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Frederiksberg Alle is an elegant boulevard shaded by trees and filled with cafés, restaurants, theatres and shops. A perfect stroll, straight to the Frederiksberg Gardens – where one can sunbathe in summer and ice-skate in winter.
Frederiksberg Boulevard was built in 1701 as a straight artery shooting directly from the expanding city into what was then, and still is, the heart of the Borough of Frederiksberg: The Frederiksberg Gardens. In spring and summer, it’s the perfect walking destination to experience the real green lifestyle of the city
This elegant boulevard, shaded in its full length by double rows of some 490 Linden-trees, is the perfect venue for an afternoon or early evening walk. Set out from the bustling Vesterbrogade, the main thoroughfare on West Bridge (Vesterbro) and walk along the right side to where it ends, on a little square where the beautiful “Prince House” marks the entrance to the Frederiksberg Have. Along this easy walk, there are many imposing and Belle Époque architectural marvels to enjoy, along with sidewalk cafés, restaurants and small shops.
Sample Karmaman Market, a modern, hang-loose communal eatery, or wait until you’ve reached the end of the boulevard, and plunk down in the deep, outdoor sofas at Oliver’s Ice Bar for a well-deserved rest. Despite the name, this little and very charming establishment, situated in what was, a hundred years ago, a pissoir, serve a nice mix of light foods, good coffees and ice creams. This is where you can regain the energy to continue your journey across the square and into the gardens.
Halfway up the boulevard is a lovely little chocolatier by the name of ‘Frederiksberg Chokolade’. From the sidewalk, you can peer through the picture-frame windows as the classic-style chocolates are made by hand… but it won’t take long before the inevitable urge commands you step inside and buy a box of delights.
In a side street to Frederiksberg Alle lies one of Copenhagen’s culinary secrets, found in a small building hidden by tall trees in the summer time. Melée is as unassuming and relaxed as its food is superb and surprising. A real gem! The room is furnished with an eclectic mixture of what appears to be old garden furniture and the brilliant French-inspired dishes are all served family style. Their wine list is also well worth mentioning.
FESTIVAL AND THEATRES
Fredeiksberg Alle is also home to much of Copenhagen’s theatrical scene, with five theatres along the street. This means that before and after show time, seats in nearby cafés and restaurants are difficult to come by. In August, the street hosts the Frederiksberg Høstfest, northern Europe’s leading food festival celebrating seasonal produce – a great dining experience for all food-lovers.