A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Copenhagen - 5 min read

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Lix caught up with Luna Fredensborg Jakobsen, a student at CBS studying Brand Communication and Management, who shared with us where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Copenhagen on a student budget. Check out her top three’s! 

Pssst…Luna gave you an extra tip on where to drink (download the PDF to find out)—there are so many good bars in Copenhagen, it was hard for her to choose. Thought you might appreciate that!

Where to eat? 

Esromgade 15, 1 1, 2200 Copenhagen

Friheden (freedom) in Nørrebro has finally arrived. An oasis of both bar and café, this green location is placed right next to the skatepark and close to the Red Square. With a warm atmosphere and reasonable prices, this hipster haven serves up a rotating menu of beautifully prepared seasonal dishes, like burrata cheese and beef tartare. Yum! Come on the weekend for an excellent brunch or stay into the evening sipping one of many delicious cocktails while listening to a rotating list of hyped DJ’s. Take your friends or meet some new ones. Friheden is the new place to be! 

Tommi’s Burger Joint (Kødbyen)
Høkerboderne 21-23, 1712 Copenhagen

What many consider the best burger in town, Tommi’s Burger Joint in the Meatpacking District serves up homemade burgers from 69 kr., or burger menus for only 89 kr. Icelandic owned (like many restaurants and bars in CPH), Tommi’s real name is Tomas Tómasson (AKA, the burger king of Iceland). He owns six burger restaurants in Iceland, two in London and one in Berlin. And the vibe of Tommi’s fits right in with the trashy meets hipster style of the Meatpacking District. Eat a burger and head to one of the many clubs lined up for your choosing. We recommend Jolene’s. 

Nørrebrogade 59, 2200 Copenhagen

The three guys behind this hyped seafood joint opened up their flagship restaurant in the heart of Nørrebro in the summer of 2017. Here, you’ll enjoy delicious lobster rolls, poke bowls, fish and chips and other tasty dishes in an informal and welcoming atmosphere. And it’s the perfect pit stop before heading out to the many bars and nightclubs in one of the hippest and diverse areas in Copenhagen—Nørrebro. 

Where to drink? 

Nørrebrogade 18B, 2200 Copenhagen

Student-friendly prices, fast bartenders and tasty drinks. Squeezed between a pizza joint and a cheap kebab restaurant, you’ll find one of the best and cheapest cocktail bars in town—Kassen. Known for their happy hour, get two drinks for the price of one every Friday between 14 and 22. But be prepared—everyone in town knows about this place—it will be crowded (especially late-night). I’m willing to bet the more you drink, the less you’ll care! And if you’re a weekday drinker, every Wednesday, get 2 beers, 3 shots or 1 drink for 50 kr. What a deal! 

Bip Bip Bar
Fælledvej 7, 2200 København

If you’re into arcade games and beer, you’ve found your place. Known as the “retrogaming temple,” here you’ll find a second home for both competitive gamers and novices. From Pac Man to pinball, Nintendo or Sega, there are plenty of games for everyone. And instead of throwing coins around, you’ll get a chip card. How convenient. So head on down to Bip Bip bar with your mates for a cheap (and fun) night of some retro gaming. You won’t be disappointed.

Solbjerg Pl. 3, 2000 Frederiksberg

Of course, it shouldn’t go unmentioned that CBS has its own bar, which functions as a great meeting place for all of the amazing CBS students. Whether or not you want to enjoy a fairly cheap beer or better coffee than what they offer at the canteen, Nexus is the place to be. The bar is always open, but remember to look out for the different events—sometimes there’s beer pong tournaments, great DJ’s or free beer—what’s not to enjoy? 

Where to shop? 

Larsbjørnsstræde 8, 1454 Copenhagen K

If you’re looking for original finds, the clothes in Episode come from all around the world. Here, you’ll peruse through quality vintage clothing and shoes at a decent price (notice I say decent—vintage is a bit more pricey in Copenhagen). This two-floor treasure is the city’s most popular shop among fashion lovers, so be prepared to squeeze in amid the fashionable crowd. 

Prag Vesterbro, Vesterbrogade 98A, Copenhagen
Prag Nørrebro, Nørrebrogade 45, Copenhagen 

Inspired by second-hand stores in Berlin and New York, the young owner of Prag has replicated the same cool vibe. Carrying both men’s and women’s clothing, shoppers will find a treasure trove of Levi’s jeans, patterned sweaters, denim shirts, accessories and ‘80s jumpsuits. And that’s not even the half of it. Whether you’re looking for something casual or something a bit more flashy—think sequinned evening gowns—Prag won’t disappoint. 

Paludan Bog and Café 
Fiolstræde 10, 1171 København

After all that vintage shopping, we recommend a pit stop at Paludan Bog and Café on Fiolstræde, just across from the old University library. Founded in 1951, this bookshop/cafe has a lot of history, housing an impressive collection of second-hand books in the basement. The first floor feels more intimate and luxurious—lined with row after row of handsome, leather-bound antique books. And when you’re feeling peckish, head to the café, where you’ll find a menu highlighted by large portions and fresh ingredients—the brunch is definitely worth a go. Paludan is great for students, offering free Wi-Fi and laptop charging posts. When you need a break from studying (or browsing), borrow one of many board games and even some comfy blankets. You’ll never want to leave! 

Where to be entertained? 

Bastard Café
Rådhusstræde 13, 1466 Copenhagen

Lover of board games? You’ve found your spot. Bastard Café is for everyone—regardless of age. And if you find yourself struggling to understand the rules of one of the 100+ games, one of the friendly game gurus will be happy to help. Whether you’re into new games, old ones, dice rolling or cards—Bastard Café’s definitely got you covered. Did we mention it’s super cheap? It is! Oh, one more thing—they have beer, snacks and killer coffee! 

Kayak Bar
Børskaj 12, 1221 Copenhagen

A place for warmer weather, that’s for sure, Kayak Bar is located on the water under the bridge that takes you from Copenhagen K to Christianshavn. As the name suggests, it’s a kayak club. They even have a sauna and a pretty decent cafe. By night, the space transforms into a hipster-esque dungeon with live bands. I literally saw someone fall in the river after a show one night and some kayaker saved him. Yep—true story! 

Prinsesseg. and Badsmandsstr., Copenhagen

Christiania is more than ‘smoking weed’ (although you can do that too). Chill by the lake with your friends while sipping on some vino, or head to one of the many vegan restaurants for some delicious (and cheap) food. Try one of the coziest coffee shops in Copenhagen—Moon Fisher, close to Nemoland. The coffee’s not particularly good, but the atmosphere is spectacular. And don’t miss out on free summer concerts every Sunday. One final tip: the anarcho-hippies are actually really nice, so make friends with them and ask to pet their cute (often high) dogs! Just don’t take any pictures—they don’t like that. 

Don’t forget to download your Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Copenhagen! Once you’ve saved it to your desktop, export the file to a PDF.


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