Coffee is serious business in Copenhagen and each neighbourhood has its own local favourite claiming to be the city’s best brew. Just off Vesterbro’s Sønder Boulevard, Enghave Kaffe, wins that local prize. Friendly baristas and a commitment to quality beans makes it more than just a cosy neighbourhood cafe and a place worth travelling for.
Take a stroll down Sønder Boulevard, the central avenue in Vesterbro, for countless photo opportunities. In the summer months, you’ll find artists showcasing public works on the slim green space that lines the street—and the shops and boutiques that line the way all have their own eclectic and individualistic styles.
The brewpub WarPigs opened up in Vesterbro’s meatpacking district with a lot of fanfare in 2015—a collaboration between local Danish brewer Mikeller and American brewery 3 Floyds. Alongside the 22 different craft beer taps (all brewed on-site), WarPigs serves authentic Texas barbeque with slow-cooked, smoked meats and a dry rub sauce. Food always sells out quickly each night, so come early to eatand plan to stay late for the beer!
Copenhagen is so cool, it makes the Hip Hangout list twice! While Norrebro is predictably cool with its multicultural background, Vesterbro in the city centre, is a growing hotspot. The area includes Copenhagen’s former red light district and meatpacking district—both still operating slightly underground with seedy stripper bars and gritty dives among the new, up-and-coming trendy boutiques and fancy restaurants. The meatpacking district is made up of several large warehouses and former slaughterhouses now split into independent restaurants, bars, and galleries—making it a family-friendly place during the day and the newest nightlife hotspot after hours.
Wander through the meatpacking district for some big murals, large, open, empty spaces and incredibly trendy bars and restaurants each with their own aesthetic. The neon glow from Jolene’s marquee and a door made of light-bulbs make it as iconic for Instagram as it is social and friendly inside (the monthly LGBT club night is fun, too). On Saturdays during the spring and summer, Halmtorvet Square hosts one of Copenhagen’s best flea markets with vintage bric-a-brac and Danish street foods.
Like a lot of Copenhagen’s trendiest places, venues in the Vesterbro area often double up as both shops and cafes, or both trendy restaurants and dive bars. There’s a raw edge to the Vesterbro vibe thanks to the district’s unique history. Places such as Ramen To Bíiru serves both authentic Japanese ramens (and even a vegetarian option) but also operates as one of the Mikeller craft breweries.