Though Vesterbro (meaning "western bridge" for its location just west of city centre) used to be Copenhagen's red light district, nowadays this hip and trendy (yet sometimes still gritty) area boasts a lively nightlife brimming with restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries. You can spend a whole day (or night) in what's known locally as Meatpacking (or "Kødbyen" in Danish), a former cattle processing area that, today, is chock full of galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs, and coworking spaces. And the main streets of the neighbourhood, Istegade and Vesterbrogade, are packed with more great restaurants and bars. And there are plenty of special side streets to stumble upon, like Værnedamsvej, a self-contained foodie paradise with delis, cafés, and restaurants.
A bustling meatpacking district isn't exclusive to big metropoles such as New York. In Copenhagen this small part of town truly offers some of the greatest eats and drinks. During the day you will find markets stalls.
Go to our guide of fun things to do on a night out in Copenhagen. From the hippest new bars and clubs to old school Danish pubs.
Learn more about hip and trendy Vesterbro from VisitCopenhagen.