I usually don’t use my nicest words about places at Østerbro in Copenhagen, since I often believe that they tend to be a bit boring. Østerbro is a quite rich part of town, and instead of students (which Nørrebro and Vesterbro are full of), most people at Østerbro seems to be pretty grown up with babies, full time jobs and maybe even a car.

However, even if I believe that many places at Østerbro are quite boring, I sometimes get surprised. The Spanish café and restaurant La Esquina is one of the places that definitely took me by surprise, and that I immediately liked the first time I visited it.

It’s situated at the corner at Ryesgade, with bit windows out to the street. When you enter, everything seems to be thought about, from the opening hours written at the wall to the old chairs in the bar. You can sit in the window, or at the big high tables in the middle. I’ve only been here for tea and long chats, but people with computers, enjoying good coffee and some work, have been occupying several of the seats. I imagine that it’s a quite good place to work during the days, when it isn’t packed.

La Esquina offers a little bit of everything. You can get breakfast, lunch and dinner, and if you want anything in between, I recommend their tea with mint and ginger. It’s really good.

Ryesgade 76, Østerbro (map here)

Ginger and mint tea 35 dkk, coffee 25-30 dkk, breakfast around 50 dkk, dinner 100-200 dkk

Bus 6A to Sortedam Dossering

Linn Katarina Grubbström

Linn is the main contributor of Guide To Copenhagen. She is from Sweden, and has lived in Denmark since 2008. She lives at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and works with food communication. She is also the creator of the Danish food blog and radio show Frk. Kræsen.

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