The Danes are a notoriously secular population, however this doesn’t stop them making full use of their churches. Nestled in the heart of the Vesterbro district in Copenhagen, Absalon is one example of an innovative use of space that could otherwise be left untouched….
Absalon is a church located on Sønder Boulevard in Vesterbro, a stone’s throw away from the Meatpacking District and Central Station. It is open every day with a huge range of activities to suit every interest.
Fleamarkets (or ‘loppemarked’ in Danish) are held on the weekends where you can pick up anything from a vintage jacket or a pair of Adidas trainers, to kitchen utensils and paintings.
There are a range of yoga classes including Vinyasa flow, Hatha and yoga for children, all held throughout the week with experienced teachers. You can even join a capoeira class or take part in a session of swing dancing. If sports are not your thing, there are also quizzes and board game evenings, sometimes accompanied by a live band! There is a bar where you can refuel with a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine depending on what time of day it is. There is no end to interesting and sociable events happening at Absalon every day.
However, I think one of the best parts of Absalon is the daily food on offer (dinner during the week, and brunch on Sundays) which are both affordable and delicious. Diners sit on long tables next to one another, emphasising the egalitarian and community-driven nature of Absalon.
The sentiment, “consider Absalon as an extension of your living room”, sums up the warm, inviting and sociable atmosphere that the team behind it has created. Whether you need a hungover Sunday morning brunch, or want to search for one-off finds in the fleamarket, I recommend this multi-functional church next time you find yourself in Vesterbro.
Sønder Boulevard 73
Main photo by Tine Rosenkilde