The lakes | Astrid Maria Rasmussen

Østerbro: A family-friendly haven between city and sea

Photo: Astrid Maria Rasmussen

Family-friendly, green, peaceful and affluent. That’s how the fashionable neighbourhood of Østerbro is labelled by many Copenhageners.

Join them at one of the many nice sidewalk cafés in the area, shop in the design stores that dot the main street or simply stroll the big park Fælledparken attracting people from all walks of life for picnick, sports, play and of course a football match.

On the edge of Fælledparken you’ll find Telia Parken, Denmark’s national stadium, and in the top corner of it the gourmet restaurant Geranium – Denmark’s only three-starred Michelin restauarant – majestically overlooking the canopy. This combination of the democratic leisure activity and exclusive cuisine fits well with the vibe in Østerbro. Here, you’ll see expensive cars and luxury flats along with biking students, bodegas and lowkey cafés.

When strolling or biking through Østerbro, you’ll notice that life here is good.

Naturally, the locals love their neighbourhood, and with a peaceful atmosphere combined with open, green spaces and access to both beach and all the benefits of Copenhagen’s old city centre within walking distance, it’s easy to understand why.

The area has status as one of Copenhagen’s more affluent neighbourhoods. This status comes with a natural selection of premium shopping and food options. But not just upscale ones:

Østerbro is at the same time for everyone and you’ll find great restaurants, cafés and shopping here not matter your budget.

One thing that characterizes what could possibly be the greenest neighbourhood in Copenhagen is the variety of beautiful outside areas that make for a perfect walk, run or bike trip.

For instance by the popular lakes that curve through the capital separating the biggest neighbourhoods (City, Vesterbro, Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and Østerbro). Or the historic Citadel grounds, the Langelinie Park - home to the world-famous Little Mermaid, or at the fairly new public beach park Svanemøllen which also marks the Northeasternmost point of Østerbro.

Østerbro is located by the end of the Copenhagen Lakes curving just outside the old ramparts from Vesterbro in one end and Østerbro in the other.