On Bernstorffsgade, across from the Copenhagen Tivoli’s west entrance, is the Central Railway Station (Hovedbanegården). Beyond it to the west lies Vesterbro, one of Copenhagen’s oldest residential districts, today a multicultural community, vibrant with bizarre shops, exotic restaurants and its red-light boulevard, Istedgade, which is also Vesterbro’s best shopping artery.
Over the last few years, Vesterbro has been the focus of a whole whirl of stylish new bars, clubs, restaurants and contemporary art galleries, based in Kødbyen, the meat-packing district. By day, it is still populated by butchers (although rising rents are forcing many to relocate). By night, it’s a place to party.
Local families come for pancake breakfasts at Granola, while old ladies prefer a croissant and students sit discussing their subjects.
If you’re searching for local traditions you should have smørrebrød (open sandwiches) for lunch. Visit Øl & Brød (Beer and Bread). They also serve 50 options of aquavit there, in case you’re not in the mood for beer.
The Copenhagen Tourist Office lies across from Central Station on Bernstorffsgade, near the corner of Vesterbrogade. This travelers’ ganglion has it all: information on sights, cultural activities, transport, eating places and events. A prime source of information is the weekly English language tabloid newspaper The Copenhagen Post in which you also will also find local news and listings.
Copenhagen’s Oldest Residential District, written by Tor Kjolberg