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Frederiksberg [1] is in Copenhagen.

Frederiksberg might look as a part of Copenhagen to a traveller. But the municipality of Frederiksberg is actually an island inside the municipality of Copenhagen. The inhabitants of Frederiksberg have historically been richer than their neighbours around them. Although the rest of Copenhagen is catching up, Frederiksberg still have more parks, big villas with gardens, wide avenues, etc.


Get in

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A lot of bus routes go through Frederiksberg. The metro stations Forum, Fasanvej and Frederiksberg are in central Frederiksberg.

See

Mural outside the Storm P museum, with a range of the artists' beloved characters
Casual camel in the Copenhagen zoo, you can just make out the Zoo's landmark observation tower in the background
  • Frederiksberg Palace, Roskildevej 28, +45 36 13 26 00. Tours the first saturdays of each month at 11am and 1pm. The baroque palace dates back to 1699 and used to be a royal residence, today it functions as home of the Royal Danish Army Officers Academy. It can be viewed from the gardens or on the monthly tours.
  • City Hall (Rådhuset), Smallegade 1-3, +45 38 21 21 26, [2]. Tours the first saturday each month at 1pm. The massive city hall took 10 years to complete, because the city council failed to see World War II coming, and war time turned out not to be the best period getting materials. The somewhat oversize building might be a result of rivalry with the city of Copenhagen, and its impressive city hall. Enjoy the great view from the tower 60 meters high, but call ahead to make an appointment
  • Copenhagen Zoo, Roskildevej 32 (Bus 4A, 6A or 26), +45 72 20 02 00, [3]. Opening hours varies greatly throughout the season, but weekdays 9AM-4PM & Weekends 9AM-6PM is always safe bets. During high season daily: 9AM-9PM. The Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest in Europe tracing its history back to 1859, in recent times focus has shifted from displaying as many animals as possible, to providing large - world class facilities - to the animals, earning the zoo a reputation as one of the best in the world. Recent projects include a large, open, savannah area where the native wildlife mixes with each other, and a large elephant house designed by Normann Foster. It is the only zoo outside Australia to have Tasmanian devils on display, and the zoo is amazingly kids friendly, with many play areas, and some hands on animal displays throughout the zoo. The Zoo has a restaurant, fast-food places, and you are allowed to bring your own food, and eat in the picnic areas.
  • Storm P. Museum, Frederiksberg Runddel (at the entrance to Frederiksberg Have), +45 38 86 05 23, [4]. Robert Storm Petersen (Storm P) was a famous Danish artist and author, his humorous works is often regarded as something quintessentially Danish. The museum owns more than 50000 drawings (of which only some are on exhibition). Storm P is mostly known for his comedic drawings of "philosophical" vagabonds and his much loved Storm P machines, that perform very simple tasks through an unnecessarily complex and usually humorous series of actions.
  • Cisternerne (Museum of Modern Glass Art), Pile Alle 55, +45 33 21 93 10, [5]. Open F 2PM-6PM,Sa,Su & holidays 11AM-5PM. Closen Dec-Jan. Entrance Kr 40. The museum of is the old, catacomb like, water cisterns under Søndermarken park opposite the main entrance to Zoo, and the unusual environs, combined with the stained glass art and various sculptures makes the museum quite unique.
  • Revymuseet (The museum of revue theatre), Allégade 5, ''+45'' 38102045 (), [6]. Tu-Su 11AM-4PM. Revue theatre is still a very popular art form in Denmark, underpinned by the Danes love of black (or dry) humour. And since Frederiksberg has played an important role in the history of Danish theatre, it is only natural that you find a museum dedicated to art form here, telling its story from the early beginnings 200 years ago up to today's stand-up comedians. Unfortunately mainly caters to Scandinavians with some command of the local language, as the multimedia part of the museum, is the best. 35 Kr.
  • Møstings Hus, Andebakkesti 5 (at Smallegade), +45 38 21 01 22 (), [7]. Tu-Fr 11 am-4pm. Changing Art exhibition in small but very cute house next to the Frederiksberg Garden and a small idyllic pond. It is open to any artist that applies and is accepted by the municipality.
  • The Bakkehus Museum, Rahbeks Allé 23, +45 33 31 43 62, [8]. Tu-Su 11AM-4PM. 30 Kr.

Frederiksberg Have

The Chinese pavilion in Frederiksberg Have serves as a tea house on Sundays during the summer

This park is one of Copenhagen's largest, most attractive and popular green spaces, covering more than 30 hectares (75 acres) of parkland. It was originally part of the palace grounds, and is a mix of baroque and romantic era landscape garden. When the weather is nice the park is full of life, with kids playing around, occasional soccer and Frisbee games, and young couples kissing on the benches. If you walk around to explore the park, you'll find a few surprises hidden around the park; The Apias Temple, located on the hill leading up to the palace, is a greek style temple build in 1802, the classic look combined with washed out graffiti, makes for some interesting photo opportunities, if you're a geek. Elsewhere the Chinese gazebo and bridge was constructed in 1803, and was used as a tea house for the royalty on the palace, it sits on an island surrounded by a canal, and is open for visitors every sunday afternoon. For the kids and other playful souls there is also a park labyrinth facing Pile Allé, and in the winter there is an ice-skating rink at the main entrance (don't worry there is rentals if you happen to have forgot to back your old skates). And in the summer you can rent a boat and row around the canals. Remember to end your visit with lunch or dinner in the wonderful family gardens' on the southern edge of the park.

  • Svendsens Bådfart (Rowing-boats), 38 11 44 32. (May-Sep) M-F 10AM-5PM,Sa-Su noon-6PM. Tours take 20 minutes 30 Kr.
  • Haveselskabets Have, Pile Allé 6, [9]. Several nice small gardens run by the Garden Society free entrance.
  • Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultets Have, Bülowsvej 17, [10]. sunrise to sunset. Garden of University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences. It is sort of an botanical garden, but focused on plants for parks and gardens free.

Do

  • Forum, Julius Thomsens Plads 1 (at Forum Metrostation), +45 32 47 20 00 (), [11]. Big hall used for exhibitions, conferences and concerts. Their website is in English and worth checking out, as they often has international acts on the programme.
  • The Betty Nansen Theater, Frederiksberg Allé 57, +45 33 21 14 90 (), [12]. Office: M-F 2PM-6PM,Sa 2PM-4PM. A good, popular and long running local theatre, back from the heydays of Frederiksberg theatre, but English performances are rare, so it is best suited for Scandinavian speakers. 300 Kr.
  • Camp X Theatre, Smallegade 2 & Frederiksberg Allé 102 (Next to City Hall), +45 70 20 10 31 (), [13]. Office: M-F 2PM-6PM,Sa 2PM-4PM. A modern, lightly experimental, theatre on Frederiksberg where English or other international performances, or visitors, are not unusual. Price varies..

Buy

porcelain factory

Falkoner Allé one of Frederiksberg's main streets are well known for its many Computer stores, and is the place to go in Copenhagen if you need spare parts, a usb drive for your pictures or the like.

  • Can Gallery, Tullinsgade 5, +45 31 18 18 16, [14]. M-F 12.30PM-5.30PM,Sa 11AM-2PM. A cool combined shop, record label and gallery, featuring some nice and rather childlike paintings, records, toys and other odds and ends that the trio behind the shop happen to like.
  • Frederiksberg Fleamarket, (Behind Frederiksberg City Hall), +45 38 21 42 20, [15]. Saturdays (Apr to Oct) 9AM-3PM. The most popular of Copenhagen's flea markets, since the neighbourhood is rather affluent, you can often find good antiques and up scale 2nd hand fashion brands. Beers are often served from tents, and sometimes there is folksy live music.
  • Frederiksberg Centeret, Falkoner Alle 21 (at Frederiksberg Metro station), +45 38 16 03 40, [16]. M-F 10AM-7PM,Sa 10AM-4PM. The only shopping mall on Frederiksberg, right by the metro station. 65 stores over 9000m2. Usual high street suspects, plus a few interesting stores.
  • Hansen & Jensen, Tullinsgade 24, +45 21 78 99 68, [17]. M-F 11AM-5.30PM,Sa 10AM– 2PM. Weird mix bank of a store, with mainly unusually fresh office appliances, often with a graphic edge and come in recycled materials.
  • Priip, Tullinsgade 25, +45 23 70 27 11, [18]. Tu-F 11AM-5.30PM,Sa 11AM-2PM. A cute little store carrying jewellery designed by the owner Pia Rasmussen, but also handicrafts, ceramics and glass art from a range of interesting designers.
  • Royal Copenhagen Factory Outlet, Søndre Fasanvej 9, +45 38 34 10 04, [19]. M-F 9AM-5.30PM,Sa 9AM-2PM. This store is located on the grounds of what used to be the companies factory, the production has now moved elsewhere, but they still maintain this outlet store here, selling classical dinnerware, home decor and figurines.


Værnedamsvej

A mouthwatering street
If you are overnighting it in an apartment, or staying in a hostel where communal kitchens is often available, or you'd like to blend in with the locals and picnic in one of the parks, consider dropping by some of Værnedamsvej many food stores, it used to be known for its many butcheries, but all but one has now closed, and been replaced with a wide array of stores, modestly providing some of the city's best delicacies, on top of the stores listed here there are also a immigrant grocery store selling exotic food and fresh fruits and vegetables, and a store selling fresh fish.

  • Helges Ost - Speciality cheese store with a love for Italy. Beside the cheese, they also hand out freshly baked Danish and Italian bread, olives, sausages, Italian beer and other delicacies.
  • Juuls - One of the best specialized wine stores in the city with a good broad selection of wines from all over the world, but mainly European. It is also arguably Copenhagen's best place to buy Whiskey with over 350 different bottles to choose from.
  • Kød & Co - High-end butchery, and the only one left of the many ones that used to be on the street. Also sells various delicacies - try the Als Spegepølse if you want to bring home a food souvenir, and many smørrebrød sandwiches to take away.
  • Le Gourmand - A good francophile speciality food store, with many various food items from all over France, in almost every genre, from gourmandise to poisson.
  • Smagen af lykke - Fresh - made to order - juices and smoothies, in every colour of the rainbow, some unusual combinations to be had, and even specially crafted recipes for diabetics etc. Also sells wraps.
  • Summerbird - A fantastic high end chocolate store, which despite its modest size, should make every girls mind wander. The Snowballs are expensive but fantastic, and the gift boxes are nice presents to bring home.


Værnedams is a small, but incredibly hip, street running betweenVesterbrogade and Gammel Kongevej. It is mainly famous for, and colloquially known as, "The Food street" because of the solid number of speciality food stores and good take away stores located here. But endowed with its spot on location right on the border between the towns hippest district, Vesterbro and the most wealthy; Frederiksberg. Food is not the only thing on offer on the small street. If you are here, why not continue shopping in some of the cool fashion stores mixed in between the food stores, or buy you loved one some flowers from the impossibly cute floweriest right at the middle of the street.

  • Encode. Raw street style for both sexes
  • Galleri Asti.
  • Karl Smart, Værnedamsvej 11, +45 33 25 28 33, [20]. M-Th 10AM-6PM,F 10AM-7PM,Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • Pigen & Diamanten, Værnedamsvej 9, +45 33 23 00 36, [21]. M-F 10AM-6PM,Sa 10AM-3PM. The name means the the 'Girl and the Diamond' in English, which should reveal that this is jewellery store. Exciting Danish designs and designers on sale, and a broad range which should soothe most tastes.
  • Samsøe & Samsøe, Værnedamsvej 12, +45 +45 33 22 16 38, [22]. M-Th 10AM-6PM,F 10AM-7PM,Sa 10AM-4PM. Fashion for both ladies and gents, Samsøe & Samsøe is one of the top Danish fashion brands, but this store also sells a few other selected brands like BZR, Acne, Nümph and Minimum.
  • Tiger Lilly, Værnedamsvej 11, +45 44 61 22 04. M-T 11AM-5.30PM,F 11AM-6PM,Sa 11AM-3PM. Closed W and Su. Funky 2nd hand fashion store for the girls, run by two local stylists. Boheme attitude, vintage dresses and new designer clothes resold for local hipsters in need of new outfits.
  • Tres Bien, Værnedamsvej 4A, +45 33 22 23 83. M-F 10AM-6PM,Sa 10AM-3PM. Classic cut, but modern fashion for women

Eat

Budget

One of the many cozy family gardens located along the Pile Allé.
  • Cafe Sokkelund, Smallegade 36, +45 38 10 64 00. M-Th,Sa 10AM-11PM, F 10AM-midnight,Su 10AM-9PM. Brasserie style french cafe, whose 100 kroner Brunch is a good deal, and the premier draw at this place. Anything else is fine and OK, but nothing you'll remember the minute you walk out of there. (55.679094,12.526364)

Mid-range

  • Hansens Old Family Garden, Pile Alle 10-12, +45 36309257 (), [23]. All year 11AM-midnight. The oldest of the Frederiksberg garden restaurants. The main building is from 1630. Serves very traditional Danish food in mix between a Garden and a outdoor German style Beer hale, but also has indoor seating. No music played Menu is 350 Kr, 140 Kr for lunch. (55.672779,12.531414)
  • Falernum, Værnedamsvej 16, +45 33 22 30 89, [24]. M-W 8-midnight,Th-Fr 8AM-2AM,Sa 10AM-2AM,Su 10AM-11PM. A good place to buy breakfast or lunch as it rather unusually opens at 8AM, and you can either opt for eating at the long tables, or ask to take away - the freshly baked bread is yummy. In the evening it turns into a rather nice wine bar, with a good an extensive menu.
  • Kartellet, Allégade 8A, +45 33 22 36 42, [25]. M-Th 10.30AM-10PM,F-Sa 10AM-midnight,Su 10AM-9PM. Located in one of the old houses along Allégade, with outdoor seating in small garden facing the street, and indoor seating in tasteful large room. A Good brunch menu (130 Kr), Café lunch (burgers, sandwiches etc.) and a small French inspired menu in the evening, which is nothing extraordinary, but pretty good and at reasonable prices. Mains from ~100 Kr, Sets from 172 Kr. (55.675726,,12.533042)
  • Krøgers Family Garden, Pile Alle 18, +45 36450897 (), [26]. only during summer (May-Sep). Only dating back to 1864, this is the youngest of the family gardens, where you sit outside on long benches drinking beer while garbling in traditional Danish fare. Live music every weekend in the summer lunch platter at 168 Kr. (55.671157,12.530641)
  • Bjørnekælderen, Frederiksberg Alle 55 (next to the Betty Nansen theater), +45 33 31 62 52, [27]. M-Sa 11.30AM-11PM,Su 11.30AM-3PM. A solid restaurant serving (slightly updated) Danish slow food made from the ground up, with fresh ingredients. And classic Smørrebrød (Ryebread sandwiches) for lunch. Small outdoor seating area and there is also seating in a indoor pavilion. 3 course dinner 425 Kr with wine. Theater menu 225 Kr. (55.674011,12.537396)
  • Fiasco, Gammel Kongevej 176 & 179, +45 33 31 74 87 (), [28]. Tu-Sa 5.30PM-10PM. A really good Italian restaurant, with a fair value for money rate considering the high quality. The set menu changes on a monthly basis, and though run by a Danish chef, it is as Italian as they come - simple and rustic with fresh ingredients. Near by in number 179 the outfit runs a Italian delicacy store. Reservation necessary 3 course menu: 285 Kr. (55.678227,12.534231)
  • La Fiesta Mexicana, Frederiksberg Alle 21, +45 33 21 77 50, [29]. Daily 5PM-1AM. Excellent Mexican food restaurant that lives up to American standards. Reservations strongly suggested. 3 course menu: 179-199 Kr. (55.673295,12.544957)

Splurge

  • Formel B, Vesterbrogade 182, +45 33 25 10 66 (), [30]. Daily 6PM-1PM (kitchen closes 10PM). Top-notch French inspired cuisine using classic - often forgotten - Danish ingredients. It is so tasty that it has earned this place a Michelin star. Staff is highly professional, but if you are not into that, it may all feel a bit impersonal. Reservation necessary. Set menu; 850 Kr, wine menu 850 Kr. (55.670652,12.535775)
  • Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Frederiksberg Runddel (In Haveselskabets Have), +45 38348436 (), [31]. Apr-Sep: We-Su, Lunch and Dinner, Oct-Dec: Th-Sa, Dinner, Jan-Mar: closed. Experimental gourmet restaurant by one of Denmark's finest chefs, you pay for it too, but it is usually worth it. Menu 750 Kr, wine menu 750 Kr.

Drink

  • Café Intime, Allégade 25, +45 38 34 19 58, [32]. Daily 6PM-2PM. A really cosy, and as the name suggests; intimate bar, with candle light, coloured lamps and purposely messy decoration. Frequent live Jazz and Classic music acts, which also turns really intimate as there isn't a lot of space, after a piano has been set up. Friendly staff! (55.677223,12.532205)
  • Cafe Kellerdirk, Frederiksberg Allé 102, +45 33 25 22 53, [33]. M-Th 11AM-midnight,F-Sa 11AM-5AM. Named after two of the biggest names in Danish theatre, this place has a history going back nearly 200 years, though the current buildings has been converted from a theatre build in 1919. Salsa night every Monday (and Salsa courses the first Monday of the month), it is also staged for stand-up comedy (Danish) and frequent live music. Weekends it turns into a nightclub (30+ crowd). Serves lunch and brunch during the day. Cover charge on Weekends. (55.674984,12.533184)
  • Cafe Svejk, Smallegade 31, +45 38 86 25 60, [34]. Tu-Sa noon-2AM,Su-M noon-midnight. Located at the northern entrance to Frederiksberg Have, this small bar serves Czech Bohemia Regent beer (its own import - the bar is named after a Czech cartoon). Sometimes there are football matches and sometimes there is live music, but that is all rather random. (55.678892,12.527471)
  • Cafe Zusammen, H.C. Ørstedsvej 47 (At Forum metro station), 45 40 97 38 28, [35]. Tu,We 4PM-10PM,Th 4PM- 11PM,F 3PM-1AM, Sa 10AM-1PM,Su 10AM-4PM. Non-profit café run by volunteers from the youth branch of the Danish Red Cross. Free internet, occasional concerts and cocktail lounge on weekends - though the bartenders are volunteers, so don't expect Tom Cruise! All profits to the Red Cross, so you are drinking with a clean conscience which is pretty neat, but its hit or miss if it is full or empty. Beer 25 Kr. (55.682199,12.549433)
  • Guldfasanen, Nordre Fasanvej 1, +45 38 34 20 71, [36]. M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-midnight. A local watering hole, popular with students from the nearby CBS university, but also with local alcoholics who are mostly there for the cheap beer, while students prefer the basic but very reasonably priced cocktails and "kander" (a cocktail pitcher for 145-189 Kr). This place for heavy drinking and smoking. Beers from 13 Kr, 10 shots for 100 Kr before 10pm. (55.679554,12.521283)

Coffee

  • Granola, Værnedamsvej 5, +45 33 25 00 80, [37]. Daily 7AM-7PM. Go here to buy a good cup of coffee, in this cosy resurrected coffee shop, with thick dark wooden classic interior.

Sleep

Frederiksberg City hall at night

Budget

  • Euroglobe, Niels Ebbesensvej 20, +45 33 79 79 54, [38]. A budget hotel, which is seems rather more like a hostel with shared bathrooms, a TV room and a simple kitchenette on one of the floors. It is pretty outdated, but at least this is reflected in the prices. Single room: 400 Kr, 2-4 bed rooms available between 450-800 Kr. (55.678226,12.549624)
  • CAB INN Copenhagen Express, Danasvej 32-34, +45 33 21 04 00, [39]. This budget hotel is pretty well reviewed for a budget hotel, but don't expect it to a place you want to spend your time as it could use a make over. Has both standard rooms and family rooms with bunk beds. Free wireless internet (hotSpot) in the lobby and in selected rooms. Rooms from 525 Kr. (55.679613,12.550329)
  • CAB INN Scandinavia, Vodrofssvej 55, +45 35 36 11 11, [40]. Quite large hotel but with small crammed rooms, which is to be expected from a Danish budget hotel, many rooms have bunk beds, but on the upside it is centrally located and very close to the Forum metro stop, and staff is usually welcoming and accommodating. Rooms from 525 Kr. (:55.680803,12.555522)

Medium

  • Avenue Hotel, Åboulevard 29, +45 35 37 31 33 (), [41]. A well located mid range hotel, with an impressive lobby and common facilities for the price - including sofas and a fireplace. The rooms are quite big by Copenhagen standards, nicely furnished and clean, though the carpets could use a replacement as they are beginning to have small stains many places. The rooms facing the main street can have noise problems, if you want the windows open. Internet is pricey. Rooms S/D 795/995 Kr. Family and weekend offers.. (55.684718,12.552585)


  • Hotel Josty, Pile Alle 14A, +45 38 86 90 90, [42]. Josty is located near the entrance to Frederiksberg Have and was founded in 1813 by the Italian artist Agostino Taddei. The restaurant is open for lunch but otherwise reserved for bigger parties. Josty operates a boutique hotel with 7 rooms of varying size, which are a bit worn, but if you can live with that they are individually furnished with lavish antique interiors and chandeliers - no Nordic minimalism here. Breakfast is not included and neither is internet access. Singles: 700 Kr, Doubles: 900 Kr, Suites: 1400 Kr. (55.673768,12.529874)

Splurge

  • Radisson SAS Falconer Hotel, Falkoner Allé 9 (close to Frederiksberg City Hall), +45 38 15 80 01 (, fax: ''+45'' 38158002), [43]. Hotel and Conference Center in one of the rare tall buildings in Copenhagen, if you get the right rooms on the upper floors, views can be amazing! It is starting to show its age though, so rooms and hallways can seem a bit worn out though this is no major issue. Facilities are good and includes a commercial gym with free access for guests and a business centre. Rooms from 745 Kr. (55.679657,12.533104)

Contact

  • Frederiksberg Posthus (Post office), Finsensvej 12, +45 80 20 70 30, [44]. M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-2PM.
  • Frederiksberg Bibliotek (Library), Falkoner Plads 3, +45 38 21 18 00, [45]. M-Th 10AM-7.30PM,F 10AM-5PM,Sa 10AM-2PM. Free Internet

Cope

Frederiksberg Hospital
  • Frederiksberg Svømmehal, Helgesvej 29, [46]. Go for a swim 34 Kr.


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