Quintessential Copenhagen: The Best Streets in the Danish Capital

Experience a bit of the Danish life with a stroll down some of our favorite gader and veje.

 

 

Gammel Kongevej

Boutiques, Coffee and Cake in Frederiksberg

With elaborate building facades, cozy cafés and small boutiques, Gammel Kongevej (Old King’s Road) has managed to retain its classic, Danish charm. Many of the boutiques open late, and the best window shopping and coffee sipping is between Falkoner Allé and Værnedamsvej.

 

Eat

  • Danish-style morgenbræt (brunch) at the popular Ipsen & Co.
  • Butternut squash pancakes and other vegan delights at the cozy Acacia København.
  • Wienerbrød (pastry) and a cup of Coffee Collective from the century-old Reinh van Hauen bakery. Or anything leavened from Hart Baggeri, the new Gammel Kongevej bakery from former Tartine and Noma baker, Richard Hart.
  • Some veggies at Copenhagen’s best #salatpusher We Do Food.
  • A meal from the man behind the New Nordic manifesto at Meyers Deli.
  • Cake and afternoon tea at Maude’s posh salon.
  • The Danish interpretation of the Hawaiian favorite at Oli Oli, Copenhagen’s first poke bar, or My Poké, the city’s second.
  • Flødeboller and hjemmelavet (homemade) ice cream from AOK’s Byens Bedste (City’s Best) confectionery Social Foodies.
  • Oysters on a half shell with a glass of wine at Cork Vinbar just off Gammel Kongevej. Or a juicy steak with vino in the American-style steakhouse MASH.

 

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Nearby

  • Stroll through gardens and an old palace in Frederiksberg Have and Søndermarken. The former is also the backdrop of the fine dining favorite Mielcke & Hurtigkarl while the latter is home to The Cisterns, an underground exhibition space in an abandoned reservoir.
  • Fill your suitcase with fine, Danish porcelain from the Royal Copenhagen Factory Outlet, conveniently located below the Georg Jensen outlet.
  • Considered the Champs Elysées of the North, Frederiksberg Allé was constructed in the early 1700s as a private throughway for King Frederik IV. The tree-lined road runs parallel to Gammel Kongevej and is dotted with park benches, cozy cafes and a few boutiques.

 

Lille Stadfeldt children’s boutique, books and art at Sirin, brunch at Ipsen & Co and handmade flødeboller at Social Foodies.

 

Copenhagen’s entertainment and lifestyle guide, AOK, has their top spots along Gammel Kongevej (in Danish) and Visit Copenhagen has their guide to shopping, food and green spaces in Frederiksberg.

 

 

 

Værnedamsvej

A bit of Paris in Vesterbro

Connecting Gammel Kongevej and Vesterbrogade, this small, bustling side road is a Danish take on a Parisian street. On a sunny day do like the Danes and sip, nibble and people watch from one of the many street side tables.

 

Eat

  • Breakfast or brunch at the local favorite Granola.
  • Danish pastries from Laura’s Bakery or the Copenhagen institution Lagkagehuset with a cup of one of Copenhagen’s best coffee Rist Kaffebar.
  • Small plates with a wine pairing at Falernum.
  • Charcuterie or any other French-inspired fares at Le Gourmand or Les Trois Cochons.
  • Fresh fish and chips, seaweed crisps and other daily catches from one of the oldest shops on the street Viben Fiskehus.
  • Asian-inspired small bites at the AOK-nominated Byens Bedste (City’s Best) restaurant on a budget Hanzō.
  • A ristet hotdog with Cocio chocolate milk from Lones Pølsevogn. See King of the Dogs for more on what to order and where to find pølsevogne (hot dog carts) in Copenhagen.

 

Buy

  • Homewares and one of a kind finds from the interior and design boutique Dora.
  • Men and women’s clothing with an urban edge from Danish brand Samøe Samøe.
  • Handmade jewelry and other accessories from Shop.
  • Organic, handcrafted chocolates by Danish chocolatier Summerbird.
  • Prints and paintings from Danish artists at Hannemann Lund Galleri.
  • Scandinavian-inspired fragrances, candles and hand care at the beautifully decorated Skandinavisk. (Pop-up store currently closed.)
  • Curated teas and accessories from Den Franske Tehandel.

 

Nearby

Take a quick wander down Værnedamsvej’s side street Tullinsgade for a cold treat and a bit more shopping. In addition to local flavors like havtorn (sea buckthorn) and licorice, Østerberg Ice Cream has a seasonal selection of tropical flavored ice creams and sorbets. (Østerberg also offers ice cream making courses with prior arrangement.) Danish fashion designer Mads Nøregaard occupies neighboring stores with timeless classics for women, men and children; while CAN — the colorful graphic design and record shop — is across the street. Vintage shoppers should stop by Jérôme Vintage while cyclists should peruse handmade bikes at ri:’saikl next door.

 

Sea buckthorn sorbet at Østerberg, the outdoor seating at Granola, perfume oils at Skandinavisk, Viben Fiskehus fish bar and seafood market and the flower shop on Værnedamsvej.

 

 

Jægersborggade

The trend setter in Nørrebro

This trendy, small street is packed with confectioneries, concept boutiques and a Michelin-starred restaurant.

 

Eat

  • The sustainably farmed tasting menu at the Michelin-starred, New Nordic restaurant Relæ. The meat tartar at Manfreds, Relæ’s popular sister restaurant across the street, is also not to be missed.
  • A scoop, or two, of Scandinavia’s first nitrogen ice cream at Istid. (Vegan-friendly flavors available.)
  • Risottos, compotes and other redefined porridges from the world’s first porridge bar Grød.
  • Baked goods from the man behind the manifesto at Meyers Bageri.
  • Fællesspisningen (a communal meal) with the neighbors at Gonzo Café.

 

Drink

  • A cup of joe from one of Copenhagen’s best micro roasters, the Coffee Collective.

 

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Nearby

  • Visit the famous Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen in Assistens Kirkegård, a cemetery and urban green space.
  • Decompress at Mikkeller & Friends, a craft beer bar with forty local and international draughts on tap opened by the brewery leading the Nordic beer craft.
  • Shop colorful Danish haute couture at Tabernacle Twins (open Saturdays only).
  • Follow the bike and pedestrian path north from Jægersborggade to Superkilen Park, an artistically constructed, award-winning space. The park’s Rød Plads (Red Square) is currently under construction and is scheduled to reopen at the end of 2018.

 

Liquid nitrogen ice cream from Istid, freshly made caramels at Karamelleriet and the tasting menu at Manfreds on Jægersborggade. HC Andersen’s grave in Assistens Kirkegård.

 

 

Ravnsborggade and Ryesgade

Wine, antiques and colorful facades in Nørrebro

Running parallel to Sortedame Sø (Lake), these merging streets are known for their vintage and antiques shops, cafés and wine bars.

 

Eat

  • The tasting menu with wine pairing from one of AOK’s Byens Bedste (City’s Best) wine bars, Ravnsborg Vinbar.
  • The internationally-inspired, weekly menu at 20A.
  • Burgers, fries and all the fixings from one of the city’s most popular burger joints Cock’s & Cows.
  • Japanese fusion from the informal Japanese pub Kung Fu II.
  • The neighborhood favorite for a delicious (and cheap) lunch or brunch at the near century-old pub turned café, Café Gavlen.

 

Drink

  • From the selection of natural wines, sour beers and other alcoholic favs at Rødder & Vin. The wine shop also organizes neighborhood events and pop-ups, all of which is posted on their social media.
  • Organic microbrews from Denmark’s first CO2-neutral brewery Nørrebro Bryghus. The brew house also has an onsite restaurant with classic Danish dishes like smørrebrød (open face sandwiches) and a seasonal dinner menu.
  • A half liter of draught beer while playing a game of dice at a classic Danish bodega (pub) Det Ny Scala.
  • Licorice cocktails and Danish craft beer at the proudly unpretentious, neighborhood favorite Lúlú.

 

Buy

  • Luxury vintage and contemporary fashion at Mélange de Luxe. Prices are in Euros and it may help to bring a few dog biscuits to get past Mort, the shop’s Frenchie guard.
  • Antique and collectibles from any of the decades-old antique shops like Ingerslev Antik, Gyrn Antik, ABC Antik, Veirhanen or Dahl Antik (on Sankt Hans Gade).
  • Women’s and men’s clothing made from recycled leather at Pelechecoco, or a classic Copenhagen look at Stig P.
  • Feminine pieces from the eclectic boutique Frederiksen, or handmade jewelry from the designer collective Værkstedet.

 

Nearby

  • A “cocktail pub” with damn good drinks, The Barking Dog on Sankt Hans Gade is another neighborhood favorite known for its Mezcal mixers and cozy ambience.
  • Specializing in all things pork, Grisen (The Pig) grills up traditional Danish dishes like flæskesteg (crispy, roast pork), frikadeller (meatballs) and traditional Danish pølser (sausages). Come hungry and get there early. Seating is first come, first serve.

 

Stig P on Ravnsborggade. Fairytailor, Dahl Antik and more colorful facades along Sankt Hans Gade.

 

Elmegade and Birkegade

The boutique menswear and vegan hub in Nørrebro

 

Eat

  • Anything from the always packed, Lebanses café Mahalle CPH.
  • The Vietnamese sandwich from the eponymously named Bánh Mì.
  • A salad, burger or all-day breakfast from the space created as a place to socialize while doing the wash The Laundromat Café.
  • Northern Indian fares from B’India
  • Something sweet from Copenhagen’s first vegan konditori (pastry shop) and AOK-nominated Byens Bedste (City’s Best) vegan Kaf.
  • Organic, handmade vegan ice cream from Nicecream.
  • A sweet or savory vegan lunch at Zee’s.
  • Summerbird petit fours with a cup of micro roast at the former flower shop turned café Kaffe Plantagen.
  • Sashimi, donburi and other Japanese dishes from Selfish, or the Danish sushi chain Letz Sushi.

 

Buy

  • Men’s and women’s leather shoes and accessories from Losaal.
  • Curated vintage and secondhand menswear from BauBau, or graphic tees and prints inspired by the Scandinavians seas at Lakor.
  • Classic, Scandinavian menswear at AOK’s Byens Bedste (City’s Best) men’s boutique Packyard.
  • Danish-designed eyewear, shirts and pants for him at Native North and Hooha.
  • Patterned clothing and accessories for her from the Danish designers at Fünf.
  • Retro and vintage-inspired womenswear from Mondo Kaos, or feminine pieces made from recycled materials at MuttiLove.

 

Nearby

  • With the environmentally-conscious herbivore in mind, Plant Power Food serves up colorful plates of seasonal fruits, grains and veggies and is proudly touted as one of Denmark’s zero-waste, vegan restaurants.
  • Started by the founders behind To Øl beer, Brus Tapperiet is a craft beer brewery, bar, restaurant and shop. The beautifully decorated brewpub is located in a former factory and was voted by Copenhagen’s entertainment and lifestyle site AOK as the city’s best beer bar in 2018. Tables at the restaurant are first come, first serve and the brewery offers tours and tastings the last Saturday of every month (reservation required).
  • Across from Brus, sister restaurants Mirabelle Bakery and Bæst are known for their fresh, organic breads and pizzas. Farther down Guldbergsgade, the Danish fashion and denim brand Won Hundred has men’s, women’s and unisex wear; while Res-Res has eco-friendly fashion and home goods for the conscious consumer.

 

Fermented french fries, kimchi and mussels at Brus Tapperiet.

 

 

 

Blågårdsgade

Cocktails and Asian bites in Nørrebro

A bike and pedestrian-only street near Pebligne Sø, Blågårdsgade is a go-to for Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines, outdoors cocktails and free events in Blågårdsgade Plads (Square). In summer, the square comes alive with activities like Sunday loppemarkeder (flea markets) from May to September – dates are posted on the neighborhood website Dit Nørrebro (in Danish), outdoor DJs during the annual Distortion street party and live performances for the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

 

Eat

  • Freshly made Hong Kong-style dumplings (with vegan-friendly options) at GAO Dumpling Bar.
  • Pakistani, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese street food at the AOK-nominated Byens Bedste (City’s Best) takeaway Curry Nation.
  • A healthy breakfeast, brunch or lunch at the delicious and 100% vegan Café Blå.
  • The “plant” tasting menu and other vegetarian plates at the vegetable bistro Restaurant Plads’n.
  • Homemade flatbread, falafel and cold Lebanese mezzes at Ahaaa Arabic Madhus.
  • A scoop of homemade, Italian-style ice cream at Vildglad Is.
  • Indigo corn tacos, fried grasshoppers from Oaxaca, decadently sweet churros and other Mexican eats at Blue Taco.
  • Turkish kebabs, shawarma and vegetarian platters at Beyti.

 

Drink

  • A cocktail on the square while listening to live musicians at the café and non-profit Café Blågårds Apotek.
  • Caprinihas with Brazilian musicians at Café Amazônia.
  • Cheap beer at a local institution Harbo Bar.
  • A glass of vino pumped from a steel tank at the AOK-nominated Byens Bedste (City’s Best) wine bar Vinhanen just off Blågårdsgade.

 

Buy

  • Colorful women’s and children’s wear for the conscious consumer from the Danish concept store Gul.
  • Niche vinyl at one of the city’s best record shops Insula Music. (The shop also organizes live music and other events.)
  • Handmade ceramics at Rigmor Als on Blågårdsgade Plads.
  • Limited edition graphic prints and artwork at the youthful and fun Soda Fountain.
  • Handpicked vintage clothing from France and Italy at Studio Travel, or vintage homewares and collectibles from Topskat.

 

Do

  • An intensive or relaxing session at Street Yoga (no reservation required).

 

Nearby

Pop over to Griffenfeldsgade for more cocktails, food and people watching. Fætter Fætter specializes in all things toast, including open face sandwiches. Next door, the Quebec-inspired Depanneur is a neighborhood stop for coffee, cocktails and hygge. Across the street, the Danish craft brewer Mikkeller has Ramen to Bíiru – a no reservations, ramen joint with a vending machine-style beer dispenser at the entrance. Further down the brewpub Ølsnedkeren has new beers on tap almost weekly.

 

Gul on Blågårdsgade and Depanneur on Griffenfeldsgade.

 

 

 

Tips and useful tidbits

Shopping hours

Shops around Copenhagen tend to open between 10 and 11:00am on weekdays, and close around 5 or 6:00pm. Saturdays usually have earlier closing hours and most stores are completely closed on Sundays. (Department stores like Illum and Magasin have different opening hours, as do malls.) July is the Danish holiday exodus, so keep in mind that some smaller boutiques and family-run business will close for a week or two during this time.

 

Card only

Denmark is on its way to becoming a cashless society, so don’t be surprised if shops do not have change or are reluctant to take payments in cash. Luckily, most major credit cards are accepted everywhere. Do consider brining an alternative method of payment if your only credit card is an American Express.

 

Additional resources

Visit Copenhagen has more on their favorite streets around the city, as well as a neighborhood-specific guide to multicultural Nørrebro. Vintro has a slightly dated, but still relevant, curated street map of shops and restaurants along Nørrebro’s most popular streets, while the Culture Trip weighs in with their recommendations in a millennial’s guide to Nørrebro.

 

 

Last updated September 2018.