A more sustainable Copenhagen city guide

Did you know it is possible to reduce your footprint by simply supporting businesses that implement more sustainable practices on their day to day trade? Find here options for accommodation, places to eat and drink and shops in Copenhagen.

Sustainability in Copenhagen

Amongst one of the most sustainable cities in the world, Copenhagen makes for a great destination for tourists with sustainability in mind. From flea markets in the summer, to second hand stores all around the city and a growing variety of vegetarian meals in restaurants - Copenhagen is on the right track. 

Sustainability can be hard to navigate, we have therefore created three sustainability maps for Copenhagen - making it easier for first time travelers to make more sustainable choices while traveling around the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Using data from TripDoodler, we have gathered some of our users most rated restaurants, second hand shops and accommodations: 

5 must try Vegetarian/Vegan places in Copenhagen

5 second hand shops to find good bargains in Copenhagen

5 accommodation in Copenhagen the sustainable traveler should consider

5 must try Vegetarian/Vegan places in Copenhagen

There are numerous ways to minimize your environmental impact while traveling; one of the easiest, healthiest, and tastiest habits is deciding on a plant-based diet, wherever possible.

As we steadily listen to the conscious traveler's choices on our platform, here are 5 must-try restaurants in Copenhagen that are guaranteed to offer vegetarian and/or vegan food options.

Heaps Good Cafe

Places to Eat and Drink

Passing by Fensmarkgade, Copenhagen? Quick grab your seasonal, nutritious veggie meal at Heaps Good Cafe, which is good for your body and the planet. Be it the appetizing cashew 'cheese' with burnt orange, roasted beetroot, and agave carrots or a filling sourdough bread covered in more melted cheese with herbed bechamel and spinach, they prepare it all garden-fresh.

Make sure to go about a nice cup of hand-roasted coffee; it's too good to resist. The best part? They have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom facility; a ramp into the cafe's coming soon.

The Organic Boho

Places to Eat and Drink

If you've ever wished for a scrummy meal that cares for your health and our planet, The Organic Boho is just the thing for you. Embedded in a 100% organic & vegan food concept, get ready to fetch a sweet headache choosing from a plethora of dishes and beverages on offer, ranging broadly from 'Teriyaki Tempeh Salad' to the 'Organic Boho Pilsner'. What's better? Allergic to gluten or don't like almonds? Feel free to let them know; they are good at customizing it to perfection. Bonus, the location will give you proper Danish vibes.   

Pure Greens Club

Places to Eat and Drink

At Pure Greens Club, it's not just about the absenteeism of animal products but rather a wholesome, immersive plant-based culinary experience. Get your tastebuds rolling with delicious Mexican salad with guacamole, beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh chili, or go about some wild rice in spinach purée, avocado, edamame, cashew nuts, cucumber, and alfalfa sprouts. The cutest thing of all? Reward your dog with a healthy treat - their exclusive vegan dog snacks have great reviews too.  


Places to Eat and Drink

If fresh, organic food and coffee get you going, IPSEN & CO. is just the place for you. Cocoon yourself in a comfy living room feeling and help yourself to some soft-boiled organic eggs, croissants, bun, butter, western cheese, jam, and yogurt with muesli and rhubarb for breakfast. On-the-go? Grab your quick coffee from the to-go window; single-shot or double-shot, they charge just the same. The sustainable coffee bar offers a great outdoor seating capacity; don't forget to pray to the heaven gods for a nice doze of Vitamin D.


Places to Eat and Drink

Typically addressed as one of Copenhagen's best raw food bars, 42Raw will get the juices flowing with its range of vegan, gluten-free meals. Craving for a hot, spicy burger with a wholemeal bun, vegan patty, romaine salad, tomato, jalapenos, and chili mayo, or just a classic Green Bowl with the goodness of broccoli, cucumber, pesto, baby spinach, cabbage & avocado; 42Raw has it all. Quench your thirst with a fantastic variety of organic beverages, scoping broadly from organic coffees and milkshakes to some of their finest signature juices.

5 second hand shops to find good bargains in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world - and so is shopping! But don’t let that stop you. Whether it is to save money or protect the environment, second hand shops are a great place to get an authentic shopping experience in Copenhagen. 

The second hand shops are to be found all around the city, in a variety of price scales. We have chosen 5 second hand stores our users have rated to have taken measures to promote sustainability. There is something for everyone on the list! 

O-S-V. Secondhand Shop


O-S-V. Second Hand Shop is located in the center of Copenhagen. A few minutes walk from the Strøget, O-S-V. offers a fine selection of second hand clothes. With locals selling their clothes through the store, you are guaranteed to get inspired by the Danish fashion style. With sustainability in focus, the store, whose name refers to the Danish ‘og så videre’ (eng: ‘and so on’), gives old clothes a new life. 

Our TripDoodler users have found the store to promote activities in the local community, as well as encourage the reuse of shopping bags. 

PRAG Vesterbro


PRAG Vesterbro is one of four PRAG second hand stores in Denmark. PRAG are vintage second hand stores, initially inspired by vintage stores found in New York and Berlin. To offer a wider variety of products, PRAG imports clothes and accessories from abroad. Additionally, new accessories and basic products can be found to fit with your new vintage clothing. 

TripDoodler visitors have found PRAG to promote sustainability through reuse of products and shopping bags, and actively provide tips and ideas on how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. 



In an attempt to revolutionize the fashion industry, Veras is a secondhand store with sustainability in the forefront. With a circular model, sales of only second hand clothing, and provision of sustainability tips and tricks, Veras is a great store for anyone wanting to shop second hand while in Copenhagen. 

TripDoodler users have said Veras actively promotes activities in the local community, as well as the secondhand store encourages the reuse of shopping bags. More sustainability measures implemented by Veras can be found on the TripDoodler website. 

Something Else Secondhand


Located in the vibrant district of Nørrebro, Something Else Secondhand is a perfect place to visit for second hand shopping. At Something Else, you will be sure to find unique items to bring with you home from Copenhagen. 

On TripDoodler, visitors have acknowledged Something Else for their active promotion of sustainable/recycled materials in products and the reuse of shopping bags. 

Red Cross Op Shop


Located all around the city, visitors can find Red Cross Op Shops. The Red Cross Op Shops are second hand stores run by the Red Cross organization. At the shops, visitors can find a variety of items donated by the local community. The stores are also known for being an affordable option. 

TripDoodler users have rated Red Cross Op Shop on Nørrebrogade 40 and acknowledged the shop for its efforts to promote activities in the local community. 

5 accommodation in Copenhagen the sustainable traveler should consider

Are you looking for a community to join while traveling in Denmark? Do you wish to meet with travelers from all over the world, while simultaneously getting to know the ‘Danish’ way of life? 

We have gathered five accommodations, where our users have found to promote sustainability and community - so read along and find your next place to stay at, in Copenhagen! 

Globalhagen Hostel


Located in the heart of the vibrant neighborhood of Nørrebro, Globalhagen Hostel is a community hub. The non-profit, eco-friendly hostel is driven by volunteers and gathers travelers from all over the world. Through its volunteer-run café, the hostel is frequently visited by activists, artists and musicians, as they are invited to do concerts, talks, debates and arts in the café. The feeling of community shines through, and it is safe to say, that Globalhagen Hostel is a great accommodation for anyone looking to travel more sustainably. 

Next House Copenhagen


Next House Copenhagen might be the right spot for the traveler looking to combine luxuriousness with the benefits of a hostel. Next House Copenhagen states that their approach is to always listen to their guests and create a house that nurtures their needs. If you’re looking for a community while in Copenhagen, you might just find it at Next House Copenhagen. 

From carbon offsetting to being able to opt out of cleaning, TripDoodler visitors have found a list of sustainability measures implemented by Next House Copenhagen to minimize their environmental impact. Guests at the hotel are also encouraged to reuse towels, recycle trash and are offered vegetarian and/or vegan options. 

66 Guldsmeden


If you’re looking for an eco-friendly hotel, 66 Guldsmeden might be the right place for you. Located in the charming district of Vesterbro on the bustling street of Vesterbrogade, 66 Guldsmeden is an ‘urban bohemian hideaway’. With the vibrant Copenhagen life going on just outside their doors, 66 Guldsmeden offers a chance to mix the urban lifestyle with relaxation. Equipped with quiet balconies facing the hotel’s courtyard, a cozy lounge and an organic café, visitors can choose to enjoy a delicious, organic breakfast at the hotel or visit one of the local cafés or restaurants down the street. Due to the hotel’s locations, visitors can easily find local shops for clothing, design and food. 

66 Guldsmeden is both Green Key and Green Globe certified. 66 Guldsmeden also claims to focus on recycling, reusing and reducing wherever possible - which our TripDoodler users have confirmed on our platform.

Scandic Copenhagen

Places to Eat and Drink

As the only hotel chain in Denmark with the Swan label, Scandic has been improving hotel initiatives since 1993. By eliminating plastic packaging and favoring reusable alternatives, Scandic is working towards creating a more sustainable stay for all its guests. The company has implemented efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, uses recycled materials for interiors, offers fair trade coffee and has a long list of organic ingredients on the menu. Scandic has made sustainability a key part of their hotel development and guests can experience the sustainable practices implemented all throughout their stay. If you’re looking for a more sustainable hotel choice - Scandic is definitely worth checking out. 

TripDoodler visitors have confirmed that Scandic offers recycling, and vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. They further promote their organic ingredients and encourage the reuse of towels and sheets. The list of parameters acknowledged is long, so check out their TripDoodler ratings to see exactly how Scandic promotes more sustainable traveling.

CityHub Copenhagen

Places to Eat and Drink

Another great accommodation for the sustainable traveler is CityHub Copenhagen. Located in the artistic neighborhood of Vesterbro, CityHub promotes community. The hostel is all about a digital lifestyle, and through technology, guests can be connected 24/7. Guests will receive a personal city host, which they can reach out to at any time of the day. The city hosts can guide you in the direction of current events and teach you the robes of Copenhagen. 

According to TripDoodler ratings, guests at the CityHub have found several initiatives implemented to promote sustainability. The hostel actively promotes ethical tourism initiatives, the reuse of towels to save water, offers recycling and has great, green community spaces.

Why is it important to think about sustainability while traveling?

By making small sustainable choices while traveling, it is possible to significantly reduce the footprint one leaves behind. Simple choices like opting out of room cleaning or reusing your towel can reduce the water usage of up to 35 liters per room. Accommodations can further reduce the waste going to landfills by an average of 1.5 kg per guest, simply by offering recycling options in the rooms. Choosing accommodation that emphasizes environmental, social and economic sustainability can not only create a more local experience, but can minimize the carbon footprint left behind on your travels. 

The accommodation you choose is not the only option for reducing your footprint while traveling. The choice of restaurant, café, or bar can also significantly reduce your carbon footprint and positively impact the local environment. Organic farming, for example, can alone help nurture the local farmland and can lead up to a 30% higher species diversity. Organic fields can further support up to 105% more plant species than conventional farmland. Similarly, by choosing a vegetarian option, whether you are a vegetarian or not, can significantly reduce your carbon emissions. A vegan burger patty produced using pea protein produces up to 89% less GHG emissions, and uses up to 99% less water than a beef patty. By sometimes choosing the vegetarian or vegan option, you can reduce your overall footprint quite significantly. 

With TripDoodler, we make it easy to choose more sustainably. And your choices do make a difference. 

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