At Reffen – Copenhagen Street Food gastronomy and entrepreneurship, craft and culture, intimacy and community all come together. With 6000 m2 as a playground 50+ keen chefs and creative artisans share their great passion for food and craftmanship: The new entrepreneurs have their stall for three years while learning how to stand on their own feet and the street food venue has a multinational vibe with over 18 nationalities represented. At the same time, it’s a place where local Copenhageners take active part in the development of the area and weekly events bring both locals and foreign visitors together: They all gather to play bingo and quizzes, listen to talks and concerts, do workshops and much more.
Reffen must be a nesting box for new entrepreneurs, give Copenhagen back to the community and be a playground for entrepreneurs, creative artisans and the local heroes: In union we’ll develop the local food scene, new creative projects and overall the new part of Copenhagen that Refshaleøen is. And it will be done in consideration for climate, environment and man.
“Reduce and reuse” are the dogmas which we uphold at Reffen. All stall owners are carefully selected because of their skills, quality and concept and they have to work dedicated in accordance to the dogmas. In return they’ll have a cut in rent if they become certified with the Organic Cuisine Label. Furthermore, the main part of Reffen is built up from recycled materials and the stalls are actually old ship containers. At the same time, we are aware of reducing waste of food and energy consumption, we use sustainable cutlery and take on our social responsibilities.
Jesper Julian Møller
Jesper is the owner and founder of Reffen, and the man who brought street food to Denmark with the former Copenhagen Street Food – Paper Island. Jesper’s mission has been clear from the beginning: Jesper Julian Møller wants to give the harbour back to the people and support passionate individuals in becoming food entrepreneurs. In the process, he came up with the term independent head chefs.
Ruben is the administrative director and captain of Reffen and has also been a part of the organisation since the former Paper Island. Now, he ensures that Reffen stays on course, where he in 2020 revived the vibes of the former Paper Island inside Werkstatt 167 – a 1.000 m2 raw and unpolished old shipyard. Ruben is at his absolute best when he is behind the decks spreading good tunes and vibes.
Vincent is the Chief Operating Officer, Jesper’s right hand man and the operational director of the headquarters at Refshalevej. Vincent has experience from Copenhagen Airport and 7-Eleven. He has the overall bird’s eye view of the business and has a constant eye on sales figures, numbers and calculations, however that does not limit his very fine nose for gastronomy and good wine.