On a street called Gasværksvej, just off Vesterbrogade where you find that cozy little square, you'll find a very special space called the Bowl Market. You may be on your way to Kødbyen or perhaps en route to Tivoli, or maybe you've seen a decorated picture of one of the very many dishes (coming in a bowl, obviously) and have gone out of your way to come here. Regardless if you've stumbled upon it or have come by choice, you will not be disappointed.
A very distinct font in an Art Deco style labels the cafe on its window. As you enter the doors, you're embraced by a scene that can only be described by one word and that is "cool". Black wall panelling surrounds the space and handmade, hand-painted ceramic pendulum lamps hang over the variety of magazines covering the sleek wooden tables. There's an open concept kitchen with only the finest coffee machine sitting in its place at the bar and a secret nook for studying or cuddling in the back of the space. It's the sort of cafe environment that warmly invites anyone to spend an entire afternoon there.
If you're lucky enough, you'll see the owner, Trey, behind the bar (though you'd be lucky to be served by any of the especially friendly faces...and I may be biased because from time to time, I am one of them). He invites you into the space, arms wide open, with old-fashioned, friendly American service. He'll go out of his way to answer any of your questions in full detail, from what exactly an acai bowl is to every type of coffee you can get.
It's the sort of place where you can build a personal connection between worker and customer. Sometimes there are people who come in so regularly that before they even begin saying their order, the girls behind the kitchen will start slicing up an apple. Environments like this are hard to find.
Speaking with Trey, he goes into depth about what exactly made him open the Bowl Market. Having come from a past of managing fitness clubs and cycling teams, health was something that he valued. He stressed the importance of providing customers with nutritious organic food of the best quality. This is why on the menu you will find bowl-friendly options like organic porridge, acai bowls, zucchini porridge and risotto, with additional toppings ranging from superfoods to fresh fruit and really anything you can imagine. The recipes are simple but delicious, however, one is given the option when ordering to have their own creativity, all being made in a very open and honest kitchen.
Also a priority for Trey is serving the best coffee in town. The coffee comes from the reputable Coffee Collective and I speak from experience when I say it's hard to enjoy any other coffee after having so much of theirs. Coffee Collective practice a Direct Trade method in their coffee creation process, aiming to pay the coffee farmers that they trade with justly for the quality of work that they do.
Trey also values good customer service. He is of the mentality that the customer is always right, but goes beyond that. He tends to over deliver on everything he can and go the extra mile so that the customer will enjoy their time. This is something he instills amongst his staff as well and he leads as an excellent example.
Amongst this, his style and taste is apparent throughout the space. He handpicked the pieces of furniture, striving to have them be Danish designed and Danish made. There are small details in the cafe that may be overlooked by the odd person strolling in, but are nevertheless present and meticulous in their selection. Pay special attention to the characteristic floors of the cafe or the luxurious golden spoons scrubbed to perfection, the generous sized bowls or the sturdy seafoam green coffee cups. Or do yourself a favour and try out the soap in the bathroom... (Aesop, need I say more?)
It is with these four pillars that Trey Greenwood has built the Bowl Market upon. And I may be a little inclined to say so, but I do think it's one of the coolest places to go in Vesterbro. Everybody inside has a happy face, be it the person in the corner halfway through their porridge, or the crew behind the bar giggling over some hilarious story.
Open 7:30 - 18:00 everyday, serving you all things in a bowl. Come check it out!
Cappuccino with Oatly
That's Nuts or WTF (What The Fruit) acai bowls
Lemon Blueberry Explosion or Build-Your-Own porridge with rhubarb compote, peanut butter and salted almonds.
RATING : 10/10 :) Wahoo!
** Thank you to Trey and Leanda, the coolest Norwegian barista, for photos :)