Carlsberg Byen
Culture / Society

Carlsberg Byen: The best up-and-coming cultural district in Copenhagen

By Laura Hall

Photo: Andreas Raun/Carlsberg Byen

This historic part of the Danish capital is swapping beer kegs for culture binges - and has become one of the most exciting districts in the city

Contemporary culture is finding a home in Carlsberg City, Copenhagen’s newest central district, built around the old Carlsberg site. New buildings are springing up around the historic brewing area, which centres on the iconic Elephant Tower, a famous structure supported by four granite elephants that marks the entrance to the old brewery, founded in 1883.


With bars, cafes and restaurants opening up, it’s still easy to find a drink in the modern version of Carlsberg Byen, but that’s where the similarities end. Today, instead of shire horses pulling carts filled with beer kegs, you’re more likely to find hipster weekenders on an art, spa and culture break in the city.

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The area is steps from Vesterbro and the city centre and easily accessed from everywhere else, thanks to its new S-train station.

Here are just a few of the area’s hot spots to check out.