Come here for great coffee, Danish pastry, Michelin starred dining, organic produce and people-watching. Home to around 40 small independent art-galleries, organic produce shops, vintage and 2nd hand shops, wine bars, restaurants and jewellery workshops, this is a young and buzzing area where creativity has no boundaries and where ‘can-do’ attitude is an everyday norm. Jægersborggade is not to be missed if you want to experience a youthful, hipster vibe and see where the locals live, breathe and create.
Just like Jægersborggade, Elmegade is also located in Nørrebro, closer to The Lakes and Queen Louise’s Bridge, a hotspot for soaking up sun in during the summer week (because Summer usually only lasts a week in Denmark!) Elmegade is a young, colorful, hip and vibrant side street to the busier, multicultural Nørrebrogade. The atmosphere here is relaxing, people mostly come here to hang out at Sankt Hans Square – another great place to soak up some sun and do some people-watching. This place is highly local, friends meeting for coffee og young moms (and dads) strolling their newborns. Check out Laundromat Café or Kaffebar to eardrop (and see) what the locals are up to.
Værnedamsvej is a tiny street, connecting fancy Frederiksberg and Gammel Kongevej with central Vesterbrogade. Some people call it ‘Little Paris’, due to the many French restaurants, déli’s, wine bars and specialty shops and cafés, giving it a highly Frenchy feel. Here you can almost always be sure to get a glimpse of trendy localites soaking up sun and coffee outside the many cool coffee shops. Visit ‘Granola’ for awesome brunch and people-watching or shop contemporary typography design in the ‘Playtype Concept store’, no matter what – don’t miss Værnedamsvej’s charm and local atmosphere.
Once a working-class and red-light district area – Istedgade was a dusty street in Copenhagen where people would get off the train, by the Central Train Station and walk down Istedgade, to find alternative leisurely activities dominated by drugs, porn and prostitutes. Despite its reputation and still being known as the Red Light District, Istedgade has somewhat cleaned up and thus become one of the hippest areas in Copenhagen booming with small independent designer shops, cafés, fusion restaurants and bars ad libitum. ‘Wallpaper Magazine’ proclaimed it Vesterbro’s hippest quarter. It all began with the transformation of the old cattle market; ‘Øksnehallen’ into a stylish exhibition hall – then came the ‘Meatpacking District’; ‘Kødbyen’ – now one of the most fashionable places to drink and dine in Copenhagen.
5. Nordre Frihavnsgade
Besides a vast abundance of hairdressers and bike shops, Nordre Frihavnsgade is a shopping mecca for the modern fashionista. This long stretch starting at ‘Trianglen’, by The Lakes and ending at ‘Nordhavn Station’ by the Cruise ships is as broad boulevard filled with design shops, delicacies and green spots to relax and unwind. The neighbourhood of Østerbro in Copenhagen, also known as Copenhagen Ø, located north of Copenhagen city centre, is posh and down to earth, home to a lot families with kids and dogs. Come here for tranquil shopping, locally roasted coffee beans and organic cheesecake.