Sydhavnen | Daniel Rasmussen

Area guide: Authentic Sydhavnen

Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

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.

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Head south along the Copenhagen harbour and you’ll find yourself in Sydhavnen, one of the new, upcoming neighbourhoods on the Copenhagen map. This former fishing area is experiencing an architectural boom and should be your go-to-place for waterside experiences off the beaten track – and for visiting the city’s fluffy ambassadors.

Things to do in Sydhavnen

Besides enjoying the water, nature and soaking up the ambience  which is unique to the city, here are a couple of things you could do in Sydhavnen. 

Jump in the clean harbour

Harbour bath Sluseholmen is a small but beautifully designed area with swimming facilities in the southern part of Copenhagen’s harbour.


BaneGaarden is a sustainable Narnia in the middle of Copenhagen. Hidden behind the train tracks you will find a green path that leads you to BaneG...

Harbour bus

The yellow harbour buses takes you up and down the harbour on a regular bus ticket. Not only are the harbour busses an efficient means of public t...


Authentic fisherman’s vibes at Fiskerihavnen. Located in the upcoming area Sydhavn, you’ll find the old, fishing port Fiskerihavnen. This is not ...

Take a bite with your feet (almost) in the water

Every visit to a new neighbourhood requires something good to drink and a warm coffee or cold beer depending on the weather.


Vandvid is a floating restaurant with focus on urban farming and local, organic food. Vandvid is a restaurant experience in the South Habour of Copenhagen, where you eat your dinner inside a floating houseboat. Here they serve food made from fresh and organic ingredients, and durin...

Riccos, Sluseholmen

Ricco's is a coffee shop chain, characterized by an unpretentious decor, cozy atmosphere - and of course: good coffee. Ricco's coffee is made with great care. The roasted beans are maximum 12-14 days old, after which they will be thrown out or donated away to charity. The coffee beans a...

Café Slusen

This is a true gem and will make for the perfect stop during your Sydhavnen adventure.

Where to stay in Sydhavnen

This part of town is not packed with hotels, but these are good and located close to Vesterbro, Amager and the city centre too.

Moxy Copenhagen Sydhavnen

Moxy Copenhagen Sydhavnen Experience the intersection between the old and the new in hip Sydhavnen in Copenhagen. Moxy Hotels offers a different kind of hotel experience with the soul of a boutique hotel and the atmosphere of a hostel. Moxy is a lifestyle hotel that is made for traveler...

Scandic Sydhavnen

Scandic Sydhavnen is a hotel with a rustic and edged design – combined with warm and personal hospitality . It's a place you can feel at home and appreciated. The hotel has an ideal location close to Copenhagen city centre, 10 minutes by car to Copenhagen Airport, easy access to the mot...

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Photo: Astrid Maria Rasmussen