The Copenhagen district of Vesterbro is the city’s gritty alter ego, a world apart from fairy-tale palaces and the Little Mermaid.

Once notorious as the city’s red light district, it has reinvented itself as a bohemian hangout, full of vintage shops, cool bars, art galleries and design studios. However, it maintains a rebellious streak – expect irreverent street art, decorating everything from birdhouses to dustbins. With a mission to make electronic music more accessible, August sees the Strøm music festival hit Vesterbro’s Enghaven Park. This year’s line up includes veterans Aphex Twin and The Orb, plus newer names like Ghostpoet.

How to

  • The Strøm festival covers Copenhagen from 15 August, with free concerts featuring the above-named acts at Enghaven Park on 19 and 20.
  • Sleep in your own artist-customised room at Hotel Fox.