Where I’m from, South Korea, the streets are full of bright neon signs that make nights feel very much alive and buzzing. The lights can feel like an overload. In Denmark? Well, let’s just say I’ve lost my way around many a time around Copenhagen, outside of the city centre at least, because there’s hardly any street lamps around! Seeing neon signs are more of an aesthetic experience here because there are so few of them, so they really do pop – have a look at some of the ones I’ve spotted around the city.
The Copenhagen Opera House is currently closed to visitors, but it stands as an impressive feat of architecture just across from Nyhavn. It looks great across the water, but it’s even more impressive up close. Again I am amazed by how many buildings there are to “sight see” around Copenhagen without so much as stepping indoors. I hope you enjoy these sunset shots at Operaen.
Nørrebro is the one area in Copenhagen that is constantly lively, even during the quiet hours – there’s always something going on, and there’s plenty to see. It’s the more interesting place to visit if you’re craving a little more than the typical tourist-attraction museums, parks, and older architecture you see all over European cities – and want to see where the young Copenhageners actually go to hang out. So if you’re all about cool vintage shops, street art, people-watching, skate parks, and bars, restaurants & cafes…this is the neighbourhood for you. And if you like taking photos like I do, there are lots of interesting little details on the streets worthy of a snapshot, as you’ll see below!
The more I visit Nørrebro, the more it grows on me – the part of Nørrebro close to town is, in my opinion, the busiest and most interesting part of Copenhagen (at least for a young person like me). It reminds me a lot of the neighbourhood I used to live in Bristol in the UK (Stokes Croft/Montpelier) which was an area with plenty of street art, skaters dragging their wheels on the roads, the coolest music venues, lots of vintage, charity, and independent shops, vegan cafes, alternative cinemas, and so on. Nørrebro is like a cleaner, even more “hip” version of Stokes Croft, and could probably be compared to many up and coming areas of London.
Compared to my beloved own neighbourhood – Vesterbro – Nørrebro feels more hectic, more diverse, more artsy. I say those things in a good way. In Copenhagen, Nørrebro unfortunately has the reputation of being a “dirty” area with “gang activity” “crime” and so on – I don’t know how true those claims are, but either way they are terms I tend not to attribute to city neighbourhoods because I think they are loaded terms, and well – let’s just say Danish standards for a rough neighbourhood are quite different to that of one in the UK. Of course, ‘cool’ or ‘hip’ areas come with a certain level of hype – but if I could pick a street in the neighbourhood that really captures and distils the unique vibe of Nørrebro it would be Blågårdsgade (try saying that twice as fast)!
Just take a look below for all the weird and wonderful sights you can take in the length of a single street.
I’m back with another Vesterbro post 🙂 This time I’ll share some images from Halmtorvet, which is adjacent to Istedgade. You’ll see below it’s got much more of a chill and relaxed atmosphere compared to Istedgade.
It’s actually the first big street I walked on when I first arrived in Copenhagen, thanks to its vicinity to the Central Train Station which is where I got off from the airport train. I was completely dazzled because I had just arrived from the UK which, at the time, was very much locked down (like, you weren’t even allowed to meet your friends). So I step out here from the station with my suitcases and it’s sunny and people are enjoying drinks in outdoor bars/cafes – what?! I almost felt like the ‘normalcy’ of it all was too surreal for me to handle in one day, especially after such a smooth journey flying during travel restrictions.
Anyway – enjoy these sunny photos 🙂
I just love living around Vesterbro. I didn’t know anything about this neighbourhood when I visited Copenhagen as a tourist a few years ago, so I hadn’t seen any of it before moving here from Bristol, UK. When I was planning my move to Copenhagen from the UK, Vesterbro was the one central-ish neighbourhood that I happened to find available accommodation. As soon as I found the place I put down a deposit and signed the lease before even entering the country (you have to be really careful with scammers though apparently). Accommodation is notoriously difficult to secure in Copenhagen so I didn’t want to risk waiting around searching for something else.
Well, thank goodness it turned out to be the most perfect place I could possibly live as a newcomer to Copenhagen! I find the location to be just perfect – it’s close to the city centre, it’s got buzz, there’s also decent green spaces, hip venues, quirky shops, and so on. I feel like I’m at the heart of all the action, though I’ve been more or less a homebody since moving thanks to not having a real social circle here and being busy with work, ha (and of course corona). The fact that it’s only a 10 minute bike ride to my workplace is also a plus.
There are quite a few streets in the neighbourhood with their very own ‘character’. Istedgade is one of them and is definitely a street that warrants its own post – it stretches out a kilometre and it stands out in the neighbourhood as particularly fun for people-watching. The mood and vibe of the street changes as you walk up and down – you’ll see what I mean from my pictures below.
Hope you enjoyed these pictures, have a good day!