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Copenhagen Vesterbro: A Guide to the District
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Copenhagen Vesterbro: A Guide to the District

Explore the allure of a revamped district, hip design shops, charming bars and lovely streets. Vesterbro is the place to be for families and night owls alike.

Vesterbro district is popular among tourists who come here to visit Tivoli park or the Carlsberg brewery. For foodies, this is the hippest district in the restaurant scene. But there is more than this; Shop along Istedgade to find creative design shops and cool, vintage streetwear stores before relaxing in the French atmosphere onVærnedamsvej street. Have a walk through Sønder Boulevard to the super-popular Meatpacking District or visit the beautiful Vestre Kirkegård Cemetery.

Here 5 hotspots in Vesterbro worth a visit to live like a Copenhagener.

The Frenchie street

Copenhageners think this is their little Paris, and somehow, it’s not a lie. Værnedamsvej has a French allure thanks to the cosy atmosphere and kid-friendly mood. It’s very lively during the day when families come here to hang out, from breakfast time to the (not so late) evening. Locals love the coffee shop Granola the most.

The smallest hotel in the city

The smallest hotel has just one room, and it’s not even a large one since it’s just the floor above a tiny café – but size doesn’t matter as it’s a neighbourhood favourite. It has a double bed (no space for an extra one) but all the facilities of a luxury stay: a bathroom with a shower, a mini bar stocked with nothing but the best, a flat screen TV, a stereo with an iPhone connection and free Wi-Fi.But the most special amenities are around the corner like Værnedamsvej, the cosiest street in the city with nightlife, restaurants, bars and cocktail bars. And it’s close by the old Meatpacking district too.

Mexican cravings

Rosio Sanchez is one of the new “Noma kids” that everybody is talking about. At Sanchez Cantina, she gives a personal take on Mexican dishes using the very best Mexican and Nordic ingredients in a cosy neighbourhood restaurant. Lack of time? Have a quick lunch at her fast food Hija de Sanchez and breathe in the Mexican sun with every bite. Just be ready to stand in line for a plate with a selection of three tacos.

The green boulevard

Sønder Boulevard is a green belt, created in 2007 in Vesterbro with a total makeover. The idea was to give the neighbourhood a green space and recreational area. It’s a lovely walk for families, to stroll among independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Along the path, have a stop at the contemporary art galleryThird Space, or go for a coffee at the renowned Mad & Coffee or for a beer at Fermentoren (a very wide selection). Start from the Carlsberg station and go east to the Meatpacking district.

The revamped meatpacking district

The Meatpacking District used to be home to Copenhagen’s meat industry businesses. Nowadays it has changed into a new creative cluster with trendy nightlife and a broad range of high quality restaurants. Our favourites are WarPigs Brewpub for an authentic Texas Barbecue paired with American-Danish brews and Kødbyens Fiskebar, a sea food-focused cosy eatery awarded as Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide.

The harbour bath

If you don’t come from a Nordic country sounds crazy to have a bath in the iced water of a swimming pool, placed in the harbour in the very city centre, but it’s very popular in Copenhagen. Even if it would never cross your mind to wear a swimsuit in Denmark, Fisketorvet is a lovely place to enjoy the sun and the extreme vivacity on a day of good weather in Scandinavia. During the winter period, it’s interesting as well, and you may catch a glimpse of local extreme bathers. The entrance is free.

The cemetery

Sounds creepy, but one of the most beautiful parks in Copenhagen is a cemetery. With its almost 54 hectares, Vestre Kirkegård is one of the largest cemeteries in Scandinavia. Read the guide to find the different burial types in the Catholic, Muslim, Faroese and Greenlandic departments. In Section A there is the largest concentration of famous Danes and beautiful monuments. Come here to relax, have a walk and enjoy nature and a supernatural sense of peace.

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