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Halmtorvet, Vesterbro

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 🙂

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Istedgade, Vesterbro

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.

Outdoor seating ready for summer!
I thought it was rather mysterious how that prism-like shape floats about that spot. I won’t question it though, ha
More brickwork.
Pretty sure this weird statue is stood at the entrance to a hotel on the street.
Loving the bright colours of the buildings here.
And more colours to entice people like me!
I’m rather fond of these pink walls.
This photo pretty much sums up ‘Danish cool’.
Spotted a neon shop on the street.
Any bar with a fluorescent cactus sign gets points in my book.
A more vintage vibe…
Compared to where I lived in Bristol, there isn’t as much ‘grunge’ or street art but you’ll notice big wall murals and pops of colour around Vesterbro.
It sure seems like the Danes know how to maintain plant life 🙂

Hope you enjoyed these pictures, have a good day!

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