In the heart of Copenhagen, between Copenhagen Central Station and Sønder Boulevard, you’ll find Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District.
The vision of a new cultural melting pot was conceived in the beginning of the 00’s and the city of Copenhagen realized, that the white functionalist buildings from the 1930s could be interesting to people other than butchers. Today the area is one of – if not the most trendy area in Copenhagen.
The Meatpacking District consists of three separate areas, referred to as the White, Grey and Brown Kødby for the dominant colour of their buildings.
The brown part is the oldest area, closest to the Central Station, and dates back from 1883. Since 2000 it has been changed into the new creative part of time, and the area is home to DGI-byen, a sports, swimming and conference complex, and the exhibition hall Øksnehallen, originally a stabling place for 1,600 cattle before slaughtering. The newer white area is listed for conservation and is still serving its original purpose of housing businesses relating to the meat industry. The gray part is a smaller area with cultural activities, offices and meat industries.
As mentioned before, the Meatpacking District offers a broad range of restaurants.
The organic restaurant Bio Mio opened in February 2009. At the restaurant you order directly from the chefs who’s situated in the center of the room in an open kitchen, where you are able to watch them prepare your meal. Ecological awareness in the kitchen spreads to the rest of the restaurant. Ecologically certified woodwork, paraben free soap in the restrooms, induction cooking and of course as the owner Karsten Hoydal states, a very eco-friendly gas and electric policy.
Paté Paté, next door to BioMio is a wine bar, restaurant, tapas café, coffee oasis and delicatessen that opened in 2009. The owners saw some old drawings of the building and realized that it had once been a liver paté factory, hence the name Paté Paté. The place is a favorite of the creative boho crowd of Copenhagen who come here both for the food and to hang out in the bar with champagne and wine.
Kødbyens Fiskebar is a lively hang out where you can sit in the sun throughout the long Nordic summer evenings. The décor is a little rough with room for 14 at the bar where the chef opens oysters, serves razor shell scallops and other raw delights. They also have seating for 8 around a jellyfish aquarium buying fresh seafood directly from local Danish fishermen. The place has a Bib Gourmand (value for money in the Michelin guide), and is one of Copenhagen’s best fish restaurants as well as a trendy hang out.
Restaurant KUL is a restaurant where you can have grilled food all year round. All the dishes are prepared either on the grill or in the Josper grill oven. The cuisine is multi-national. The thought behind KUL is to make gourmet food more accessible for reasonable prices. KUL operates with pick and choose. There are dishes in the size of starters as well as bigger dishes for sharing. That way you can pick and choose as you'd like. The menu also offers desserts, so you can finish off your meal with something sweet.
If you are up for Italian food then Mother is the place to go. At Mother you can get excellent pizza before a night on the town. The Italian chef behind the restaurant David Beffani imports many of the ingredients from Italy, where he has worked as a chef for several years. The restaurant is a nice hang-out place for the locals, so the food is cheap.
Another budget friendly restaurant is the sustainable Nose2Tail. Its concept is to use everything from the animal – from nose to tail. The restaurant import the meat from smaller farms, and the meals comes with bio-wine and local beers.
At Karriere new artworks by leading international artists define the design and functions of the place. Guests are challenged with spectacular light art installations by ten different Danish light artists.
The context of the café/restaurant/bar is an informal and socially relaxed setting for the experience of art, as an alternative to museums. Karriere is transformed into a cocktail bar at night, featuring concerts, DJ’s, artist, talks and performances.
Also in the meat packing area is Jolene Bar, a 175-square-meter venue, transformed from its original purpose in the meat industry to an underground style nightclub and bar. The crowd is young and hip.
In 2009 the Meat Packing Districts oldest butcher bar reopened as a cozy corner bar named Mesteren&Lærlingen with soul, funk and hip hop music on the record player and in 2010 the people behind Mesteren&Lærlingen opened another venue named Bakken. Bakken serves lunch during the day and at night has dj’s and live music.
Next door to Karriere you’ll find V1 Gallery, which represents a select group of emerging and established artists and is committed to introducing art to an international audience as a profound and competent media for social and political engagement.
Galleri Bo Bjerggaard was founded in 1999. Focusing on international contemporary art it represents several European masters in Scandinavia, including Per Kirkeby, Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Jannis Kounellis and Helmut Federle. The gallery also specializes in photography and video installations. They have extended their activities to producing 8-10 shows a year, each with a unique focus; one for the young talent and one for more established artists.
HANS ALF Gallery opened in 2009 with innovative art, both national and international and Christian Andersen Gallery in 2010.