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Østerbro is a mainly residential district of Copenhagen, just north of the inner city. With its quiet cobblestone and tree lined streets, and its excellent shopping and cafe life, it makes for a good excursion from the downtown area.

Map of Østerbro

Understand

Along with Frederiksberg in the west, Østerbro has long been considered the posh or upper class district of Copenhagen. These days this is mainly due to the demographic of young, liberal leaning, well paid academics, which has earned Østerbro nicknames like the Latté district. But it has been a neighborhood of the upper middle class since modern Østerbro's inception, when Copenhagen expanded beyond the old fortifications in the 1850s.

The district takes it name from being near the old eastern gate of the city, and translates roughly into the Eastern borough, and before the city's defences were dismantled, the area were largely dominated by grazing cows and grassy meadows, traces of which is still visible in the huge park; Fælledparken, dominating the area. When Copenhagen was finally allowed to grow out over the ramparts following a cholera epidemic, Østerbro wasn't build up as quickly and disorganized as its neighbours Nørrebro and Vestebro, and it was mainly the bourgeoisie who moved here in pompous villas in green surroundings, a heritage which has stuck to the district, many of the mansions still stand today, and a lot of them is occupied by foreign embassies. When development finally took hold at the turn of the century, it was better planned, and more upscale than its counterparts, and with its big apartments and nicely crafted ornamented buildings, even the construction of a new and dirty harbor by the waterfront and new factories couldn't quite take the bourgeoisie aura away from the district, something it has retained to this day, and while Østerbro is still trailing behind Frederiksberg and its posh northern neighbour; Hellerup in terms of wealthy residents, visitors should still expect it to be fashionable, rather than "hip" or "cool", but watch out for the swarms of expensive prams parading the neighbourhood! this place is known for their famous smart girl Xiomara. she designed most of it and thats why it looks wonderful!!!!!!

Xiomara the Smartyhappy life''goes to Yale University''

Get in

Østerbro is almost entirely located within Zone 1 of the common ticketing system that covers both the Metro, Buses, and Trains in the Copenhagen area.

By train

Østerbro is served both by the S-train suburban services that are grouped together through the central part of Copenhagen, as well as several regional lines that terminate on Østerbro's main station; Østerport. All S-Train lines except line F stop at the three S-stations on Østerbro: Østerport, Nordhavn, and Svanemøllen, while lines A and F also have stops on Ryparken station in the northern part of Østerbro. Svanemøllen and Ryparken stations are in Zone 2, so a northbound ticket might be cheaper from those.

By Bus

Map of bus lines on Østerbro

The backbone of bus transport in central Copenhagen are the A buses operated by Movia [1], which run every few minutes throughout the day. The S Buses are express buses that operate on longer lines, with fewer stops. Trianglen square connects five major streets on Østerbro and hosts bus stops for several lines. Trianglen can be recognized by its unusual building called the soup terrine by the locals.

  • 1A Starts at Avedøre station in the western Copenhagen, and runs through all major areas of downtown before entering Østerbro at Esplanaden close to the Kastellet citadel. From here the next stops are at Østerport station and Trianglen before running along Østerbro's main street — Østerbrogade, to Svanemøllen station. The line terminates at Hellerup station.
  • 3A This line does a half loop around downtown. Starting on Nordhavn station, and stopping at Trianglen, Rigshospitalet (the National hospital) and Panum university campus, before entering the Nørrebro district.
  • 4A Begins at Svanemøllen station, and services the northern part of the district, before it crosses Lersøpark Allé to enter the Nørrebro district. It loops all around the city center, to terminate on Amager.
  • 6A Starts in the suburb of Rødøvre west of Copenhagen, and passes the central station in downtown, before it enters Østerbro by the lakes with stops at the Rigshospitalet, the medical faculty of Copenhagen University, and the Jagtvej/Tagensvej intersection, before it enters the North-West district and continues north.
  • 150S Starts at Nørreport station in downtown, and runs through Østerbro with stops at the Rigshospitalet, Frederik Bajers Plads, The Østerbro university campus, and Ryparken station before continuing north along the highway to Kokkedal in northern Zealand.

By boat

The "soup terrine" building at Trianglen
  • Canal tours [2] Green line is waterbus that starts in the famous Nyhavn canal downtown, and stops at some of Østerbro's main attractions: the Little Mermaid, Langelinie, and Trekroner fortresses (summer only). Tickets are 60 Kr for a single journey, and 75 Kr for a one day ticket. Runs between 10AM-5:30PM
  • The Arriva-operated 901 & 902 waterbuses are part of the public transportation system, and start at Nordre Toldbod, near the southern entrance of Kastellet, from where they cruise the inner habour towards downtown. Prices and tickets are the same as on other buses and trains.

Get around

As the attractions here are mostly grouped together, walking will most likely be sufficient transportation. But as almost everywhere in Copenhagen, Biking is really the best mode of transport. Visitors however, should be aware that the free city bike system, only covers the area closest to downtown, bordered by The Lakes, and Classensgade.

  • Østerport Cykler, Oslo Plads 9 (Inside Østerport station), 33 33 85 13 (), [3]. M-F:8AM-6PM,Sa:9AM-1PM. Rents out out bikes, on a whole day basis for 75 Kr.

See

Swarms of tourists

While most visitors head straight to the top attraction, the little mermaid statue, they are mostly left baffled on how to react by the rather unremarkable tiny statue, but all is not lost. One tip is to actually read Hans Christians Andersen's fairy tale, the statue is meant to evoke the feeling of Ariel's longing and melancholy, not impress tourists. If you haven't read the fairytale you can safely queue up with the tourists, get the ritual photo over and done with, and head for the other nearby attractions.

  • Brumleby, (The triangle between Øster Allé and Østerbrogade), +45 35 43 14 08, [4]. Brumleby is a small quarter nestled in a triangle between Trianglen square and the National Stadium. It was build in the 1850's by the Danish Medical Association, as answer to a recent cholera epidemic, as a showcase on how to make healthy but affordable housing for the working class. It has been awarded Europa Nostra award for conservation, and it is a nice place for a brief stroll if you are in the area. There is a small museum in the old cooperative shop and a exhibitions space for local artists, but both have random opening hours.
  • Den Engelske Kirke (St. Alban's - The English Church), Churchill Parken 6, [5]. King Christian IX's daughter Alexandra, who was became the Queen of England was the driving force behind the erecting of this church, which is home to the English congregation in Denmark. The church was completed in 1887, and was built with some impressive flint stone walls.
  • Den Frie Udstilling (The Free Exhibition), Oslo Plads 3 (Opposite Østerport station), +45 33 12 28 03 (), [6]. F-W 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM. This art exhibition was established in 1891, as a protest against a censored exhibition sponsored by the royal art board — hence the name. Mainly shows contemporary art. The exhibition is housed in a remarkable, recently restored building that resembles an ancient Greek temple. 20-45 Kr.
  • Frihedsmuseet (The Danish Resistance Museum), Churchill Parken 1, +45 33 47 39 21, [7]. Tu-Su 10AM-3PM (5PM during summer). This museum opened in 1957 and is just outside Kastellet (which was occupied by German forces from 1940 to 1945). The exhibition proceeds chronologically as an illustration of how the resistance movement developed. Free.
  • Den Hirschsprungske Samling (The Hirschprung Collection), Stockholmsgade 20, +45 35 42 03 36 (), [8]. W-M 11AM-4PM. This collection was founded by the Copenhagen-born tobacco manufacturer Heinrich Hirschsprung (1836-1908), and moved into the current museum after his death in 1911. The museum hosts an impressive collection of Danish 19th-century art in a beautiful building displaying furniture from the artists homes. 60 Kr.
Kastellet
  • Kastellet (Frederikshavn Citadel), Kastellet (a stone's throw away from Østerport station), 33 47 95 00. 24hrs daily. A superbly preserved and restored star-shaped citadel. First built in 1626 as St. Anne's Bulwark and completed in 1664, it was the stronghold at the northern end of the East Rampart, which arched through the city and remains in the form of the many parks extending down to Tivoli. The Citadel now houses the Danish Defense Intelligence Service, and is a popular spot for picnics. Free.
  • Den lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid Statue), Langelinie. This little lady is one of the most photographed in the world. Designed by Edvard Eriksen, Her statue was erected in 1913 to commemorate a play of the Little mermaid. The poor lady has lost her head several times, and is often subject to vandalism connected with political statements. Many visitors are often surprised by her modest size (1.25 m (3.3 ft) high). The Little Mermaid is a semi official symbol of Copenhagen.
Nyboder
  • Nyboder Mindestuer (& Nyboder district), (Close to Østerport station), [9]. Always open. This mini-district was built in the 17th century, and consists of long rows of beautiful 2 story yellow brick buildings. It was built to house sailors from the Navy, as it was useful to have sailors in the fleet living in a confined space, so they could quickly be called to duty. Even to this day the houses are inhabited only by people connected to the navy. On Sankt Pauls Gade 24, Nyboder mindestuer showcases everyday life in the neighborhood from its inception in 1631, every Sunday between 11AM-2PM.
  • Told og Skat Museum (The Customs Museum), Langelinie Allé 21, +45 72 37 91 97, [10]. M,W & Su 11AM-4PM. A small museum run by the Danish tax and customs authority, detailing its history in various exhibitions. The most interesting part is displays of various ingenious ideas and contraptions used in smuggling attempts through the ages. Mainly geared towards Danes, so it is probably not worth a trip, unless you are around Langelinie already. Free. (55.698964,12.599778)
Trekroner fortress
  • Trekroner (Trekroner fortress), +45 38 25 44 44 (), [11]. Summer: 10AM-3PM daily, closed the rest of the year. This 18th century fort was built to guard the sea approach to Copenhagen's harbor in 1786. It has a special atmosphere, and some gorgeous views over Øresund. There are several well preserved military buildings and fortifications. A restaurant and a café have been opened in a newly renovated building. The only access is via Canal Tour's green hop on hop off route [12] (summer only) Admission is free, boat costs 35 Kr.
  • Zoologisk Museum (The Zoological museum), Universitetsparken 15, +45 35 32 22 22, [13]. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. This museum is run by the University of Copenhagen. In the exhibitions, you can experience how the fauna changes as you travel from the North Pole to the South Pole, the Danish fauna since the Ice Age, including a 3 meters tall mammoth and the animals of the great oceans. The latest progress in science is brought to life in some very good temporary exhibitions. 60 Kr.

Do

  • Fiskerihavnen. Located on the eastern tip of Nordhavn (North harbour). Because of the traffic on Øresund, commercial fishing is not allowed. But the amateur fishermen at Fiskerihavnen can fish from their small fishing boats. The fishermen have tiny sheds, all different, a bit messy, but colorful. To get there you have to zig-zag past Frihavnen ("free harbour," closed to the public), mountains of containers, scrap metal, interesting industries. Bus 26 goes there. There is a store that sell fishing equipment, but also ice cream and cold beers. "Krølle" sells smoked herring and salmon from his 1914 boat, "Kællingen".
Fælledparken
  • Fælledparken is the big park behind the football stadium, the largest in Copenhagen. There is a lake, big trees and a pavilion with a cafe which hosts concerts during the summer[14], the outfit Salsa Brava [15] also gives Salsa lessons in the park during the summer. Most of it is covered with grass, much of it marked as football fields. Go there for a game of football or another game, a picnic, or just lie in the grass. At May 1st, during the International Workers day, most of Copenhagen's population comes here in a peculiar mix of a political rally, and a seriously huge party.
  • Kaleidoskop K2 (Krudttønden), Serridslevvej 2, +45 35 42 83 62, [16]. Hours vary. Krudttønden is a cultural venue in Østerbro, with a mix of both concerts and theatrical performances, by both national and internationals acts. Also has a small café, that sometimes hosts various events. from 25 Kr.
  • Niels Bohr Institutet, Blegdamsvej 17, +45 35 32 52 09 (), [17]. You should make an appointment in advance.. If you are a physicist or just interested in physics, come to the Institute and see the room of Niels Bohr with photos of the staff of the institute when he was the head of it, a model of the famous thought experiment weighing the clock, the archive, the photos of all the famous people who were developing the quantum theory during the so-called "golden age of physics, when even small people could do big things" and also the modern part of the institute. The people at the archive are willing to show the institute to other people, if they are not too busy. Free.
  • Park bio, Østerbrogade 79, +45 35 38 33 62 (), [18]. Usually noon-11PM. The only cinema on Østerbro, has a atmospheric lobby with tall plants, caged birds, and a café. Plays many Danish and European movies. 65 Kr.
  • Parken Stadium, Øster Allé 50 (near Trianglen), +45 35 43 31 31 (), [19]. The national 35,000 seat stadium, has a retractable roof, and is the home of Denmark's national football team during international matches, and the home ground of the FC Copenhagen football club. Usually hosts major concerts held in Denmark, and has a gym, bowling alley and a pool. Prices vary.
  • Østerbro Svømmehal, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 3, +45 35 25 70 60, [20]. M-F 7AM-8PM, Sa-Su 9AM-3PM. Pool, spa, aroma-bath, steam bath, and baby pool are all hosted in a beautifully restored 1929 building, somewhat resembling a Roman bath, topped with a large glass roof. It was the first public pool in build in the country. 30 Kr for just the pool, 60 Kr for all facilities.
  • Østre Gasværk (Teatere), Nyborggade 17, +45 39 27 71 77, [21]. This theatre is located in a remarkable old gas storage container. Mainly hosts musicals but also has plays and comedy on the program.
  • Svanemølle Strand, Strandpromenaden (Just north of Svanemølle harbor. You can walk there from Svanemølle station), [22]. 24/7 but there are lifeguards 10am-6pm in the summer. new beach with a 130meter pier free.

Buy

Due to the young and rather wealthy demographic, there are many small stores catering the local crowd with designer clothes and home décor. There are also several small galleries and antique stores. These are mainly located on the main drags: Østerbrogade, Ndr. Frihavnsgade and their side streets. On Saturdays there is an organic farmers market on Jakobs Plads (Østebrogade). Groceries can be bought in Superbest (former ISO) on Østerfælled Square which hosts a good delicatessen and a bakery. On Nordre Frihavnsgade at the east end (farther away from Trianglen) there is a branch of Netto, the cheapest supermarket chain, and one of Super Brugsen, more expensive but offering other products.

  • Flea Market, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads. mid May to mid September, Sundays 9am-4pm. free entrance.
  • Casablanca, Østerbrogade 92, +45 35 26 35 69. M-W 9AM-5:30PM, Th 10AM-6PM, F 10AM-7PM, Sa 9:30AM-2PM. This record store was one of Copenhagen's few specialty stores for Jazz lovers, with over 2000 Jazz records on catalog. But also has a wide range of other CDs with non mainstream bands of every genre. It is now sadly closed.
  • Langelinie outlet, Langeliniekaj, [23]. M-Su 11AM-6PM. is a long shopping arcade, located on a promenade along the harbor, where the gigantic cruise ships dock. Several cafes, outlet stores, and souvenir shops (mainly catering to foreigners and cruise guests) have been beautifully fitted into the old stone bulwark. The ice cream stores at the end of the promenade are immensely popular with the locals during the summer.
  • Moshi Moshi, Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 40, +45 35 38 70 78, [24]. M-F 11AM-6PM, Sa 11AM-15PM. This is actually 3 stores located next to each other, and there is nothing here but the most unerringly stylish, minimal, eco-conscious women's clothing and shoes.
  • Normann Copenhagen, Østerbrogade 70, +45 35 55 44 59, [25]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. As hip as they come housewares, clothing, and accessories by up-and-coming designers which the owners takes pride in, and are renowned for spotting both locally and all around the world. The store is housed in an old theatre and is easily one of the best places for shopping design items in the city.
  • Paustian, Kalkbrænderiløbskaj 2, 39 16 65 65 (), [26]. M-Th 9:30AM-5:30PM, F 9:30AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-3PM. This store offers one of Denmark's largest selection of high quality furniture, carpets, lighting, and accessories designed exclusively for Paustian by Danish designers and Architects. The store is housed in a building designed by world famous architect Jørn Utzon, of Sydney Opera house fame.
  • Rambow, Østerbrogade 55A, +45 35 26 30 07, [27]. M-F 1PM-5.30PM. A small design boutique fitted into an old communal bathing institution, sells both new and old furniture, kitchenwares, electronics from a host of national and (mostly) international designers and design bureaus.

Eat

Budget

  • Café Charlottehaven, Hjørringgade 12C, +45 35 27 15 16, [28]. M-F 7AM-10PM,Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Cafe/restaurant in one of the rare big rooms on Østerbro, The daily specials (M-F) at 125 Kr are a good deal for both your pocket, taste buds and your health, while you can safely give the somehow enormously popular, but completely overpriced Brunch a miss. (55.705692,12.588267)
  • Crazy Chicken, Rosenvængets Allé 1, +45 35 26 41 42. 10AM-10PM daily. This small place mainly serves as a take away place, but also has two tables available for a quick bite. Dishes out some excellent sandwiches and has menus with different sorts of chicken - as the name might imply - served with the option of several different Mediterranean inspired salads from a buffet (you get to choose 2) and/or potatoes. From 30 Kr. (55.698782,12.578686)

There are some reasonable priced restaurants at the sailing clubs in Svanemøllen Harbour. For example:

  • Cafe Sundet, Svaneknoppen (at the end of the north pier at Svanemølle harbour), +45 39 29 30 35, [29]. May-Sept: Mo-Fr 11.30am-9pm (Kitchen 5.30-9PM), Oct-Apr: M,W 4PM-10PM. Located on the pier with a great view this place caters to sailors and passersby who just come to breathe in the harbor scene and ocean air. Kitchen is mainly Danish cuisine. Mains from 128 Kr.
  • Restauranten, Sejlklubben Frem, Strandvænget 65 (at the red gate), +45 39 29 33 85, [30]. Tu-F 4-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-5PM. Inexpensive restaurant with a more private atmosphere. Barbecue in the summer. Today's special: 59 Kr.

Mid-range

Den Franske Café and Guldanden by søerne at nightime
  • Borella, Århusgade 48, +45 35 26 62 05, [31]. M-W 11:30AM-11:PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-12PM, Su 11AM-10PM,. A Brasserie style eatery run by a French couple, who dishes out reasonably priced food in a relaxed atmosphere, there is an option for tables outside during spring and summer and they also have a brunch menu. Mains: 200 Kr.
  • Den Franske Cafe (The French Cafe), Sortedams Dossering 101, +45 35 42 48 45, [32]. M-F 9AM-10PM, Sa-Su from 10AM. This café has outdoor tables by the lake under trees and coloured lanterns. The menu is mostly café classics like filled croissants, nachos, chilli con carne, pasta, burgers, but during the summer there is barbecue available until the late hours. From 98 Kr.
  • Fru Heiberg, Rosenvængets Alle 3 (just off Trianglen), +45 35389100, [33]. M-W 5PM-10PM, Th noon-10PM, F-Sa noon-11PM. A charming place serving non-pretentious and delicious Scandinavian-French food and fantastic wines. Attentive and polite service, a favorite dining haunt for the locals. Mains 120 Kr. (55.69882,12.57880)
  • Gourmanderiet, Rosenvængets Allé 7A, +45 39 27 10 00, [34]. Tu-F 11AM-7PM, Sat 9AM-3PM. Originally and in essence this is a high-end organic butchery, but an ever growing popularity with locals have prompted the owners to branch out, and offer a Brunch, Lunch and a evening "Dish of the Day", centred around their high quality meat from organic farms. Thursdays-Saturdays (5.50PM-midnight) they transform the place into a restaurant labeled Gourmanderiet by Night, and dish out fantastic steaks of every variety. Mains from 120 Kr, Sandwiches and soups from 60 Kr.
  • Hos Fischer, Victor Borges Plads 12, +45 35 42 39 64, [35]. Daily 11AM-midnight. Is a good, low key, Italian trattoria style restaurant. The menu varies greatly but if you can get hold of the Risotto, it is a treat. Otherwise go for one of the excellent pasta dishes. The Wine is very reasonably priced (for Copenhagen), and the staff is informal, but still attentive. Mains starts around 100 Kr. (55.701727,12.580858)
  • Rex Republic, Blegdamsvej 106, +45 33 55 66 14, [36]. Tu-Sa 6AM-10PM, in the weekend the bar is open until 2AM. Located across from the Freemasons Lodge, you can often find the mystic darkly dressed gentlemen crossing the street to have a late steak here. The late opening hours, a raw masculine interior and the overwhelming prominence and thick steaks on the menu coupled with good microbrewery beer on the tabs, should hint that this is a place for the boys. Unfortunately the flame-grilled steaks here is hit or miss, and the wine menu is a bit overpriced.
  • Romarin, Ryesgade 90, +45 35 43 29 28, [37]. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F-Sa 5PM-11:30PM. Good, though not outstanding, food at reasonable prices from the Italian and French kitchens, is made even more tolerable by the fact that you can freely bring your own wine and beer to enjoy with your food. Staff is relaxed in both the best and worst way, readily engaging in a hearty chat, but not terribly efficient. Main: 170 Kr, 3 courses 240 Kr..
  • Wokshop, Melchiors Plads 3, +45 35 55 61 21, [38]. Daily noon-4PM/5PM-10PM. Stylish Thai cantina located on a nice square with both outdoor and indoor seating and proper Singha beers to wash down your Thai curry. Most of the classics are on the menu and there is an option for Take away. Mains from 109 Kr. (55.703473,12.585226&)
  • Øbro Spisehus, Øster Farimagsgade 16A, +45 35 43 23 30, [39]. Tu-Sa 6PM-midnight. This small, laid back restaurant serving French food with a North African twist, does not make much racket of itself, and can be tricky to find (Look next to the Sticks N' Sushi take away joint), and the owners prefer it that way. The good atmosphere provided by raw brick walls, solid wooden tables, high ceilings lighted up by intimate candlelight and the view of the chefs working, make the wait for the deliberate slow food much more pleasant. Starters: 99 Kr, Mains 199 Kr, Desert 79 Kr.

Splurge

  • No 1, Århusgade 1 (at the corner of Århusgade and Østerbrogade), +45 35 26 42 01, [40]. M-F noon-3PM & 6PM-midnight, Sa 6PM-midnight. Good restaurant serving a modern interpretation of the French kitchen, the chef has worked on several Michelin stared restaurants before starting his own place on Østerbro, in a old thoroughly renovated, but still visible Bodega, (a traditional Danish working class watering hole). Also makes excellent picnic baskets in the summer. Mains from 195 Kr. (55.70597,12.577618)
  • Auberge, Østerbrogade 64, +45 35 35 39 00, [41]. M-Sa 6PM-midnight. Stylish modern looking restaurant fitted into a cellar with bare stone walls and chic interiors. The food on the other hand is classic French/Danish, and rather affordable considering the quality which is usually easily competes with much more expensive restaurants. Also runs a fantastic take away joint with a set affordable dinner dish changing every day on street level. 2 course menu 200 Kr, 6 courses 500 Kr. (55.698471,12.578584)
  • Geranium, P.H. Lings Alle 4 (Nope, your GPS is not drunk, it's inside the stadium), 69 96 00 20, [42]. Booking is essential. Reopened in new surroundings by chef Rasmus Kofoed who won the 2011 Bocuse d'Or, and is one of the best chefs in the world. The Michelin star hasn't followed him, but many food critics believe this is a mistake. The restaurant is along with Noma at the forefront of the revolution in nordic cuisine that is current waging on. Danish newspapers and guides all agree; if you want to sample local gourmet, this is a very good place to be seated. Set menu for 1048 Kr, Wines double the price..
  • Le Saint Jacques, Sankt Jakobs Plads 1, +45 35 42 77 07 (), [43]. Su-W 11AM-midnight, Th-Sa 11AM-2AM. Very French kitchen — brasserie style with white walls, candlelights, Russian icons and more religious symbols than your average church. With the quirky décor, good wines, and the style of the buildings on the square, it doesn't take much effort to imagine yourself in Paris when dining here. Mains from 180 Kr. (55.703152,12.577764)

Drink

Østerbro is not the place for raving nightlife, apart from the nightclub Park Café, newly opened the Office and partly Café Bopa, most places on Østerbro are low key, cozy places where you go to have a hyggelig conversation with friends, over a few snacks and beers or wine with quiet music playing in the background. Most locals head downtown for a big night out. As is the case with almost every bar in Copenhagen, expect draft beers to set you back 30-40 Kr.

  • Cafe Bopa, Bopa Plads 1, +45 35 43 05 66, [44]. Su-W 10AM-midnight, Th 10AM-2AM, F-Sa 10AM-5AM. A café during daylight, this place morphs into a crowded bar with DJs spinning records during the weekends. Relaxed atmosphere and great for socializing
  • Pixie, Løgstørgade 2, +45 39 30 03 05, [45]. Su-Th 9.30AM-1AM,F-Sa 9.30AM-3AM. This microscopic place are located right next to Café Bopa, and hands some reasonably priced cocktails (a flat 65 Kr) over the counter, Outdoor seating on the small square, and Brunch, Lunch, Tapas and an evening menu if you want to fill up your stomach before indulging. Pixie is the name for a series of well know children's books, and the owners have kept true to the name with pretty neat colourful childish interiors. (55.704993,12.581196)
Cafe DagH on Østerbro
  • Dag H, Dag Hammarskjölds Alle 36, +45 35 27 63 00, [46]. M-W 8AM-11PM, Th-Sa 8AM-midnight, Su 10AM-midnight. Located on a small square, colloquially known as the little Triangle, this cafe is popular for its huge outdoor serving area, at the end the the lakes, it is a bit overpriced, but the coffee is top-notch and they have a descent collection of Danish and foreign beers. Brunch:125 Kr, Mains:169 Kr.
  • Docken, Færgehavnsvej 35, +45 39 29 92 00, [47]. Su-Th 11AM-11PM,F-Sa 11AM-midnight. While much more than just a watering hole, it is definitively one of this - summer only - place, best treats. With a huge outdoor area and an artificial beach, it is perfect for chilling on warm days. But they also house a restaurant, and the two large raw industrial storage buildings, houses exhibitions and concerts all summer long. Season varies but count on early June to late August as safe bets.
  • Figaro Bistrot Vinbar, Willemoesgade 31, +45 35 38 78 00 (), [48]. M-Th 4AM-midnight, F 4PM-2AM, Sa noon-02AM, Su noon-10PM. Cozy and authentic French bistro and wine bar, with more than 200 wines of the menu. Housed in basement level on a quiet side street, there are always candle lights and a relaxed atmosphere. In the summer there are outside tables on the sidewalk. Foreign beers available. Maincourses from 120 Kr.
  • Kruts Karport (Øster Farimagsgade 12), +45 35 26 86 38 (), [49]. M-Th noon-midnight, F-Sa noon-2AM, Su noon-7PM. Cafe with extensive whiskey menu, Kruts absinth, good beers, and sandwiches.
  • Panzón, Rosenvænget Allé 6, +45 35 38 98 00 (), [50]. M-Th 4PM-midnight, F-Sa 4PM-2AM. A small place with a hearty atmosphere. Very good selection of beer, bottles from the San Francisco microbrewery Lagunitas is highly recommended. An extensive wine menu (also by the glass). And quality food — mostly tapas, sausages and cheese. Beer from 40 Kr, Wine from 200 Kr/bottle and food from 60 Kr.
  • Park café, Østerbrogade 79, +45 70 33 32 22 (), [51]. Su-Th noon-midnight, F-Sa noon-late. A big bar, cafe, restaurant and nightclub; the only real option for a grand night out in Østerbro. In the summer you can sit on the open roof terrace facing the stadium.
  • The Office, Sortedams Dossering 83, [52]. W-Th 7PM-2AM,F 5PM-2AM,Sa 7PM-2AM. Is an British expat's good shot at starting up some nightlife in the district, which is otherwise lagging. This pretty large place mainly works as a cocktail bar (flat fee of 75 Kr), but they also serve beer and sushi as bar snacks! international cosmopolitan vibes are rare in Copenhagen, but this place definitely has it, and the added bonus of outdoor seating by the lakes is another rare feat. (55.696423,12.575332)
  • Vinyl Bar, Sortedam Dossering 81, +45 35 43 00 10, [53]. M-W 10AM-10PM,Th-Sa 10AM-midnight,Su 10AM-9PM. More of a café than a bar despite the name, since it also has an extensive menu with the usual café dishes. This place is located next to The Office, and has attractive outdoor seating overlooking the Lakes, attentive waiters, good coffee and of course a selection of beers and liquors - when it closes early you can go next door and have nice cocktails. (55.696112,12.574817)
  • Kitjn, Århusgade 14 (off Østerbrogade), [54]. We 6pm-midnight, Th 6pm-2am, Fr 4pm-3am, Sa 6pm-3am. A real cocktail bar with a cozy atmosphere and knowledgeable bartenders. The specialty is rum-based cocktails DKK 100.

Sleep

The options for staying at Østerbro are rather limited, as most hotels in Copenhagen are located in the downtown area — most of the surrounding neighborhoods, including Østerbro, are mainly residential. An alternative, often offering better value for money, are the numerous bed & breakfasts in private apartments.

Hotels

  • Hotel Rye, Ryesgade 115, +45 35 26 52 10 (), [55]. checkin: Until 9PM, but later check-in is possible for a fee; checkout: 11AM. This is a small, unusual hotel with a cozy atmosphere and homemade buns with the breakfast, feels like a real apartment, complete with showers and toilets down the hallway. From 600 Kr / single.
  • Østerport Hotel, Oslo Plads 5, +45 70 12 46 46 (), [56]. checkin: 2AM; checkout: noon. Is located at Østerport station right at the tracks (it is soundproofed), apart from being really central with most trains in and out of Copenhagen just a minute away, it is close to most of Østerbro's main attractions, and right at the outskirts of downtown. Singles from 675 Kr if booked online.

Apartment rentals

Private apartment rentals and semi-bed & breakfasts are by large the main type of accommodations on Østerbro. Visit Copenhagen [57]; the city's official tourist agency, provides several options in the district. These are often spacious and classic apartments from the 19th century, with high, decorated ceilings, and huge windows facing the street—as is the norm on Østerbro.

  • Rent my Home, Sankt Jakobs Gade 4, +45 27 12 55 60 (), [58]. A 56m2, fully furnished apartment available for rent, minimum stay two nights. 750 Kr.

Contact

The postal code for Østerbro is 2100 (København Ø)

  • Østerbro Post office (Østerbro Posthus), Øster Allé 1, +45 80 20 70 30. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-14PM. Offers the normal range of postal services, as well as Western Union transfers, currency exchange, and selling tickets for concerts plays etc. nationwide. (55.699622,12.575076)
  • Østerbro library (Østerbro bibliotek), Dag Hammarskjölds Alle 19, +45 35 38 16 48 (), [59]. M-Th 10AM-7PM, F noon-6PM. Sa 10AM-3PM. Has 11 computers available for internet surfing, it is possible to book a PC online at library's website. Free.
  • XPC Netcenter, Østerbrogade 124, +45 35 26 88 43, [60]. Su-Th 11:30AM-2AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-8:00PM. Is a well managed internet cafe. 15 Kr/hour.

Cope

  • The Laundromat Café, Århusgade 38, +45 35 55 60 20, [61]. M-Th 8AM-11PM, F-Sa 10AM-midnight. Along with its sister cafe on Nørrebro, this bar and café is a perfect match for a traveler. Combining a coin laundromat with a café where you can sit and enjoy a coffee, beer, lunch or brunch, while reading one of the 3000 paperback titles or abusing the free wireless internet, and waiting for your laundry to finish. 32 Kr for laundry including detergent.
  • Rigshospitalet (The National hospital), Blegdamsvej 9, +45 35 45 35 45 (), [62]. Although the largest and most important Hospital in the country, this hospital's ER only takes in patients arriving by ambulance, or referred by a doctor. This is due to large number of patients preferring to be hospitalized here, rather than one of the other Copenhagen Hospitals. Should you require hospitalization, patients on Østerbro are referred to Bispebjerg hospital in the North-West district.
  • Trianglen Apoteket (Pharmacy), Nordre Frihavnsgade 3, +45 35 38 32 00 (), [63]. M-F 9AM-5.30PM except W 9AM-6PM,Sa 9AM-2PM. Large and well stocked chemist.


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