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.
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.