Guide to: Christianshavn

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Here are lots of students and creative class Copenhageners, who appreciate city life and the numerous little restaurants, cafés and shops in the area. Christianshavn is best known for free town Christiania, one of the best restaurant in the world, Noma and The Opera, which is located further out on Holmen, but this neighbourhood has lots of other good little sights and plenty more to offer.

See some alternative art at Galleri Overgaden, which is definitely worth a visit. The gallery is run out of an old factory building from 1862 and its interchanging exhibitions mostly present contemporary younger Danish artists.

In Strandgade just near by you find Edition Copenhagen a gallery and lithographical workshop for Danish and international art. Some of today’s most interesting artists work with the workshop, and you can buy signed lithographical works by such people as Antony Gormley, John Kørner, Michael Kvium and Erik A. Frandsen. If you want to go to a concert, Loppen at Christiania is an absolute Copenhagen classic. Nirvana played there once before anyone hardly knew them. So did many other bands, which later went on to become rock legends. Loppen indeed has a long tradition for putting on great rock bands for their audience.

The canals, the cobblestoned narrow streets and the small old houses is the perfect invitation to sitting outside on the bulwark dangling your feet eating a sandwich. Frokosthøkeren in the timber-framed house in Wildersgade serves great lunch sandwiches and freshly squeezed fruit juices to take out, or if the weather is not suitable to eat in. Hidden away at the end of Sankt Annægade behind the hedges is restaurant Løven & Bastionen, which sits up on the old embankment, where many Copenhageners going back a long time have enjoyed taking their Sunday stroll.


This rustic restaurant serves Danish lunch and French-Danish courses for dinner, but its paramount attraction is the raspberry layer cake, which is to be enjoyed outside in the little garden on a summer day under a parasol.

At the beginning of Strandgade is Christians Kirke one of the most beautiful churches if not landmarks in the whole of Copenhagen. Go inside and the church is perhaps even more beautiful with its three-story wooden box seats and pulpit, of course, placed as the centrepiece in this protestant church of sermon. The Church dates back to the 1750s and was drawn by Nicolai Eigtved.


Noma, Strandgade 93, 1401 København K 32 96 32 97
The Opera House, Ekvipagemestervej 10, 1438 København
Overgaden, Overgaden Neden Vandet 17 1414 København K
Edition Copenhagen, Strandgade 66 1401 København K
Loppen, Bådsmandstræde 43 1407 København K
Frokosthøkeren, Wildersgade 52 1407 København K
Løven & Bastionen, Christianshavns Voldgade 50 1407 København K
Christians Kirke, Strandgade 1, 1401 København K