Copenhagen's "Meatpacking District"

Masa Mesic | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Back in the day, Vesterbro was a working class neighbourhood, and known for its butchers and prostitutes. Over the years the neighbourhood started to change and has become one of the most hip places in Copenhagen.   

The district is filled with fantastic restaurants, cafes, bars and a vibrant nightlife. The neighbourhood is also referred to as the ‘meatpacking district’, and is dominated by Vesterbrogade and Istedgade streets. One of the places which you definitely shouldn’t miss out on, is the Carlsberg Brewery** **and visitor centre, which will take you on a tour of the company’s beer history, and of course, provide you with one or two beers to taste, at the end of the visit.    

Istedgade is an old famous street, which used to be a very popular place for prostitution, bars and drugs. The street stretches from Copenhagen’s central station all the way to Enghave Plads; it is also a stone throw away from the popular 'meatpacking district'.     

The ‘meatpacking district’ is really an experience in itself, filled with spaces dedicated to arts and culture, chic nightlife, as well as amazing international and Nordic cuisine. In other words, you will definitely not be bored while visiting Vesterbro! 

Some of the best places for food:

Famo- Saxo is a family owned Italian restaurant with delicious food and a very homey atmosphere. The menu and the wine list change on a regular basis giving you a wide variety of Italian specialties. The restaurant is one of the three in Copenhagen owned by the same owner.    

Picture © Credits to famo/saxo

TRIO- is a great restaurant located more towards the centre of the city, on the 9th floor of the Axel Towers and gives you a spectacular view of Copenhagen and Tivoli park. The restaurant also has a bar attached to it with amazing cocktails, so you are pretty much sorted for the evening. The menu includes dishes like beef tartar, smoked salmon, and lamb.  

Picture © Credits to visitdenmark Official Website

Where to go for drinks: 

There is a little hidden gem in the meatpacking district called Curfew, which offers amazing cocktails. Although, Curfew is not only known for its drinks menu but rather for its interior design and décor, which catches everyone’s attention. The interior is very elegant with a touch of vintage, wooden tables and small Portuguese décor details (inspired by the owner's origins). Conclusion: you must visit Curfew and you will always remember this unique experience.    

Picture © Credits to Curfew Facebook Page

Now, Lidkoeb is something special. This 3-floor cocktail bar in Vesterbro, just off of Vesterbrogade street,  was built around 1886 and served as a production facility for the Vesterbro pharmacy. In the 1980s the production closed down, and it was in 2010 that a young fella decided to rebuild the place. In 2012 Lidkoeb doors opened and started to bring a new and exciting vibe to the already hip and trendy district. 

Picture © Credits to Lidkoeb Facebook Page

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