Refshaleøen – Copenhagen’s new dockland playground

As the only part of Copenhagen’s extensive rustbelt docklands that will not see residential regeneration for the next decade, the shipyard on Refshaleøen is set to transform into the city’s ultimate playground for sports and urban exploring. The area has undergone a slow transformation since it was the venue of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest – a development that is set to reach high gear over the next 12 months with such amazing events as the inauguration of one of the world’s largest all-year ski slopes, the hosting of the Olympic prequalification games for snowboarders, and the opening of the largest street food market anywhere in Europe.

Copenhagen Winter Games

Refshaleøen is already the open-air venue of major city festivals and events, including the upcoming Copenhagen Winter Games, which is the first Olympic prequalification (World Cup) event for the snowboard Big Air and freestyle skiing disciplines (3-4 Nov. 2017). A special slope will be constructed for the events billed as the largest such slope ever constructed. The event will be widely televised globally and will draw 20,000 spectators on both event days. Info here.

COPENHILL / Amager Bakke

Located right next to Refshaleøen and sitting atop the city’s new water-to-energy incinerator, COPENHILL (Amager Bakke in Danish) will be one of the world’s largest artificial ski slopes. The 180-meter facility, designed by Bjarke Ingels (BIG), will also feature the world’s tallest artificial climbing range. Ski-lifts will take you to the very top where there will be sweeping views of the city and the sea.
Opening in 2018, COPENHILL will be managed by a group of operators. The hospitality facilities will include a piste-top restaurant operated by SKANK (of Vesterbro, Copenhagen) and a Juicy Café. For corporate events at COPENHILL, contact the event bureau Qvistgaard & Co.

Photo credit: BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

Refshaleøen Street Food

One of the city’s main tourist attractions in recent years, the Copenhagen Street Food market on Paper Island (Papirøen) will relocate in April 2018 to Refshaleøen. The current market will close on 31 December 2017 and will be demolished in the spring to give way to a new waterside development, which will include an aquatic centre (the Copenhagen Halls). The current street food market will be relocated to a 10,000m2 indoor and outdoor area at Refshaleøen, vastly expanding the concept to include markets, bars and cultural activities. The Refshaleøen Street Food Market (operated by the Julian Group) is expected to be the largest such market anywhere in Europe. The market is currently negotiating with tour boat operators to expand the waterbus access to the area from downtown Copenhagen. Info here.

Photo credit: Ulf Svane

Restaurant scene

Refshaleøen is already home to one of the city’s best-known gourmet eateries, restaurant AMASS. In 2016, the brewing company Mikkeller opened a barrel room by the waterfront, which is today also a tap room and event location called Mikkeller Baghaven. The new street food market in the area will be located right next to Mikkeller. A host of small hideaway cafés, eateries and bars, including the still-going-strong urban beach Halvandet, are also slowly transforming the shipyard into a haven for urban explorers seeking experiences off the beaten track. And opening in late 2018 at a lakeside location bordering Refshaleøen and Christiania is the new, reborn restaurant Noma.

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