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Districtguide 0219 Norrebro 4

Nørrebro, Copenhagen

seen by Jazz Brown, journalist & creative director

Jazz Brown is a rest­less soul who found­ed her own cre­ative con­cept agency in 2009. Hav­ing left her home­town of Ham­burg behind to find new chal­lenges in her adopt­ed home of Copen­hagen, she now works as a free­lance jour­nal­ist and cre­ative direc­tor for make-up and fash­ion sto­ries for inter­na­tion­al mag­a­zines. The deci­sion to make Copen­hagen her home was down to the trend­set­ting envi­ron­ment, its people’s sense for design and the Dan­ish work-life bal­ance which ensures a high stan­dard for food, leisure time, and more. One neigh­bor­hood espe­cial­ly caught Jazz’s atten­tion: Nør­re­bro. Nør­re­bro is one of the most pop­u­lar dis­tricts in Copen­hagen. Known for its mul­ti­cul­tur­al and young inhab­i­tants, it’s home to numer­ous restau­rants, cafés and shops, a vari­ety of stores for all bud­gets from high fash­ion to sec­ond-hand stores, from fan­cy Burg­er spots to Kebab kiosks. Here, in Nør­re­bro, she starts her busy days with a good cup of cof­fee and a dose of inspi­ra­tion from all the inter­est­ing peo­ple around her.

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My city’s Neubau dis­trict is Nør­re­bro because it’s vibrant, young and open-minded.”

The best place to peo­ple-watch is Queen Louise Bridge, so many peo­ple that pass by to get into Nør­re­bro or the city center.

1. Queen Louise Bridge | Dron­ning Louis­es Bro, 1371 Copenhagen

Do you have one beau­ti­ful mem­o­ry that will for­ev­er be asso­ci­at­ed with your neigh­bor­hood? To be hon­est, it is absolute­ly the food that gets me to go to Nør­re­bro all the time.

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The restau­rant Slid­ers is a burg­er n’ fries place. But what’s spe­cial about Slid­ers is the name: Slid­ers stands for minia­ture burg­ers and that’s what you get here. The idea behind the small burg­ers is that you should be able to eat them with only one hand. What’s also nice is that since they are so small, you can eat a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent burg­ers while you sit down and have a cou­ple of beers with your oth­er free hand. Since I’ve nev­er seen it avail­able any­where else, I like to order a burg­er made with duck — it’s some­thing spe­cial isn’t it?

2. Slid­ers | Nør­re­bro­gade 1, st, 2200 Copen­hagen, @sliderscph

A fun fact about Nør­re­bro: Nør­re­bro even has a year­ly kebab cham­pi­onship, won twice in a row by Kösem at Nør­re­bro­gade 186.

3. Kösem | Nør­re­bro­gade 186, 2200 Copenhagen

When you take a stroll along the main street of Nør­re­bro the Nør­re­bro­gade you cross the Queen Luise Bridge where you cer­tain­ly should take a stop to embrace the beau­ti­ful view over the Peblinge Lake. The Peplinge Lake is just one of many lakes in Copen­hagen but as soon as it gets warm lots of peo­ple gath­er around these lakes and enjoy the weath­er. When you keep going and pass the bridge you will reach the Cof­fee Shop Zag­gi on Frederiksborggade.

Geo­graph­i­cal­ly Zag­gi is not 100% con­sid­ered to belong to Nør­re­bro, but it needs to be men­tioned because of its out­stand­ing con­cept, and yes, you can thank me lat­er. They serve high-qual­i­ty cof­fee for only 15 Kr, which is 2 €! This is cheap for a good cof­fee, but it’s even cheap­er when you real­ize how expen­sive Copen­hagen is in general.

4. Peblinge Lake, 2200 Copenhagen

5. Zag­gi | 43 Fred­eriks­borggade, 1371 Copen­hagen, @zaggi-coffee

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How do you spend a Wednes­day in Nør­re­bro? Since I work on my own, all days are kind of the same and no mat­ter what I have to do I will always start by get­ting break­fast at Grød.

Grød is the Dan­ish word for por­ridge. And at Grød they serve the best por­ridge I ever got to taste. The menu changes through­out the year due to the fact that they serve fresh sea­son­al fruits as top­pings for the warm healthy break­fast mash. The cre­ations on the Grød menu are ver­sa­tile and it’s not com­ing as a sur­prise that by now you can buy the Grød cook­book, which I high­ly recommend.

6. Grød | Jægers­borggade 50, kld. tv. 2200 Copen­hagen, @groedcph

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Locat­ed inside the very famous Tor­ven­hallerne you will find Ugan­ic. Oth­er than the usu­al juice bars, the con­cept of Ugan­ic is its sug­ar­cane-based juices. Husi is the own­er of Ugan­ic, and orig­i­nal­ly from Ugan­da. He brought his cul­ture-based recipes to Copen­hagen and all of his juices are very dif­fer­ent from the pop­u­lar smooth­ies you can buy every­where else. I’m always hap­py if I get to stop by Ugan­ic. Husi is very fun­ny and friend­ly and besides his juices, he also sells fruits and veg­eta­bles that are hard to find else­where like Okra or Gravi­o­la Sour­sop, among others.

7. Ugan­ic | Fred­eriks­borggade 21, 1362 Copen­hagen, @uganic_torvehallerne

Where do you find inspi­ra­tion? Despite the Copen­hagen tra­di­tion of cycling, I still walk through the city instead of tak­ing a bike. That is how I always meet new peo­ple or dis­cov­er new shops and loca­tions. Copen­hagen is always a lit­tle more ahead of every­thing when it comes to fash­ion and food.

You should know about… The prices. Copen­hagen can get very expen­sive if you are not used to Krona.

One of my absolute favorite things to do is to go to the movies. Since I moved to Copen­hagen, I’ve been lucky enough to watch more movies in the orig­i­nal ver­sion. Den­mark is so small that movies don’t get trans­lat­ed into Dan­ish — which is good for me! If you ever want to see a block­buster or an inde­pen­dent film go to Empire Bio. It is one of these small movie the­aters that has its own spe­cial style yet still is mod­ern and offers, of course, all kinds of can­dy and popcorn.

8. Empire Bio | Guld­bergs­gade 29 F, 2200 Copen­hagen, @empirebio

The most pho­to­genic place of the city is… Superk­ilen Park, because it looks sur­re­al when you take a pho­to from the right angle.

9. Superk­ilen Park | Nør­re­bro­gade 210, 2200 Copenhagen

My urban oases are the Botan­i­cal gar­den and Banan­na Park.

10. Botan­i­cal gar­den, 1353 Copenhagen

12 Juni 2019 · neubau eyewear