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Happy times at the Red Square. Photo: Claus Randrup/copenhagenmediacenter
Happy times at the Red Square. Photo: Claus Randrup/copenhagenmediacenter

Food & Drink

The new Nørrebro

Nørrebro is Copenhagen’s most multi-ethnic district. More than 50 different nationalities have made their mark on its streets, with afro hairdressers, halal butchers, telephone card shops, and shawarma bars. At the same time Nørrebro is one of Copenhagen’s hippest neighborhoods, with many gourmet cafés, vintage boutiques, and wine bars.

Not so long ago, Nørrebro was mostly synonymous with anti-establishment groups such as de autonome and Ungdomshuset. The neighborhood has also been home to ghettos, gang warfare, and failed integration projects. But Nørrebro has many faces. It is an area undergoing constant development, and new green spaces, playgrounds, Superkilen park, and a green cycle path through the district have given the neighborhood a new lease of life. Urban entrepreneurs have enhanced and improved Nørrebro so that it now conjures up images of urban gardens, bearded hipsters, and porridge bars, rather than troublemakers and arsonists. Nørrebro has become smarter and nicer, but still has its “brown bodegas” and kebab shops, and enough edge to retain its character. Here is our guide to great places to hang out in Nørrebro: 

Places & Parks

 

Assistens Cemetery

Hanging out in a graveyard may not sound much fun, but Assistens Cemetery is also one of the neighborhood’s most beautiful parks, and is very popular with joggers, sunbathers, and latte- drinking parents pushing strollers. Famous Danes buried here include Søren Kierkegaard, H.C. Andersen, and rap star Natasja.

Assistens Cemetery

Kapelvej 4, Copenhagen

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Dronning Louises Bro

This bridge, which connects the Nørrebro and Indre By districts, has become a cool place for young people, who come here to party, hang out in the sunshine, or nurse a hangover with a latte.

Dronning Louises Bro

Dronning Louises Bro, Copenhagen

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City Garden 2200

Hip urban garden at the intersection of Hørsholmsgade and Stefansgade. Nominated by Politiken newspaper as Sted i Byen 2015 (Place in the City 2015).

City Garden 2200

The red square is a part of Superkilen. Photo: Iwan Baan/copenhagenmediacenter

Red Square

This part of Superkilen park takes its name from the pink, orange, and red asphalt to be found here. A great place to skate, go on the swings, chat, and people-watch.

Den Røde Plads (The Red Square)

Nørrebrogade 210, Copenhagen

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Nørrebro Park

Large green lawns, sports fields, and a cool playground, right next to Stefansgade and the coffee shops and specialty boutiques of Jægersborggade.

Nørrebro Park

Stefansgade 28-30, Copenhagen

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Cafés:

Coffee is Nørrebro’s signature drink, and there are myriad cafés selling the black nectar. Sankt Hans Torv, Elmegade, and Guldbergsgade are home to classic Nørrebro establishments such as Sebastopol, Pussy Galore, and Laundromat Café. They are still good, but lots of other interesting small places have sprung up in other parts of the district:

Røde Roses Kaffebar

Atmospheric café with enticing cozy nooks, old records, and homemade chai. A welcome hideaway on a cold day.

Røde Roses Kaffebar

Balders Plads 65, Copenhagen

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Nørrested - one of the new great places at Stefansgade. Photo: Nørrested

Nørrested

Newly opened café in Nørrebro’s hipster district. A relaxed Berlin-style atmosphere with friendly staff, home-designed lamps for sale, and good coffee and food that doesn’t cost the earth.

Nørrested

Stefansgade 47, Copenhagen

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Vi mødtes gennem ruden

Heimdalsgade is a little outside the main café zone, but that hasn’t hampered Vi mødtes gennem ruden. Two young firebrands are in charge and they know exactly how to roast coffee, make a latte, and furnish a room so that you will want to come back – as early as tomorrow. Try their avocado served with mixed nuts and herbs on toasted rye bread.

Vi mødtes gennem ruden

Heimdalsgade 6, Copenhagen

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Props Coffeeshop

As one of the pioneers of Nørrebro’s retro-chic café scene, this place is hardly new, but it still has the hip factor. If you love their style, you can even buy the furniture to take home with you – everything is recycled and everything is for sale.

Props Coffeeshop

Blågårdsgade 5, Copenhagen

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Coffee Collective

Jægersborggade is the home of young urban creatives, and is also, of course, the place where Coffee Collective launched its successful coffee roastery and bar business. The original is still there and coffee drinking there is still a way of life.

Coffee Collective

Jægersborggade 10, Copenhagen

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