Vibrant and culturally diverse, Norrebro is the best and worst of Copenhagen, depending on who you're talking to. Along with Vesterbro, it's the place to find underground Copenhagen: A raw, edgy district of basement bars, corner cafes and small-scale art galleries inhabited by families, students and creative types.
See & Do
Cemetery Assistens Kirkegaard on Norrebrogade is the Pere Lachaise of Copenhagen, final resting place to HC Andersen, Kierkegaard, saxophonist Ben Webster and several other luminaries. It's also one of the area's most popular recreational areas. Just north of the cemetery on Faelledvej, the Police History Museum is a small, offbeat museum charting the development of law and order in Denmark.
Whether you're looking to eat a big meal or just a quick snack, Norrebro's bright cafe scene is all about casual dining, with great restaurants, sidewalk tables, chic bistros and no reservations necessary. Check out informal Italian joints Scarpetta or Spiseri, or brewpub Norrebro Bryghus. The district's only Michelin star, meanwhile, shines on Nordic fok kitchen Relae. In complete contrast, the cheapest shawarmas and falafels in Copenhagen are found in Norrebro, even well into the night.
Of all the Copenhagen districts, Norrebro is the one that seems to stay up the latest: Clubs like Rust start the party as early as Wednesday, while the area's chic set sip cocktails at the nearby Oak Room bar. There's a great local movie theater, Empire Bio, local rock club, Spillestedet Stengade, and well-established bars like Pussy Galore's Flying Circus gravitating around the lively Sankt Hans Torv.
While Norrebro can boast just one hotel - the independent Hotel Nora - it does have two hostels, both of which are ideal for those wanting to see the rawer side of Copenhagen and hoping to save on luxuries: And meet some fellow travelers along the way. Sleep-in Green on Ravnsborggade and Sleep-in Heaven on Struenseegade provide cheap, simple lodging.
If you're looking for vintage or retro clothing, the small streets off of main drag Norrebrogade are the place to look: Blagardsgade and Elmegade make for great alternative shopping tours. Route 66 is an old school music store still stocking rare vinyl punk classics on Faelledvej. Ravnsborggade and Norrebrogade meanwhile boast great weekend street markets from spring to fall.