A Millennial's Guide to Nørrebro, Copenhagen

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Beatrice de Franceschi / © Culture Trip
Photo of Aliki Seferou
27 April 2018

Tired of all the touristy attractions and crowded places in Copenhagen? If the answer is yes, then Nørrebro is the area to head next. From stylish design stores and secondhand shops to flea markets and parks, Nørrebro offers plenty of choices for your day and night.

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Bike or bus?

In 2016, Copenhagen had 13,100 more bikes than cars and it is said Nørrebrogade is the busiest cycling street in Europe. As you may have guessed, Copenhageners roam around the city on their bikes and so should you. Donkey Republic and Baisikeli are two of the cheapest bike rental companies, so if you decide to experience Copenhagen as a local, take a look at their websites. If the rental prices seem a bit high, check out Free your Stuff or Give-Buy-Sell-Rent. On these Facebook groups, cyclists often sell their bikes on the cheap and you can always give it a shot and and ask if someone is offering to lend his bike for a few days. Keep in mind that more than 10,000 cyclists cross Nørrebrogade every day, so learning the cycling rules before riding your bike is important. Buses 5A and 350S (night bus 81N) run all night long and across Nørrebrogade from end to end.

To collect a bike from Donkey Republic just locate one of the many pick up points they have throughout the city through their app or website.

To collect from Baisikeli Ingerslevsgade, check out their office at 80, Copenhagen, Denmark, +45 26 700 229

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Beatrice de Franceschi / | © Culture Trip

What to do

Head towards Ravnsborggade and Sankt hans Gade and rummage around the streets’ vintage stores, clothing boutiques and design shops. Search for secondhand jewelry at Sankt Hans Gade Antik, stylish clothes at Prag and discover some of the oldest Danish porcelains and knick knacks at Antik & Kunst. Make a stop at Sirin, and delve into designs from all over the world. Sip a warm coffee at Laundromat Café on Elmegade or have brunch at Folkets Hus. If you’re still in the mood for window shopping, head towards Jaegersborggade, the narrow alley that features art galleries and stylish boutiques. Weather permitting, take a stroll through Assistens Cemetery and visit H.C Andersen’s last resting place or watch the local skaters showing off their tricks at Superkilen Park.

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Where to eat

Nørrebro’s main street, Nørrebrogade, is popular for the great number of restaurants and takeaways, serving all kinds of delicacies. With so many options, the chances are that newcomers in the neighborhood are bound to end up making the wrong choice. So some insider tips may come in handy. Open until 6am on Fridays and Saturdays, Konyali Cafe restaurant is among the top choices for locals who want to grab a bite after a night out. Pitabrod falafel costs just DKK20 (US$2.8) while meat lovers can enjoy a durum kebab for just DKK35 (US$5) . For pizza and other Italian flavors, NonSolo Pizza is the best value-for-money restaurant and it being situated on Nørrebrogade Street will make it easy to spot. For a juicy burger with hot pommes frites head straight to Grillen. Last but not least, vegetarians should definitely check out the menu at Cafe N. For more choices, walk towards Jægersborggade Street where many cafés and restaurants can be found.

Beatrice de Franceschi / | © Culture Trip
Beatrice de Franceschi / | © Culture Trip

Where to go for a night out

Nørrebro brags the most vivid nightlife in the city. Whether you want to relax after a long day of sightseeing or sweat it out on the dancefloor until the early morning hours, Nørrebro has it all. The first stop should be Blågårdsgade. The pedestrian alley is usually packed with locals savoring a drink at Escobar or Props Coffee Shop. Since several of the bars here close around 2am, Trabi or Temple bar are two of the coziest and cheapest bars to head for. If you’re in the mood for dancing the night away, Rust club is your place. Every Friday and Saturday sounds of R&B and reggae spill out of the three-level venue as late as 5am. A bit further from “central” Nørrebro, is Bolsjefabrikken. Here is an old candy factory that now operates as a culture house and throws most of the spectacular parties in the neighborhood.

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