Take COBRAcph, an “urban farmshop and events café”, whose enthusiastic owner Mette Bugge wants to “connect the countryside with the city and create a sense of community” in Ørestad South. As well as offering fresh bread and pastries, she sources organic eggs and vegetables from nearby farms, showcases local artists, and has a jam-packed events calendar, including wine tasting, communal dining and live music.
Other notable new arrivals on Ørestad’s culinary scene include Thorsteinsson’s trendy wine bar and bottle shop, which specialises in “natural, organic and biodynamic” wine from Italy and Slovenia; Moo Moo Is Bar, which makes outstanding vegan gelato; and the Orango café, which works with organisations in Indonesia to support sustainable coffee cultivation and the conservation of endangered rainforest species.
The fact that places such as this—bars, restaurants and shops striving to sell sustainable products, minimise their carbon footprint and put the planet first—exist in Ørestad today is entirely unsurprising. Because, as Cordsen explains, sustainability is very much the watchword in the neighbourhood now. And the hottest trend of all is “upcycling”.
To illustrate what she means, Cordsen takes me to Copenhagen Towers, a 22-storey office block designed by Foster + Partners. Its glass-roofed atrium may be filled with 60 olive trees and gorgeous wooden benches, but even more interesting are the recycled and upcycled materials used in its construction: reused timber wall cladding, concrete flooring sourced from building debris, and sound-dampening PET plastic felt ceiling panels.