When you go beyond the west of central Copenhagen’s beautiful cobblestones and church steeples, you will come across the 19th century apartment blocks and neighborhoods enriched with colors. Welcome to Vesterbro. It has always been a working class enclave and a haunt for North African immigrants in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. It is considered a perfect place for students seeking cheap accommodation and a lively nightlife. After all this time, Vesterbro has managed to be Copenhagen’s answer to Amsterdam’s Red Light District. However, if you consider Vesterbro today, it has overflown with a flood of young professional fashion designers, and artists since a decade. The neighborhood has evolved into a cleaned up, tastefully dressed up, and a downright chic haunt for the city’s as well as the world’s devoted enthusiasts for the hippie culture.
However, in the usual Danish fashion, Vesterbro has always managed to retain the colors of its previous lives. If you visit Istedgade, it is still embedded with halal markets and student bars in denlike shapes. If you visit Ricco, you will find the doorway wide coffeehouse and enjoy the world famous caffè corretto which is squeezed in between a bricklayer and a fashion major from Seoul. There is no end to the cobblestones and steeples all over this place.
You can stay at Bertrams. It is enchanted with an old school boardinghouse. It also has parquet floors, creaky elevator, and old fashioned beds. The owners also run Axel hotel that has 129 rooms with terraces and separate sitting areas. Or if you still prefer staying in Copenhagen serviced apartments, let us know!
Relish at the Les Trois Cochons which offers three course menu where dishes are cooked in red wine sauce. Cofoco is another option. You can also try Vietnamese good at Lê Lê.
You can buy skinny jeans from the Scandinavian designers such as Filippa K and Acne Jeans. You can also visit Samsøe & Samsøe. If you want to shop pastel dresses, visit Donn Ya Doll. If you want to shop for street fashion, visit Birna. The Designers Remix Collection has great tailored dresses, trench coats, and an amazing collection of bags.
What to See?
If you love history, spend an hour at the Københavns Bymuseum. If you love the culture, visit Vega that has three venues that host musicians from David Bowie to Interpol. And if you want to explore the taste of the city’s traditional drinking culture, head to Hackenbusch. It is Vesterbro’s most enduringly packed boîte.