Hip ‘Hoods: Norrebro, Copenhagen

15th July 2014
Pól Ó Conghaile

No room at Noma? No worries. Nørrebro is Copenhagen’s neighbourhood on the turn, a brilliantly multicultural district to the northwest of the city. It’s famous as the site of some of Denmark’s worst riots, but the whiff of cordite has long since been replaced by craft beer and coffee…

Start with this street…

Jægersborggade is almost as difficult to describe as it is to spell. What was once a dodgy urban backwoods is today a slick strip hosting Michelin Star restaurants like Relae, tasty shops like Ro Chokolade and hip eateries like Manfred & Vin, serving rustic nosh alongside wacky wines suggested by a sommelier who looks like a young Grizzly Adams. Don’t worry though, the dive bars and off-radar boutiques remain despite the gentrification.

Make like a local…

Its constant procession of dapper Danes makes the whole of Copenhagen seem like a catwalk. If you want to join them, browse your way through the small design shops of Elmegade. Hooha is good for sneakers, with Foxy Lady (Elmegade 2) doing what it says on the tin. Afterwards, show off your new threads over a summer picnic in Assistens Cemetery.

Grab a drink with a difference…

Mikeller & Friends (Stefansgade 35) is a micro-brewery on a mission to convert patrons to the pleasures of craft beer. Up to 40 brews are set up to taste on tap, there are some salty snacks and dried meats to keep the thirst up, and the fit-out is pure Scandinavian chic. A worthy alternative to the Carlsberg brewery tour’s corporate spiel.

Travel Tips…

Aer Lingus; SAS and Norwegian fly direct from Dublin to Copenhagen. For more on what to do, see and where to stay in the city, see visitcopenhagen.com.

This feature originally appeared in The Irish Independent.

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