Budget-Friendly Cafés, Ideas, and Communities

A list of places in Copenhagen that are friendly to your wallet and, potentially, could present opportunities for meeting locals and students.

Volunteer-Driven Cafés

Café Cadeau

A non-profit café in Frederiksberg, where you can volunteer and in turn, get a free meal.

Café Cadeau’s website

Café mellemrummet

A non-profit café in Nørrebro, run by volunteers. Community space with friendly prices. The environment is dynamic, as they hold different events, so it could be a place to meet new people and socialize with strangers.

mellemrummet’s Facebook page

One Bowl

A space in Nørrebro where you can eat and pay what you can for the meal. You can also volunteer here.

One Bowl’s website



A former church that transformed into a community center, where you can study or just hang out. Located in Vesterbro, they host events like dances, yoga, trivia nights, and crafts. They also have fællesspisning – a concept where you sit at a long table with strangers and, in this case, eat dinner for only 50 DKK.

Absalon’s website


Copenhagen’s Student Union, located a five-minute walk from DIS, where you can volunteer, meet new people, attend events, and enjoy student-friendly prices on drinks and snacks. As a DIS student, you already have a membership to Studenterhuset!

Studenterhuset’s website

Groceries and Apps for Food


A surplus food supermarket: Items that regular supermarkets can no longer sell (overdue ‘best before’ dates, incorrect labels, or damaged packaging) are set to reduced prices. The concept is run by volunteers.

Wefood’s website

eTilbudsavis / ShopGun

A website that shares the weekly supermarket deals. If you decide what you will cook that week based on these, you can save money. While the information is in Danish, they catalogs feature images of the products, making it easy for you to decipher what is what.

Note: The abbreviation ‘stk.’ means stykke, which translates to ‘pieces.’ It’s common to see deals that indicate you can get several of an item for a specific price.

eTilbudsavis’ website

Too Good To Go

An app that supports less food waste; you can order food from cooperating shops that sell food that’s “too good to go” at reduced prices.

Too Good to Go

Clothing and Other Goods

DIS Sustainable Boutique

Everything is free at the Sustainable Boutique, where you find clothes, books, accessories, school supplies, and more from past DIS students. Find information about the DIS Sustainable Boutique in the DIS Navigate app, which you will gain access to before the start of the semester.


Loppemarkeder, or ‘fleamarkets’ are particularly common in Copenhagen. Search using this word on Facebook and you can easily find an upcoming event where they sell clothes and other goods.