First things first: Copenhagen is a fantastic city! It's known for its coloured houses, historic buildings and biking residents, but each and every neighbourhood in Copenhagen has its own charm and feel.
This guide is to pinpoint the best of every area including where to eat, where to shop, and where to have your coffee. It won't touch on all the main attractions but focus on a more authentic Copenhagen. So let's get to know Central Copenhagen, Vesterbro, Østerbro, Nørrebro and Frederiksberg better.
Make sure you see the guide to Copenhagen's best independent interior shops and our guide 24 hours in Copenhagen.
Hotel Sanders in Tordenskjoldsgade, Copenhagen K
Copenhagen K is Copenhagen's city centre and the old historic part of the city. It is best known for Nyhavn, Tivoli amusement park and Strøget the main shopping street, but it is so much more than that.
In short: Historic, charming and busy.
Who's it for: Those who's into city history and museums, and for those who like to be in the centre of things.
You'll see lots of: Tourists and cobblestone streets.
Best thing about the area: There's pretty much something for everyone in Copenhagen K; there's all the well-known tourist attractions and highstreet shops and chains, but there's also cosy streets, independent shops, green areas, and nice restaurants.
Worst thing about the area: In peak season it can be quite touristy and it's easier to fall into tourist traps here than other areas of Copenhagen. But if you're determined to find smaller streets and alternative routes I'd guarantee you'll love Copenhagen K.
Best Streets: Store Strandstræde, Kronprinsesse Gade, Grønnegade, Pilestræde,
Larsbjørnstræde & The Latin Quater.
Best shops: Stilleben, Mads Nørgaard, Naked, Cinobber, Lubarol, Aiayu, Storm & Yvonne Kone.
Best green area: Copenhagen Botanical Garden and Kastellet
Best museum(s): Thorvaldsens Museum, Glyptoteket, and Kunsthal Charlottenborg are all great and worth a visit.
Where to eat: Winterspring, The Bridge's Street Kitchen, Barr, and Nærvær or go to Apollo bar at Charlottenborg Kunsthal.
Where to have your coffee: 108, The Coffee Collective and Atelier September
Where to sleep: 71Nyhavn is an understated hotel located right at the waterfront. It's filled with Danish design classics, has an excellent restaurant and great service. Another great (& sustainable) hotel is Babette Guldsmeden near Kastellet. You could also try the newly opened Hotel Sanders close to the Royal Theatre. You'll love it.
Apollo Bar at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen K
Vesterbro is Copenhagen's red-light district - but don't let that scare you away. Vesterbro is very relaxed, family friendly and inviting.
In short: Hip, raw round the edges, local feel
You'll probably see lots of: Hip young men, street art and vintage shops.
Who's it for: those who like a local vibe and a less polished city feel.
Best thing about the area: It's very down to earth and there's always something going on, new boutiques to browse or new art to look at.
Worst thing about the area: Like most bigger cities you'll come across people who live rougher lives than yourself, but don't worry, there's really nothing to worry about here.
Best streets: Istedgade and The Meatpacking District.
Best shops: Dansk Made for Rooms, A Door and Kyoto
Best green area: Sønder Boulevard and Skydebanehaven
Best museum: V1 Gallery - Ok, not a museum but this gallery has to be mentioned.
Where to eat: Mother and Fleisch in the meat packing district.
Where to have your coffee: Prolog Kaffebar in The Meatpacking District.
Where to sleep: 66 Guldsmeden Hotel is a cute boutique hotel located in Vesterbrogade. If you're travelling with kids I'd suggest an airbnb close to Sankt Jørgens Sø (The Lakes).
Bikes, coloured houses and cobblestone in Copenhagen K
Østerbro is a large neighbourhood with lots of open space which attracts families with kids. There's also a thriving main street with well-known design shops and healthy dining opportunities.
Quiet, calm and family-friendly You'll probably see lots of:
mums with buggies and brunch devotees on weekends. Who's it for:
for those who want to get a look into local life (with kids). Best thing about the area:
This area feels very safe, there's plenty of good cafes and green areas - you'll find Fælledparken, Copenhagen waterfront, Svanemøllen beach park and The Lakes all within walking distance. It's a great place to experience living as a Danish family. Worst thing about the area:
To someone who come to Copenhagen to experience a lot this area may feel a bit mundane. Best streets: Kartoffelrækkerne - a village within the city. Go for a walk here and imaging living in one of the charming houses. If you come in Spring/summer time you get to experience kids playing in the streets and the little gardens in full bloom.Best green area:
Svanemølle Beach Park and The Lakes.Best museum:
Where to shop: Østerbrogade.
Where to eat: Geranium or Grød.
Where to sleep: I'd suggest finding an Airbnb to get a taste of local life in Østerbro. Choose one of the quieter streets off Østerbrogade and you're most likely to find an apartment with high ceilings and interiors on point.
Copenhagen offers many good cafes, bars and restaurants. This is Nærvær in Copenhagen K. You should also try 108 and Barr close by Nærvær.
Nørrebro is within walking distance to central Copenhagen, however, it's very different to all the other areas of Copenhagen.
Multicultural and vibrant.You'll probably see lots of:
young people and different cultures living side by side. Who's it for:
Friends travelling together. Best thing about the area:
It's arguably the most diverse area of Copenhagen. You'll find lots of international grocery shops and cultural specialities. Best streets: Jægersborggade, Elmegade, Blågårdsgade and RavnsborggadeBest shops:
Acne Archive and the vintage shops in Ravnsborggade Best green area:
Assistents Kirkegården cemetery Best museum:
Assistents Kirkegården cemetery as mentioned above - a beautiful historic cemetery, burial place of many famous people. Where to have your coffee:
The Coffee Collective, Jægersborggade Where to eat: Tapperiet Brus
in Jægersborggade if you're in the area in the morning, Relæ or Kiin Kiin if you're in the area after noon.Where to sleep:
Airbnb is your friend in Nørrebro - you'll find many reasonable priced flats to rent in this area. Expect well-designed cosy homes.
Copenhagen has lots of independent shops that are worth a visit. Remember to check out the guide to Copenhagen's best independent Interior shops.
Frederiksberg is located next to Vesterbro but appears a bit different: it's the most posh part of Copenhagen with green spaces and beautiful buildings.
In short: Posh and family-friendly
You'll probably see lots of: nicely dressed elderly people
Who's it for: Those with taste for good quality
Best thing about the area: Frederiksberg feels very different to central Copenhagen - there's a slower pace here. It's like a little village with everything you need just around the corner including great bakeries, designer shops, and restaurants.
Worst thing about the area: Frederiksberg can be a bit pricey
Best streets: Gammel Kongevej and Værnedamsvej
Best shops: Sirin, Studio Rov, Limonade, Wood Wood, Filippa K, Ganni, Nue Notes, and Shop DORA
Best green area: Frederiksberg Garden.
Best museum: Bakkehusmuseet
Where to eat: Les Trois Cochons and Falernum both located on Værnedamsvej.
Where to sleep: Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden is another cute boutique hotel ideal if you like Frederiksberg (however, this hotel is not ideal with kids).
One of Copenhagen's many green spaces. Kastellet is the perfect place for a stroll if you're in Copenhagen's Østerbro
This was a short guide to Copenhagen's neighbourhoods. Hopefully you'll find inspiration to your next trip to Copenhagen. And while you're at it remember to take a look at the guide to Copenhagen's best independent interior shops and 24 hours in Copenhagen.
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