Other areas to stay in Copenhagen
Nightlife, bars, restaurants
Copenhagen’s creative beating heart, just north of Indre By over an inner-city lake, and an area which was named as the Coolest Neighbourhood on Earth by Time magazine in recent years. It’s a thriving multicultural hub, full of diverse eateries, boutiques, craft breweries, coffee roasteries, vintage shops and record stores.
Covered head to toe in street art and with many pop-up exhibition spaces, it’s the place to be seen in the city. Home to many of the city’s creative community, it also has a wealth of free to use futuristic public spaces including skateparks, sports facilities and playgrounds. It’s a place where the streets are always alive and are home to music festivals, street parades and sports competitions. It’s also an area where you won’t go hungry, with Michelin star Thai restaurants to Ethiopia street food, there is something for everyone. Extremely well linked to the city centre and only 5 minutes metro or cycle into the historic heart.
Hotels in Nørrebro
Art, music, food lovers
Another focal point for Copenhagen’s drinking and dining scene, just east of Indre By and the city’s main train station. It’s an area which has been transformed in recent years and home to a unique former Meat Packing District, which now houses 100s of independent businesses including many eateries, breweries, galleries, bars and coffee roasteries. The area once housed the city’s red-light district, but has now been replaced by 1,000s of artists, families and other creatives.
The area’s streets also play host to street markets and music events, while nearby the city’s most famous music venue, Vega, hosts international artists all year around. It’s a place criss-crossed with grand boulevards, public art and a number of large street art murals. Like Nørrebro, Vesterbro has a vast array of dining and drinking options, and it’s only a short cycle or metro into the city centre and historic heart.
Hotels in Vesterbro
With family, quiet
A beautiful waterside neighbourhood, just south of Indre By, and just a short walk or cycle across one of a number of bridges to the historic centre. The area has a very relaxed vibe, full of beautiful swimming spots, and you can almost forget you’re in the centre of a major capital city. It’s home to the futuristic Opera House and the restaurant Noma, which has won awards for being the World’s Best Restaurant in recent years. It’s also home to Freetown Christiania – one of the most unique communities in Europe.
The former military base was taken over by squatters in the 1970s and remains in the hands of a hippy community 50 years later. More than 1,000 people now live there permanently, and it’s one of Copenhagen’s most popular tourist attractions – with music venues, pop-up restaurants, bars, art instillations and “Pusher Street” where cannabis is sold openly in a street market and tourists flock to smoke.
Hotels in Christianshavn
Parks, with kids
The area which separates Vesterbro and Nørrebro, to the north-east of Indre By, is slowly becoming an extension of its cool neighbours. With long, peaceful, tree lined boulevards, it’s now also seeing a boom in new cafés, restaurants and bars opening to serve its growing popularity. The city’s zoo is in the neighbourhood’s centre, alongside beautiful parks, with canals and running routes throughout them.
It’s a calmer area than its hip neighbours and is a popular spot for many young families to live, but still has a cool vibe with art galleries, coffee roasteries and wine bars. It’s a perfect happy medium if you wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the historic centre, while also being in striking distance to the lively streets of Vesterbro and Nørrebro. Like most of Copenhagen, it’s only a short cycle or metro to the city centre or its cool neighbouring areas.
Hotels in Frederiksberg
A beachside neighbourhood sitting slap bang between Indre By and the city’s main airport in the south. With long stretches of sandy coastline, this area is a hive of activity in the summer and is the home of a number of cool attractions including a dry ski-slope on top of a power station, a wakeboard cable park, seaside saunas and diving spots, surf schools and kayak and paddleboard rental.
It’s also home to the National Aquarium, National Symphony Orchestra, award-winning modern architecture and is now seeing popular businesses from places like Nørrebro and Vesterbro opening sister branches in the area. With long waterside cycle lanes and large expanses of green spaces it’s the perfect place to escape the busy city centre streets, which are only 10 minutes away by metro, and it’s only a hassle-free, 7-minute journey, to the airport.
Hotels in Amager