The “Green” Copenhagen

Copenhagen is full of green communities with interests ranging from vegan cuisine to sustainability and green life hacks. That’s why you’ll also find loads of Facebook groups where members share their interests, experiences and tips for living greener. Let yourself get inspired by their passion for a greener Copenhagen, and discover a city overflowing with green options.

Get your green thumb on

by Gro selv KBH

GRO SELV (GROW IT YOURSELF) is a forum for exploring the possibilities for upcycling, reuse and seasonal activities. The active members of GRO SELV arrange events and workshops where they build, brew, eat and socialise – all with a focus on reducing their negative environmental impacts. GRO SELV is about discussing green life hacks, conducting experiments in DIY sustainability, and sharing good experiences as widely as possible.

Go on a wild mushroom hunt in forests near Copenhagen

Geels skov & Gribskov

A wild mushroom hunt is one of the best ways of experiencing the idyllic Danish forests, which you can do very close to Copenhagen. Take the S-train to Geels Skov or Gribskov, both of which are just a one-hour train ride from the capital. Bring along a packed lunch, a good paring knife and a basket – and be cautious. Not all mushrooms are edible. Seek advice from someone with experience if you’re in doubt. Happy hunting!

Spend the night in an outdoor shelter in Pinseskoven

Kalvebod Fælled, 2770 Kastrup

Spend the night in the great outdoors – summer or winter – and experience a night in the fresh air of Copenhagen with starry skies above and food cooked over an open fire. The forest Pinseskoven on Kalvebod Fælled (Kalvebod Common) has a number of shelters that are available for public use and ideal for overnight stays. You can find a list of all the essential items you should pack for an overnight stay in the outdoors at the group’s website, groselv.dk. Sleep tight!

Explore Copenhagen’s green community, Bioteket

Valhalsgade 4, 2200 København

Copenhagen abounds with green start-ups and communities that are worth paying a visit. One good example is GRO SELV’s partner, Bioteket, a cultural and design building that hosts green workshops, works with composting, planting and aquaponic systems, and brews beer from excess bread.

Support the green communities and efforts to reduce food waste

by FoodSharing Copenhagen

The Facebook group Foodsharing Copenhagen helps to combat food waste in the city by sharing excess food. The group’s volunteers collect food from supermarkets, bakeries and other sources, and distribute it at selected pick-up locations. Visit one of the pick-up locations and help reduce food waste.

Foodsharing events Wednesdays and Saturdays

Wednesdays: Karen Mindes Kulturhus, Wagnervej 19 | Saturdays: Osramhuset, Valhalsgade 4

Help support green food communities and reduce food waste. Free surplus food is handed out every Wednesday and Saturday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Here you’ll find delicious, fresh, and sometimes even exotic vegetables and fruits. Fruit and vegetables are distributed by Foodsharing Copenhagen directly from Grønttorvet Market to your bicycle basket. Come and do a real scoop! Sharing is caring.

Become a volunteer at FoodSharing Copenhagen

Join the green community and sign up to volunteer at Foodsharing events in Copenhagen’s Kødbyen (Meatpacking District). It’s a great way to meet new people in Copenhagen and to participate in a community of people from around the world.

Vegan cuisine

by Veganerliv i København

This group, whose name translates to “Vegan Life in Copenhagen”, seeks to share good advice on a plant-based diet. You’ll find tips on everything from the city’s best vegan burger to vegan-friendly events. The group also unites an extensive network of Danish vegans and others who are passionate about eating green and joining together to enjoy the vegan lifestyle. So if you’re a vegan or would like to try out green alternatives, the group recommends these experiences in Copenhagen:

Café Kaf

Birkegade 21, 2200 København N

Café Kaf is the place for those who want to experience Danish “hygge” with a green alternative to pork and cream-filled Danish pastries. The café offers heavenly taste experiences in the form of vegan breakfast, brunch and lunch. You can also delight in the world of vegan cakes, from cheesecakes to pastries and seasonal treats.

Plant Power Food

Fælledvej 15, 2200 København N

Plant Power Food is a healthy and environmentally conscious vegan eatery founded by two of Denmark’s best vegan chefs, Neel Engholm and Casper Bilton. The establishment takes pride in serving delicious and attractive dishes full of flavour and colour. It’s the perfect place for a weekend dinner with friends.

NiceCream

Enghave Pl. 10, 1670 København V

NiceCream serves up 100% vegan ice cream made with organic fair-trade ingredients. Here you can indulge your sweet tooth with a good conscience – and you’re sure to be free of all artificial flavours, colours and additives. This is the place for those who can’t resist sweet, delicious treats.