Enjoy live music, sports, food and a few drinks at Copenhagen’s many outdoor hangouts
Copenhagen’s Food Halls (Torvehallerne)
Copenhagen’s covered food halls feature a gumbo of artisanal stalls, food bars and open-air events. Located at Israels Plads close to Nørreport Station. Open Mon-Thu 10:00-19:00, Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 11:00-17:00. Frederiksborggade 21. Info (in Danish) here.
The city’s classic canalside hangout. Vintage schooners and busy eateries line the oldest section of the city’s manmade waterways. Music events are featured especially during the jazz festival in July. The area can be quite packed with tourists so try heading down the side streets – or visit Ofelia Plads nearby (see below).
The pier next to the Royal Playhouse – and only 5 minutes walking from Nyhavn Canal – offers events, concerts and food trucks. Info here.
Copenhagen’s meatpacking district, Kødbyen offers a rowdy blend of easygoing eateries, late-night clubs and on-trend art galleries.
Refshaleøen (the city’s former shipyard)
Fast becoming the city’s new hangout for urban explorers and anyone into good food, music and the arts, the city’s former shipyard is now home to a 10,000m2 street food and design market (REFFEN, info here), a 7,000m2 contemporary arts centre (Copenhagen Contemporary, info here) and several other alternative watering holes, including (Halvandet, info here), the Broaden & Build beer and food hall (info here) and the Mikkeller barrel room (Mikkeller Baghaven, info here).
Boltens Food Court
The heritage courtyards by the city’s new food court offers outdoor seating and events. 19 food bars offer a choice of food from around the world. Located next to Kongens Nytorv. Info here. Facebook page here.
One of the world’s oldest and most magical amusement parks, located in the heart of the city. Note the gardens has a wide music program including Friday evening rock concerts and events in the Tivoli Concert Hall. Admission. Info here.
The Bridge Street Kitchen
Located on the Christianshavns side of the inner harbour foot- and bike bridge, the Bridge Street Kitchen is a street food market serving food from some of the city’s most-loved foodie chains and independent operators. A scenic 5-minute walk from Nyhavn Canal! The district of Christianshavn has become one the city’s most prized areas for gourmet experiences. Info here.
A new creative space by the former postal sorting facility. Street food, maker’s market, dance stage, concerts, movie-screening, boule and much more. Free admission. 6 May – 22 October 2017. Address: Bernstoffsgade 34 (next to the central station). Thu-Fri 14:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-22:00 (stores: Thu-Fri 14:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00). Info here.
Open-air concerts, bars and street food in a hidden oasis in the heart of the city only a 5-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens. Free admission. Address: Studiestræde 52. Full 2017 lineup here. Info here.
The city’s famous alternative-living district hosts one of the city's most eclectic indoor Christmas markets and offers a wide program of concerts. Events in the freetown here.
Salsa at Kaffesalonen
The pedalo rental café Kaffesalonen hosts free open-air salsa dancing every Wednesday 18:30-22:00 from 14 June. Info here.
Friday Night Skate
If you’ve happened to bring your one-liners to Copenhagen you have a chance to join the popular Friday Night skate event through the city. Check the Facebook page for updates here.
Karma Kajen / Kayak Republic
One of the city’s most popular watering holes, Kayak Republic is a combined kayak rental, harbour bar and event location with regular free concerts and happenings. Event info here. Kayak rental here.
Hidden among the boatyards of the former shipyard, Halvandet is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The harbour bar hosts open-air concerts and all-day chillout. There are waterfront bars and a restaurant. 4 May – 14 Sep 2017. Info here.
Verdenshjørnet (The World Corner)
Bedouin tents and tepees on a Copenhagen street corner where you can enjoy soul-warming food from around the world along with open-air concerts, movie screening and other activities. Lygten 1. For opening hours check their Facebook page here.
An old waterfront warehouse is being converted into a new food and event location – surrounded by construction sites in the city’s fast-developing docklands. A great pit stop for those biking the Harbour Circle bicycle route. Opening in June. Beach bar, dancing and street food. Address: Østre Teglkaj. Info here.
Balders Biks – neighbourhood market
A small regular neighbourhood market in the district of Nørrebro lets you meet the locals. Stalls with creative craft and organic food – and live music. Info here.