Home Town Tips: 5 of my favourite cafés in Odense
As I recently moved back to Denmark, I feel it’s time to present some tips to my beloved hometown Odense. A Danish city that is absolutely buzzing with excitement these days, as it’s going through a transformation of both look and character.
New cafés, bars, restaurants and foodmarkets seem to be opening weekly, and it’s sometimes hard for us locals to keep up – but at the same time wonderful to feel new life and positivity boosting the city’s confidence.
So let me join in and share some travel tips to Odense (and maybe also new tips for you locals reading this) as I present 5 of my favourite cafés in our fairytale town. What people like about a café is very individual, and there are so many factors playing a part in our judgement. There are several cafés I really like, but for now I’ll show you a few where the atmosphere is a key factor for me – as well as good coffee of course.
So take a look, and feel free to share your own opinions in the comments below – or on Travelooney Blog’s Facebook page.
Tucked away in (almost) every local’s favourite forest (Fruens Bøge), this cosy café is characterized by a subtle cycle theme set in a charming old train station building. The cycle theme is owner Kåre Loll’s personal passion that is expressed throughout the venue, while the building itself might be Odense’s most unique coffee house. Due to the building’s ‘protected status’ it took a lot of paperwork and planning to transform it from disused train station to a functioning café – but with vintage style interior and a polished Faema espresso machine as the centrepiece, it now draws in a lot of people from its green surroundings. The platform outside still serves train commuters on the line between Odense and Svendborg, which means you can take the train here – or even the boats from Odense Aafart.
Visit for: Unique building, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere.
Where: Fruens Bøge Skov 4, 5250 Odense SV
For a bit of big-city-atmosphere a short walk from the city’s central shopping streets, head down Albanigade for a cup of coffee at Baboon Coffee. A spacious coffee house and micro roastery that combines an industrial style and vintage furniture with a focus on serving high quality coffee. Here you can buy their own coffee for several brewing methods, or just hang out with a game of backgammon, catch up on your studies or work (free wifi) – or just watch the world go by outside the panoramic windows, where the city’s new light rail system will pass by in a couple of years.
Visit for: An urban vibe and excellent coffee.
Where: Albanigade 54, 5000 Odense C
Set in the authentic Nørregade-quarter in downtown Odense, Café Fleuri fits right in with its atmospheric and eco-focused café, offering colourful brunch plates, flower-decorated coffees and a chocolate cake to die for. This café is Danish hygge when it’s best – and a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee among lots of interesting interior design details. Not surprisingly this place is also a shop selling deli-specialities, plants and gift items – but the hidden gem is the fabulous back yard, where you can truly hide away from the streets and catch a bit of sun. A unique feature for a café in Odense.
Visit for: Eco-products, interior design and the back yard.
Where: Nørregade 28, 5000 Odense C
Mahi’s Cabin Tea & Coffee
Flowers, plants, colours and candles – and not at least an attractive display full of mouthwatering, home made cakes. All these are important elements in this intimate and romantic little café, run by the friendly and welcoming owner Zara Nikjoo. A woman from Iran who has been living in Canada (among other places), and now has created an enchanting atmosphere in her café in the heart of Denmark. And the Canadian touch can be seen around the café, with maple leaf adorned flags and a tempting Canadian cheesecake.
This café is made for socializing and thrives on positive vibes, delicious cakes and a big selection of teas. Most importantly for me it stands out among many “restaurant-type” cafés in central Odense.
Visit for: Pure “hygge” and irresistible cakes.
Where: Slotsgade 28, 5000 Odense C
The locals of Odense seem to embrace the city’s new cultural hub and event venue Odeon, that was opened in March 2017. A cornerstone in the brand new neighbourhood that is rising from the ground in the heart of the city – and a modern contrast to the historic H.C. Andersen neighbourhood of colourful townhouses along cobbled streets. Not at least Odeon’s own café Odeon Social seems to have been received well, as it offers social dining and delicious meals for just 85 DKK everyday of the week. A chance for locals of all ages to meet new people. But the café is also a popular spot during the day for freelancers, students and mothers on maternity leave to hang out in the spacious local with a lively yet relaxed atmosphere. Light meals (like delicious pies), cakes and good coffees are offered for very reasonable prices, and there is free wifi throughout the building.
Visit for: A workfriendly café and social dining.
Where: Odeons Kvarter 1, 5000 Odense C