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Shop sustainably with a social conscience on Saxogade

In between the hip and the less salubrious parts of Vesterbro is a small shopping street called Saxogade. Here, social help meets small specialist stores, where you can buy organic olive oil on tap, delightful children’s wear and drink special coffee - and at the same time help people get back on their feet.

This street in the old working class part of Copenhagen, is full of Instagram friendly street art and sustainable stores. Here you can buy upcycled, recycled or reconfigured clothing, sustainable food without plastic packaging, plants for your urban garden and plenty more, very much in line with the profile of the people who live here now.

Street art in Saxogade. Photo: Lise Hannibal

You can also double your good karma when you shop or simply hang out here. Not only are the products sustainable, but the profits from stores go towards creating jobs and work experience places for people with social problems, to give them a chance to rebuild their lives, become part of the community and eventually find gainful employment.

Here are five tempting locations where you can shop, eat and drink on Saxogade:

Løs Marked. Photo: Lise Hannibal

Løs Marked

Løs Marked is where you can fill old bottles with new wine. The concept here is namely that you bring your own bags and containers and fill them with the store’s products, everything is sold loose without unnecessary packaging. You can buy oil, wine and vinegar on tap, fill your own container with cornflakes, muesli and oats, and find everything from fruit and veg to environment friendly cleaning products. Naturally, everything is organic, and you only have to ask, to taste before you buy. If you forget to bring bottles or containers, the store can provide them against a deposit.

Løs Marked

Saxogade 77

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Heidi & Bjarne. Foto: Settlementet

Heidi & Bjarne

Heidi & Bjarne is the street’s cool children’s wear store, that sells second hand, end of line and redesigned clothing to an environment and fashion conscious clientèle. Here you’ll find plenty of great clothes, toys and accessories for younger children in particular, and the prices are reasonable enough that most shoppers will find something worth taking home. The store has been named the best children’s wear store in Copenhagen, and also arranges a drop-in event Creative-Thursday where you can make ornaments, hair clips and paper flowers, for example.

Heidi & Bjarne

Istedgade 85 (på hjørnet af Saxogade)

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Foto: Café Sonja

Café Sonja

At Café Sonja, you can meet hip fathers with babies in slings and older regulars, who’ve been coming here for the last 30 years. Café Sonja has been part of the street scene since before Vesterbro was gentrified. Today, this cozy and enticing café serves high quality organic food at family friendly prices. The menu is modern Danish, which means open sandwiches and pork plus vegan curries.

Café Sonja

Saxogade 86-88

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Normas. Foto: Lise Hannibal

Normas

In Normas you get coffee, fashion and interior design all in one. This charming corner store stocks everything from trainers, statement t-shirts and slow fashion, to organic skincare products and funky art and design.We predict that summer dresses made from recycled saris will be a must-have amongst the local fashionistas.

Estlandsgade 20

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Foto: Grønne Kræfter

Grønne Kræfter

Do you need some fresh greenery for your home or do you want to get your hands dirty in your own herb garden? If so, you’ll find loads of inspiration at Grønne Kræfter on Saxogade, that sells beautiful wild flower bouquets, decorative greenery and mini greenhouses, mulch and all kinds of seeds, to enable you to start your own urban gardening project on your balcony. If you’re a beginner, you can get loads of advice and support - and naturally everything is organic.

Grønne Kræfter

Saxogade 83

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