Despite its appearance as a smart Copenhagen suburb, Frederiksberg is an independent entity with its own city council, characertized by wide, tree-lined avenues, upmarket shops, spacious villas, and genteel apartment blocks. It borders Nørrebro to the north, Vesterbro to the east and is easily connected to downtown by Metro.
Dining in Frederiksberg tends to be a fairly exclusive affair and its handful of upmarket restaurants are best booked well in advance, from Nordic folk kitchen Radio and Michelin contender Mielcke & Hurtigkarl to the renowned French-Danish cuisine of Formel B. For those who enjoy dining al fresco, the covered courtyard of delightful Frederiks Have restaurant lies in the shadow of the neighborhood park.
While the regal boulevards of Frederiksberg are not immediately synonymous with a lively party scene, the neighborhood does offer a couple of night spots ideal for those looking for local color and relaxed atmosphere. Piano bar Cafe Intime, close to the north-east corner of Frederiksberg Have, is popular both as gay hangout and thespian meeting spot, while Cafe Søpavillonen, an old white-painted pavillion overlooking the Lakes, holds casual and popular club and salsa evenings.
If you prefer small, personal hotels over large chains, Frederiksberg is your area. Independent boutique hotel Avenue offers a little extra service, while small, family-run Hotel Sct Thomas is a good budget option. Other budget options include the two CABINN hotels Express and Scandinavia. Frederiksberg hotel perks include less noise and traffic and green views of the Lakes and parks.
Frederiksberg is a great district for foodie shopping, from the wonderful French stores, produce markets, and delis of Værnedamsvej to the do-it-yourself New Nordic Cuisine of Meyers Deli on Gammel Kongevej.On the same street, hip vintage clothing store Von Qualen has one-of-a-kind dresses specially selected by dress tailor Rikke von Qualen; just one of a number of great vintage clothing boutiques in this neighborhood.