Once a slum populated by junkies and prostitutes, Vesterbro is nowadays the hippest district in Copenhagen. We visited twice during our stay in the city.
First, we walked along the Istedgade, Vesterbro’s main street, running west from the Central Railway Station. Sushi restaurants, boutique hostels, and stylish coffee shops co-habitate with ethnic eateries and barber shops, and with the occasional sex shop, reminding of what this place used to be during the ’70s and ’80s. We sat on the terrace at Toro, had drinks, and watched the world go by. Inside, locals were dining in the candlelit, industrial-chic decor.
Second time we came, we went to the so-called “Meat City”, Kødbyen, the Danish version of New York’s Meatpacking District. Former slaughter halls and pack houses are now housing art studios and galleries, underground clubs, along with Copenhagen’s newest bars and some of the best restaurants in town. We had a cup of coffee at Prolog Coffee Bar, followed by a tasteful Mexican – including churros with dulce de leche dip – at Hija de Sanchez.
We loved the vibe of Vesterbro and gazed at its contrasting outlook although we could not always make sense of it.