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Issue #1 March 2014

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Ken Rosser on HR and ARMY BUSINESS

The Cope Quarterly

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Editor’s letter

We’re coping with it.

This magazine has been done before. I have already seen this somewhere. It’s a knock-off! Yes, you are right. This time last year we sent our first edition of N*Bronx to print. 48 pages, stapled and meant to be a ‘lookbook magazine’ for the people of Nørrebro. At the time we felt there wasn’t any magazine around that spoke ‘Nørrebro’sk’ – surely the piles of free magazines in every café or deli were immense, but they were all a bit traditional, a bit generic. At least that’s what we felt back then. So we decided to explore the void and come up with something kind of new, something useful. The first edition of N*Bronx was also in English and targeted at expats, tourists and local internationals. If we were to hit a few Danes whilst spamming the public, then that would be ok, too. N*Bronx was built upon recommendations of the borough – recommendations of the cool, quirky, bespoke shops, cafés, theatres and other totally unique spots that you’ll find here. We threw in a fashion shoot, a bit of editorial and handful of ads from advertisers we felt contributed to the borough. We didn’t expect much feedback and, to be perfectly honest, we did this project just as much for ourselves although we liked helping the small independent shop owners out at the same time. The feedback we got was incredible. People wrote in that this was a magazine that truly had a place in the world. Most of the people writing in were expats and they had been searching for a magazine in English that showed the cool sides of Copenhagen – and in a personal way. We also got slaughtered by a local feminist for our Roland Møller interview in issue #3 and we got an intellectual bollocking from a senior Politiken journalist. All good and all very useful and enjoyable. After receiving a lot of inspiring emails from neighbouring boroughs we decided to branch out and do a sister publication for Østerbro, and an evil sibling for Vesterbro, too.

The two newcomers were also very well received but we soon realized that having three different publications, regardless how small, proved to be rather challenging. That combined with the fact that people started asking when we were going to cover Kbh K and Frederiksberg led to one very easy decision: Let’s make a compilation – a ‘best of’ publication! Way too soon to make any sorta compilation and way too soon to change direction after only one year, but this is a con amore project and if we want to keep it flying this is the way forward. So what reaction am I hoping for from you? Well, ideally you should sit back with the feeling that all of the above publications have grown and become better, stronger and with more interes­ ting contents. This first edition of The Cope is divided into sections for you to easily find your way around and quickly locate your new favourite hairdresser, cocktail bar or hangout. There’s also more editorial content which hopefully should come across quite clearly so all in all I personally think The Cope is a very interesting, useful and different publication with an international touch. International because we work with local internat­ ional contributors but also international because we work internationally: In this first edition we feature a very cool boutique hotel in London and we have a very cool shoot from London local Barcelonian, Nuria. Whatever you may think of our new, young, premature compilation – I’d love to hear it. Please send us your thoughts and let us know how we can improve for round two. Many thanks in advance – enjoy The Cope! Sincerely yours, Thomas Ørum, Editor-in-chief.

Table of contents

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Contents The Cope Quarterly #1

9. Nørrebro A Borough on the barricades

22. 34. 40. Dream Chasers Nuria Rius

Vesterbro Prostitution, Drugs And Michelin Star Restaurants

Backstage with WEAR Han Kjøbenhavn & Asger Juel Larsen

53. 60. 65. 72. København K The Merchants Port

The Cope Quarterly #1 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Thomas Ørum ART DIRECTOR Jón Ingi Hallgrímsson

WRITERS Thomas Ørum Thomas Stub Rosser Christopher Jones CONTRIBUTORS Sharon Taylor Schrøder Kristina Andersen

Brilliantly British The Great Northern Hotel

PHOTOGRAPHERS Helena Lundquist Lasse Bak Mejlvang Philip Ørneborg Nuria Rius Jannick Børlum

Østerbro The Easy Life

Army Business Ken Rosser on HR in the Military

The Cope Quarterly is published by Gone to Print Aps, Nørrebrogade 52C, 3. sal, 2200 København N, Denmark. All editorial content is published under copyright and cannot be copied or reprinted without written approval from Gone to Print Aps. Points and opinions made in The Cope Quart­ erly are those of Gone to Print’s and are not subject to insult nor meant to be provocative in any way. All feed-back will be answered if written to: Let us know whatyou think, please!

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The Cope is divided into colour coded chapters so it’s easy for you to find your way around town. Each borough has a colour so you quickly can skip forth and back between them. In this issue we focus on Copenhagen K, N, V & Ø.

From bolts to ballerinas. We cater to all of Nørrebro.

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A Borough On The Barricades NØRREBRO

From Dronning Louise’s Bro, which borders the famed lakes in the South up to Nørrebro Station, Copenhagen’s version of Brixton is a vibrant multicult­ ural merry-go-round that has unconsciously become one of Copenhagen’s best known secrets. And unlike some of the city’s other boroughs, it is wholly unpretentious - somehow it gives off a casual air in an ‘I don’t care if I’m scruffy’­ kind of way. Located in the heart of the district, Assistens Cemetary with its staid yellow walls is the resting place of two of the nation’s most celebrated sons, Søren Kierkegaard and HC Andersen, and yet rightly struggles for pride of place with the surrounding mish-

mash of kebab houses, coffee shops, graffiti bodegas, fashionable designer shops, independent antique sellers and innovative new restaurants. For an area made infamous by riots that originated from the Danish Labour ­movement’s home turf at the ‘ungdomshuset’ on Jagtvej, it might come as a surprise that these days it is a different neigh­ bourhood. You are more likely to wit­ness flea market disputes over five kroner and foodies on Jægersborggade arguing over dressings for their Caesars than discussions of revolutionary politics. The whole area has become less ­molotov cocktail and more a Blue Lagoon with an ethnic twist.


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Carhartt WIP Elmegade 13 2200 Copenhagen Tel: 35 36 53 70 Mon-Thu: 11:00 - 18:00 Fri: 11:00 - 19:00 Sat: 10:00 - 16:00

Nobody knows more about Ferraris than Enzo. The same goes for Carhartt WIP in Elmegade. This shop opened its doors in 2002, which makes it one of the pioneers in this iconic Nørrebro street, and although shop manager Christine has ‘only’ been here since 2006 she does in fact know as much about Carhartt WIP as Enzo does about his Testarossas. Carhartt WIP is no small boutique kind of brand (never has been, never will be) so why make the journey all the way to Nørrebro when you can find the brand in other stores around town? Well, firstly it’s a really nice shop space; clean, cool and custom built. Secondly the WIP store in Elmegade does carry Carhartt WIP items that you won’t find in most other stores, among the obviously wide selection from the Carhartt WIP Collection.

And here’s where it gets important: WIP or Work In Progress. See whilst Carhartt is known to most for being a tough, extremely durable work wear brand, the WIP Collection is completely different – different styles, different materials and different fits (and this is particularly nice as many of the work wear styles are very big and baggy – you don’t want to come across as trying to look like the gangsters from The Wire). Thirdly are the many collaborations that deserve mentioning. Carhartt WIP has done ­collabs with the likes of A.P.C., Neighborhood and Vans – the list goes on. What’s really worth noticing is the current sunglasses made by Retrosuperfuture – the shades in this collection are to die for and they are already in the shop so better hurry. If the three reasons above aren’t enough to send you straight to Elmegade, here’s another one: The service is really good. Super ­friendly and down-to-earth. Now go on...


Kind of Blue Ravnsborggade 17 2200 København N Tel: 26 35 10 56 – Mon-Wed : 16:00 - 24:00 Thu-Sat: 16:00 - 02:00

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Whether you’re living in Copenhagen or just visiting it’s a must that you visit this one of a kind bar in Ravnsborggade,­ Nørrebro. Located in a legendary street is an already legendary bar, Kind of Blue. This isn’t strictly a jazz bar as the name may suggest, the name of the bar is merely a tribute to a legendary album. The owner, Claus, is into all sorts of music and he won’t hesitate to put on Neil Young, Pink Floyd or Dr Hook before Miles Davis – in fact Claus is so passionate about music that he often sponsors live recordings at the bar. So that basically means you can sit in

and listen to an album being recorded whilst sipping on one of Claus’ signature beers made exclusively for Kind of Blue. If I were to read my own review for the first time and if I hadn’t been to Kind of Blue I would, by now, think that the crowd here is 50+ but that isn’t the case. In some peculiar way Claus manages to attract both old locals and young newcomers. This creates a rather unique vibe and if a tall, hot, delightfully rude barmaid doesn’t scare you off this could well become your new regular drinking haven.

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Høkeren Ravnsborggade 13 2200 København N Tel: 35 35 32 44 – Mon: closed, Tue-Thu : 12:00 - 18:00 Fri: 12:00 - 19:00, Sat: 11:00 - 15:00 This place you gotta see. There is no place like this anywhere in the world – that’s guaranteed. So what is this place then? Well, not quite a bar, not quite a beer shop – maybe a sort of hybrid. These guys specialise in rare beers – bless them. In Denmark we need as much beer as possible, we’re way behind the Belgians. Like any specialist wine shop these guys take pride in knowing everything about their products and given the fact that they carry over 125 different beers that is rather impressive. What’s especially cool about this shop – and one of the key reasons you should visit – is that they serve free samples! So the first question you’re asked here is ‘would you like a beer’? Uh, yes. Then you’ll see the owners light up their cigar­ettes behind the bar – so, yes, you can smoke here, too! That’s gotta be quite unique for any shop anywhere in the world, eh? Only downside to this joint is that you might end up staying for too long and missing the theatre because here is all you need: A vast beer repertoire and license to smoke (well, actually we’re not sure about the license). What more do you need?



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Adélie Guldbergsgade 20 2200 København N – Mon: closed, Tue-Fri : 12:00 - 18:00 Sat: 12:00 - 16:00

Remember that first time you went to Prenzlauer Berg or Hoxton and found that nice little shop that stood out from the rest? Then you entered the shop, and it turned out to be even better than you thought leaving you with a lasting impression. Adélie in Guldbergsgade is exactly one of those shops. And it does stand out from the rest in that street, let alone the area. First of all Adélie is painted in a lovely bright minty green as opposed to the neighbouring shops that are darker, cool, edgy colours. Inside Adélie is bright, and vey well laid out. The shop is quite small but the owners managed to make it feel spacious and inviting. Adélie is a rather new shop in this street but has managed­to fit well in with veterans Le Fix,

Circus Circus and the rest. Whilst these shops are very street and skate Adélie is something completely different: High end with ­carefully selected brands. This depictures the new generation very well – we still have the original streeties here but we welcome the new fashion connoisseurs. It gives the borough that lovely multicultural feel that has always permeated Nørrebro. And they do have trainers in here too, but you can be sure they’ll match the Stine Goya, Wood Wood and être cécile that you leave with.


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Casa 17 Blågårdsgade 17 2200 København N Tel: 35 35 00 80 – Mon: closed, Tue-Thu : 10:00 - 18:00 Fri: 10:00 - 19:00, Sat: 09:00 - 13:00

If you’d like to get your haircut by an authentic Copenhagen salon while in Copenhagen, then here’s an insider tip for you. Located halfway down the ­notorious Blågårdsgade in Nørrebro you’ll find Casa 17 – a small independent shop run and operated by the owner, Camilla. She’s had the shop for years and is still as charming and bubbly as when the shop first opened back

in the day. It has a fireplace, a looong leather couch and you’ll be sitting in (real) Eames fibreglass chairs that have been converted into salon chairs. Camilla always has the latest products and your coffee will be served in the classic Danish way: In a Bodum pitcher. Prices are very reasonable here and the service is wonderful and personal.


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KONCERTKALENDER Lil Silva (UK - natkoncert) Fre 28.03.2014 Om Unit (UK - natkoncert) Fre 04.04.2014 Rust 24 års Fødselsdag Surprise Line Up Fre. 11.04.2014 Kaliber Lør 12.04.2014 BrEaCH (UK - natkoncert) Fre 25.04.2014 San Fermin (US) + support Lør 26.04.2014 Motor City Drum Ensemble (DE - natkoncert) Fre 02.05.2014 Mellemblond Fre. 16.05. 2014 STWO (FR - natkoncert) Fre 16.05.2014 Distortion Gadefest + Efterfest Ons 04.06.2014 Distortion Club Fest Fre 06.06.2014


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Rust Guldbergsgade 8 2200 København N Tel: 35 24 52 00 – Wed: 23:00 - 04:00 Fri-Sat: 20:00 - 05:00

animals and the music connoisseurs. You can arrive early in the evening excited about a concert you’ve long been waiting for, enjoy it and then all of a sudden, the venue turns into a somewhat posh (it is Nørrebro after all) and sizzling nightclub. It’s clear to see that Rust have a strong perception of their audience and they are indeed picky about their artists.

When drifting through Guldbergsgade, you can’t possibly avoid noticing the dark facade with ‘Rust’ written across it. The high wall of black tiles really does give you a feeling of being in Nørrebro. Rust is the only place in Nørrebro, which is both a music venue and a nightclub. They attract the party

For many years they have been helping the up and coming make their way through the ‘jungle of fame’. For instance Bruno Mars played one of his first gigs here back in 2010 and so did legendary Frenchmen Justice. The latest scoop for Rust was when they booked Banks, the new rising R&B star last year. The repertoire at Rust spreads wide both in terms of artists but also genres.

They represent everything from indie to electronica and back to urban hip-hop. For 24 years Rust has been pleasing the Copenhagen crowd with sweet tunes. They have always retained a high level of authenticity and most importantly they’re persistent - when other music venues in Copenhagen have struggled - and when some were even forced to shut down - Rust kept at it providing music to the people. If I were in your shoes, I would check out the Rust music calendar because as mentioned, they’ve been rocking for the past 24 years and they keep improving their game.-


Meyers Madhus Nørrebrogade 52 C 2200 København N Tel: 35 36 38 37

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Tucked away in the third courtyard of no. 52 in the middle of messy Nørrebrogade is this urban oasis. Meyer’s Madhus has up until now served as a venue offering cooking courses to small, medium and large businesses and the public at large. They hold several floors in the old brick warehouse and can tailor a perfect evening for you and your friends or workmates – all you have to decide is whether you want to learn how to cook, bake or drink wine properly! They have a wonderful little tempting boutique you’ll see on your way out where­you can stock up on Meyer’s books, flours, wines and more.

Things are about to change, though. Meyers has taken over the huge shop facing the street (which used to be a Blockbuster by the way) and has turned it into a combined kitchen and shop space offering dry meats produced in Copenhagen, limited edition vinegars, take-aways and so much more. Along with cookery courses in the state of the art kitchen. This new space you can enter from the street – you don’t need to book anything in advance to be allowed into these premises. Everything Meyer does is always cutting edge and different so this new world of wonders is a must-see on any given day out in Copenhagen.

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O Bom Português Fælledvej 25 2200 København N Tel: 60 53 61 91 – Mon-Sat: 12:00 - 21:00

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Fælledvej on Nørrebro has for many years been considered a street that connects Sankt Hans Torv to Nørrebrogade and nothing more. This means that cool, small shops have been opening and shutting down again and again over the past ten years. The only places to survive in this street are the big bars and restaurants – and they, too, have been struggling from time to time. But persistence and creativity have prevailed and the street is now fit to match ever trendy Elmegade. One of the latest additions to Fælledvej is the Portuguese wine shop & café O Bom Português. This

little joint only seats 12 which makes it a really cosy alternative to the somewhat bigger establishments nearby. OBP excel in having only Portuguese wines, coffees and delicatessen. It’s a rather bold move opening a place such as this given the fact that most Danes only know Portugal for being a port wine producing country – but OBP’s mission is namely to convince the Copenhageners that Portugal can produce award winning table wines, sparkling wines and liqueurs as well. O Bom Português offer private tastings to small and large groups, businesses and private parties.

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Dream Chasers by Nuria Rius









Marija & Gamon


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MARIJA & GAMON (THE DOG) Leytonstone

FEDERICA Angel (Islington)

LUCY Greenwich

MIRO Dalston (Hackney)

(Jewellery – Fashion designer / Kitchen assistant)

(Interior designer / Sales Assistant)

(Musician / Campaigner)

(Dj / Barista & Baker)

Where are you from? I come from Poland. I am half Polish half Montenegrian thou. I lived 5 years in Ireland before I came to London. I AM A MIX OF ALL OF THOSE CULTURES.

Where are you from? Rome, Italy

Where are you from? Devon, South-West England.

Where are you from? I am from a country called Slovakia.

How long have you been in London for? Four months

How long have you been in London? Actually it’s my 6th anniversary. Poetically on Valentine’s day.

How long have you been in London? I have been in London for two and a half years. Why did you move here? I moved from Ireland where I studied fashion to become a designer. I wanted to work with luxurious fashion for a couple of years and then to start my own luxury fashion and jewellery brand.

Why did you move here? I decided to move to London because it’s the capital of Europe for Interior Design and there are many opportunities if you work hard. And it’s also meritocratic. No matter who you are, where you are from, it’s more about what you can do.

How long have you been in London? Two years. Why did you move here? I come from a rural part of England. Although it’s an area renowned for its creativity and alternative culture, it’s a bit of a dead end in terms of jobs. I’d always had plans to head off to London after I’d graduated - I have a few friends who have become quite successful in music and in writing after moving there - so when I was offered a job in London I took it. I thought that just being in the hub of all that activity would give me more opportunities to get into something creative.

Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? Luckily my drive and passion about creating allowed me to get a job in fashion just after my 5 months internship as a creative seamstress and sampling machinist. This wasn’t exactly what I expected however it allowed me to learn more about manufacturing and the fashi­ on industry in general. Sadly this fashion job, even though it was paid, only allowed me to live from it for around 6 months. The income was not regular, because the demand to work isn’t constant all year round, usually dictated by fashion weeks in February and September. I had to support myself by working in the restau­ rant as a kitchen assistant. I still do my freelance work in fashion making samples for London Fashion Week showrooms and I currently work full time in a restaurant. Have you ever been to Copenhagen? I have never been to Copenhagen although I have a couple of friends from Denmark. Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? There was a time I thought about moving there. And to be honest if I could get a job in design I would move right away. Life in Denmark seems plain and happy. London is like a jungle. Beautiful and exotic but you never know when a poisonous snake is going to kill you instantly. Despite its dangerous nature I like London when it allows me to discover it. And myself.

Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? Yes and no. I’m not working as an interior designer. I am working in a shop as a sales assistant. But I am currently working part time so I do have spare time to work on a project with a friend: We are probably going to open our own studio, but we need to work hard. Fingers crossed. Have you ever been to Copenhagen? No, never but I would love to go soon. Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? Yes I did. Copenhagen was one of the destinations I considered. I really like its artistic and youth movement and I think it has a better standard of living but it’s so expensive and the weather is colder than London. I already spoke the language (English) and I don’t speak Danish so I though that London could be the right place where I can build my future.

Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? My first job in London was working in the finance department of local government. It was never something that I thought I would ever want to do - I just thought it would be good to have something to pay the bills while I pursued music and writing on the side. I became really miserable in the job and left, and ended up working in a restaurant instead. Unfortunately this gave me even less time to devote to creative pursuits, as I had to work extra, and less sociable hours, and it could be really exhausting. Now I work for a great organisation campaigning against nuclear weapons. I love it. I’m an activist at heart and it’s always been my dream to write music with a message - at least working with campaigning organisations it allows me to fulfil one part of my dream! Part of me wishes I’d been braver and focused more time on music rather than sidelining all the time. Unfortunately with the cost of living, you just don’t have much of a choice. Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Why/ why not? I went to Copenhagen in early 2012 as I was helping to organise a training event for European Climate activists. I spent a few days there - I loved it. I met my partner there - and we’re having a baby in May. It’ll always be quite a special place! Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? When I was there I do remember thinking to myself: this is somewhere I could very happily live! Everyone is so friendly, the cycling culture is WONDERFUL and I just loved everything about the city. It was a bit cold though!

Why did you move here? I moved to London to give my musical journey another dimension. But it’s not a dream anymore. I do what I love or let’s say: I never do what I don’t like to do. Yes, really. Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? No, but I love it. I haven’t been doing phy­ sical work for many years. Now I do and it’s so beautiful, plus food is my passion: During my childhood I used to spend time with my grandmother in her kitchen. Also what many people don’t understand is the TIME. You can’t expect to live out your dreams before you become part of a community and this takes time. Until you feel the city has become your HOME. And finally: after my six year journey here I feel I’m close to the point where I’ll only be doing MUSIC. I became part of a beautiful new project and I’m not going to have time to do my coffees and food that often ;) Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Not yet, but I will. I know a few people from Copenhagen and I have a feeling I’d love it. Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? Maybe. I believe in feelings and you never know...


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ZAIDA Highbury & Islington

CRISTIAN Harlesden (Brent)

SHIORI Shoreditch (Hackney)


(Actress / Sales Assistant)

(Musician / Store Team Member in a Supermarket)

(Hair Stylist)

(Musician / Pub staff)

Where are you from? Spain. I was born in the South, in Jaen, but I moved to Madrid to study Drama and I was living there for 13 years. Madrid is my home.

Where are you from? From Brescia, Italy.

Where are you from? Obihiro, Japan.

Where are you from? Portsmouth, UK

How long have you been in London? About four years.

How long have you been in London? 25 years

How long have you been in London for? Nine months. In April it will be one year.

Why did you move here? I am a guitarist and I wanted to play more music. I thought that London could be the perfect place as it has a good music scene. I also considered New York but it’s difficult to get the VISA.

Why did you move here? Since I was a teenager I really liked the London culture so I decided to move here. I have met so many amazing people in this city. London is very expensive to live in and super busy… but I still love to live here. The people I’ve met, are super nice, talented and passionate about their dreams. I always get power from them. That’s why I LOVE being here.

Why did you move here? I moved to London to escape tedium and pursue my glittering career in showbiz.

Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? Well I do need to have different jobs, working as a freelancer is so difficult and it’s not easy working in fashion. I’m a hairstylist so I do need to work in a hair salon as well.

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? I have never been to Copenhagen, it’s only now I wonder why.

Why did you move here? Because I wanted to improve my English, as an actress it’s very important, it gives you more opportunities to work in the industry. And living in a different culture means meeting new people and taking drama classes. Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? Absolutely not! I’m working in Hugo Boss as a full-time sales assistant, so I don’t have enough time to study drama. I can’t pay my rent with a part time job. If you want to live in London you have to work very hard. It’s the most expensive city in the world!!! Have you ever been to Copenhagen? No. Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? No. Beginnings are very difficult. I can’t even imagine starting over again. I am exhausted. I’ve been living in 4 different houses in 9 months! I would only consider moving somewhere new again if I got a job as an actress.

Zaida’s videobook:

How long have you been in London? I’ve been here for the last 3 years.

Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? Yes and no. I am playing in a noise band but there’s not much going on. I feel disappointed with the music scene in London nowadays. I’m also working in a supermarket full time. The sad thing is I spend more of my time working than playing my guitar and I didn’t expect that. It’s a tough city. Have you ever been to Copenhagen? Unfortunately, not. But I am planning to go this year. Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? Yes. All the people I know that have been there absolutely loved it. I want to go soon.

Have you ever been to Copenhagen? I never been to Copenhagen but I would love to visit! Have you considered moving there? Why/ why not? Yes… maybe. But I need to go there first ☺

Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing? I thought by now I would be retired in the Caribbean, but instead I’m busy being creative in other fields, which is a lucky position to be in. But I also need to have “extra works”.

Have you considered moving there? Why/why not? Since I’ve never been, it hasn’t crossed my mind, but if there are any decent offers...

HMQG is short for Homemade Quality Goods and stands for cool solid bags and backpacks. The bags are made in Bosnia where the designer Emir have his origin. Back there he found experienced artisans with the required skills to make the Quality Goods come to life. Therefore HMQG stands for the tradition of the artisanal ways of their home too.

The way of production and handling are both ethical and sustainable, so nothing to worry about for that matter. Speaking of material and quality the bag itself is made from cordura and the leather is made from thick cow skin, which makes it very robust.

There a several links from the raw material to the final bag and Emir goes back and forward from Switzerland and Bosnia to develop designs and maintain a close collaboration to the different craftsmen. Besides from a classic design the price is very reasonable - for only 1100 DDK you’ll get a bag for life. Visit for more information and put an order in for one of your own.


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Prostitution, Drugs And High-End Restaurants VESTERBRO

Massive state-sponsored urban regeneration in the 1990’s transformed Vesterbro from a worker’s hive to a buzzing, hipsters wet dream. Go out of the wrong door at KBH H and it could feel like you have entered a tardis or at least an interactive museum - one that spits when provoked. The notorious Istedgade could be a tourist attraction in itself, and a walk up its hallowed pavements offers not only an insight into the district’s evolution but also the changing fashions of the capital. Once you have passed the men’s clubs and 1980’s-style neon sex shops, sidestepped the scared looking homeless and stared-down the disgrunt-

led hookers you enter økologisk central. Somehow this must be a silent nod to the cows that have, through the ages, inhabited the now uber-trendy Kødbyen at Vesterbro’s heart. The area’s image has changed and the amount of latte slurping is now at least on a par with the beer swilling which brought fame and fortune to the district and its neighbors, Mr. Jacobson and son, in the years gone by. Vesterbro has remained as diverse as its residents. Once neglected and now celebrated - Vesterbro is sleazy and artistic, bohemian and rough to its very core at the same time. We love it.


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Sort Kaffe & Vinyl Skydebanegade 4 1709 København V Tel: 61 70 33 49 Mon-Fri: 08:00 – 19:00 Sat-Sun: 09:00 – 19:00 (see the Facebook page for changes)

Skydebanegade is a very attractive place to live if you ask the people of Copenhagen, but the street holds more than attractive real estate. After a closer look you will find a small coffee shop by the name of Sort Kaffe & Vinyl. Apart from being one of the oldest coffee shops in Vesterbro, it is also a cool little record shop. It barely sits 10 people, but there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s really cozy and intimate! You can have your coffee to go or you can enjoy your cuppa Joe inside with a side of delicious pastry.

While enjoying your ’meal’ to the sound of vintage vinyl it’s easy to forget about the world outside. The shop is so popular that a Danish film director made an award-winning flick by the same name. A coincidence that this film won an award? Unlikely! If you want to treat yourself, let Christian and his staff brew you an award worthy cup of coffee.


Dia’legd Viktoriagade 1 1655 København V Tel: + 45 61 67 80 80 Thu: 17:00 - 00:00 Fri: 16:00 – 02:00 Sat: 17:00 – 02:00

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Between versatile Istedgade and busy Vesterbrogade is a breathing-space called Viktoriagade. Here you will find small shops that specialise in everything from tea to beer. New on the scene is niche-bar Dia’legd which started up in late 2013. The name actually isn’t that hard to pronounce - however, they’ve helped us out a little outside on the front (in regards to prenounciation). Their entire selection of beers originate from the proud brewery of Refsvindinge

on Fyn. But neither the founders nor the staff are representatives from the brewery, it is purely the mutual passion for beer that brought together the 3 owners, Michael, Kim and Claus. The outcome was this golden oasis of hub and malt. This is the perfect place to have your after hours beer(s) or just to kick start a great night out in Copenhagen. It’s located in the basement so it’s easy to get really comfortable with a nice brew and some good company. Cheers!


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Cykel­ fabrikken Istedgade 92 1650 København V Tel: + 45 27 12 32 32 Tue-Fri: 13:00 – 18:00 Sat: 11:00 – 15:00 Close to the end of Istedgade you’ll find the bike shop Cykelfabrikken. Behind this cool shop is the charismatic man Christian. Him and his mechanic Oskar are ready to put together the perfect bicycle for you. One of the things that really character­ ise the shop is that they only use parts of the highest quality to assemble a simple, but yet beautiful bike. The tyres are from Schwalbe, the seats are from Brooks, hubs from Sachs…you get the idea! To add to this is the fact that the

bike is handmade and it won’t take more than 3 days to get it delivered. Isn’t that’s impressive? So if you need a great looking bike to roll around Copenhagen, we highly recommend that you stop by Cykelfabrikken. You are guaranteed a good experience together with a bike for life (if you treat it right).


Thank You Tattoo Oehlenschlægersgade 41 1663 København V Tel: 60 18 16 63 Man-Fri: 12:00 – 18:00 Sat: 12:00 – 16:00

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Tattoos and Vesterbro have always gone hand-in-hand like Bonnie and Clyde. Vesterbro is probably the most original of the Copenhagen Boroughs. Surely the people from Nørrebro might disagree but the truth is that Vesterbro was the first area in the world with open pornography which led to prostitution and drug dealing in the streets. Mix that with a vast crowd of Carlsberg workers and you had an interesting pot, to put it mildly. On Oehlenslägergade, one of the streets connecting Vesterbrogade and Istedgade, you’ll find this new tattoo parlour, Thank You Tattoo. The founder of Thank You Tattoo, Mikkel, isn’t new

to the art of tattooing but this is his first own shop and it’s already busy after the first couple of months. Mikkel spent his youth perfecting the art of graffiti and after a nine-year love affair with graphic design Mikkel found his true calling, tattooing. I personally think Mikkels artistic journey is what makes him so good at tattooing. He’s learnt several tricks of the trade: Drawing by hand, perfecting on the computer and now combining the two through a needle. Mikkel is a perfectionist by nature which is why I can with ease recommend him branding you.

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Wear this We went behind the scenes of Copenhagen Fashion Week with Danish trade organisation, Wear. They kindly introduced us to two of the fieriest comets of the Scandi fashion stratosphere, Asger Juel Larsen & Han Kjøbenhavn

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Asger Juel Larsen

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The Merchant’s Port KØBENHAVN K

Outside of business hours, many Copenhagener’s try to avoid the city centre at all costs - this is actually more difficult than it sounds. Apart from the fact that all roads lead to, you guessed it, THE CENTRE, all too often some of the very best the city has to offer lies ’just off Strøget’ or near enough that you can’t avoid scurrying down the high street while trying to avoid the hoards of tourists, drawn in their thousands each year to the city’s charm. Despite the fact that the development of the outlying, more rebellious, even soulful areas, may have detracted from the city centre’s image, hate it or love to

hate it, like that famous fella once said “chop off the limbs and the heart keeps beating, but the other way round, your fucked.” KBH K remains the commercial and financial hub of the nation. So let them (the tourists that is) gleefully swipe their Amex while you work your way through a great selection of hardto-find restaurants and cocktail bars, designer stores. Naturally, there are some places that you just can’t seem to avoid – like everybody’s favourite behemoth, Illum – but there is a reason why high-street stores become just that – they are popular, even among Danes.

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Cph Coffee Lab Boldhusgade 6 1062 København K Tel: 61 80 62 19 Mon-Fri: 07:30 - 15:00

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In the heart of Copenhagen, just next to Holmens Kanal is one the best and most refined coffee shops in town. The Copenhagen Coffee Lab is both a coffee shop and a roastery. The love of coffee brought the 3 coffee aficionados together. Christian, Peter and Sally all agreed on going all the way, so they could be hands on with the coffee from start to end. So they opened the shop downtown with a little help from visionary investors whom also hepled them open their only roastery. The coffee wave flowing over our fair country and all the interesting things that comes along with it, is what encourage them to keep exploring the

opportunities within coffee. Also the trend of not roasting the beans totally dark and bitter, but instead keeping the natural aromas is very interesting to them. When entering the shop you instantly feel truly welcomed, which makes you want to hear more about their ways and the coffee. If you want to learn more about roasting, drip brewing, latte art or the art of being a barista, they also do workshops now and then. Just keep an eye out on their Facebook page and you’ll soon find yourself wanting to use all your hard-earned money on coffee equipment, which you, by the way, can purchase in the shop, too.

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AIAIAI Studiestræde 31 1455 København Ø Tel: 35 34 63 54 Mon-Fri: 10:00 - 18:00 Sat: 11.00-16.00 The easy way to go about this review would be to pull the Danish minimalist angle and draw parallels to other iconic Danish design companies. But that would be both too easy and wrong for AiAiAi. See, although there certainly are parallels to be drawn (minimalistic, clean, functional etc.) things are different today than they were 70 years ago.

Granted there was competition too, back then but not as fierce as today – so your product just has to be that more revolutionary, and your whole identity just has to be razor sharp. So let’s put AiAiAi to the test: Are their products that groundbreaking and is their identity that much better than, for instance, Skull Candy or Urbanears. Well, to start from the back yes, their identity is that razor sharp – if you ask us, there are none of their competitors that match their graphic design, their award winning ads, their packaging nor their product design. It is truly unique and while other brands change colour ways, cords and plugs to stand out AiAiAi actually design their products differently. So how about the quality of their headphones? Are they that much better? None of

us at the magazine are sound engineers, professional musicians or the likes but we think the sound is very good in both their TMA and Tracks series. We were sucker punched by the fact that all the cool DJs and producers are using AiAiAi headphones, which was enough for us, I guess. When you get to do collabs with record companies like Stones Throw or clothing brands like Carhartt then there has to be more than cool packaging to back your brand. When it comes to their laptop stands – the so-called A-Stands, well they just look cool on your desk and keep your shoulders down while typing so that’s why we have them. Drop by the store and see for yourself – the guys are chilled and the service is friendly so no reason not to.

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Bar 7 Studiestræde 7 1455 København K Tel: 33 32 66 90 Mon: closed, Tue: 16:00 - 01:00 Wed-Thu : 16:00 - 02:00 Fri: 15:00 - 04:00 Sat: 17:00 - 04:00 Sun: 19:00 - 01:00

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Shane, the founder of Bar 7 in Studiestræde, has been a Copenhagen local for ... seven years now. So guess you could call this review a little anniversary if you will. Or not. Anyway, Shane made it all the way over the pond from London where he had been opening and running some of the best cocktails bars in the West End. Originating from Belfast, with a short stopover in Dublin, London was a natural destination for this promising cocktail visionaire back then. However, London became groundhog day for Shane, working lengthy hours shaking long drinks and although London is never boring it had become time to saddle up and head for a city somewhat quieter. Copenhagen is the choice of many internationals (in fact only 45% of all Copenhageners are from Copenhagen) and it became Shanes choice, too. Thank God for that.

See, when Shane arrived in Cph you’d hardly find any kind of cocktail bar here – certainly not any decent one at least. So we’d like to thank Shane personally for his contribution. As you may have noticed Copenhagen is now well present on the international cocktail scene and Danish bartenders are winning all sorts of awards internationally. Now, I was going to write that many of Shane’s cocktails are as bespoke as the interior at Bar 7 – but I’d rather challenge you to find just one cocktail on page 2 of the drinks menu (can be downloaded online on by the way) that you can find anywhere else in Copenhagen. If you can – that drink is on us. Bar 7’s opening hours are also somewhat bespoke – so find them, too, on their website. On Mondays they are closed, we’ll give you that much. But you should really drop by any other day of the week.

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Rezet Rådhusstræde 7 1466 København K Tel: +45 33 91 18 18 Mon-Fri: 12:00 – 18:00 Sat: 12:00 – 17:00 This is nothing less than a paradise for sneaker freaks! Rezet Store can hook you up with the latest trends and get you well equipped for every season of the year. The first Rezet Store was founded in Ibiza in 2008 by the pioneer, Henrik Bousager Larsen, and in 2010 the snea­­­ker shop opened in Copenhagen. The idea was to build a store around good vibes and cool kicks. All the interior is handmade and built by the crew that now runs the store. These guys are driven by fashion, music and sneaker

culture in general, which you sense straight away when entering the shop. Around the shop you’ll find custom benches and sofas so that you can have a well deserved break during your shopping spree. If you have the urge to see the latest streetwear or if you fancy a chat about upcoming releases, we highly recommend paying this cool shop and its crew a visit. But be warned - you probably won’t leave empty-handed.

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The Globe Nørregade 43 1165 København K Tel: +45 33 32 08 60 Mon-Tue: 14:00 – 24:00, Wed: 14:00 – 01:00 Thu: 14:00 – 02:00, Fri: 14:00 – 03:00 Sat: 12:30 – 03:00, Sun: 14:00 – 22:00

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It’s doesn’t get more authentic than this. Well, maybe if you jumped on a plane to Dublin – but then you’d have to deal with the whole shabang of EasyJet losing your luggage etc. Nah, pop by The Globe in Nørregade instead – you can see the Guinness sign when you get up from Nørreport Station, that’s how central it is. In here you’ll be served by Irish staff who knows how to pull a proper pint. Daryll in the kitchen knows how to make proper pub grub to go with that and their range of beers is almost as impressive as Brian’s (the owner) personal Liverpool cabinet. This cabinet will leave any LFC fan drooling as you’ll see Brian arm in arm with Xabi Alonso, Ian Rush and other legends. The Globe’s interior is worth mentioning as

well: The founders spent a staggering 6 million on decorating this place!! So you’ll find all sorts of unique specimens from old churches, public libraries and probably even the Sherwood Forest as most of the interiors are huge chunks of trees. The library room is perfect for private functions and don’t worry – that room has a flat screen, too. See, The Globe takes pride in showing all major sports events, from Premier League footie to Rugby – hell, we even witnessed them showing handball in there once! The Globe is one of the only non-touristy Irish pubs in town, owned and managed by actual Irishmen so the vibe and service in here is as authentic as it gets. It’s one of our favourites so stop reading get down there!

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I am sitting in a custom-built leather booth in Plum + Spilt Milk – the award-winning restaurant at The Great Northern Hotel – waiting for a business associate. We’re having lunch and finalising a contract. I chose this place because it is central, easy to get to and quiet. Not boring quiet but quiet enough for you to talk and at the same time always busy enough at lunch to ensure a vibe. While waiting I notice a couple of things: The finishing and the décor here is just stunning. Almost everything is custom- made and the attention to detail is impressive. Take the wooden panels on the walls for instance. It is easy to see that this isn’t some cheap, fake wood for one – but what really caught my eye was the electrical outlets: They are brass and look like old outlets – but on closer inspection you’ll see that they have both UK and Continental sockets which is pretty damn cool to a Dane such as myself. Also underneath, subtle USB outlets, discretely camouflaged, so you can charge your phone without putting a big, white Apple converter up on that beautiful wall. Amazing. The second thing that struck me, apart from all the décor related details, is how quiet it is here. I mean, I

am literally sitting on top of King’s Cross – one of the busiest train stations in England – and I hear nothing! To add to that is that less than a hundred feet away is St. Pancras, which is, what, the second busiest train station in the UK? Or it’s certainly up there with the busiest. And, thirdly, there’s major construction outside with huge machines thumping away. Still there is not a sound disturbing my morning coffee. And that goes for the room as well – hands down the quietest hotel I have ever slept in. The amount spent on soundproofing this place must have been staggering – but definitely money well spent, because waking up as a guest, well rested in one of Europe’s busiest capitals is quite unique and, indeed, very useful. Nothing more disappointing that waking up at 3am to the sound of a noisy lift, neighbours coming home when they like – especially when splashing out on a five-star hotel. The food at Plum + Spilt Milk blew my business lunch-do away. The originality and quality were both top-notch and the presentation, too. The Hendricks G&T was served to perfection – with a cucumber slice as they (Hendricks) recommend – obviously. However, the most wonderful surprise was the

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bill. I mean, it’s not cheap as chips but it’s surely a good deal compared to other quality London restaurants. You feel you get a lot for your money here. The following day I actually did have to ask the waitress – twice – if what I saw on the á la carte breakfast menu was included in my room price. I didn’t expect a lukewarm buffet, but I certainly did not expect the assortment?? I saw on the menu, which was nothing short of mouth-watering…. all of it. I had expected a set menu or something – a short ?? list to choose from. But not here – no short cuts, only the best will do. So I went ahead and ordered freshly squeezed orange/grapefruit juice, fresh fruit salad, scrambled eggs with salmon on a choice of wholemeal toast, granola with Greek, low fat yoghurt and, of course, English breakfast tea. You know, when in Rome. Going back to my lunch appointment one last time, he said something that has been annoying me ever since I checked out: This guy is a London born fella – North London actually – and he had never heard of The Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross, let alone Plum + Spilt Milk. And that bothers me – because there is a big, luxury hotel located in St. Pancras across the street and


he surely knew that one. Further down the road towards West London you get a list of hotel choices such as the Mélia, The Hilton, etcetera. Hotels everybody knows. And that’s what bothers me – these big, soulless hotel chains will charge you the same per night as The Great Northern, and some of them more. And that’s just a shame - should you choose to stay there, that is. Granted, you don’t get the traditional luxury amenities at The Great Northern that you get at The Hilton (a pool, a tiny gym, a parking basement perhaps). There just wasn’t room for that at this listed boutique hotel. The Great Northern only has 91 rooms, one bar and one restaurant. But you don’t need more when you get five-star, personal service from the dedicated staff who, actually know about food and drinks. Staff who get the door for you, remember you when you come down the next day. And what’s really great: The little surprises. When I got shown to my room by the very cool youngster in top-hat he told me that the two bottles of water in the fridge (fizzy and still) are complimentary and re-stocked each day. He also showed me ‘The Pantry’, a small room at the end of every hallway that has a semi-pro coffee


machine – with unlimited, free coffee – handmade pastries and cakes, jars of authentic WHAT??, English wine gums, daily newspapers and more. All for free, or should I say ‘included’. Within the first floor Pantry there are two computers with wireless printers so you can surf for free, print for free – and even print from your own pc. Wireless, that is. May not seem like rocket science but this is rare, I can tell you. Each room at The Great Northern (has or contains) a list of customised details. The bedside tables are handmade from Walnut and are reminiscent of a Victorian ladies’ vanity case. The carpet is made to measure and immersed into the lovely, wooden floor. The curved leather couch and the accompanied table provide a perfect place to work, write or boast on Facebook. The black bathroom floor tiles are laid-out as herringbone; the shower cabinets have a matte black one-piece floor and built-in shelves for the shampoo bottles. The list goes on. If you are old school and like to watch your movies on a big flat screen (this is old school by now) rather than on a laptop, The Great Northern offers 70 of the latest flicks … for free, included or however you want to put it. If you forget your toothbrush, like I always do, they give you a dental kit – for free. If I were to summarise and briefly tell you why you should stay at GNH, I’d tell you this: Some years back I used to live in West London, so ideally I’d stay in West London when visiting. But after risking it so many times, and staying at the so-called four star hotels at £120-£150 per night, located in Notting Hill (which are actually located in Bayswater), I now choose to commute from King’s Cross to go and see my old friends in W11. And it’s a no-brainer really. £50 more a night may sound like a lot but it really isn’t – because when you check out of a hotel there are always surprises - so you quickly end up spending that extra amount anyway. I am happy to pay £50 more up-front and get the royal treatment at the GNH – and I absolutely love the ‘no surprises’ policy here. You get what you pay for. And then some. The Great Northern Hotel is, like the headline of this article tells you: Brilliantly British. Made-to-measure, top-notch service and of the highest quality in every area. Tradition, class and cutting edge all in one, a wonderfully, posh cocktail. Staff who get the door for you, remembers you when you come down the next day. And what’s really great: The little surprises. When I got shown to my room by the very cool youngster in tophat he told me that the two bottles of water in the fridge (fizzy and still??) are complimentary and re-stocked each day. He also showed me ‘The Pantry’ a small room at the

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end of my hallway that has a semi-pro coffee machine – with unlimited, free coffee – handmade pastries and cakes, jars of authentic, English wine gums, daily newspapers and more. All for free, or should I say ‘included’. On the first floor there is a similar Pantry with two computers and wireless printers so you can surf for free, print for free – and even print from your own pc. Wireless, that is. May not seem as rocket science but this is rare, I tell you. Each room at The Great Northern holds a list of customised details. The bedside tables are made to order and are inspired by the old train coaches from the 19th century. The carpet is made to measure and immersed into the lovely, wooden floor. The curved leather couch and the accompanied table provide a perfect place to work, write or boast on Facebook. The black bathroom floor tiles are laid-out as herringbone; the shower cabinets have a matte black one-piece floor and built-in shelves for the shampoo bottles. The list goes on. If you are old school and like to watch your movies on a big flat screen (this is old school by now) rather than on a laptop, The Great Northern offers 70 of the latest flicks … for free, included or however you want to put it. If you forget your toothbrush, like I always do, they give you a dental kit – for free. If I were to summarise and briefly tell you why you should stay at GNH, I’d tell you this: I used to live in West London some years back so ideally I’d like to stay in West London when visiting. But after risking it so many times now, and staying at the so-called four star hotels located in Notting Hill (which are actually located in Bayswater) at £120-150 per night, I now choose to commute from King’s Cross to go see my old friends in W11. And it’s a no-brainer really. £50 more a night may sound like a lot but it really isn’t – because there are always surprises when you check out of a hotel so you quickly end up spending that extra amount anyway. I am happy to pay that extra and get the royal treatment at the GNH – and I absolutely love the ‘no surprises’ policy here. You get what you pay for. And then some. The Great Northern Hotel is, like the headline to this article tells you: Brilliantly British. Made-to-measure, top-notch service and of the highest quality in every area. Tradition, class and cutting edge all in one, a wonderful, posh cocktail.

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The Easy Life ØSTERBRO

If you imagine Fælledparken without Parken, it is reminiscent of times gone by - Østerbro, which is now one of Copenhagen’s most affluent districts, was all grazing cows and grassy meadows. The only livestock you might see today however, will be well-heeled, designer handbag-toting mothers meandering their way along cobbled streets from late afternoon yoga classes to early evening coffee dates. This is because, uznlike other quarters of the city, in Østerbro expansion was carefully plan-

ned by its upper-middle class inhabitants. That is why, stretching from its Eastern sea-borne industry, through Kastellet and the not-so-’iconic’ Little Mermaid to the villas of the bourgeois (which have long since become foreign embassies), Østerbro whiffs of sophistication. It is known for its attractive tree-lined boulevards, excellent interior design shops and cafe life. It is liberal, professional and down to earth, and shows no sign of changing.


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Dag H Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 38 2100 København Ø Tel: 35 27 63 00 Mon-Wed: 08:00 - 23:00 Thu-Fri: 08:00 - 24:00 Sat: 10.00-24.00 Sun: 10.00-22.00

Right at the end of the Lakes on Østerbro you’ll find this neoclassic, Dag H. Dag H has been around for nearly 10 years since they took over from the previous owner. The place is big yet cosy with tall ceilings, big windows and a huge outdoor seating area. After a thorough effort Dag H has now become the locals’ choice for breakfast and we recommend you drop by on any weekday for an organic soft boiled egg and freshly baked rye bread if you want to start your day in a perfect way.

Dag H also offer a long list of choices for lunch – and their Eastbronx Burger is nothing short of legendary in these necks of the woods. If you decide to frequent Dag H for dinner, you’re going to have to make a hard choice: The three-course Nordic inspired menu or their very tender and juicy steak. Whether you’re around for a business meal or a romantic dinner Dag H is a safe bet. Service is great and informal and you are sure to find something for any taste.

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Café Bopa Løgstørgade 8 2100 København Ø Tel: +45 35 43 05 66 Mon-Wed: 09:00 – 24:00 Thu: 09:00 – 02:00, Fri: 09:00 – 05:00 Sat: 10:00 – 05:00, Sun: 10:00 – 24:00

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In between Østerbrogade and Strandboulevarden is Bopa Plads - the small square with the rebellious roots. In general Østerbro is known to be the sophisticated part of Copenhagen, where you can always find a cosy quiet place or a calm café, however, Bopa Plads stands out a bit. According to history it’s named after the Danish resistance group, BOPA (Civil Partisans). Nowadays history only remains history and the image is replaced with lots of trees and a calm atmosphere - partly thank’s to Café Bopa. We’re quite lucky to still have Bopa Plads: Last year the Municipality of Copenhagen wanted to tear down the

cafés and convert the square. Fortunately that didn’t happen. The café has a rustic feel to it, both kitchen and decór wise. They offer a delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch and if you have the time to stay, you can watch the place transform into a sizzling and festive venue at night with DJ’s and live music. Bopa Plads is really a great spot in the summertime, but even in the winter months the square is a popular place to hangout and Bopa Café is really worth a visit! You can choose to sit out front in the square or on the patio where they fire up the barbeque during the summer. Regardless of when you visit you’ll have a great time.


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Moshi Moshi Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 34 2100 København Ø Tel: 35 38 70 78 Mon-Fri: 11:00 - 18:00 Sat: 11.00-15.00

If you take a walk along the beautiful lakes and keep going until you reach the Østerbro end you’ll almost walk straight into the shop of Moshi Moshi on Dag Hammerskjölds Allé. Behind the counter and behind the concept are two wonderful women, Rikke and Stine. They both have a long history from the fashion industry, so you are guaranteed to find a bespoke selection from top designers to choose from. At Moshi Moshi you will encounter a passion and dedication for the latest trends. The interior of the shop is very

simple and minimalistic with a hint of sophistication. Among the many to-die-for brands you’ll find Acc, Frame Jeans, Hanky Panky, FWSS and Moshi Moshi. Moshi Moshi is an institution on Østerbro and for good reason. The shop has earned its legacy by choosing high-end garments each seaon. This is why any local won’t hesitate to send you around their way. But bear in mind this shop only caters to the female fashionistas.


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Normann CPH Østerbrogade 70 2100 København Ø Tel: 35 55 44 59 Mon-Fri: 10:00 - 18:00 Sat: 10.00-16.00

Normann Copenhagen deserves a medal. Not a design or a business award or whatever but a proper old medal! Why? Because these guys have balls the size of two moons – here’s why: Their first shop was located on Standboulevarden on the corner of Århusgade opposite a petrol station – absolutely the dodgiest location for a shop like Normann. For some reason (probably the groundbreaking designs that carried and made themselves) the shop survived for a while. I then remember thinking, after it closed, if it had finally gone under. But no, they just moved the shop. Whereto I remember asking. “Oh, to that huge old cinema up on Trianglen”, I remember someone told me back then. When visiting the new shop back then you were bound to be blown away no matter how

hard you resisted. For Copenhagen this must have been the craziest shop project since, well, the opening of Illum’s or something. Except this shop isn’t owned by some huge fund or group, it is owned by the founders. The huge white cinema-turned-shop space was, and still is, breathtaking. The mix of fashion and furniture was cutting edge back then and the shop is still known for its impressive style and innovative window decorations at night. As most people know Normann Copenhagen’s own designer line of kitchen gadgets, furniture and home accessories are now carried all over the world by the most exclusive stores. Drop by the HQ on Østerbro and suck-up all that creative energy from the source.


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No.1 Århusgade 1 2100 København Ø Tel: +45 35 26 42 01 Mon-Sat: 17:00 – 22:30 Lunch Thu-Sat: 12:00 – 15:00 Sun: Closed

In Århusgade lies one of the finest restaurants on Østerbro. If you aren’t fully convinced by the many great reviews or the name for that matter, we recommend you go down and find out for yourself. For more than 13 years the chef, Morten Køster has been serving the people of Copenhagen fine gastronomic experiences. He was one of the very first to give Østerbro’s restaurants the reputation of being the best within the French kitchen. Morten has been working in a few very fine restaurants with one or more Michelin stars before opening No. 1.

In the 13 years Morten has been at it the classic and proud French kitchen has been preserved. Now and then the style has changed a bit, but great taste and tradition is still - and will always be - the main focus. We recommend you try the Steak Frites which is stirred beef tartar, anchovies and Pommes Allumettes or the confit of duck served with thyme and rosemary and confit potatoes. Two great dishes both very reasonably priced. So pay one of the best restaurants of Østerbro a visit. We’re convinced you’ll be going back.


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ARMY BUSINESS A HUMAN RESOURCE DIVISION IN THE ARMY? BETTER TERMS FOR SOLDIERS? Sounds like contradictions in terms. This story is about Ken Rosser who left the Danish army after 20 years to pursue a career as a self-em-ployed consultant. Now he has taken his 12 years of business experience and combined the two. Back in the army but with a much more business minded view on how to run this rather big company.

Back in 1962 Ken Rosser was born in Southern Jutland, in a very calm and quiet part of Denmark. And there is nothing boisterous about Ken either, there is nothing about Ken that makes you think this guy was born in the wrong place. He comes across as a calm, down-to-earth guy who could well come from any small community. The only thing that sticks out a bit, and something Ken has struggled with as well, is his ambition to change things. I’ll come back to that. Ken grew up like any normal kid, did well in school, played football after school and after finishing primary school, Ken thought he was going to become a carpenter. He always liked the craft and the smell of wood. A career advisor at school advised Ken to get his military service out of the way first and

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then pursue a career in carpentry. Ken went along with that idea and then Ken’s career plans changed. A Private First Class told Ken that they needed people like him in the army, that he was good leader potential. Ken was 17 at the time. The guy was right, Ken’s career in the army took off and evolved like a game of dominos. In 1979 he became Private First Class himself, in 1980 he became Sergeant, in 1985 he became Sergeant First Class, in 1989 he became Senior Sergeant. Although Ken was doing just fine, Ken always felt he was meant to do something else in life – something more than making a career in the army. So alongside his army career Ken gets a bachelor of commerce.


Ken tried very hard to improve day-to-day routines and he generally tried to incorporate a more business like approach to how the Danish army was run. After all this is one of the biggest corporations in Denmark and the army business is so much more than combat and conflicts. After a series of disputes and a little frustrated with how bureaucratic the army can be, Ken decided to take a 2-year leave of absence to think about his future. In 2003 after the end of his leave he decided not to return to the army. The following 12 years Ken spends running his own successful consultant company. Working across a variety of industries numerous companies gain from Ken’s structured army way of thinking. Then the financial crisis hit and


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obviously had an effect on Ken as a small business owner. Ken is back to reconsidering his future. A random chat with an old colleague on the phone in 2012 led to Ken being offered a job in the army again. But this job wasn’t your traditional army job – this job turned out to be exactly what Ken had always wanted: To combine HR, business strategy and modern leadership and apply it to this very traditionally run army business. In 2013 after having passed all the physical and mental tests Ken could now call himself army employed again. His title this time was Business Consultant and one of his primary responsibilities was to shut down Hærens Sergentskole (the army’s sergeant’s school) – the same school he attended 30 years ago.

Today Ken is responsible for developing the army’s communication strategy, he is in charge of hiring, firing and is part of the very senior management decisions on a weekly basis. So why did we find Ken and his story interesting? Well, for one we found it thought provoking that ambition can get in your way in an authority such as the army. This authority is groundbreaking when it comes to modern warfare and technology but if you are an individual who wants to change things and apply softer values for a greater good you may be seen as inappropriate, a square peg in a round hole. Whilst Ken may not come across as a rebel in the Billy Idol sense, he certainly is seen as a bit of a rebel within the army. Merely for wanting to do things differently, for wanting to improve how this shop is run. So we thought it would be interesting to challenge the rebel in Ken with a few controversial questions – here’s how that went.

Q&A What do you think about Denmark’s participation in Afghanistan? I am completely in line with Denmark’s contri­ butions all over the world in areas with turmoil and hotspots where NATO has authorisation. Or in areas where the UN have authorisation and it may be necessary to use weapons or engage in conventional warfare. In regards to Afghanistan I believe Denmark has contributed in a huge way and I think we have received great recognition from both the Afghan people and our international allies. Do you think Denmark should reconsider following America into every war they choose to participate in? Denmark should always consider their parti­ cipation due to cost of resources and human lives. If the question is whether we should participa­ te every time USA engage in a military operati­ on­then my answer is yes – absolutely. USA has so much experience with operating in foreign nations. This reflects on the Danish forces because they learn from their experience and by working with USA we furthermore become an elite army. Do you think the Danish government is scared to say no to participate in these wars? No, I don’t think so. I think when we decide to be part of NATO and the UN then we have to take part in these conflicts and wars.

What do you think would happen if Denmark chose to say no to participate in wars we aren’t directly involved with? I think we would gain respect and recognition from other countries. The Danish government and the Danish Defense Ministry are known for risk assessment and evaluating big operations so if we chose to say no to participating in an operation then everybody would know it would be because out of respect for the individual soldier, his or hers family and our Defense Department in general. What do you think the Danish army should participate in?

and hummidity in a jungle for example. Both manpower and material has to be fit for these climates which is why we should choose to participate where we are fit to help. Are our Frømænd tougher than theirs? The Danish ’Frogmen’ are some of the best trained in the world. When working with other elite corps they receive great recognition. Are our Frømænd tougher than the Navy Seals? No comment How about the SAS?

The Danish Army functions as a security policy mean and its primary function should therefore be preventing conflict and war, ensuring Denmark’s supremacy and integrity and secure peace whilst respecting human rights. Denmark should participate in peacekeeping operations and humanitarian tasks. This could be by supporting and aiding areas of conflict and disaster (earthquakes, wild fires, storms and refugee camps). It could also be by guarding temporary air bases and landing strips so that aid can be flown in safely. It could be – like in Syria at present – to help dispose of chemical waste in a safe and profes­ sional manor. It could be the famous Sirius Patrol in Eastern Greenland guarding and monitoring Danish interests and valuable underground resources. The Danish Army will always be challenged by extreme cold in the North and extreme heat

No comment Does the Danish army have a problem recruiting personnel for career oppoutunities today? No, absolutely not. We are currently experien­ cing highly motivated applicants from many youth education programmes. The applicants are very determined and clear about entering the army to pursue an education or a career. Internally in the army a lot of ambitious colleagues have taken a secondary private education which makes them eligable for key positions in the army.

TRIPPY STILLS by Jannick Børlum

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