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The Best Streets in Copenhagen

Explore the best streets in Denmark’s capital.

 

 

Gammel Kongevej

Boutiques, coffee and cake in Frederiksberg

With elaborate building facades, cozy cafés and small boutiques, Gammel Kongevej (or Old King’s Road) retains a classic, Danish charm. Shops tend to open late and the favorite spots are between Falkoner Allé and Værnedamsvej.

 

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Things to do nearby
  • Stroll through gardens and an old palace in Frederiksberg Have and Søndermarken. Frederiksberg Have is also the backdrop of the fine dining favorite Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, while Søndermarken is home to an underground exhibition space called The Cisterns.
  • Fill your suitcase with 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 and a handful of boutiques and cafés.

 

Visit Copenhagen has a guide to shopping, food and green spaces in Frederiksberg.

 

Gammel Kongevej has some of the best shops and cafés in all of Copenhagen. Lille Stadfeldt children’s boutique. Books and art at Sirin. Brunch at Ipsen & Co. A handmade flødebolle from Social Foodies and the pink perfect Marylou Jewellery boutique.

 

 

Værnedamsvej

A bit of Paris in Vesterbro

Værnedamsvej is the Danish take on a quaint Parisian street. Do like the Danes do and sip, nibble or people watch from one of the many cafés.

 

Eating

 

Shopping
  • Men and women’s urban wear from Danish brand Samøe Samøe.
  • Handmade jewelry and other accessories from Shop.
  • Organic chocolates from the Danish chocolatier Summerbird.
  • Homewares and one of a kind finds from Dora. Or prints and paintings from Danish artists at Hannemann Lund Galleri.
  • Scandinavian-inspired fragrances and candles at Skandinavisk. (Pop-up closed.) Or luxury soaps, oils and creams from the Australian brand Aēsop.
  • Curated teas and accessories from Den Franske Tehandel.

 

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

 

The Best Streets in Copenhagen Shopping Eating_Things to Do in Copenhagen Værnedamsvej Falernum

Værnedamsvej is a Danish take on a Parisian street. Sea buckthorn sorbet at Østerberg. The outdoor seating at Granola. Perfume oils at Skandinavisk. Viben’s fish bar and seafood market, Falernum wine bar and the neighborhood flower shop.

 

Jægersborggade

The trend setter in Nørrebro

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

 

Eating
  • 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 a city favorite.
  • A scoop of Scandinavia’s first nitrogen ice cream at Istid. (Vegan-friendly flavors also available.)
  • Risottos, compotes and puddings from the world’s first porridge bar Grød. Or baked goods from the man behind the manifesto at Meyers Bageri.
  • Fællesspisningen (a communal meal) with the neighbors at Gonzo Café.

 

Drinking
  • A cup of joe from one of Copenhagen’s best micro roasters Coffee Collective.
  • A glass of wine in the new neighborhood addition Vin Bodegaen. (The original is in Frederiksberg.)

 

Shopping

 

Things to do nearby
  • Shop colorful Danish haute couture at Tabernacle Twins (open Saturdays only). Then visit the famous Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen in Assistens Kirkegård, a cemetery and urban green space.
  • You can decompress at Mikkeller & Friends, a craft beer bar with forty local and international draughts on tap. And then follow the bike and pedestrian path north to Superkilen Park, an artistically constructed, award-winning public space.

 

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Jægersborggade is one of Copenhagen’s trendiest streets. Repurposed heels at Sonne Jewels. Illustrations from CMYK. Flødeboller and other confections from Ro Chokolade. Liquid nitrogen ice cream at Istid. The tasting menu at Manfreds. Freshly made caramels at Karamelleriet and HC Andersen’s grave in Assistens Kirkegård.

 

 

Ravnsborggade and Ryesgade

Wine, antiques and colorful facades in Nørrebro

Ravnsborggade and Ryesgade are essentially the same street. It runs parallel to Sortedame Lake and is known for vintage shopping, cafés and wine bars.

 

Eating
  • The Asian-inspired tasting menu (with chili pairing) from one of Copenhagen’s new “it” restaurant Tiger Mom.
  • A delicious (and cheap) lunch or brunch at the century-old Café Gavlen.
  • Burgers, fries and all the fixings from one of Copenhagen’s most frequented burger joints Cock’s & Cows.

 

Drinking
  • A glass of wine from one of the Byens Bedste (City’s Best) wine bars Ravnsborg Vinbar. Or a bottle from Rødder & Vin, a neighborhood favorite that also organizes evening events and pop-ups.
  • Danish schnapps from Rastløs a new aquavit bar. Or licorice cocktails at the proudly unpretentious Lúlú.
  • Organic microbrews from Denmark’s first CO2-neutral brewery Nørrebro Bryghus. The brewery also serves 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.

 

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Things to do nearby
  • The Barking Dog on Sankt Hans Gade is a “cocktail pub” with some damn good drinks. It’s a local favorite known for its Mezcal mixers and cozy ambience.
  • Specializing in all things pork, Grisen (The Pig) grills up traditional Danish dishes like flæskesteg (roasted pork) and frikadeller (meatballs). Come hungry and get there early. Seating is first come first served.

 

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

 

Elmegade and Birkegade

The menswear boutique and vegan hub in Nørrebro

 

Eating
  • Anything from the Lebanse café Mahalle CPH. Or a Vietnamese sandwich from the eponymously named Bánh Mì.
  • All-day breakfast from The Laundromat Café, a space to socialize while doing a load of dirty clothes.
  • Something sweet from Copenhagen’s first vegan pastry shop Kaf. Or organic, handmade vegan ice cream from Nicecream.
  • Summerbird petit fours with a cup of micro roast at the flower-shop-turned-café Kaffe Plantagen.

 

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

 

Things to do nearby
  • With the environmentally-conscious herbivore in mind, Plant Power Food serves up seasonal fruits, grains and veggies. It’s also one of Denmark’s zero-waste restaurants.
  • Started by the founders behind To Øl beer, Brus Tapperiet is a craft brewery, bar, restaurant and shop. The beautifully decorated brewpub is located in a former factory and was voted as the city’s best beer bar in 2018. Tables at the restaurant are first come first served. 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 organic breads and pizzas. Farther down Guldbergsgade, the Danish fashion and denim brand Won Hundred has 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 non-European cuisine in Nørrebro

Blågårdsgade is a bike and pedestrian-only street popular for outdoor cocktails, non-European cuisine and free events. From May to September Blågårdsgade Plads (Square) comes alive with Sunday loppemarkeder (flea markets), the annual Distortion street party and live performances for the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

 

Eating
  • Freshly made Hong Kong-style dumplings (with vegan-friendly options) at GAO Dumpling Bar. Or indigo corn tacos, fried grasshoppers from Oaxaca and other Mexican bites at Blue Taco.
  • Pan-African cuisine, art performances and live music at the new restaurant Sasaa.
  • A healthy breakfast, brunch or lunch at the delicious and 100% vegan Café Blå. Or 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. Or Turkish kebabs, shawarma and vegetarian platters at Beyti.
  • A scoop of homemade, Italian-style ice cream at Vildglad Is.

 

Drinking
  • A cocktail on the square while listening to live music at the non-profit Café Blågårds Apotek.
  • Caipirinhas with Brazilian musicians at Café Amazônia. Or a cheap beer at a local institution Harbo Bar.
  • A glass of vino from Vinhanen one of the Byens Bedste (City’s Best) wine bars just off Blågårdsgade.

 

Shopping
  • 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. Or limited edition graphic prints from the youthful and fun Soda Fountain.
  • Handmade ceramics at Rigmor Als on Blågårdsgade Plads.
  • Handpicked vintage clothing from France and Italy at Studio Travel. Or vintage homewares and collectibles from Topskat.

 

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

 

Things to do 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 and hygge. While down the street 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 late and close early, like from 10:00am to 5:30pm on weekdays. On Saturdays shops close even earlier, and do not open at all on Sundays. (Department stores like Illum and Magasin do have longer opening hours, as do malls like the Frederiksberg Centret.) And July is the Danish holiday exodus, which means smaller boutiques and family-run businesses may be closed 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… Except for 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 Nørrebro. While Culture Trip weighs in with their recommendations in a Millennial’s guide to Nørrebro.

 

 

Last updated March 2019.