The Copenhagen neighbourhood guide

Copenhagen is divided into a pack of very different yet equally loveable neighbourhoods, each with their own distinct vibes and looks. From gritty and industrial Refshaleøen to posh and classy Frederiksberg, Copenhagen has a neighbourhood to fit any liking. Dive into the Copenhagen localhood here or outside the city on a day trip off the beaten track.

 

The "bros"

Hitting up these three neighbourhoods is quintessential to any Copenhagen trip. The original residents areas are full of life, creativity and great dining. 

Vesterbro

Once, Vesterbro’s claim to fame was its status as the red-light district of Copenhagen. Today, the popular neighbourhood is equally cool and authentic while mixing family living with hip nightlife, fashion boutiques, sex shops and old school gritty vibes.

Nørrebro

Nørrebro is a true melting pot of all things delicious, fun and vibrant. As Copenhagen's most culturally diverse neighbourhood, this is both the place to go for the best shawarma you've ever had, your new favourite ramen joint or a handful of tacos to die for. Creativity and street culture...

Østerbro

This elegant part of town is a treasure trove when it comes to great experiences for young and adults alike. And as the greenest neighbourhood in Copenhagen, Østerbro’s parks, water front and shopping streets are perfect for a bike ride or a stroll. Regardless what make you tick, this guid...

Gritty and upcoming

Former industrial and working class areas are bustling with creative outposts and gastronomy these days. Head a bit off the beaten track, and the city completely opens up anew. 

Refshaleøen

In recent years, the former industrial district has become one of Copenhagen’s hippest areas and a hub for creativity, alternative urban development, festivals and great foods of very different kinds. Easily reached by bike, bus or even harbour bus, the island is an integral part of the ci...

Nordvest

A culturally diverse neighbourhood off the beaten track and a place to experience an authentic and local part of Copenhagen. Nordvest often stands in the shadow of its more famous neighbouring areas but shouldn't be underestimated if you want to go real local and get under the skin of Cope...

Sydhavnen

Sydhavnen is a less trodden path in Copenhagen and a neighbourhood that mixes nature, an architectural boom and authentic harbour-side living on the edge of the city.

Waterfront living

Copenhageners love to swim, dip, boat, bathe, paddle and dive into the canals and sea surrounding the city. The waters bring quality of life with it, and in these areas, it's right out the doorstep.   

Christianshavn

The coloured houses and idyllic canals make Christianshavn (and the island of Holmen) unique and one of Copenhagen’s most picturesque neighbourhoods. Made up of a group of small islands, the neighbourhood is a real charmer, and ideal to explore by bike, on foot along the quays or even from...

Amager

Sea and nature meets the city! Amager is so much its own creature and yet still such an integral part of the city. Consisting of a few areas, incuding East Amager, Islands Brygge and Ørestad. Gastronomy, liveability and life on the water is booming out here! Oh, and you can go skiing on a ...

Nordhavn

From brand-spanking new architecture to top-notch bathing and eating in the sky, Nordhavn is a hot-spot for impressive architecture, design studios and new gastronomy.

The classics

Each of the city's areas put so much on display, but the good ol' classics still have a special Copenhagen charm to offer.

The city center: Cultural hub

The city's historic center is a treasure trove of culture, great restaurants, attractions and fun things you don’t want to miss.

Frederiksberg

Sophisticated, green and delicious. Frederiksberg is its very own municipality, with broad tree-lined boulevards, green gardens and streets filled with sidewalk cafés and gourmets spots. Dig right in!

Our favourite streets

Whether it's for shopping, hunting for grub or the best coffee in town. Some streets have it all, and some specialize in a specific segment. All our favourite streets in Copenhagen have one thing in common though, that they all have their own special vibe and identity.

Check out our neighbourhood videos

Get a deeper sense of the neighbourhoods presented by the people who live there. Discover more in our neighbourhood guides or our YouTube channel.