The Best Streets in Copenhagen
Explore the best streets in Denmark’s capital.
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.
- Danish-style morgenbræt (brunch) at the popular Ipsen & Co.
- 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. Or a cheesecake and coffee from Bertels Kager.
- A poke bowl from Denmark’s first Oli Oli. And another from My Poké, the city’s second poke bar.
- Flødeboller and hjemmelavet (homemade) ice cream from the organic chocolatier Social Foodies.
- Some of the world’s best oysters from Rouge Oyster Bar. Or a juicy steak at the American-style steakhouse MASH.
- A classic Copenhagen look from the Danish designers behind Stig P.
- Feminine rocker chic from the petite boutique Nué. Printed dresses from the ultra-hip Ganni and Lollys Laundry. Edgy minimalism from Storm & Marie. Or colorfully patterned womenswear from Sofie Schnoor and Noa Noa.
- Contemporary, Nordic men’s fashion from Wood Wood and Soulland.
- Stylish rain jackets from Rains.
- Scandinavian interiors from Fick. Or books and photos from international artists at gallery Sirin.
- Pre-loved, designer clothing at I Blame Lulu and 2nd-Rag. Or glasses to match every mood from Nordic eyewear designers Poul Stig and Kaibosh.
- Kicks and contemporary children’s fashion at MiniMe. Or handmade knits, toys and organic fashion for the little ones at Lille Stadfeldt.
- Scandinavian-designed, home furnishing from the popular Danish chains Kop & Kande and Imerco.
- Thoughtfully curated, minimalistic pieces for the home and closet from Black. Or quirky accessories for the office and home at Niedziella & Friends.
- Fine gold jewelry handcrafted in-store by Julie Nielsdotter and Marylou Joensen. Or everyday pieces from the nearby Enamel Copenhagen.
- Collector’s vinyl from Sound Station and Mint Records.
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.
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.
- 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 coffees from Rist Kaffebar.
- Small plates with a wine pairing at Falernum. Or charcuterie or another French-inspired fare at Le Gourmand and 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 budget-friendly Hanzō.
- A ristet (roasted) hotdog with chocolate milk from Lones Pølsevogn.
- 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 trend setter in Nørrebro
Jægersborggade is a trendy street packed with confectioneries, concept boutiques and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Colorful textiles and handmade, fair trade crafts from Craft Sisters and Vanishing Point.
- Limited kicks and a latte to go from Sneakers & Coffee.
- Handmade ceramics from the all-white collection at Inge Vincents Keramiker. Or all things green from the jungle-inspired Plant København (formerly Kaktus København).
- Chocolates and caramels crafted onsite from Ro Chokolade and Karamelleriet, respectively.
- Jewelry from the design collective Lady Fingers. Or quirky, repurposed pieces from Sonne Jewels.
- Illustrations and other prints from the artists at CMYK Kld.
- Nordic designs with hygge at Høj Copenhagen.
- Antiques, collectibles and other pre-loved items at Perfectly Worn, P-A-R (Proper Attire Required) and Tú a Tú.
- Organic beauty products, fashion and accessories at My Favourite Things. Or colorful jackets and accessories at Made in Congo.
- A piece of body art from the tattoo studio Skin and Bone.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Luxury vintage and contemporary fashion at Mélange de Luxe. Prices are in Euros don’t forget to pet Mort, the shop’s French Bulldog.
- Antiques and collectibles from any of the decades-old shops 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.
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.
Elmegade and Birkegade
The menswear boutique and vegan hub in Nørrebro
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tips and useful tidbits
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.
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.
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.