I remember when I visited Copenhagen for a weekend six years ago. My mum and I had been in Copenhagen many times before, but never for more than an evening or a day. This time, we stayed two days and decided to see more than the usual tourist stuff.

We had gotten a small free guide to Copenhagen at the hotel where we were staying. The guide told us that this street, Blågårdsgade, was really nice if we wanted to explore Nørrebro, and so we went.

I remember that I found Blågårdsgade different from what I was used to, and I didn’t know what to think about it. People were sitting drinking beer outside small bars and cafés and my mum and I didn’t know where to go in. I believe that Blågårdsgade was full of hipster places already then, but at that point of time I didn’t know the expression, neither the type of people.

When I moved to Copenhagen three years ago, Blågårdsgade quickly became one of my favorite streets. The people outside, the many cafés, the relaxed and local atmosphere. Here are some of the places I like.

Café N
This tiny café is great for fresh juice (yum!) and veggie food. I still havn’t had their vegetarian burger, but according to the rumor it’s good.

Blågårds Apotek
First time I entered Blågårds Apotek, my first thought was “is this it?”. The place looks surprisingly normal, and despite the bar, surprisingly boring. However, don’t leave in the door because of the boring interior, because the “menu” is great. This place has almost everything and every time I want ginger beer I go here.

Harbo Bar and Props coffee shop
Harbo Bar and Props are situated at the same part of Blågårdsgade, and at hot summer nights where people are sitting outside, it’s almost hard to see where Harbo Bar stops and Props starts. And to be totally honest, they are quite the same inside as well. They look different, yes. But their menus, customers and style remember about each other. Both these places serve good coffee and okay-priced beer. The locals from the street stop by and if you get there in the evening it’s almost always full of people and hard to find a place to sit.

If you want a more café-like place than Harbo Bar and Props can offer you, Arabica might be the place instead. They serve coffee and cheesecake and on a sunny day they have several places to sit outside in the street.

I know, Vinhanen is not situated at Blågårdsgade. But it’s very close, right? I’ve written about this special wine bar before, since its concept is quite special. They serve their wines from big tanks, which obviously make it a bit cheaper than many other wine bars. If you don’t want to enjoy a cheap (but still good) glass of wine there, you can bring a “to go”-bottle and they will fill it up for you.

Linn Grubbström

Linn is the main contributor of Guide To Copenhagen. She is from Sweden and has lived in Denmark since 2008. She lives at Nørrebro in Copenhagen and works with food photography. She also writes the Danish food blog Frk. Kræsen.