What to see in Copenhagen: a walk in hipster Vesterbro and a dinner at Cofoco
Vesterbro is one of the districts of Copenhagen where you can feel how it would really be living in the beautiful Danish capital.Vesterbro extends west of Copenhagen Central Station and is a quiet residential neighborhood, which has nothing to do with the crowded city centre, the colorful houses on the canals and the cobbled streets. In Vesterbro there is no crowd and the streets widen. Here you can come into contact with the true Danish life, relaxed and sophisticated at the same time. Many years ago this neighborhood was the red light district of the city, but today nothing remains and you can meet students, hipsters, nice bars or restaurants with courtyard and design shops.
If you want to walk around Vesterbro I suggest you to begin from Værnedamsvej, one of the most beautiful streets of Copenhagen. Stop at number 3 at the beautiful Blomsterskuret flower shop, then at number 6 at Dora you can shop for your home with Danish brands’ items such as Georg Jensen and Hay. Another must-see shopping street is Istedgade, where you will find fashion designer, antiques and toys. But not only that, Istadgade will satisfy even those who love bikes: stop by Kyoto (kyoto.dk) and Cykelfabrikken.
In Vesterbro, a little decentralized, there is also the Carlsberg Museum: located in the former factory, it includes a museum on the history of beer, a couple of bars, a restaurant, a fun “pop-up” area where locals sell second-hand clothes and a “Urban beach”. The climbing path (klatreskoven.dk) is also not to be missed.
Before crossing the port of Copenhagen at 7 meters above the water (with a wonderful view), thanks to the Bicycle Snake that takes you from Vesterbro to the islands Brygge, make a stop for lunch or dinner in Vesterbro.
Where to eat in Vesterbro: Cofoco
In a bright basement in the heart of Vesterbro, from 2004 Restaurant Cofoco is almost a must if you want to eat well and in Danish style. From Cofoco both the food and the furnishings are full of contrasts: rustic and elegant, simple and complex, these elements combine to give life to a truly unique atmosphere. It is not too formal, but it welcomes with style and good taste adults and children, always well accepted and welcomed with kindness and smiles. The ingredients are Danish and are prepared by the chef in order to exalt their characteristics, sometimes mixing with other cuisines, from the Mediterranean to those from remote corners of the globe.
The menu changes and is renewed according to the seasonality of the raw materials and the availability of fresh products and is easily accessible on the site of Cofoco.
All the dishes are served in small portions: it’s something we really adored! The small portions allow a short meal if you are not too hungry, but also allow you to enjoy more dishes without bursting at the end of the meal and, above all, encourage the conviviality and sharing among diners.
The atmosphere is relaxed and delicate, soft, warm. Here, at Vesterbro you can feel the real Denmark and you will not want to be in any other place in the world. You’re in Copenhagen.
Abel Cathrines Gade 7
1654 København V
TEL +45 33 13 60 60