As a former resident of Nørrebro (I lived right against Nørrebroparken) and current resident of Nordvest, I can’t recommend more highly exploring the north of Copenhagen. Nørrebro is a diverse neighborhood is that is always changing. Cross Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise’s Bridge) and explore this unique slice of the city.
The culinary scene in Nørrebro has been quietly growing for years and now contains some of the best restaurants in the city. Bæst, Chef Christian Puglisi’s latest venture has the best pizza I’ve ever had. I’m not exaggerating, it’s that good. And affordable too, at 85-135 DKK per pizza. Puglisi, formerly of noma-fame, also opened Relæ and Manfred & Vin, both on Jægersborggade. Relæ, a Michelin-star restaurant, is incredibly high-end (and yes, pricey) New Nordic cuisine in a beautiful yet casual location. Be sure to make a reservation!
Right across the street is the less-fancy but much beloved Manfreds & Vin. Serving weekend brunch and daily dinner, Manfreds has both an a la carte and prix fixe menu. The fixed menu is well worth it: it includes their famous beef tartare, a fish dish, an egg dish, and seasonal vegetables prepared in mind blowingly simple yet delicious ways. Their wine menu, which is completely biodynamic, is fabulous. Can you tell that this is one of my favorite spots on Earth? Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are possible, especially on weekdays.
If you’re looking for Thai and your wallet is feeling a bit fat, you must try Kiin Kiin. An incredible menu of modern Thai cooking has earned this spot a Michelin star. But if you just need a hearty red curry or phat thai, Aroii next door (owned by the same group), is cosy, affordable and fast. Ranee’s is another local favorite, with tasty traditional dishes at good prices.
For sushi, try LETZ, which does a delicious mix of rolls, sashimi and starters like tempura shrimp. Their focus tends to be on salmon and I’m just fine with it.
If you’re in the mood for a traditional Danish lunch, there’s nothing like Rita’s Smørrebrod. These are the real-deal open-faced sandwiches. Hurry, because it closes at 2 pm daily. For casual brunch, lunch, or afternoon treat, cafes are always a good call. I love Cafe N for vegetarian food (including a great brunch plate!), Taxa for a salad, sandwich and glass of lemonade, and Gavlen, where, I’ll be honest, I only ever get the hand-cut fries (fritter) with chili mayo. So naughty but so good.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge kebab and falafel fan; Nørrebro really wins the contest for most choice in this category. My favorites are Liban Cuisine (also amazing for a fresh but cheap burger!), Ahaaa Arabisk Madhus and Durum Bar, which has far and away the best falafel in Copenhagen. Bite into that sucker and it’s bright green, just as a good one should be.
La Centrale may not look fancy, but their mushroom and spinach pies are a thing of beauty – a quick, affordable and healthy treat. As a Boston-native, I love a good oyster, so Oyster & Grill is high on my list of summertime must-gos. Gran Torino, owned by the same group as Madklubben, offers gourmet pizzas for a no-fuss meal. And because sometimes you just want a burger and a beer, Bronx Burger will scratch that particular itch.
I couldn’t write about food in Nørrebro and leave out Meyer’s Bageri, which has fresh-baked goodies that are perfect for your breakfast, midday treat, or coffee break. My favorite is the kanelbrød (cinnamon bread) but I strongly believe that everyone should follow their bliss when it comes to pastries. Nordisk Brødhus has a terrific selection of breads, baked goods and brunch boards that will turn your quick morning stop into a leisurely brunch.
Inexpensive hotels are few and far between in Copenhagen, and particularly outside of the inner city. Hotel Nora on Nørrebrogade is a small but clean & friendly hotel in a great location. I’ve known many friends who have stayed at an Airbnb in Copenhagen and had great experiences. It’s a less expensive and more personal option – definitely worth a look!
Cosy coffee spots abound in Nørrebro. Get your morning coffee before a long day or just sit and relax. Check out Coffee Collective, Mirabelle’s (next to Bæst, also serving delicious sourdough baked goods -try the croissants!), Kaffe Plantagen, Bevar’s (a quiet spot to get some work done) and Kaffesalonen, charmingly located right on the water.
Ah, a good cocktail. Is there anything better? That’s rhetorical; there is not. Though there are plenty of fancy-pants spots in Copenhagen, Nørrebro is more of a low-key kind of place. Plenum is a good place for a casual beer or cocktail. Gefahrlich has great mixed-drinks and on Friday & Saturday night hosts a dance party with a DJ downstairs. For wine, Antidote is one of my favorite spots, and Malbeck has good happy hour deals. Kind of Blue serves drinks, plays jazz, and is generally a laid-back place to spend an evening.
If you’re into beer, Mikkeller & Friends is necessary, where you can try up to 40 different microbrews, all on tap. Nørrebro Bryghus makes tasty, interesting organic beers that are available by bottle in shops around Denmark, but also on tap and with food at their own bar.
For a night of dancing, Rust often has fun music, flowing drinks and relatively inexpensive tickets.
Shopping in Nørrebro is a treasure hunt; there are plenty of good shops nestled amongst the cafes and side streets. Take a look at Adelie, which has a range of Scandinavian designers and pretty little things. Visit is dedicated to reuse, recycling and sustainability, so their products include everything from jewelry made of old bike tires to oragami paper lamp shades. The length of Ravnsborgade has a number of fabulous antique shops – mostly interior goods, but some clothes and accessories as well. Bau Bau Shop on Elmegade is a designer menswear second-hand shop with an almost unbelievable collection of goodies (I’m a lady, admittedly one who likes menswear, and I can’t keep myself out of that place).
Nørrebro is one of the neighborhoods I spend the most time in, so I know these streets well. One of the best places to take a walk is through Assistens Kirkegaard, the yellow-walled cemetery at the center of the neighborhood. Not only can you stroll or have a picnic, you can visit the graves of famous Danes like Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kirkegaard.
- A walk around Søerne, the lakes over which Dronning Louises Bro are built
- Sankt Hans Torv & Elmegade
Check out this map from Art Rebels:
Did we miss your favorite spot in Nørrebro? Is there a Copenhagen neighbhorhood you’d like to see next? Tell us about it in the comments!