This public space is designed as part of a larger park area that stretches through Nørrebro, from Nørrebrogade all the way to Tagensvej. The entire park has designated areas for different purposes, while this particular spot functions as a neighborhood meeting place for barbecuing and playing games. The Black Market is the official name (which in my opinion has kind of a negative ring to it), but I have always referred to it as “the black square” (in Danish: Den sorte plads).
I really like the various cultural elements represented here – the palm trees, which are quite unnatural in Danish climate, the giant Japanese octopus, the beautiful Moroccan fountain in blue mosaics. It’s tying together the many ethnicities that Nørrebro is home for. I think you can also see that in the wavy white lines that sort of unanimously make all the elements float together. Whatever you see here, I bet you’ll find it pretty great to sit on the edge of the fountain and just watch people.
The area is just as nice seen from the café at the lower western corner of the square, where they serve up some seriously great coffee.