With more than 350 cultural events each year, Islands Brygge Cultural Center (K-I-B) has something for everyone: young, old, and everyone in between. Open every day of the week, with two large halls, three meeting rooms and its own café, Islands Brygge is home to many different cultural events, including film, theater, music, comedy and even its own flea market!
The flea market at Islands Brygge, known locally as Loppemarked på Bryggen, stretches along the quay and around the K-I-B. Over the past 15 years, it has grown into one of Copenhagen's largest and coziest outdoor flea markets with up to 150 stalls. Vintage and antique lovers can expect to find a variety of beautiful retro items that Denmark is famous for at this flea market: Danish mid-century furniture, vinyls, pictures and paintings, glass, Royal Copenhagen porcelain, ceramics, kitchen utensils such as Danish Royal Raadvad bread slicers, mirrors, lighting, books and vintage toys. New and old clothes, shoes and accessories can also be found on the premises.
The flea market at Islands Brygge is beautifully located along Copenhagen's harbor and around the Islands Brygge cultural center (K-I-B). Copenhageners love to visit this area to stroll along the water, enjoy an ice cream or a cup of coffee in a green and pleasant environment, especially during the summer months. Islands Brygge is like a small village in Copenhagen, yet very close to the city center. The metro and several buses stop nearby, making this part of Copenhagen very easy to reach from the city center.
As far as restaurants are concerned, lovers of local specialties will not be left out. Islands Brygge has a wide range of restaurants. A typical Danish sausage cart and ice-cream cart can be found right by the harbor during the summer months. In the older part of the town, around the flea market, there are cafes and other interesting shops. In the eastern part of the district, visitors will discover Amager Strandpark, an increasingly popular beach area. Here is another reason to spend your Sunday strolling through Loppemarked på Bryggen!
For those interested in the origin of Islands Brygge, it was created by repeated fillings from the 1880s of the shallow area between Amager and Zealand. The first fill, closest to Langebro, was used by the army, while others were used for housing and the one south of Sturlasgade for industry. In the first half of the 20th century, the area near the port and the southern part of the city was characterized by a lot of industry. In the second half of the century these industries were largely closed, and by the end of the century there were many empty buildings.
After the year 2000, there has been extensive new construction on the old industrial and defense areas, so that the district is now characterized by a mixture of many older houses and various shops in the north, and new houses and office buildings in the center and to the south in Havnestaden and Islands Brygge Syd. Harbor Park has been developed along the harbor and is a very popular recreational area. It is a 5 minute walk from Rådhuspladsen and a 10 minute walk from Nyhavn.
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