Copenhagen is one of the most fun and exciting cities in Europe. An incredible culinary scene, stunning architecture, a rich history and diverse culture – Copenhagen is absolutely amazing!

But it’s no secret that Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. That’s why we wrote this insider’s guide to where to stay in Copenhagen.

This guide was written by travellers for travellers. It highlights the best places to stay in Copenhagen broken down and organised based on your interests.

We’ll share with you our top picks and best-kept secrets so you can find the best area to stay in Copenhagen that’s perfect for you – and hopefully, you can save a little money while you’re at it.

Let’s jump into where to stay in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Copenhagen

  • Where to stay in Copenhagen first time – Indre By
  • Where to stay in Copenhagen on a budget – Nørrebro
  • Best area to stay in Copenhagen for nightlife – Vesterbro
  • Coolest place to stay in Copenhagen – Christianshavn
  • Best neighbourhood in Copenhagen for families – Østerbro

In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first-timers:

FIRST TIME IN COPENHAGEN

Indre By

Indre By is the historic centre of Copenhagen. The Danish capital’s “Inner City,” Indre By is home to a maze of cobblestone streets, charming squares and wonderful museums. Many of Copenhagen’s best hostels are located here as well, so you will have any lodging options. Comfortable and perfectly located, this is our top recommendation for where to stay in Copenhagen.

Places to visit:
  • Explore the country’s rich history at the National Museum of Denmark
  • Tease your taste buds at Marv & Ben, an inventive restaurant
  • Choose from craft beers from around the world at Taphouse

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

Looking for a specific place to stay while backpacking Copenhagen? These are our highest recommendations for the best places to stay in Copenhagen. If you want to make your trip truly special, check out the awesome and unique Airbnbs in Copenhagen. They might not be as affordable as hostels, but the value you get for your money is amazing!

Best Hostel in Copenhagen: A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro

A&O Copenhagen is a stylish and modern hostel – and our choice for the best hostel in Copenhagen. Located in the Nørrebro district, this bright and airy property has a great bar, guest kitchen and a spacious seating area.

The rooms are comfortable and have private bathrooms and modern amenities.

Best Airbnb in Copenhagen: Bright Private Room

This home is perfect for couples that want to get a cozy, relaxing experience in Copenhagen. The apartment is just as inviting as the host and gives off an organic brightness from the interior to the gateway to the balcony. It’s quiet and near the beautiful canals to go for a dip in. In the room, you can enjoy cooking yourself a simple meal with the kitchenette. Although this is a room in an apartment it is set up very private, nice and spaced out, so you don’t feel like you are in anyone’s space -which is a BIG plus.

Best Hotel in Copenhagen: Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House Copenhagen is a stylish and rustic property at the heart of the city. And, it is our top pick for best hotel in Copenhagen. It is close to Tivoli Gardens, City Hall Square, and Copenhagen’s top attractions.

There’s a swimming pool, on-site restaurant and they even offer bike rentals to guests.

Copenhagen Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN COPENHAGEN
Indre By
FIRST TIME IN COPENHAGEN

Indre By

Indre By is the historic centre of Copenhagen. The Danish capital’s “Inner City,” Indre By is home to a maze of cobblestone streets, charming squares and wonderful museums, making it one of the best places to stay in Copenhagen.

ON A BUDGET
Norrebro, Copenhagen
ON A BUDGET

Nørrebro

North of the city centre is the lively and vibrant district of Nørrebro. A neighbourhood that is bursting with life, flavour, and fun, Nørrebro attracts a diverse and multicultural crowd to enjoy its great restaurants, cosy cafes, and independent shops and boutiques.

NIGHTLIFE
Vesterbo, Copenhagen
NIGHTLIFE

Vesterbro

In a city full of cool, Vesterbro is a neighbourhood that stands above the rest. Located west of the Inner City, Vesterbro is where you’ll find a wide variety of trendy restaurants, hip music venues, and electric underground clubs.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Christianshavn, Copenhagen
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Christianshavn

Christianshavn is one of the most beautiful and romantic neighbourhoods in Copenhagen. Located across the water from Indre By, Christianshavn stretches across several islands and is characterized by the canals and waterways that carve throughout it.

FOR FAMILIES
Osterbro, Copenhagen
FOR FAMILIES

Østerbro

Østerbro is a charming neighbourhood north of Indre By and the best area to stay in Copenhagen. Often referred to as the “Suburbs of the City,” this cosy district is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Copenhagen.

The capital and largest city in Denmark, Copenhagen is a massive metropolis that maintains it’s small town charm. It’s where history, myth, modernity and cool merge to create one of the hippest cities in Europe.

Copenhagen is a hub for culture, art, fashion, food and shopping. It’s famous for its colourful buildings, its innovative cuisine, and its wild and lively nightlife. It has a reputation as one of the safest and friendliest cities in Europe and is popular with travellers of all ages.

Home to approximately one million people, Copenhagen is divided into 10 official districts, which are further subdivided into distinct and diverse neighbourhoods and boroughs.

To help you plan your visit to Copenhagen, this guide will break down the city’s neighbourhoods and “must-sees” by interest.

At the heart of the city is Indre By. Copenhagen’s “Inner City,” this neighbourhood is home to the Danish capital’s most famous landmarks and attractions.

The medieval city centre, Indre By is where you’ll find a network of cobblestone streets, stunning architecture and a myriad of shops and restaurants.

Across the water is the ultra-hip and trendy neighbourhood of Christianshavn, as well as residential Amager. Once Copenhagen’s working-class district, Christianshavn today is where you’ll find dramatic architecture, exquisite cafes, trendy shops and stylish bars.

A series of small islands divided by waterways and canals, Christianshavn is one of the most picturesque and romantic neighbourhoods in the city.

Northeast of Indre By is Østerbro. This cosy neighbourhood is characterized by its beautiful streets and verdant parks. It is home to a number of world-famous attractions, including the Little Mermaid statue, and is where you’ll find a wide variety of great bars, cafes and restaurants.

Travel west and you’ll pass through Nørrebro, Fredriksberg and Vesterbro. Some of the most vibrant and popular neighbourhoods in the city, this is where you’ll find a great variety of bars, pubs, clubs and cafes. 

Bursting with culture, cuisine, art and fun, Nørrebro, Fredriksberg and Vesterbro are the ideal destinations for night owls, fierce foodies, culture vultures and party animals looking for a night on the town!

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5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Copenhagen

Now, let’s take a look, in more detail, at the five best neighbourhoods in Copenhagen. Each neighbourhood is unique, so be sure to check out which is the best fit for you!

1. Indre By (Inner City) – Where to Stay in Copenhagen for First-Timers

Indre By is the historic centre of Copenhagen and the best place to stay in Copenhagen for first-timers. The Danish capital’s “Inner City,” Indre By is home to a maze of cobblestone streets, charming squares and wonderful museums.

Copenhagen’s most famous – and picturesque – port, Nyhavn, is also located in this part of town. Stay in Indre By to get snapshots of iconic Nyhavn’s colourful houses and bustling streets, and enjoy traditional Danish cuisine.

Royal watchers will love making their base in Indre By. This area of the city is home to both the Royal residence, Amalienborg Castle, and Christiansborg Palace. If you want to catch a glimpse of the Queen or heirs to the throne, this is the place to be.

Indre By, Copenhagen
Indre By

Best Hostel in Indre By: Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

This award-winning downtown hostel is the perfect base for your time in the city. Located in Indre By, this hotel is close to Nyhavn, Strøget and Tivoli Gardens. It has minimalist décor, comfortable dorm rooms, and it is home to one of the cheapest bars in town!

Best Airbnb in Indre By: Bright Private Room

This home is perfect for couples that want to get a cozy, relaxing experience in Copenhagen. The apartment is just as inviting as the host and gives off an organic brightness from the interior to the gateway to the balcony. It’s quiet and near the beautiful canals to go for a dip in. In the room, you can enjoy cooking yourself a simple meal with the kitchenette. Although this is a room in an apartment it is set up very private, nice and spaced out, so you don’t feel like you are in anyone’s space -which is a BIG plus.

Best Hotel in Indre By: Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House Copenhagen is a stylish and rustic hotel. It is close to Tivoli Gardens, City Hall Square, and Copenhagen’s top attractions. The hotel has a swimming pool, on-site restaurant and even offers bike rentals to guests.

It is our top pick for where to stay in Indre By.

Best Hotel in Indre By: Wakeup Copenhagen – Borgergade

Wakeup Copenhagen epitomizes Scandinavian style. Sleek and modern, this hotel has minimalist décor, comfortable beds, and well-organised rooms.

It is located a short walk from Nyhavn, and this hotel is close to restaurants, bars and Indre By’s most famous attractions and landmarks. There’s also a great restaurant and relaxing bar on-site.

Things to See and Do in Indre By

Indre By ttd Copenhagen

– Shop until you drop on Strøget, a lively pedestrian street that’s home to everything from high-end designers to high street fashions.

– Sip classic cocktails and drinks with a twist at Ruby.

– Explore the country’s rich history at the National Museum of Denmark.

– Dine on creative and delicious Copenhagen cuisine at Restaurant Krebsegaarden.

– Visit Rosenborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace.

– Snaps a few pictures of colourful Nyhavn.

– Snack your way through Torvehallerne, a buzzing food hall.

– Enjoy urbane cocktails at Curfew.

– Tease your taste buds at Marv & Ben, an inventive restaurant.

– Choose from craft beers from around the world at Taphouse.

2. Nørrebro – Where to Stay in Copenhagen on a Budget

North of the city centre is the lively and vibrant district of Nørrebro. A neighbourhood that is bursting with life, flavour, and fun, Nørrebro attracts a diverse and multicultural crowd to enjoy its great restaurants, cosy cafes, and independent shops and boutiques.

Not only is Nørrebro one of the hippest areas of the city, but it’s also where you can find a variety of inexpensive accommodation options – which is truly a feat in an expensive city like Copenhagen.

This is the best area to stay in Copenhagen for backpackers on a budget and cost-conscious travellers willing to watch their travel dollars stretch farther by staying in this well-connected and super fun neighbourhood.

Norrebro, Copenhagen
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Best Hostel in Nørrebro: A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro

a&o Copenhagen is a stylish and modern hostel – and our top pick for where to stay in Nørrebro. This bright and airy property has a great bar, guest kitchen and a spacious seating area. The rooms are comfortable and have private bathrooms and modern amenities.

Best Airbnb in Nørrebro: Room for the Minimalist

In this cute little apartment, you may find yourself just gazing at the astounding lake view or even catching some shooting stars as there aren’t as many lights as the center. We have to say with the prices in Copenhagen, which is a pretty pricy place, this home has more than enough to satisfy you during your stay. And if there’s one thing that plays a significant role in traveling is sleep, and in this home, the bed is heavenly with a big fluffy blanket to cuddle with!

Best Hotel in Nørrebro: Cabinn Express

Cabinn Hotel is conveniently located at the centre of Nørrebro. It is close to the train station, Tivoli Gardens, and there are many restaurants and shops nearby.

Comfortable and basic, this two-star hotel has a terrace, free wifi, and a stylish on-site bar. Breakfast is also available each morning.

Best Hotel in Nørrebro: Hotel Nora Copenhagen

Contemporary and cool are just two of the words we’d use to describe this excellent Nørrebro hotel. Located at the heart of the district, this hotel is close to shops, restaurants, bars and clubs.

It has a swimming pool, a terrace, and each room is outfitted with a TV and coffee/tea facilities.

Things to See and Do in Nørrebro

Norrebro ttd Copenhagen

– Go shopping on trendy on Nørrebrogade.

– Try seriously inventive flavour combinations at Sliders.

– Dine on delicious dishes at Groed.

– Sink your teeth into an amazing burger at Grillen Norrebro.

– Drink Aquavit and dance all night long at Rastlos, the world’s first Aquavit bar.

– Sip delicious drinks at The Barking Dog.

– Pick up a few new-to-you pieces from one of the many vintage shops on Ravnsborggade.

– Hear great music from up and coming bands at Rust.

– Enjoy two-for-one cocktails at charming and cosy Kassen.

– Wander through the Assistens Cemetery where Hans Christian Andersen and other notable Danes are buried.

3. Vesterbro – Where to Stay in Copenhagen for Nightlife

In a city full of cool, Vesterbro is a neighbourhood that stands above the rest. Located west of the Inner City, Vesterbro is where you’ll find a wide variety of trendy restaurants, hip music venues, and electric underground clubs.

It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Copenhagen and is home to the best nightlife in the capital.

It is worth mentioning that Vesterbro is home to Copenhagen’s historic Red Light District, and a certain amount of prostitution and drug trades do still occur here. However, much of this area has been revitalized and revamped, and it is perfectly safe to explore day or night.

Vesterbo, Copenhagen

Best Hostel in Vesterbro: Woodah Hostel

Woodhah is a unique hostel located in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro neighbourhood. Placing an emphasis on yoga and sustainable living, this hostel supports local, organic and fair-trade producers.

They offer affordable accommodations in a healthy and clean environment and provide a delicious and organic breakfast. Bikes can also be rented on-site.

Best Airbnb in Vesterbro: Clean apartment in Trendy Neighborhood

In the center of it all start the trip out right staying in this apartment in the hippest neighborhood in the city. The locals in the neighborhood are the happiest to be which makes things smooth sailing for those late nights out. The owners even welcome you with a beer and for the next day healing remedies-COFFEE! And just around the corner is the new Metro Station so you can explore the rest of the city without having to spend a fortune in taxis.

Best Hotel in Vesterbro: Axel Hotel Guldsmeden

This charming and rustic hotel is located at the centre of Vesterbro. A short walk to Tivoli Gardens, this four-star hotel is close to restaurants, shops, and clubs.

It has a stylish bar, free wifi, and a bike rental service on site. It is our top pick for where to stay in Vesterbro.

Best Hotel in Vesterbro: Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Niebuhrs Gade

Modern, chic and centrally located are just a few of the reasons we love this hotel. Well situated in Vesterbro, this hotel is close to well-known attractions, and a variety of restaurants and cafes.

It has a bike rental, laundry service, and each room is outfitted with contemporary amenities.

Things to See and Do in Vesterbro

Vesterbro ttd Copenhagen

– Ride more than two dozen rides at Tivoli Gardens, a world-renowned amusement park.

– Choose from a wide selection of beers at the atmospheric Mikkeller Bar.

– Sip high-quality cocktails at Lidkoeb.

– Listen to great music and enjoy amazing cocktails at stimulating and fun NOHO Bar.

– Enjoy posh drinks at the cosy Library Bar.

– Tease your taste buds at Mad & Kaffee.

– See great bands, world-class DJs, and engaging light shows at exciting VEGA – House of Music.

– Excite your senses at Pony where you can try Nordic food with an experimental twist.

– Go on a beer tasting adventure at WarPigs.

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4. Christianshavn – Coolest Place to Stay in Copenhagen

Christianshavn is one of the most beautiful and romantic neighbourhoods in Copenhagen. Located across the water from Indre By, Christianshavn stretches across several islands and is characterized by the canals and waterways that carve throughout it.

Once a working-class neighbourhood, Christianshavn is now one of the trendiest and coolest neighbourhoods in the city. Home to stunning architecture and exquisite boutiques, this is where you’ll find some of Copenhagen’s most innovative and revered restaurants and eateries.

But that’s not all! Christianshavn is also home to Freetown Christiania. A self-governing “free town”, Christiania is by far the most unique and un-gentrified neighbourhoods in the city.

Christianshavn, Copenhagen

Best Hostel in Christianshavn: Danhostel Copenhagen City

Danhostel offers five-star accommodations at the heart of the city. It is a short walk from the Central Train station and is surrounded by bars, clubs and restaurants.

Boasting more than 1,000 beds, this is the largest hostel in Europe. It has free wifi, common rooms, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

Best Airbnb in Christianshavn: Apartment in the Heart of Copenhagen

Whether you are in the mood to go out on the town or Netflix and chill, this apartment satisfies all your needs. The room is perfect for 2 with the Double Hi-Q elevation beds you can binge on your favorite series in your selected comfortability. When you aren’t in the apartment, the Main street is less than 10 minutes away for easy access to explore all the main attractions.

Best Hotel in Christianshavn: Hotel CPH Living

Recently refurbished, Hotel CPH Living offers unique accommodations in the centre of Copenhagen. Set on a modern boat, this hotel has 12 rooms each outfitted with private bathrooms and comfortable beds.

It also has an outdoor terrace, sun deck and it boasts incredible views of Copenhagen.

Best Hotel in Christianshavn: Hotel Copenhagen

The Hotel Copenhagen is a comfortable and classic two-star hotel. Set in the centre of the city, this hotel is close to shops, restaurants, and Copenhagen’s best nightlife.

Comprised of 35 recently refurbished rooms, this hotel has an on-site restaurant, a comfortable lounge and a charming courtyard.

Things to See and Do in Christianshavn

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– See the Church of Our Saviour. If you’re feeling brave enough, climb to the top of the spire and take in the incredible views of the city.

– Dine at world-renowned Noma, a two Michelin starred restaurant that uses foraged and found ingredients to create their refined Nordic dishes.

– Take a romantic boat ride through the canals of Copenhagen.

– Try creative and delicious dishes at Goomi.

– Sip a glass of wine at Eiffel Bar, a cosy bar that is bursting with character.

– Sample a variety of cheeses and meats at Den Vandrette, a delightful wine bar.

– Explore the free and self-governing town of Freetown of Christiania

5. Østerbro – Best Place to Stay in Copenhagen for Families

Østerbro is a charming neighbourhood north of Indre By. Often referred to as the “Suburbs of the City,” this cosy district is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Copenhagen.

Our top choice for where to stay in Copenhagen for families, Østerbro has a great mix of activities and attractions. Here you’ll find plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, shop and play. There’s also a great variety of lush parks and verdant green spaces.

A haven for shoppers, Østerbro’s main street is lined with independent boutiques. Whether you’re looking to add to your wardrobe, or simply browse the windows, there’s plenty to see, do – and buy – in this great neighbourhood.

Osterbro, Copenhagen

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Best Hostel in Østerbro: Globalhagen Hostel

Globalhagen Hostel is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit hostel in the Østerbro district. This eco-friendly property serves an organic breakfast.

It has shared and private accommodations, each with their own unique design and decor. Linens are not included. Guests are welcome to bring their own or rent them upon arrival.

Best Airbnb in Østerbro: Peaceful Home in the Hippest Neighborhood

On the border of the two hippest beautiful parts of the city, is this stunning apartment overlooking the courtyard and around the corner from the water. It’s set up quite well for small families of 3 or couples. Enjoy that fresh cup of coffee in the morning sitting in the garden before you begin to explore the cute downtown of Osterboro. About a 10 min walk away from all of the cool cafes, thrift stores, boutiques,and bars in Nørrebro, as well as a 15 min walk from the city center.

Best Hotel in Østerbro: Hotel Rye

Hotel Rye is a quaint and charming hotel in Copenhagen. Located in the Østerbro neighbourhood, it is close to Nyhavn, Tivoli Gardens and a number of great restaurants. Rooms are comfortable and clean and are outfitted with essential amenities. This hotel also has a relaxing terrace.

Best Hotel in Østerbro: Engelsted Guesthouse

Enjoy a stay in a traditional Danish apartment at Engelsted Guesthouse. Comprised of two rooms, this property is comfortable, clean and cosy. It has free wifi and a terrace.

Located a short walk from the city centre, there is a wide variety of bars, restaurants, shops, cafes, and public transit nearby.

Things to See and Do in Østerbro

Osterbro todo Copenhagen

– See the famous Little Mermaid statue.

– Explore the Kastellet, a well-preserved star-shaped citadel.

– Take a stroll through beautiful Faelledparken.

– Make your own ceramic souvenirs at Creative Space.

– Try new and delicious Danish foods at Restaurant Under Uret.

– Dine on simple yet amazing dishes at family-friendly Hey Darling.

– Sink your teeth into a savoury burger at Halifax Osterbro.

– Let the food at Souls tickle your taste buds with their fresh and incredible flavours.

– Enjoy yummy eggs and a brunch buffet at Charlottehaven.

– Wander along the Langelinie, a charming quayside pier.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is undoubtedly one of the most exciting cities in Europe. It has a vibrant nightlife scene, world-renowned restaurants, colourful architecture, interesting history, and a friendly and welcoming air. However, it can also be one of the most expensive ones if you don’t plan ahead!

Whether you’re a night owl, decerning foodie, culture vulture or somewhere in between, there’s something for travellers of all ages, styles AND budgets in the Danish capital.

To recap; Indre By is our favourite neighbourhood in Copenhagen because it’s lively, vibrant and full of classic Danish charm. It’s also home to our top pick for the best hotel, the Steel House Copenhagen.

Our recommendation for the best hostel is A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro. Stylish and modern, this hostel is centrally located, incredibly comfortable, and outrageously cool.

Still not sure where to stay in Copenhagen? Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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