However you define ‘cool’, Nørrebro has it. This diverse district, on the northern side of Copenhagen’s lakes, is a dazzling blend of historic landmarks, ultramodern architecture and food and drink joints to make this famously gourmet city proud. Even during this harshest of years, new bakeries, restaurants and natural wine bars have proliferated – and it almost goes without saying that they all put a focus on local, seasonal produce (quite a lot of it foraged, probably). This year has also seen community initiatives flourish: Car-Free Sunday made its comeback, swapping traffic on Nørrebrogade for live music and flea markets, while Usynlige Stier (‘Invisible Paths’) is a new, interactive art exhibition that brings fun and a splash of colour to the neighbourhood’s most vulnerable areas.
The perfect day: Grab a coffee (and the city’s best croissant) from Rondo, then enjoy it al-fresco in magical Assistens Kirkegård, the final resting place of Hans Christian Andersen. After that, head to Jægersborggade, where you can browse sustainable homewares, second-hand fashion, Nordic skincare products and artisan produce of basically any description. Finish with dinner at Silberbauers Bistro and a nightcap at The Barking Dog.
Plan your trip: For the chaotic brilliance of Distortion, a city-wide party that will take over the streets of Nørrebro from June 1-5 2022.
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