Copenhagen is home to many cool neighborhoods, each one distinct in its own way. A number of main arteries connect these wards, filled with cafés, restaurants, shops, tattoo parlors, charming alleyways and more. To make the best of this hip and happening city, we’ve prepared a guide with the eight coolest streets in town.
Jægersborggade is perpendicular to Jagtvej, one of the busiest streets in Copenhagen, but once you enter the pedestrianized section you forget you’re in the middle of the city. Brimming with cozy cafés, restaurants and takeaways, Jægersborggade is also known as the hipsters’ favorite street. However, the organic hair salons, art galleries and tattoo studios are not the only reason the picturesque alley is on the top of our list. It’s also the colorful buildings with the cute little signs that compose the beautiful scenery and vivid atmosphere created by the locals, especially during the summertime.
Istedgade is Vesterbro’s main artery and one of the hippest streets in Copenhagen. Before getting gentrified, Istedgade, also known as the Red Light District, was the street where prostitutes and drug dealers used to gather. Even though nowadays it has been completely transformed – and chic sushi restaurants, cool hostels and stylish coffee shops have taken the place of cheap, smoky bars – several strip clubs and porn shops remain open, reminding us of what Istedgade used to be.
Bargain hunters will definitely find some hidden treasures in Nørrebro’s vibrant neighborhood. Ravnsborggade is not a big street, but somehow it manages to combine the old with the modern. It’s the perfect destination for a morning walk, or to check out the second-hand shops and design stores. It’s also great for an early drink at one of the elegant bars and restaurants. On selected dates throughout the year, Ravnsborggade is transformed into a big flea market, where numerous stands sell everything from antiques and Danish porcelain to jewelry and accessories. Last but not least, one of the best hostels in town is located here, so the area attracts a mixed crowd of locals and tourists.
Stretching from Sankt Hans Torv to Nørrebrogade, Elmegade is one of the locals’ favorite street for numerous reasons. It has Laundromat Café, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast while your clothes are being washed in the café’s washing machines, an outlet shop with Acne designs from previous collections sold at lower prices, and a place that sells organic vegan ice cream. Elmegade is also home to several cool restaurants and cocktail bars, so if you’re strolling around Nørrebro in the evening it’s an ideal destination for an early drink.
Another picturesque street located in Nørrebro is Blågårdsgade. Art galleries, yoga studios, cafés and bars create the vivid atmosphere locals love so much. When the sun shines, wooden tables are placed outdoors and the pedestrianized alley gets packed with Copenhageners. At the end of the street stands Blågårdsplads, a public square where various events take place. If you’re visiting the city in June, don’t miss Saint John’s Eve, when locals gather around a big fire to celebrate Midsummer.
We shouldn’t have to say much to persuade you that a walk along Strøget is totally worth your time. It’s the city’s main shopping street and one of the longest in Europe. However, its stores are not the only reason Strøget is special. Sure, if you want to buy some souvenirs there isn’t a better place to go – but it’s much more than that. It’s the street musicians that fill the air with their tunes and the smells coming from the various food stands all along the pedestrianized section that create a charming and relaxed atmosphere.
Parallel to Strøget runs Studiestræde, another busy street filled with shops, restaurants and bars. This vibrant street is part of the old Latin Quarter and is, among other reasons, known for the city’s coolest gay bars. Its beautiful buildings and youthful atmosphere make it an ideal destination for a walk, a morning coffee or a boisterous night-out. Plus, if Strøget is too mainstream for your shopping taste, you might find what you’re looking for at one of Studiestræde’s stylish shops.
Magstræde and Snaregade are two of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Copenhagen. A stroll among the colorful buildings (some of them dating back to the 18th century) will travel you back in time and offer you some moments of relaxation away from the city noise. Don’t expect to find stylish cafés and bars here, but you can enjoy a delicious pizza slice at Gorm’s.