Vesterbro, once the meatpacking center of Copenhagen, has turned into one of its hippest destinations. Around Istedgade, the main artery of the area, hungry visitors can treat themselves to organic meals, or the best burger hubs in the city. We’ve listed our top ten picks for food in this neighborhood.
The old saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ does not apply in the case of Vesterbro Original Burger Restaurant. Burgers here taste as excellent as they look. Fresh ingredients, homemade recipes, and 300 grams of beef are some of the elements visitors remember about this restaurant. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the basement where cocktails and all kinds of liquors are served at the inner bar, called Die Strafbar.
Madklubben is definitely a must for visitors of Vesterbro; but don’t forget to reserve a table as Madklubben can get very busy. With almost 130,000 guests, Madklubben was awarded as Denmark’s most visited restaurant in 2014. Simple and tasty dishes, and quick service in an industrial design space, make for a successful combination. Guests don’t have to worry about the bill as well; in 2013, Madklubben was selected as the best inexpensive restaurant at the annual Reader’s Choice Award hosted by Berlingske Media.
Kul is located in the old meatpacking district, in one of the low white buildings with large sliding doors and white bathroom tiles on the walls. As part of the eating hub, Kul is memorable for its original platters created with ingredients from different international cuisines, from jamón ibérico to cod teriyaki, and Monte Bianco (chestnut purée with whipped cream) for dessert. The cellar is a combination of the finest wines that you can find in France, USA, Italy, New Zealand and more.
Located on a shopping street, this is a restaurant that knows what Italian cuisine is all about. With the ingredients delivered straight from Italy, Famo51tries to keep the quality of each dish as high as possible, offering visitors a full Italian experience, from antipasti all the way to the dessert. The menu cannot be disclosed in advance as it changes every day based on the finest seasonal ingredients available, and the wine selection is equally impressive.
This venue may be difficult to get a seat at since the place is always packed with pizza lovers, but it is definitely worth going to. Shared large tables fit perfectly in this restaurant where the description of every drink and dish in the menu starts with the same word: organic. Neighbourhood is the hip place to visit in Vesterbro if you want to treat yourself with a healthy meal with a very reasonable price.
Formerly a butcher’s shop,Les Trois Cochons has tried to maintain the identity of the space to be as original as possible. Chandeliers and scattered candles warm up the walls, which are covered with tiles. The menu is based on the concept of dish sharing. Starters and desserts are fixed and each main course is suitable for two. Here, the variety of dishes is quite limited; there’s around two or three choices per day but all of them are carefully chosen and prepared with a clear touch of French country kitchen.
In the heart of the meatpacking district, Bio Mio reflects the eco-minded Danish lifestyle. Green is definitely the color that comes in mind when thinking of this organic restaurant – a beacon of Vesterbro’s identity. Bio-Mio is a lively eating hub; it’s friendly and noisy with all dishes prepared only with organic products in a large open kitchen that, in times, can make the atmosphere quite smoky. As the largest organic restaurant in Denmark, they offer meals, snacks, and even cocktails under a 100% organic menu.
Watch out for: the bright red sign, BOSCH, that identifies the building
Once a liver paté factory, Paté Paté has been transformed into a cozy wine bar where homemade bread is served. Paté Paté was the first restaurant to open in the meatpacking area and they are exceptionally proud for taking the lead. Jazz sounds and a mix of Spanish, French and Moroccan dishes accompany a glass of wine in this bistro restaurant. It would be a wise decision to book a table in advance as Paté Paté is a very popular choice.
Nose2tail opened its doors in 2011 and since then, it has been running a sustainable kitchen where all parts of the meat on an animal is used with nothing going to waste. The chefs prepare different daily specials that form the menu, which always includes both meat and fish main courses. In this cozy and friendly restaurant, traditional Danish desserts and the home beer, NOSE2ALE, are highly recommended.
Café Hoegs is the place to visit at any time of the day. From breakfast to lunch and dinner options, this small neighborhood café offers a menu of pasta dishes, sandwiches and burgers. It is an excellent choice for a simple but tasty meal. The inner décor combines black walls, white tiles and vintage-style wooden chairs, while large tables at a small square in the front of the entrance are available for visitors.