Five most bohemian areas in Copenhagen

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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 student and hipsters over business people, 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 (even 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 on fun stuff to do hear? Have a glass of wine at Malbeck Vinbar, a cocktail at Neighbourhood, have a coffee and botanise vintage 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 it’s canals flowing through the city, it resembles to 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 it’s smallness, it’s filled with cool bars, cafés, 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 it’s own website, you can check it out here.

Latin Quarter – Studiestræde
In the Latin Quarters, which on it’s own is a bohemian area on it’s 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 on one of the many cafés, after you’ve gone bargain hunting in one of the many vintage shops located here, for example Wasteland. Enjoy a 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 mecka. It still has three areas; White, Grey and Brown, referring to the colour of the buildings. Here, it’s hard to keep track on what restaurants are open since it’s so blooming. The feeling that something open’s up here once a week doesn’t feel 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.

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3 vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen that’ll make you drool badly

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Scandinavia in general has always been progressive when it comes to vegetarian food. Since more and more citizens are becoming vegetarians, more dining places has had to adapt. Great news for vegetarians! There is a bunch of vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen, but here’s three that’ll make you drool badly!

1. Astrid och aporna Spiseri, Jægersborggade 39
Astrid och aporna has been famous in Sweden for a long time, creating vegetarian substitutes for sales. Among them you’ll find vegetarian sausages, burgers, pizza, fish sticks and fejcon (fake bacon). In 2014 they opened their restaurant Astrid och apornas Spiseri on Jægersborggade 39, a hip street filled with cute cafés and cool shops in Nørrebro. Their motto is “Feel good fast food”, meaning they’ll serve classic vegetarian fast food dishes with a twist, as much as possible with their own products.

2. Souls, Melchiors Plads 3
Souls is a vegetarian restaurant founded by two Australians. If you eat here, you can expect local food of high quality. This vegetarian restaurant is listed in the top 10 of vegetarian restaurants in Copenhagen, and it’s no wonder; on the menu you’ll find everything from tofu steak to bbq mushrooms. Souls is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Why not combine a meal with a visit to nearby located Little Mermaid? Melchiors Plads 3 is located quite close to the inner-city of Copenhagen.

3. simpleRAW, Gråbrødretorv 9
Located as central as one can be on Gråbrødretorv 9, vegetarian restaurant simpleRAW offers vegetarian RAW-food of all kinds. Or how does hot-ramen-miso, poke bowls, zucchini noodles and rice paper with delicious stuffing sound? simpleRAW offer raw food in it’s finest; no colorings, additives, dairy products, sugar, yeast, gluten-containing products or preservatives are added to the mix and they only use their own recipes.

Up and coming: Noma has been one of the most hyped-up restaurants in Copenhagen for years. Well earned as well – in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, it was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine. Noma is closed for the bigger part of 2017, but is soon opening up again as a half-time vegetarian restaurant. During the warmer months, the restaurant’s going to be all-vegetarian.

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For party animals in Copenhagen: The festival Distortion

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If you love a good party, festivals and to travel, perhaps you should head to the festival Distortion in Copenhagen this spring?

Between 31st of May to the 4th of June, Distortion takes place in central Copenhagen. It’s a festival celebrating international club culture and Copenhagen’s street life. Having approximately 100 000 guests per day it’s considered to be one of the largest gatherings in Europe. The festival isn’t located outside of the city (like many others in Scandinavia), it takes place on the streets of the inner city. It starts in the city districts of Nørrebro and Vesterbro and ends at the Copenhagen harbor.

During the festival, there’s plenty of things to do; you have street parties taking place in different districts between 16.00 – 22.00, distortion club taking place in different nightclubs and of course the final party. Even though the festival starts on May 31st, it’s Friday and Saturday 3-4th of June that has the biggest events. During the Distortion festival, Copenhagen’s street is almost turned into a huge nightclub. If you don’t like club music there is also a stage for classical music, pop-up restaurants and events for children.

A ticket for Distortion costs from DKK 650 (whole week). Read more about the festival and book a ticket on Distortion’s website.

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CPH:DOX – Scandinavia’s largest documentary film festival

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For 10 days Scandinavia’s largest international documentary film festival takes place in Copenhagen – CPH:DOX! If you’re in town from the 16th – 26th of March and love documentaries, this is a must!

CPH:DOX is a festival aiming to show work from new talents, films that didn’t make it to TV or cinema, but also works from famous international directors and releases. It has it all, in other words. Every year since 2003, over 200 documentary films, from all over the world, are shown at CPH:DOX, making it the third largest festival for documentary film in the world, and the biggest in Scandinavia. Besides from watching documentaries and films you can join seminars, art exhibitions and parties. It costs DKK 85 to see a film, if you feel like one won’t be enough – buy 6 films for DKK 425.

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The new food market in Copenhagen – WestMarket

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Copenhagen is getting more and more famous for it’s food, and the food markets have never been an exception. They have Papirøen and Tovernehallerne from before and now a third option has optioned in the city – WestMarket.

WestMarket is located in Vesterbro on Vesterbrogade 97, and is actually Denmark’s biggest. What used to be a building with never-visited shops and supermarkets, is now turned in to a food court. WestMarket, which is open daily from 08.00 – 22.00, have opening everything from cafés, flower shops to pubs. Food-wise? Well, you have everything from gyros to Danish Pølser. Everything you could possibly crave whilst hungry, thirsty or just in the mood to go strolling.

Find out more about what’s up in the food market on their Facebook-page or website. Velbekomme, as you say in Danish!

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The best pizza in Copenhagen? Bæst!

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We visited this restaurant already in October, and boy, are we happy about this! The restaurant Bæst have made it to the newspaper The Guardians’ list of the world’s best pizzas.

Yep, we hate to say that we saw it coming, but we saw it coming. It was in The Guardians list of “The 10 best pizzerias worldwide” that the restaurant Bæst, a few weeks ago, made it to spot number 8. We are not surprised. Although there were lots of good stuff in the tasting menu – which will make you full for days – it was the pizza that stuck out. Simple, Neapolitan pizza that stuck out. The restaurant even has a special built wood-fired oven, built for them and just them in Naples. In there, they bake their pizza at 500 C degrees. It’s no wonder they’ve made the list.

See the menu and book your table at the restaurant’s website. We think it’s now safe to say it literally is the best pizza in Copenhagen.

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