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My Town // Philip Owusu presents Copenhagen

August 13, 2013

“My Town” is a new feature wherein friends and family from around the world give us the lowdown on their home town – favourite bars, restaurants, record shops and more. Forget Time Out – this is the only city guide you need.

This time we hear from Philip Owusu, musician/singer/songwriter about his town, Copehnagen…

Where I like to Chill:

Assistens Cemetery, Kapelvej 4, Copenhagen
The best spot in central Noerrebro to rest your bones. The cemetery park is a green retreat in the city and a good place to bring a snack. You may catch the occasional jogger stretching calves next to H.C. Anderson’s or Kierkegaard’s grave.

Christiania, Bådsmandsstræde 43, Copenhagen
Claimed by squatters more than 40 years ago, the former military barracks have since been a safe haven for many creative souls and enterprises. You can find concert venues, crafts and bike shops, good organic restaurants and a choice of herbal condiments on Pusher Street – you’ll be advised to keep your camera in your bag.

Where I like to Party:

Copenhagen has it’s own Meatpacking District with a wide selection of restaurants and bars. My pick for the night could well be, Mother’s for pizza, a drink or two at Mesteren & Laerlingen, and finally KB18 until i’m ripe for sleep.

Moerk Rom
There’s an occasional party called Moerk Rom (Dark Rum). It changes venue every time so you need to keep your ears open for it. But it’s a nice down to earth event and the music’s usually served with a good soulful spin.

TS Bar, Studiestræde 14, Copenhagen
Once the cool ‘secret’ club you needed an invite for. Now not so secret but still a good house party

Where’s the best place to buy music?

Beat-Bop, Peder Hvitfeldts Stræde 14, Copenhagen
Beat Bop has been around for years and has been a sure stop on my weekly rounds.

The Copenhagen Record Fair, Nørrebrogade 208, Copenhagen
Plademessen (The Copenhagen Record Fair) pops up in Noerrebrohallen 3-4 times a year. Collectors flock from all over Scandinavia and Germany to buy, swap and sell records. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Good Life, Stefansgade 12, Copenhagen
Good Life keeps a good selection. The regular customers are music aficionados through and through and on weekends the shop serves as a good hangout spot too.

Where I like to Eat & Drink:

Restaurant Julian, The National Museum, Frederiksholms Kanal 12, Copenhagen
In my opinion you get the city’s best brunch at Restaurant Juian at the National Museum. Prices are a little steep for a musician’s budget, so I commit myself 100% to the buffet and swoop in 3 meals in one go.

Forno a Legna, Falkoner Alle 42, Frederiksberg
My favourite pizza spot is hands down, Forno a Legna on Frederiksberg. Their ‘white’, brick-oven baked pizza with artichoke cream is sump’n else.

Fu Wa, Jagtvej 7, Copenhagen
Fu Wa on Noerrebro doesn’t impress on appearance but there’s an excellent Dim Sum menu – you need to ask for it.

Noma, Strandgade 93, Copenhagen
Obviously there’s also Noma, but voted World’s Best Restaurant 3 years in a row, i don’t think they need my endorsement. However i’ll say this – it’s an experience you won’t forget.

Your town only experiences?

The Harbour Bath, Islands Brygge 7, Copenhagen
May not be entirely unique to Copenhagen, still you don’t often find city harbours where the water’s clean enough to make people want to dive in head first.

What¹s the local expression/saying?

It’s all down to how it’s said: ‘Hva’ så?’ (translation: what’s up?), you can even add ‘der’ for extra street cred.

Sum up your town in three words:

Bikes, bikes everywhere

What’s the best local delicacy/street food/snack?

For a proper Danish pastry experience try out Lagkagehuset. It’s a chain, but I find the ones on Christianshavn and by Noerreport are the best. Be adventurous in there, it’s all good.

Who is the best local talent in your area?
I hope to see Woody aka Bending Echoes, Kriswontwo, Alexandra R. R. Brahmsen and Rewolmer do big things.