What do women look for in a cafe? Or, more specifically, what do moms want? Our mother’s day choice of Copenhagen cafe goes to the newly-opened coffee bar MakkeKafe, a haven for mothers and kids alike.
Copenhagen is hardly short of brand-new eateries with interiors reminiscent of a Wallpaper Magazine design shoot. The interior of MakkeKafe, on the canalside street of Nybrogade, is nothing like that—and if you’re out with small kids, that’s a plus.
Residents of Manchester, England may find the name familiar—and they’d be onto something. ‘Makker’ means pal in both Danish and Mancunian, and this cafe is certainly friendly—both in the welcoming service as well as in the interior, which includes comfy sofas, an old turntable and a box of vinyl by way of background ambience, a bookcase full of books and plenty of toys in the inviting playroom.
The cafe, which opened in February of this year, is the product of two Italian women who wanted to open a coffee bar with the same kind of welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere you might find in the home country; ‘MakkeKafe’ is an Italian expression to describe a really good cup of coffee.
From the outside, it doesn’t seem like much, although the location—halfway between Gammel Strand and the National Museum, overlooking the canal across from Christiansborg, is central enough—and the narrow steps to the door hardly seem to scream ‘kid-friendly’. It’s surprisingly typical in Copenhagen, however, for a child-friendly cafe to be found in basement premises with no easy access; do as the Danes and park your pram outside on the sidewalk.
The healthy kids’ menu here consists of rye bread and a glass of milk rather than chicken nuggets and sodas, but with space to play and a table to draw at, even the most stubborn of three year-olds dead-set on fries came around to enjoying an organic fruit drink and a taster of the couscous tapas plate with homemade roll (DKK 45). With the addition of a high chair for the smallest guests as well as changing facilities in the pleasantly roomy toilets, this is sure to be top of Copenhagen’s moms’ lists.
Photos courtesy of Jane Graham.