Copenhagen is one of the most fun and exciting cities in Europe. Here, you’ll discover an incredible culinary scene, stunning architecture, rich history, and diverse culture.

It’s no secret that the Danish capital is also one of the most expensive cities in the world. Knowing exactly where to stay in Copenhagen can really help you save some bucks, especially if you’re on a budget.

That’s where we come in! We’ll share with you our top picks and best-kept secrets, so you can find the best area to stay in Copenhagen for your travel needs.

So, let’s jump right in!

Where to Stay in Copenhagen

These are our top picks for places to stay in Copenhagen:

Best Airbnb in Copenhagen: 1st Class Flat in Central Location

1st Class Flat in Central Location

Sleeping up to six guests, this recently renovated flat is the perfect base for exploring Copenhagen. It’s situated in Indre By, close to the city’s top attractions and a short walk from bars and restaurants.

Best Hostel in Copenhagen: A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro

A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro

A&O Copenhagen is a stylish and modern hostel in Copenhagen. Located in the Nørrebro district, this is our top pick thanks to its great bar, guest kitchen, and comfy lounge areas. All rooms have private bathrooms, and they offer bikes for hire to help you explore the city for cheap.

Best Hotel in Copenhagen: Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House Copenhagen is a stylish and rustic property at the heart of the city. It’s close to Tivoli Gardens, City Hall Square, and Copenhagen’s top attractions. Onsite, you’ll find a bar, swimming pool, coffee shop, and a communal kitchen.

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 with a small-town charm. It’s where history, myth, and modernity merge to create one of the hippest cities in Europe.

Copenhagen is famous for its colorful buildings, innovative cuisine, and nightlife. It has a reputation as one of the safest and friendliest cities in Europe, and is popular with travelers of all ages.

At the heart of the city is Indre By. Copenhagen’s “Inner City,” this neighborhood is home to a number of famous landmarks and attractions. There’s so much to explore here, making it the best place to stay in Copenhagen if you’re visiting for the first time.

Across the water is the ultra-hip and trendy neighborhood of Christianshavn. Once Copenhagen’s working-class district, Christianshavn has become one the city’s trendiest areas. Here, you’ll find dramatic architecture, trendy cafes, quirky shops, and bars.

Northeast of Indre By is Østerbro. This cozy neighborhood is characterized by its beautiful streets and verdant parks. It’s home to the Little Mermaid Statue among other top attractions, making it ideal for families.

Travel west and you’ll pass through Nørrebro and Vesterbro. Some of the most vibrant and popular neighborhoods in the city, this is where you’ll find a great variety of bars, pubs, clubs, and cafes. If you’re visiting Copenhagen on a budget, you’ll find cheaper accommodation here too.

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5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Copenhagen

Below, we’ve broken down 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 – Where to Stay in Copenhagen on your First Visit

Indre By, Copenhagen
The best place to discover the city

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 port, Nyhavn, is also located in this part of town. If you come here, make sure to visit iconic Nyhavn’s colorful houses, bustling streets, and enjoy traditional Danish cuisine. This area of the city is also home to both Royal residences, Amalienborg Castle and Christiansborg Palace.

Best Airbnb in Indre By: 1st Class Flat in Central Location

1st Class Flat in Central Location

This newly renovated apartment is decorated in contemporary Scandinavian style. Up to six guests can stay here, but it’s also popular for couples visiting Copenhagen. It’s ideally located for exploring the city, situated in central Indre By with easy access to top sights, restaurants, and bars.

Best Hostel in Indre By: Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

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

Best Hotel in Indre By: Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House Copenhagen is a stylish and rustic hotel, situated close to Tivoli Gardens and City Hall Square. The hotel has an onsite swimming pool, and restaurant, and offers bike rentals to guests. Family rooms are available here.

Best Hotel in Indre By: Wakeup Copenhagen – Borgergade

Wakeup Copenhagen - Borgergade

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

It’s located a short walk from Nyhavn, and is close to restaurants, bars and landmarks. There’s also a great restaurant and bar on-site if you don’t fancy going out.

Things to See and Do in Indre By:

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You’ll find a little bit of everything in Indre By
  • Shop until you drop on Strøget, a lively pedestrian street 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.
  • Check out the hustle and bustle at colorful 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

Norrebro, Copenhagen
source: Mark Hougaard Jensen (Flickr)

A vibrant neighbourhood north of the center, Nørrebro attracts a diverse and multicultural crowd. It’s one of the hippest areas of the city, and hosts a number of Copenhagen’s cheaper accommodation. If you’re traveling on a budget, this is the place for you.

In Nørrebro, you can also enjoy great restaurants, cozy cafes, and independent boutiques. It’s easy to walk to the center from here, so you can save yourself money on public transport.

Best Airbnb in Nørrebro: Cosy 2BR Apartment

Cosy 2BR Apartment

This trendy Airbnb sleeps two guests, ideal for couples or solo travelers looking for their own space in the city. It’s surrounded by bars, nightlife and attractions, and is just a short walk from Nørreport train station. Guests can enjoy a full kitchen, wifi, and laundry facilities.

Best Hostel in Nørrebro: A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro

A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro

A&O Copenhagen is a stylish and modern hostel. 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 Hotel in Nørrebro: Cabinn Express

Cabinn Express

Cabinn Hotel is conveniently located at the center of Nørrebro, close to the train station and Tivoli Gardens. The rooms are pretty basic, but there’s a terrace, stylish onsite bar, and even a free breakfast! If you’re visiting Copenhagen on a weekend getaway, this hotel is ideal.

Best Hotel in Nørrebro: Hotel Nora Copenhagen

Hotel Nora Copenhagen

This excellent Nørrebro hotel is located at the heart of the district, close to shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. There’s a swimming pool on site, and each room is outfitted with a TV and coffee/tea facilities.

Things to See and Do in Nørrebro:

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  • Go shopping on trendy on Nørrebrogade.
  • Try seriously inventive flavor 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.
  • Check out the vintage shops on Ravnsborggade.
  • Hear great music from up and coming bands at Rust.
  • Enjoy two-for-one cocktails at charming and cosy Kassen.

3. Vesterbro – Where to Stay in Copenhagen for Nightlife

Vesterbo, Copenhagen
Stay in Copenhagen’s trendiest area

In a city full of cool, Vesterbro is a neighborhood that stands above the rest. Located west of Inner City, this is where you’ll find a wide variety of trendy restaurants, hip music venues, and electric underground clubs. Even if you don’t stay in the area, a trip to Vesterbro should definitely feature on your Copenhagen itinerary!

It’s 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’s perfectly safe to explore day or night.

Best Airbnb in Vesterbro: Cozy Apartment in Vesterbro

Cozy Apartment in Vesterbro

Up to three guests can stay in this cosy Airbnb in Copenhagen. Furnishings are simple and contemporary, with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Nearby, you’ll find restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and bars.

Best Hostel in Vesterbro: Woodah Hostel

Woodah Hostel best hostels in Copenhagen

Woodah is a unique hostel in Copenhagen. 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 organic breakfast. Bikes can also be rented on-site, so you can avoid using public transport.

Best Hotel in Vesterbro: Hotel Ottilia by Brøchner Hotels

Hotel Ottilia by Brøchner Hotels

This boutique hotel offers more than just a place to lay your head for the night, and features many shared lounges, bars, and restaurants. Guests also have access to the onsite spa and wellness features, as well as a fitness centre. The hotel is within walking distance of numerous attractions, including Frederiksberg Have and the National Museum of Denmark.

Best Hotel in Vesterbro: Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Niebuhrs Gade

Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Niebuhrs Gade

This popular hotel in Copenhagen provides modern and comfortable accommodation close to cultural attractions, bars, and parks. Each room enjoys views over the city, and family rooms are available.

Things to See and Do in Vesterbro:

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  • Spend a day 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 cozy 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.

4. Christianshavn – Coolest Place to Stay in Copenhagen

Christianshavn, Copenhagen
Fall in love with this picturesque city

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 neighborhood, Christianshavn is now one of the trendiest and coolest areas 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.

Christianshavn is also home to Freetown Christiania. This self-governing district is unique and un-gentrified, and is one of the coolest places to visit in the whole city!

Best Airbnb in Christianshavn: Apartment in the Heart of Copenhagen

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 couples, with Double Hi-Q elevation beds where you can binge on your favorite series. When you aren’t in the apartment, the main street is less than 10 minutes away and gives easy access to Copenhagen’s main attractions.

Best Hostel in Christianshavn: Danhostel Copenhagen City

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 Hotel in Christianshavn: Hotel CPH Living

Hotel CPH Living

The 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. Guests can enjoy an outdoor terrace, sun deck, and incredible views of Copenhagen.

Best Hotel in Christianshavn: Hotel Copenhagen

Hotel Copenhagen

The Hotel Copenhagen is a comfortable and classic two-star hotel. Comprised of 35 rooms, this hotel has an on-site restaurant, a comfortable lounge, and a charming courtyard for guests to relax in.

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.
  • Sample a variety of cheeses and meats at Den Vandrette, a delightful wine bar.
  • Explore the free and self-governing Freetown of Christiania

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

Osterbro, Copenhagen
Kick back in a calmer part of 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. It’s got a perfect blend of lush parks and attractions, making it our top pick for families.

This area is also a haven for shoppers. Østerbro’s main street is lined with independent boutiques, and there are plenty of places to drink and dine dotted around.

Wonder how to spend your weekend in Copenhagen? Head over to our insider’s Weekend in Copenhagen guide!

Best Airbnb in Østerbro: Charming family apartment

Charming family apartment

Sleeping five guests across three bedrooms, this Airbnb in Copenhagen is ideal for families. There’s a full kitchen for creating home-cooked meals, and plenty of entertainment for children including toys and a playground just outside the property. The flat is situated in a quiet area, but within close proximity to top activities and places to explore.

Best Hostel in Østerbro: Globalhagen Hostel

Globalhagen best hostels in Copenhagen

Globalhagen Hostel is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit hostel. It’s eco-friendly, and serves an organic breakfast each morning. Dorms and private rooms are available, each with its own unique design and decor. Note that you’ll either have to bring your own linens or rent some.

Best Hotel in Østerbro: Hotel Rye

Hotel Rye

Hotel Rye is a quaint and charming hotel in Copenhagen. Located in the Østerbro neighborhood, it is close to Nyhavn, Tivoli Gardens, and a number of great restaurants. Rooms are bright and clean and provide all the basics for a comfortable stay.

Best Hotel in Østerbro: Aparthotel Charlottehaven

Aparthotel Charlottehaven

This stylish aparthotel provides luxurious accommodation to families and groups. Apartments are fully serviced and equipped with private kitchens, laundry facilities, and balconies. There’s an onsite cafe providing meals throughout the day, as well as a swimming pool and fitness centre.

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.

FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Copenhagen

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Copenhagen and where to stay.

What is the best location to stay in Copenhagen?

If you’re visiting Copenhagen for the first time, we recommend staying in Indre By — Inner City, aka the city’s historic centre. Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is a great pick!

Where to stay in Copenhagen for nightlife?

You’ll find a ton of music venues, underground clubs and bars in Vesterbro. Be sure to book an epic place for your stay:

Where to stay in Copenhagen with a family?

Hotel Copenhagen is a comfortable and classic hotel in the heart of town. It’s close to everything you’ll need and it’s a great base to explore the city!

Where to stay in Copenhagen for couples?

Wakeup Copenhagen is a great option for couples traveling to Copenhagen. Sleek, modern, and won’t break the bank!

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, colorful architecture, and a friendly atomsophere.

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

However, Copenhagen can be very expensive if you don’t plan ahead! We hope this guide has helped you find somewhere to stay that suits your style and budget!

If you’re still unsure where to stay in Copenhagen, we recommend Indre By. It’s got a little bit of everything, and is where you’ll find top accommodation like the Steel House Copenhagen.

If you’re watching your spending, the A&O Copenhagen Nørrebro is the best budget-friendly pick in the city!

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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