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Six Things to Do in Nørrebro, Copenhagen

Need to know what to do in Nørrebro, Copenhagen? This northern borough is full of places to eat, drink, shop, and explore. From wandering around Assistens Kirkegaard to enjoying some of the city’s coolest streets, there’s plenty to do. Nørrebro is a diverse neighborhood is that is always changing. Cross Dronning Louises Bro (Queen Louise’s Bridge) from central Copenhagen and explore this unique slice of the city.

Here are the best places to eat, drink, get coffee and explore in Nørrebro:

Where to eat in Nørrebro

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 organic Italian restaurant and pizzeria, makes some of the most delicious pies in the city.

Puglisi, formerly of noma-fame, also opened Relæ and Manfreds & 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!


Restaurant Relæ

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. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are possible, especially on weekdays.
 

Manfreds & Vin

Once you’re already on Jægersborggade, try top-notch brunch spot The Sixteen Twelve (our review here). The Australian-style eatery serves up incredible, luxurious dishes. Make sure you book ahead on weekends: they fill up fast!

Left: Jægersborggade; Right: The Sixteen Twelve

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.
 


Kiin Kiin

For casual brunch, lunch, or afternoon treat, cafes are always a good call. Try Cafe N for vegetarian food (including a great brunch plate!), Taxa for a salad, sandwich and glass of lemonade, and Gavlen for a cosy, truly local spot.

At Heaps Good Cafe you’ll find breakfast and lunch dishes like avocado toast, omlette, and halloumi burger. All the food is made lovingly by owner Anika in the cafe’s tiny kitchen.

Cafe Tilda on Stefansgade is a local favorite, with their homey vibe and blend of casual drinks and bites, plus Sicilian specialities like Caponata sandwich. They’re a go-to for families with young kids; kids can even draw on the back wall! We also recommend Friheden, right by the skate park at Superkilen, serving up delicious and simple meals from breakfast through dinner, when you’re after something casual, affordable, but still cool.

You can’t talk 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. Our favorite is the classic kanelsnegle, but we strongly believe that everyone should follow their bliss when it comes to Danish pastries.

Andersen & Maillard is another Nørrebro bakery that’s not to be missed. They not only make an impeccable kougin amann (pronounced kween-aman), but also roast their own coffee and have a super Scandi interior that’ll make you want to stick around for a few hours.

Andersen & Maillard

If you’re looking for something light, try California Kitchen, serving up salads and poké bowls. There’s also Nice Cream, with a range of vegan treats like ice cream, acai bowls, and more.

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.

 
 

 

Where to stay in Nørrebro

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. Airbnb is a less expensive and more personal option – definitely worth a look!

 

Suite with bikes by hip Jægersborggade

  • Starting from 538 DKK/night
  • Private room in a shared apartment
  • 1 bedroom, 1.5 shared bathrooms
  • Includes free bikes to loan during your stay
  • Up to 3 guests

 
 

Design meets comfort in CPH’s creative quarter

  • Starting from 700 DKK/night
  • Full apartment
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • Balcony
  • Up to 3 guests

 
 

Warm, cosy, and local place to stay!

  • Starting from 840 DKK/night
  • Full apartment
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
  • Up to 2 guests

 
 

 

Where to get coffee in Nørrebro

Cosy coffee spots abound in Nørrebro. Get your morning coffee before a long day or just sit and relax. Check out Coffee Collective, the kings of coffee in Copenahgen. It’s a great place to experience a nordic-style brew, and some of the most ethically produced direct-trade coffee in the world.


Coffee Collective

We also recommend Mirabelle (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.

Mirabelle

Already mentioned above, Andersen & Maillard roasts a mean cup of coffee, as well as their tasty pastries.

 
 

 

Drink

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.

For wine, Antidote is much beloved. You’ll find the cool crowd, and all the best natural wines, at Pompette.

Pompette

If you’re into beer, Mikkeller & Friends is necessary, where you can try up to 40 different microbrews, all on tap. If you’re on the wagon, they have one of the world’s best non-alcoholic beers that we’ve ever tried. 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.

Kølsters Tolv Haner on Rantzausgade has a wide selection of ciders and beers. It’s great all year round, but their outdoor seating under colored fairy lights makes it especially good during the summer.

If you’re looking for something especially chilled out, try Kronborggade 3 (there’s just a sign outside that says BAR) for good beer and a laid-back, fun atmosphere.

Left: Kølsters Tolv Haner; Right: Kronborggade 3

If you’re in search of some of the best and dodgiest bodegas in Nørrebro, we recommend Nørrebodega (convenient and mega-hyggeligt), Diligencem (a cowboy bodega), Karusellen (the smokiest and pokiest bodega), Klovnen (careful when drinking at the pool table!) and Cafe Stefanshus.

For a later night, Kind of Blue serves drinks, plays jazz, and is generally a laid-back place to spend an evening. For a night of dancing, Rust often has fun music, flowing drinks and relatively inexpensive tickets.

 
 

 

Shop

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.

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 unisex goodies.

Jægersborggade has an array of shops, from Noaburo, which sells very cool Japanese design and fashion, to Damernes Magasin, selling Scandi womenswear. There’s Ladyfingers and Malene Glintborg for handmade jewelry. If you want something a little different, check out Gågrøn for sustainable and eco-friendly gifts, and My Favourite Things for a charming blend of beauty, fashion, and design.

On Møllegade (also where you’ll find Pompette and Anderse & Maillard), be sure to pop into one of Copenhagen’s best international book stores, Ark Books. It’s small but mighty, and they often have events going on so be sure to check out their calendar.

 
 

 

What to explore in Nørrebro

One of the best places to take a walk in Nørrebro 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.

 
 

Other Nørrebro streets/areas:

  • A walk around Søerne, the lakes over which Dronning Louises Bro are built
  • Sankt Hans Torv & Elmegade
  • Jægersborggade
  • Guldbergsgade
  • Superkilen
  • Moellegade

 

Check out this map from Art Rebels:

Art Rebels Nørrebro Map

 

 
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