Guest blog: Top 3 Things to do in Copenhagen
Like most cities these days, the meat-packing district is quoted as being the place to visit, if being at the heart of the hip scene and immersing yourself in the current haunts of the in-crowd is top of your list and for the locals in Copenhagen, it is no different. ‘Kødbyen’, translated as ‘meat-packing’ is literally just that; in the day, the area is a ghost town, functioning as a meat-packing and warehouse based section of the city. By night, the area, in particular Flaesketorvet, is transformed into a night revellers haven. Kødbyen exists within the larger district of Vesterbro, which can be seen as an extended night time playground, particularly with the array of bars and restaurants down Istegade. Once the red-light district of Copenhagen, the area still bears some more seedy aspects of its past near Central Station but further down the road, a vast mix of modern eateries and alternative shops have breathed fresh life into the area.
1. Drink at Bang & Jensen.
Coffee by day, cocktails by night. This is a favourite local hangout and in the evenings, the place is perfect for a drink or two before (and after!) a meal. Serving a menu of tasty food throughout the day, this carries on in the evening making it a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat to set you off for the night ahead. However, Saturday night has to be championed as the best night for a drink, as after 20:00 the kitchen closes for the cocktail bar to take over. With a mix of some of the best cocktails on the menu (try the Frozen Margarita) and an upbeat soundtrack to accompany it, it’s one place not to miss out on. Drinks from 40Kr.
Istegade 130. Cafe Bang & Jensen
2. Eat at Mother or BioMio.
Stroll down Istegade and head to the ‘Kødbyen’ area and grab a bite to eat at ‘Mother’ or ‘BioMio’ (I can’t decide which is better). BioMio is an organic restaurant housed in an old 1920’s Bosch warehouse, adding to the eclectic vibe the place gives out. Perch in a row, part of the 200 seater restaurant and watch the chefs prepare you food right in front of your eyes. It doesn’t get much fresher than this! Expect meals packed with vegetables alongside tasty fish and meat dishes. Average 200kr per meal (with drink).
Halmtorvet 19; BioMio
Alternatively, if organic veg doesn’t tempt you, visit ‘Mother’ restaurant for some of the tastiest and freshest pizzas I have ever sampled. With a focus on its famous sourdough base pizzas, even the plainest toppings will taste good with that base accompanying it. The restaurant has a clean, modern interior intertwined with a kitchen feel; their tagline ‘Feed me mother’, highlights a focus on home cooked rustic food. Handwritten menus and scrubbed surfaces only further add to this, making you feel very much as being in a better version of your own kitchen. Tourists and locals alike grab a bite to eat before hitting the town. I recommend the ‘Salamina’ Pizza washed down with a blood orange vodka mixer – delicious doesn’t quite cover it.
Hokerboderne 9-15; Mother
3. Party at Jolene Bar.
Round off the night with a trip to one of the bars and clubs within Flaesketorvet at the very heart of the meat packing district. The current hotspot and favourite place to be seen being ‘Jolene’, where crowds can enjoy a mix of live music and beats spun by a combination of both underground and popular DJs, mainly electronica in the week with a change up to more hip hop sounds when the week finishes and everyone comes out to play. Look out for the circus themed DJ booth and the hanging Dolly Parton LP’s decorating the wall (supposedly where the owners got the name of the place from).
Flæsketorvet 81-85; Jolene Bar
Written by Anna Machell and Eleanor Luker