If you are planning a trip to Denmark and its capital, and it can be a bit confusing to get your bearings about the different neighborhoods across the city.
In this article we take a look at some of the most popular neighborhoods in Copenhagen and share some advice to help you decide which will be the right location to stay on your visit.
Close to the central station of Copenhagen, Vesterbro is a great base if you are looking for a location in the center of town. Vesterbro used to be a bit of a run-down red-light district, but in recent years it has become a hub of restaurants and bars. If you are staying in Vesterbro then you are within easy walking distance of the main train station, also the popular Tivoli Gardens amusement park. In Vesterbro you will find some great art galleries and exhibition spaces, and it is an increasingly popular precinct for inner-city living.
Within Vesterbro you will also find Carlsberg City District. The district is named after Carlsberg beer. While the beer is now brewed elsewhere, you can still visit the Carlsberg visitor center and the boutique Jacobsen House Brewery in Vesterbro.
Nørrebro is one of those city neighborhoods that somehow feels effortlessly cool. It is a very multicultural neighborhood, with a great mix of bars, boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. Most popular streets in this neighborhood include Elmegade and Jægersborggade. Adjacent to this area you will also find the famous Assistens Cemetery – well worth exploring and there are plenty of famous people buried here, including fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
The neighborhood of Østerbro is often considered as more family-friendly. You’ll find Østerbro to the north of the city center of Copenhagen, it is an attractive residential area with lots of kids and lots of dogs. One of the features that makes this a popular area is the Fælledparken – the largest public park in Denmark. In Fælledparken you will find sports facilities, playgrounds, football grounds, the national stadium, and plenty of space to let your dog run around. There’s also a beach park, access to the city lakes, and also the famous statue of The Little Mermaid.
It’s in Østerbro that you will find Charlottehaven – one of the best hotel apartments in Copenhagen.
The neighborhood of Frederiksberg is often seen as the fashionable part of town, and the slightly more expensive area of Copenhagen. The shopping here is excellent, and there are plenty of green spaces so you can make the most of the natural light of the city. This neighborhood is a food destination, with lots of gourmet restaurants and cafes. You will also find the zoo in this part of town, plus the Frederiksberg Gardens, and the Fredericksberg Palace which dates back to the 1700s.
Christianshavn and nearby Holmen are the city neighborhoods that best capture Copenhagen’s maritime heritage. If you are taking a boat tour, it is likely that they will start from here. Also nearby is the alternative community of Christiana – also worth exploring.