In my Danish language and culture class, we were divided into groups and assigned a neighborhood in Copenhagen to visit with the goal of creating a presentation for the class about the neighborhood’s particular culture and history. My group was assigned Nørrebro, an area northwest of the city center known as Copenhagen’s multicultural neighborhood.
Nørrebro has gotten a bad rap recently for some instances of gang violence; however, I have never felt unsafe wandering around the area, particularly when traveling in a group. In fact, Nørrebro has been one of my favorite Copenhagen neighborhoods to explore (and to eat)!
The neighborhood boasts a trendy shopping street, Jægersborggade (try saying that five times fast). Lined with coffee bars, vegan restaurants, and quirky shops, Jægersborggade attracts a young hipster crowd. My personal favorite find on Jægersborggade is a restuarant called Grød, Copenhagen’s first porridge bar. Their menu has everything from chia seed pudding and caramel oat porridge to daal and risotto. A friend described it as “anything warm, mushy, and delicious.” I don’t think the porridge trend has caught on yet back in Nashville, but I’m sure it will!
My other favorite food trend in Nørrebro is the falafel. Almost every street in Nørrebro features a shawarma restaurant, and, though they might not look like much from the outside, I have had the most AMAZING falafel on the streets of Nørrebro. Best of all, some of these shawarma restaurants stay open through the night. After enjoying some of the nightlife in Nørrebro a few weekends back, I stumbled upon the Konyali Cafe and had falafel sandwiches with a group of friends at 3am (quite possibly the best falafel I’ve ever tasted).
Nørrebro also contains the famous Assistens Cemetary, the burial place of famous Copenhageners Søren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen. Oddly enough, the cemetary is a beautiful place to go on a leisurely walk.
As I’ve established a comfortable daily routine in Copenhagen, I’ve noticed that I’ve also become a bit stuck in a rut–only traveling from my homestay in Sydhavnen to Indre By (the area where DIS is located) and back again. However, this field study in Nørrebro has reminded me that I need to keep exploring the city, as each unique neighborhood has so much to offer!