The history of Café Gammeltorv

Gammeltorv is the oldest square in Copenhagen. The town hall was located here from 1479 until it burned down in 1795. That same year, the building that now houses Café Gammeltorv was built ontop of the old moat – with beer bottling and serving sine 1671.

Women’s café and inn

The history of Café GammeltorvGammeltorv is the oldest square in Copenhagen. The town hall was located here from 1479 until it burned down in 1795. That same year, the building that now houses Café Gammeltorv was built ontop of the old moat – with beer bottling and serving sine 1671. Women’s café and innIn the early years, the place was run by guest host M.S. Bjerre, who also rented out rooms to the square’s merchants, but in 1910 Mrs. Charlotte A. Jensen took over the restaurant and expanded the activities to pub and “women’s café”. Back then, the square’s merchants sold meat, poultry andbutter in particular – and perhaps it was the difficult access conditions to the backyard’s ladies’ toilet that drew the female traders to the restaurant. A visit required that you had to go all the waythrough Café Gammeltorv’s restaurant and kitchen and it was not until the 1950s that the women’stoilet was established with more suitable access conditions.

The house with the green tree

In 1942, Kelvin Lindemann published the family novel ’The House with The Green Tree’, where a large merchant family resides in the property. They were in God, King and Fatherland’s name slave traders, head hunters and tropical colonists of best robber romantic fairytales. At that time, a large tree stood outside the entrance to the restaurant, and although it is today replaced by a more modest tree, the nickname ‘The House with The Green Tree’ which the place was named after the publication of Lindemann’s novel has stuck with the place ever since.
Smørrebrød København

Tradition and renewal

The restaurant’s interior has remained almost unchanged since the turn of the century. The wooden panels of the walls are adorned with historical pictures from Copenhagen – and the menu still revolves around the best traditions of good Danish smørrebrød, accompanied by foamy draft beer and snaps.

Married couple Steen Hovn Petersen and Fabienne Sørensen took over Cafe Gammeltorv in 2009. Together with chef Lars Andersen, quality was the highest priority – smørrebrød of the best ingredients, all made from scratch and made with love.

Contact

Gammeltorv 20
1457 København K

Phone:+45 3312 8786
E-mail: rest@husetmeddetgroennetrae.dk
CVR: 39684098

Opening hours

Monday til sunday:
Kl. 11.30 – 17.00

Every sunday 12.00-16.00


(The kitchen closes at 16.00 everyday)

Café Gammeltorv is owned and run by the couple Steen Hovn Petersen and Fabienne Sørensen. All of the food is made from scratch of the best produce and none the least made with love.