Explore Authentic Vesterbro in Copenhagen Staying at Independent Absalon Hotel

March 5, 2020

 Photo credit - Thomas Rousing for Visit Copenhagen


  • Vesterbro is equally cool and authentic and home to the meatpacking district

  • Family-run Absalon Hotel stands out with its classical architecture white exterior

  • Vesterbro’s main street is Istedgade, and it exudes diversity with many independent shops, restaurants, galleries and bars

  • Countdown to Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2020


Vesterbro is today a popular Copenhagen neighbourhood, has transformed to become a hub for independent businesses, filled with fine creatives. Vesterbro remains authentic, and Istedgade is the neighbourhood’s main street. Visit Copenhagen highlight several places to visit on this street, a very short walk from the Absalon Hotel:

  • Malbeck vinbar – a casual wine bar where guests can sit on what looks like an overgrown bookshelf

  • Café Bang & Jensen – a former pharmacy houses a delightfully cosy café in a stunning building

  • Kyoto – a cute fashion shop based on Scandinavian style and fashion with some foreign brands as well

  • KAFFE – a coffee shop furnished - including installations - with furniture made out of recycled wood

  • The Meatpacking District consists of two parts: The Brown and The White from 1878 and 1934. It is one of Copenhagen’s most visited areas, particularly for food and drink.


The district has been transformed from meat only to a new and creative cluster with galleries, nightlife and restaurants. Kødbyens Fiskebar was among the first restaurants to break the ground and help transform the Meatpacking District to a foodie haven and is today accompanied by a wide variety of eateries including WarPigs with 22 taps of quality and crazy beers, the space is big, hip and offers alfresco drinking. Restaurant Gorilla is an unpretentious restaurant divided into two areas with a bar area - where you can enjoy a drink or some snacks - and a more classic restaurant area. NOHO is open all day until late, and its New York-ish vibe with the bar's bright, fluorescent signs on the walls, quirky plant-covered wall and a pink flower ceiling will make any meadow wither in comparison.


The Absalon Hotel, in the same family for 80 years and still family-run, has implemented various green initiatives. CONCEPT GREEN allows guests staying for more than one night an option to decline housekeeping and opt for one of several experiences instead, this with the environment in mind. Incentives include a bar voucher, bike voucher or food item. Guests can drink tap water - literally from the bathroom tap which may sound weird, but there is a sign stating, 'We encourage you to drink water and in Denmark tap water is fine'. So, no plastic or glass bottles, just a glass. All toiletries are in large bottles that are stuck to the wall and refillable, again cutting down on plastic.


Fully refurbished a few years ago, the Absalon Hotel’s classical architecture exterior stands out during the day with its white façade and by night with its bright changing lights. Home to 161 suites and bedrooms, the bold designs including wallpapers and fabrics by the UK's Designers Guild make this hotel stand out from the usual minimalism associated with accommodation in the city. The Absalon Hotel is home to a vibrant bar, cosy lounge area, games room and courtyard.



Copenhagen intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025. In terms of Energy Performance, an estimated 75% of the CO2 reductions will come from initiatives concerning the city’s energy system. In 2014, Copenhagen was one of the first European Green Capitals, winning the title following an already implemented green plan and ambitious green goals. Copenhagen has always been something of a transport pioneer, particularly for cyclists. Le Tour de France in Copenhagen! Even the fastest local cyclists will face serious competition as Copenhagen will host the start of the Tour in 2021.


Copenhagen Jazz Festival 3rd- 12th July 2020

Every single summer since 1979 Copenhagen Jazz Festival has been taking over Copenhagen as one of Europe’s most important international music events based on eminent artistic quality and a sharp focus on new departures in both Danish and international jazz. Lasting 10 days, the festival envelops the Danish capital, offering a sumptuous musical feast to the 250.000 guests who join us year after year. Enjoying live jazz on the city’s streets, in its clubs, cafés and concert halls, and at open-air night venues – all in the very heart of historical Copenhagen.


Danish Design

A short cycle or walk away is the world-famous Denmark Design Museum. Housed in one of Copenhagen’s finest rococo buildings, this museum features a fantastic restaurant and several exhibitions. Current exhibitions include the permanent exhibitions: The 20th Century; from the avant-garde to functionalism to environmentalism and recycling. Danish Design Now; contemporary Danish design, including furniture, product design, graphic design, fashion and design for public spaces. The Danish Chair, An International Affair; the wonderful and diverse world of chairs and how Danish design became an international brand. The museum also features a beautiful garden where visitors can enjoy alfresco meals.


www.absalon-hotel.dk Helgolandsgade 15, DK-1653 Copenhagen +45 3331 4344

B&B is priced from 1125 (around £130) DKK to 3240 DKK per room, per night

Copenhagen airport is 20 minutes away (5 mins walk from Central Station)

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