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Copenhagen's Colorful Vesterbro Neighborhood

Martin Morrell Shopping on Rue Lepic

Photo: Shopping on Rue Lepic

Vesterbro has retained undertones of its previous lives: Istedgade is still dotted with halal markets and denlike student bars; and at Ricco’s, a doorway-wide coffeehouse, you might sip your faultless caffè corretto while squeezed in between a retired bricklayer and a fashion major from Seoul. Granted, there’s no proliferation of cobblestones and steeples here; but as truly authentic neighborhoods go, it doesn’t get better

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Destinations: Copenhagen

Hotels (2)

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    Axel

    Centrally located in Vestrbro near Tivoli Gardens, the 129-room Axel Hotel Guldsmeden is housed in a traditional five-story building with an all-wh

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    Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden

    The Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden is committed to welcoming its guests. It starts at the cheerful entryway, which feels like that of a private residenc

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Restaurants (5)

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    Hackenbusch

    Vesterbro’s most enduringly packed boîte—head here for a taste of the city’s traditional drinking culture.

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    Karriere

    Specializes in straightforward brasserie food served alongside avant-garde art installations from the likes of Olafur Eliasson.

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    Cofoco

    Grab a seat at a long, communal drafting table, and you suddenly find yourself at a boisterous dinner party with all the right people. The seasonal

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    Les Trois Cochons

    Les Trois Cochons, which means “the three pigs,” is a French-inspired eatery housed inside a repurposed butcher shop. The menu includes a selection

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    Lê Lê

    Owned by four siblings, this popular Vietnamese restaurant serves cuisine heavily influenced by the culinary traditions of southern Vietnam. The re

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Activities (6)

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    Vega

    One of the city's best live music venues, the space was designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen, a renowned Danish architect and has been known to host David

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    Københavns Bymuseum

    Spend an hour at this museum for a highly informative tour of the city’s thousand-year history.

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    Designers Remix Collection

    Made its name with tailored dresses, trench coats, and a great selection of bags.

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    Birna

    The creative vision of Icelandic designer Birna Karen Einarsdottir is on display at Birna, a women's clothing boutique on Istedgade, the main arter

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    Donn Ya Doll

    Sells pastel dresses from the romantic Danish atelier Bruuns Bazaar.

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    Samsøe & Samsøe

    Find skinny jeans by Scandinavian designers such as Filippa K and Acne Jeans.

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    No nation on earth is more sensible, reasonable, healthy, tidy, virtuous, nice. The Danes were the first to prohibit slave trading, the first to make school compulsory and free, early pioneers in s

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