondering about the name of the square? The neighborhood is located in a part of Nørrebro known as the Mythological Quarter where all the streets are named after the old Norse gods.
Røde Roses Kaffebar is a little off the normal tourist route, but it’s definitely worth a visit.