As soon as my plane touched down in Denmark and the crew announced we’d arrived in Copenhagen I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face. The sun was streaming in the plane windows and I could see glimpses of lush green parks and picturesque buildings. I already felt like I loved the place.
However, I was a little less in love with how much money I anticipated I might spend during a weekend in Denmark’s capital. Scandinavian countries are renowned for being expensive but with a bit of know-how you can opt for bargain alternatives.
Here are 9 ways to save money in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district
1. Take the Metro from the Airport to Nørrebro
By far the easiest and cheapest way to get to the city is by metro. Running every 6 minutes, it’s 5€ and takes under 15 minutes to get to Nørreport metro station. From here it’s a 10 minute walk to Nørrebro.
2. Explore the Side-streets of Nørrebro
Nørrebro is a multicultural district of Copenhagen which has experienced a huge resurgence in the last 5 years. Full of unique stores and interesting activities, the area is full of life and popular with students, creatives and travelers.
There’s a stack of cafes, bars and restaurants with a huge range of food from delicious (and cheap) kebabs to trendy coffee places and high-end restaurants. There are also some beautiful green areas to relax in, including the famous Assistens Cemetery. This is the perfect district to stroll around aimlessly.
3. Relax in Hans Tavsens Park
After exploring the busy streets, the beautiful parks make for the perfect place to relax.
In warmer months there are often outdoor events at public parks, normally involving some form of free or cheap food. If not, then a picnic in the park is much cheaper and more relaxing than dining in a crowded restaurant.
4. Wander Assistens Cemetery
This stunning cemetery is one the largest green area in Nørrebro.
The outer area provides plenty of leafy nooks for reading or sunbathing, while the inner burial section is reserved for funerals and families paying their respects to loved ones. In one corner of the cemetery you’ll also find the grave of Hans Christian Anderson.
5. Enjoy a Delicious Lunch at a Local Cafe
To save a lot of money without compromising on flavour, have lunch on one of the less touristy cafes. The main street, Nørrebrogade has a range of multicultural food options.
6. Stroll down Jægersborggade
Possibly the coolest street in Copenhagen, Jægersborggade has a bunch of perfect little shops with interesting, beautiful wares.
There are vintage clothing stores, plant shops like Plant Copenhagen, designer jewelry stores and an eco-friendly store. There’s also numerous cafes and icecream shops- including one that uses liquid nitrogen to make icecream while you wait. The food stores usually offer free tasters and there are regularly street parties with music and cheap food.
7. Relax with Free Coffee at this Perfectly Curated Bookstore
If you’re tired after all this wondering then head to Ark Books, a non-profit, volunteer run, international bookstore.
They have a carefully selected range of excellent books, each being someone’s favourite. The volunteers revel in the opportunity to discuss these titles. There’s also free tea and coffee and I picked up a free copy of the collective’s essays and thoughts on novels from the year gone.
8. Finish the Day with Refreshing & Great Value Cocktails
Just around the corner from Ark Books you’ll find a picturesque bar at number 24 Griffenfeldsgade.
While the plants out the front caught my eye, it was the sign advertising 2 cocktails for for 90 Danish Krones (12€) that drew me in. This is very good value for Scandinavia and the cheapest cocktails I found anywhere in Denmark.
9. Stay in Bargain Accommodation
Staying in Copenhagen is not cheap. Even for shared dormitory rooms I struggled to find anything under 50€ a night over weekend periods. In the end I found these two hostels in Nørrebro for 30€ and 40€ per night.
Sleep in Heaven hostel is right next to Assistens Cemetery and has great communal areas, pretty views from the breakfast room and good value all you can eat breakfast for about 8€.
Globalhagen Hostel is run by volunteers and has a wonderful cafe/bar (Café Mellemrummet) on the bottom level. The super cosy cafe hosts various events like debates, stand-up comedy, concerts and talks. It’s also stocked with board games and is a great place to meet people from all over the world.
Want to explore further afield than Copenhagen? Why not take a day trip to the beautiful coastal town of Helsingor. You can find information and photos here.