Where to read, write & think in Copenhagen

Visiting Copenhagen for a few days? Say, for a conference – but also have some time to read, write and think?

Here are some ideas…

First, sort out the stationery

Viking 1914

Pencil manufacturers turned suppliers for the creative class. You won’t regret a visit to this well-assorted shop on Store Kongensgade. And there’s a reasonable espresso stop across the road.


An old favourite on Amager Torv. And Nikolaj Kunsthal is nearby if you need a moment of inspiration.

Markers N Pens

New(ish) kid on the block a bit further afield – specifically Jægersgade – in a hip part of town.

Two great cafés

Paludan Bog & Cafe

Wonderful bookstore which also has a nice café – it is on Fiolstræde right near the university.

Democratic Coffee

In an extension of the central library on Krystalgadewhich brings us to…

Three, four (or five) interesting libraries

Hovedbiblioteket / The Main Library

Four floors of books, newspapers and other resources. And don’t be afraid to ask a librarian if you need help. They’re friendly people. On Krystalgade as mentioned above.

Den Sorte Diamant  / The Black Diamond

Architecturally striking extension to the Royal Library. Need some help navigating it? Why not take a tour… And perhaps also visit the National Museum of Photography when you’re there. Or get a bite to eat at Søren K and enjoy the view.


That acronym unfolds (into English) as The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation – they have a library, exhibitions space and an interesting events programme. You can find them it on Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé.

The Design Museum’s Library2017 Design Museum Denmark - Library Reading Room

The largest collection of books, posters and materials related to design – in the Nordics. And a nice reading room too. As illustrated…

Find it on Bredgade (10 min from Viking 1914).

The Old University Library

Now this one is a bit trickier – the oldest of the lot. Dates back to 1482 – and it used to be open to the public. Sadly does not seem to be the case anymore, but you can peek through the windows from Fiolstræde (and then go for a coffee at Paludan).

And the odd one out

The Palm Garden at Glyptoteket – entrance from Dantes Plads – not a bad place to quietly gather your thoughts.

And if you decide to stick around Copenhagen long-term, then here’s a list of co-working spaces. Enjoy! And let me know if you find some great places to add to the list.

Thanks for extra input and suggestions from Vicki Therkildsen.

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