Vesterbro is a district in Copenhagen, located just outside the city center. Walk down Istedgate street from Copenhagen’s Central Station and see the old Meatpacking District, both areas filled with cozy cafés, restaurants, shops, and galleries. Enjoy the rides at Tivoli Gardens, relax in a park, and taste some traditional Danish food. Here is our guide to the best things to see and do in Vesterbro.
This charming and kitschy street, located between Vesterbro and Frederiksberg, is a place where locals gather to hang out and enjoy good food and great weather. As it captures a decidedly French atmosphere, the street is known as Copenhagen’s “Little Paris.” Enjoy a cup of coffee at Granola, sample Danish cheeses at Helges Ost, and try handmade organic chocolates at Summerbird. Alternatively, check out interior design at shopDORA and see the flower displays at Blomsterskuret.
For decades, Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District was home to dozens of businesses relating to the meat industry. In the early 21st century, the area expanded and today houses restaurants, art galleries, bars, and trendy nightlife spots. Explore the food market on the weekends in summer months, try delicious seafood at Kødbyens Fiskebar, or sample beers at hip brewpub War Pigs. After a satisfying lunch, why not check out V1 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery which was the first in Scandinavia to showcase the work of street artists such as Banksy and Eine.
Sønder Boulevard is a long, green area in the middle of Vesterbro. The area offers a biking track, different playgrounds and fields for ball games, and flower gardens and plenty of green fields for a calming picnic. Relax, have a wander, or participate in sport activities while exploring Sønder Boulevard.
As Vesterbro’s main shopping street, Istedgade is filled to the brim with trendy shops, cafés, and restaurants. The street runs through Vesterbro, connecting Copenhagen Central Station to Enghave Park. Stop by Donn Ya Doll for funky accessories and Girlie Hurly for all your interior design needs. For vintage-inspired clothes, check out RUDE or browse through Asfalt for women’s clothing. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Sort Kaffe & Vinyl, a cool combination of record shop and café.