Copenhagen Refshaleøen: The Place to Be
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Copenhagen Refshaleøen: The Place to Be

The new emerging neighbourhood in Copenhagen is Refshaleøen – where art, design and haute cuisine meet industrial architecture opposite the city. Grab your bike and go!

For years, the main link over the canal that bisects the city was the popular Copenhagen Street Food, which included bars and restaurants crowded with locals and tourists all the time. Just a short walk away was the award-wining restaurant and founder of the new Nordic cuisine revolution, Noma. But now, neither exists in the area, instead they’ve moved a few hundred meters further away to the Refshaleøen neighbourhood.

Refshaleøen is a former port area facing the Kastellet and the Langelinie promenade. It lies behind the Opera House and connects to the city centre by the colourful Inderhavnsbroen cycle bridge. It only takes a 15-minute bike ride to get there, where once only warehouses stood and today it’s home to architectural and design studios, trendy restaurants and international summer festivals such as Distortion. The new project is called “Reffen”, the nickname of the island, and has the purpose of creating a melting pot of cultural and gastronomic experiences alongside innovative projects.


“When we decided to open here, people thought we were crazy and we were told that no one was going to come for dinner,” says Matt Orlando, chef of Amass restaurant. He was the first to choose to colonize a former port warehouse overlooking the Little Mermaid “in the middle of nowhere.” It was 2013 and in just a few years, the new Noma opened its location very close to him and he is not the only chef to have decided to invest here. The districts Vesterbro and Nørrebro have become two gentrified areas with little or nothing remaining from their past made of immigration and the red-light district, meaning prices have skyrocketed and spaces are increasingly rare.
“It will take a long time for the metro to be completed, I will think about another location in ten years,” jokes Orlando wearing a chef’s jacket in the middle of his vegetable garden in front of the restaurant where sunsets on the sea can be admired. Here you can afford to cultivate, to have an experimental greenhouse for growing hydroponic vegetables with carps for purification. Here, he was able find the necessary space to carry out his project, where Nordic cuisine, a gastronomic research towards sustainability and underground soul found home. In the concrete lounge decorated with graffiti, you can eat while listening to hip hop music and drinking natural wines – perfectly embodying the spirit of Copenhagen today.

While Matt Orlando was the culinary pioneer, the neighbourhood is mainly a mix of artists and creatives

Work is in progress at the former shipyards, now a space for concerts and large events called B&W- Hallerne

On top of an old shipyard in the port of Copenhagen at Refshaleøen, lies a huge glass-walled loft that houses a community of creatives. After the bankruptcy of the Burmeister & Wain ferry company in 1996, the abandoned space was converted. The loft is a place where architects, artists, artisans, professionals in the fields of fashion, web, graphics and design can find a place of work and exchange. Besides a co-working space that is unique to the world, this is also a hall for temporary exhibitions and seminars, among the most sought after for events and exhibitions, curated by the Yard Gallery.

The Quay

In a blue building overlooking a small dock, this little place only seats 17 and includes a coffee shop, Italian natural wines and Mediterranean cuisine. The unkempt appearance hides a fine selection of products and entertains picky customers. You can drink a spritz or glass by the sea gazing at the city from the other side of the canal in the summer, while in winter, the most adventurous ones can enjoy a private wooden sauna and then jump into the water.

La Banchina
Mikkeller Baghaven

Founded in 2006, Mikkeller is a microbrewery in Copenhagen. It is based on the idea of not having its own production but partnering with several breweries to invent recipes and experimental beers. It now has over a dozen locations around Denmark and even Bangkok. In Refshaleøen, there is a large warehouse where barrels for aging beer are stowed. A festive environment with communal tables for a dozen people.

Mikkeller Baghaven
Coming soon

The Copenhagen Street Food-Paper Island was dismantled but its creators have already located an area three times larger in the building called “Maskinværkstedet”. It will be filled with containers and food trucks on different levels. The height of these hangars has charm and so will the new home of The Alchemist restaurant, the lavish experiential cuisine project of chef Rasmus Munk coming in Autumn.

Distortion, the summer electronic music festival is held here, as well as other events such as Haven, Copenhell, and Move CPH.