Welcome to the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen – known as Kødbyen (beautifully translated as “Meat City”) in Danish – a once gritty and industrial neighborhood that has been transformed into one of the city’s coolest places to be.
This is a seriously cool part of town with a rich history, dating back to when it was a hub for the Danish meatpacking industry. Today, it’s one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city, with something for basically anyone.
If you’re a fan of all things urban, cool, and edgy, then you’ll love Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District. It’s a place where old meets new, where the sound of clanging metal from the past blends with the beat of music from the present.
So keep reading to find out just where to go, what to see – and, most importantly (at least in my books!), what to eat when you’re there.
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Why visit the Meatpacking District
This area is filled with sleek design shops, stylish bars, and innovative restaurants, making it a perfect place to explore and soak up the city’s culture.
In particular: Foodies, listen up! The Meatpacking District is a culinary hotspot, with a range of restaurants and cafes serving up dishes from all over the world. Whether you’re in the mood for juicy burgers, a BBQ feast or some of the best seafood you’ll honestly ever have, you’ll find it all here.
For those looking for something a little more cultured, check out one of the district’s many galleries and other cultural exhibitions.
And if you’re looking for a night out, the Meatpacking District has you covered. With a plethora of bars and clubs, it’s the perfect place to let loose and dance the night away.
From craft beer bars to upscale cocktail lounges with creative mixologists, there’s something for everyone. And for those who prefer a more relaxed evening, there are plenty of cozy cafes to enjoy a quiet drink or two.
Where is the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen
The Meatpacking District is located in the Vesterbro neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a reasonable walk from the city center and is worth the roughly half hour walk if the weather is behaving that day.
Looking for somewhere to stay in Vesterbro in Copenhagen?
My top pick: CPH Hotel – super well located, great Scandi decor and the pools are perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the city.
Want something more luxurious? Check out the Grand Joanne Hotel for the height of classic chic.
On more of a budget? Wakeup Copenhagen is just what you need – comfortable, clean and close to everything.
If going on foot doesn’t work that day, the easiest way to get to the Meatpacking District is by public transportation. The neighborhood is serviced by several bus lines, including buses which stop at the nearby Dybbølsbro station. You can also take the S-train to the Hovedbanegården station, which is a short walk from the district.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Copenhagen is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and getting to the Meatpacking District is no exception. If you’re visiting, you can rent a bike from one of the many bike rental shops around the city and enjoy a leisurely ride through the neighborhood.
Sure, you can also drive as there are several parking garages and street parking options in the area. That said, I wouldn’t recommend it as, among other things, you’ll need to be prepared for a bit of a walk to get to the heart of the district. It’s much easier to take a bike or public transport.
Best restaurants in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District
The Meatpacking District in Copenhagen is known for its thriving food scene, and there are plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from, no matter what mood you’re in.
Are you a fan of seafood and looking for a fresh and healthy dining experience in Copenhagen? Kødbyens Fiskebar in the Meatpacking District is the place for you!
This local gem is all about offering informal and relaxed dining with a focus on the freshest and healthiest seafood. The atmosphere is unique with traces of the old meat halls and a carefully curated mix of second-hand decor.
Kødbyens Fiskebar is not just about delicious food, but also about being environmentally conscious. The restaurant is dedicated to using locally sourced, organic ingredients and sustainable practices, making it the perfect choice for those who want to indulge in delicious and healthy seafood without worrying about the impact on the environment.
And the best part? Kødbyens Fiskebar has received recognition for its commitment to quality and value, earning a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide to Nordic countries.
WarPigs is the ultimate brewpub experience in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District! This hip hot spot is the result of a collaboration between renowned Danish brewery Mikkeller and American brewery 3 Floyds, with a goal to create the best brewpub in the world.
It’s run by an experienced American chef who has cooked for famous bands like Slipknot and Van Halen, and smokes the meat for up to 14 hours in Europe’s largest smoker.
Indulge in authentic Texan-style barbecue, made with smoked meat and a variety of homemade sauces, all served up with a side of 22 fresh, unique Danish-American beers on tap.
Make sure you leave some room for WarPigs’ famous bourbon pecan pie or add a bit of Danishness to your experience by trying the unexpected yet delicious Texas smørrebrød.
Note: WarPigs sells out most nights, so arrive early to taste the best of what this brewpub has to offer!
If all that sounds just a bit too meaty then don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too.
Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with the freshest ingredients and most flavorful salads at WeDoFood! Located in the bustling Meatpacking District (and other spots around Copenhagen), this hidden gem is a go-to for locals and office workers alike.
The menu offers a mix-and-match of delicious ingredients such as avocado, spinach, chillies, whole-wheat croutons, and peanuts at unbeatable prices. And, if you’re not in the mood for a salad, just one look at the menu will have you hooked.
In addition to the scrumptious salads, WEDOFOOD also offers a variety of fresh-squeezed juices, making it the perfect spot for a cost-conscious, delicious lunch on-the-go.
But, be warned, it’s popular, so expect a line during peak lunch hours.
Had your hit of salad and ready to head back towards the carnivore end of the food pyramid? Then step into the world of Fleisch, where meat is king – literally, it’s in the name which is German for meat.
This unique combination of restaurant, bar and butcher in the middle of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District is a tribute to the area’s rich history and is dedicated to serving up high-quality, organic meat dishes. The restaurant even looks like a butcher – with some hygge added in for good measure, of course. This is Denmark, after all.
Let the skilled butchers and chefs work their magic as they turn freshly sourced organic meat from Danish farms into delectable dishes, or sample a range of small plates to create your own culinary adventure.
And I really recommend that you don’t miss the chance to try their one-of-a-kind bar menu, featuring specialty drinks like homemade organic bacon-infused bourbon and whiskey with duck fat.
Mother is a must-visit for all pizza lovers! Enjoy authentic Italian pizzas made with ingredients straight from Italy and baked to perfection in a wood-fired oven.
Their menu boasts sourdough pizzas, carbonara, porchetta, and more, all paired perfectly with a variety of Italian wines.
But that’s not all! Mother also serves homemade penne pasta and famous lasagne that’s loved by locals and visitors alike. This Italian restaurant in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District has a homely twist and is known for its “good food for the people” philosophy and commitment to organic, quality ingredients.
But my favorite time to visit here is on a Sunday morning. In a city like Copenhagen which offers a never ending supply of amazing brunches, I really recommend you try Mother if you’re looking for a unique brunch experience.
That is, the restaurant offers a delicious pizza buffet on the weekends, along with fresh specialties, appetizing salads, locally produced organic cheeses, and much more.
You can also enjoy warm pasta dishes and scrambled eggs made fresh at your table, all while savoring an endless stream of organic sourdough seawater pizzas from the wood-fired oven.
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Are you looking for a wild time filled with delicious Mediterranean flavors? Look no further than Gorilla in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District!
This unpretentious restaurant has something for everyone – grab a drink or snack at the bar, or dig into a hearty meal in the restaurant area. With a menu full of shareable snacks and a la carte dishes, there’s no shortage of options to satisfy your cravings.
And with a wine list full of light European wines and plenty of cocktails to choose from, there’s no way you’ll leave thirsty. Don’t miss out on the culinary masterpieces crafted by Chef Denny Vangsted – bold, vibrant, and always budget-friendly (which makes it somewhat of a standout in often-pricy Copenhagen)!
Tommi’s Burger Joint
A lot of people don’t realize before visiting Copenhagen that the city has an incredible array of amazing burger joints. And the Meatpacking District is no exception!
Tommi’s Burger Joint in the heart of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District serves up burgers starting at just DKK 69, along with crispy fries and refreshing drinks.
Tommi, aka Tomas Tómasson, started his burger empire in 1981 in Iceland and now has eight locations in Europe.
The vibe is trashy-cool and perfect for the hip and trendy clientele of Vesterbro. Whether you’re a meat-lover or a vegetarian, Tommi’s has you covered with options for everyone, even the kids!
Looking for a delicious, healthy meal in Copenhagen? BOB Bistro has got you covered!
With a focus on sustainability and social responsibility, this bistro serves up only the freshest organic ingredients, so you can enjoy a taste of the city that’s as good for the planet as it is for your taste buds.
The experienced chefs create super tasty and healthy meals, perfect for locals who want to start their night out right.
With a lively atmosphere and a beautiful view of the neighborhood, BOB Bistro (you can find it in the BOSCH building) is a must-visit for food lovers and green-minded individuals alike.
Best bars in the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen
Get ready for a unique blend of work and play at NOHO! Located in the trendy Meatpacking District of Vesterbro, this bar and restaurant is the perfect spot for your next night out.
Start your afternoon here with a fresh juice and end it with a creative cocktail, all while surrounded by the industrial, bohemian vibe of the space.
With a sister co-working space upstairs (the perhaps logically named SOHO), NOHO is the ideal place to mix work and pleasure, meeting some of Copenhagen’s entrepreneurial elite while enjoying a delicious meal from their globally inspired menu.
Just remember, after 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, you must be 25 or over to stay here – perfect for keeping the more adult atmosphere going.
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Step into the lively, electrifying world of Jolene, a Copenhagen club that’s been a staple in the Meatpacking District for over a decade.
This isn’t some sort of Dolly Parton homage (not that that would be a bad thing!) – instead, you’ll find somewhere you can dance the night away to the city’s hottest DJs, playing a mix of electronic, dance, house, and techno music. With an inclusive crowd and LGBTQI+ friendly atmosphere, everyone is welcome to let loose and be themselves.
The shabby chic interior, complete with tattered lamps and shabby furniture, contributes to the relaxed vibe that prevails at Jolene. Don’t expect fancy cocktails – here, you drink your beer straight from the bottle.
Jolene is a place to disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the energy of the dancefloor. With live rock bands appearing every now and then, and a lineup of DJs that is regularly updated on their Facebook and Instagram pages, you’ll never run out of reasons to visit.
Mesteren & Lærlingen
Step away from the crowd and into a slice of history at Mesteren & Lærlingen in the heart of Vesterbro’s Meatpacking District. This cozy bodega, once a hangout for local butchers and their apprentices (in fact, its name translates to “master and apprentice”), offers a warm, unpretentious atmosphere, cold drinks, and delicious bar food.
In recent years, Mesteren & Lærlingen has become known for its music, with a monthly program that ranges from quiet jams to lively beats. Take a seat inside or on the patio and join in the fun of this unique local spot.
Savor the authentic bodega atmosphere (which also means it’s smokey inside – just a warning) and soak up the rich history of this hidden gem in Kødbyen, where you’re invited to “love the place as much as [they] do and make it your own.”
It’s best to check their Facebook page for the current music line-up and come see what all the buzz is about.
Ready to party like a rockstar? Baggen is the place to be!
It used to be called Bakken and while I don’t know why they changed the name, it’s still just as cool. This down-to-earth joint in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District features a great restaurant serving basic bar food, but the real fun starts once the kitchen closes at 10pm.
Get ready to dance the night away on Brandy Thursdays with top DJs, or catch live concerts and DJ sets that keep the party going until the early morning hours.
Fridays and Saturdays are also a hit, with the place packed with the coolest Copenhageners. Check Baggen’s Facebook page for upcoming events and be ready to rock out with a crowd that never stops.
Best galleries in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District
V1 Gallery is a contemporary art hub in the heart of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District. Established in 2002, this gallery has established itself as a leader in promoting innovative and thought-provoking artworks, in a variety of mediums, to a global audience.
With two locations in the area, you’ll find a diverse range of art including paintings, sculptures, installations, and photography, representing both established and up-and-coming artists.
V1 Gallery aims to create a platform for artists who want to interact with society and spark discussions. Its exhibitions change regularly and can last between one and two months, giving you a chance to regularly see new and exciting works.
Make sure to check their website for private views and openings, which are often accompanied by special events.
You can also purchase a range of artworks, books, prints, and more through the gallery’s online store. Get ready to be inspired and engage with society through contemporary art at V1 Gallery.
Discover a treasure trove of imaginative art at Gallery Poulsen, a lively and vibrant gallery located in the heart of Copenhagen’s historic Meatpacking District.
Home to a dynamic mix of exhibitions throughout the year, the gallery showcases works by both established and up-and-coming artists from around the world, often with a political or satirical edge.
Step inside this former slaughterhouse and immerse yourself in a world of inspiring figurative art, from painting and sculpture to photography and printmaking. The gallery represents over 25 international artists who share a passion for captivating stories, expert execution, and the use of figurative motifs.
With a variety of solo and group shows hosted here each year, Gallery Poulsen provides a space for the most adventurous art lovers to reflect and engage with art. It’s no wonder the gallery has gained a reputation for its international reach, regularly placing its artists in leading galleries and collections worldwide.
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Galleri Bo Bjerggaard
Step into the world of contemporary art at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, located in the heart of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District in Vesterbro.
With two separate exhibition halls and a focus on modern painting, this well-established gallery also showcases works in sculpture, photography, video, and installations from international contemporary artists from Europe and America.
Get lost in the beautiful large canvases on the gallery’s expansive white walls, or be transported by lighting that adds dramatic contrast to sculptures and other mediums.
With the capacity to show two parallel exhibitions at once, and a constantly rotating roster of renowned artists such as Per Kirkby, Per Bak Jensen, Georg Baselitz, and Gerhard Richter, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard is a powerhouse of Nordic and international art.
Keep an eye on their website for private views and special events, and discover the world of contemporary art in the Meatpacking District.
Warehouse9’s one-of-a-kind venue located in the former stables of Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District offers a space for music performances, performance art, and art galleries that cater to the LGBTQ community and their allies.
Artist-run and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Warehouse9 is a hub for cutting-edge art and cultural events.
In particular, get ready to immerse yourself in an annual feast of creativity – the International Performance Art Festival. Since 2008, Warehouse9 has been hosting this festival, giving you a chance to see not just exhibits, but also engage with artists through talks and workshops.
Dive into the off-beat and unusual at Warehouse9, where music, poetry, and live performances reign supreme. With a focus on promoting art that’s unique and out-of-the-box, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest.
Check out their website for schedules and drop by for a truly unforgettable experience.
The Meatpacking District in Copenhagen is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for an urban adventure.
With its unique blend of history, art, food, and nightlife, it’s a place that promises to leave you feeling inspired and entertained – not to mention full (and likely a bit tipsy, but who’s judging).