You’ve probably heard of Copenhagen’s “hipster” area but perhaps you’re still not sure what to do in Vesterbro. Vesterbro is found just outside the city centre and is one of the trendiest districts in Copenhagen. A former red light district, the area is a stone’s throw from Copenhagen’s Central Station and home to the old Meatpacking District, the famous Tivoli Gardens theme park and some of the best cafés, restaurants, shops and galleries in the city.
Vesterbro is also home to the Det Ny Teater. It opened in 1908 and is considered to be one of the most beautiful theaters in Northern Europe. You can watch a famous musical or play like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables or Billy Elliot. Then there’s Øksnehallen which is an old cattle market, now used as an exhibition hall for fashion shows, art exhibitions and markets. Istedgade is Vesterbro’s main shopping street filled with trendy shops and cafés like Sort Kaffe & Vinyl – part café, part record shop.
So if you’re looking for great food and cultural experiences during your visit in Copenhagen, then Vesterbro is the perfect neighbourhood for you. Here’s our INSIDR guide for the best things to see and do in the trendy neighbourhood of Vesterbro.
Prepare for your visit to Vesterbro
When to visit Vesterbro
You can visit Vesterbro at absolutely any time of day or year. In winter you can make the most of the hygge that the city is known for in the many cosy cafés and shops, while in the summer the restaurants spill out onto the streets with terraces, where you can soak up the sunshine.
How long is needed to visit Vesterbro
If you plan on visiting Vesterbro then you should save at least 2 hours to see as much of the area as possible. Of course this depends on what activities you had in mind, as there’s so much to see and do here. Those visiting the theatre or Tivoli Gardens will need much longer than those who simply want to grab a coffee and cake at a local cafeé.
What should I wear to visit Vesterbro
Vesterbro has a reputation as being one of the coolest areas of Copenhagen, so anything goes, really. You should dress based on what you plan on doing in the area. Those heading to Tivoli should dress comfortably with decent walking shoes, while those heading to the theatre or out for dinner can dress a little more formally.
What is there to see in Vesterbro
The old meatpacking district of Copenhagen has transformed into one the best areas for restaurants, art galleries, bars and trendy nightlife spots. Locals flock here every weekend to eat their way through the summer food market. People also come to explore the contemporary V1 art gallery. While some come to sample some of the best beers the city has to offer at brewpub War Pigs. There’s plenty to see, do and eat in this creative cluster right in the heart of Copenhagen. We think the best way to discover it is to just wander around and uncover your favourite spots.
Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens the oldest theme parks in the world, but it’s also much more than just rides. There’s beautiful scenery, historic buildings and manicured gardens to enjoy alongside the traditional fair ground. In the colder months, Tivoli transforms into a magical winter wonderland in the lead up to Christmas. The park fills with Christmas markets and ice-sculptures to uncover and explore.
Værnedamsvej is known as Copenhagen’s ‘Little Paris’. Kid-friendly, cozy, relaxed and with a real French atmosphere, this charming street is where you’ll find the locals enjoying good food and wine. There’s plenty to see and do here with some beautiful window-shopping along the way. Grab some coffee at Granola, sample some delicious Danish cheese at the local cheesemonger Helges Ost or order a glass of wine at wine bar Falernum. Coffee, cheese and wine – it really is the Danish version of Paris!