Five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen

March 22, 2017 • 3 min read

Do you prefer hipster people over fancy stores? Cute, quirky cafés over touristy stuff? Check out this list of the five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen! 

Vesterbro – Istedgade
Istedgade is a street in the city district of Vesterbro, which in many ways, presents a different Copenhagen. Here you’ll find students and hipsters over business people and families with children over fashion. It used to be a street filled with drugs and prostitutes but is now filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and fun bars (though it’s hard to learn an old dog to sit, don’t be surprised if you see something strange). Istedgade stretches from the central station in Copenhagen to Enghave Plads. Examples of fun stuff to do here? Have a glass of wine at Malbeck Vinbar, a cocktail at Neighbourhood, have a coffee and botanise vintage vinyl at Sort Kaffe & Vinyl.

City district Christianshavn
Christianshavn is perhaps a bit big of an area to call bohemian, but the feeling to it really is. It’s the island separated from the rest of the city, connected via the bridge Inderhavnsbroen. With its canals flowing through the city, it resembles Amsterdam. If you like art, check out North Atlantic House, thirsty music lovers should head to bar Sofiekælderen, located just by the canals, and if you’re hungry for some food, head to Wildersgade and the surrounding streets, here there are plenty of amazing restaurants. If you really want to go deep into the bohemian way of life, visit the free-town Christiania.

Nørrebro – Jaegersborgsgade
Whilst Christianshavn is huge, the street Jægersborggade is not very long; it will only take you a few minutes to walk up and down. Despite its smallness, it’s filled with cool bars, cafés, and many vintage shops and galleries. Two of our favourites are the awarded restaurant Relæ and wine bar Terroiristen. If you’re in the mood for some delicious vegetarian food, restaurant Astrid och Apornas Spiseri is located here. This quirky street even has its own website; you can check it out here.

Latin Quarter – Studiestræde
In the Latin Quarters, which on its own is a bohemian area on its own, you’ll find the street Studiestræde. Even though Studiestræde is just a few minutes from the touristy shopping street Strøget, it’s relaxed in a very pleasant way. It’s the perfect place to relax with a coffee in one of the many cafés after you’ve gone bargain hunting in one of the many vintage shops located here, for example, Wasteland. Enjoy dinner at restaurant Krebsegaarden or take a cocktail at the bar named after the street, Studiestraede Bar & Spirits.

Vesterbro – Meatpacking District (Kødbyen)
Once upon a time, it was the home to the meat industry business of Copenhagen (as you might have guessed); nowadays, it is a food mecca. It still has three areas; White, Grey and Brown referring to the colour of the buildings. Here, it’s hard to keep track of what restaurants are open since it’s so blooming. The feeling that something open’s up here once a week isn’t that far off from the truth. Halmtorvet is a public square in Kødbyen that’s lined with cafés and restaurants; you just have to pick what you’re in the mood for. Try breakfast at Dyrehaven, look at the current exhibition at the venue Øksnehallen and have a drink on the outdoor seating of Karriere.