Copenhagen, Denmark was our last stop on this trip and final destination for filming a barbershop video. We were totally exited to find tucked away in the hip Nørrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen a fun shop called Ruben og Bobby. A retro barbershop and arcade.
A Few Days In Copenhagen
As we were only going to be in Copenhagen a few days we decided to also stay in the Nørrebro neighborhood close to Ruben og Bobby’s shop. The area close to Queen Louise Bridge is a good area too. It is closer to the tourist attractions in downtown Copenhagen. This was our first time traveling to Copenhagen so we did not know what to expect. Of course we ended up falling in love with this cool, laid back, and friendly city.
Since we had already prearranged a date to film with Bobby, we had a couple days around our filming schedule to explore Copenhagen. So we decided to spend a day walking around Copenhagen to take in some of the tourist sites. We were staying across the road from Assistens Cemetery where Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard are buried. This was a great starting point and approximately an hour walk to The Little Mermaid.
We strolled through The King’s Garden and saw Rosenborg Castle where the crown jewels are on display. Then, a brisk walk to the waterfront to see The Little Mermaid who never seems to be without the company of tourists. We continued following the waterfront past the impressive Gefion Fountain to Amalienborg, the current royal family residence, to end in Nyhavn a spot famous for its colorful 17thand 18thcentury townhouses and restaurants lining the canal.
Stepping Inside Ruben og Bobby
A subterranean realm stuffed full with arcade games, pinball machines, and collectible toys that would make any grown up brim with nostalgic envy. Ruben og Bobby’s barbershop and arcade is quite possibly the most mesmerizing dream of your youth come true!
This could well be the most perfect man cave in the whole of Denmark! Bonus, it is not in Bobby’s parents’ basement! To help you get your bearings, a mere five-minutes walk from the gravesite of Hans Christian Anderson in Assistens Cemetery will land you into this retro retreat on Bjelkes Allé 7.
A barber shop with a retro toy slash gaming twist. Ruben Og Bobby has been at this location for three years. It’s a cool place to hang out and dive into the nostalgia of your youth!
50 Krona’s per hour gets you all you can play on the games which is about the price of a beer in this city! A lot of people just think it is a fun place to be!
A Fun And Chilled Atmosphere
Bobby says his customers are one-third nerd, one-third creative, and one-third normal! “They just think it’s really nice in some ways,” Bobby adds, “It’s just nice to be here. Like the atmosphere is chilled and fun you know.”
Conversations are often triggered by the collectibles that adorn the walls as Bobby explains. A Ninja or He-Man will spark a memory from your youth. The stories are shared. Customers, Bobby explains, enjoy conversations that don’t include the Kardashians or the weather.
Many people are seeking to experience alternatives to run of the mill chop shops and salons. They seek out barbers and barber shops that not only provide great service but are worth talking about with friends. Ruben og Bobby fits into this niche without question.
Retro Bobby’s Guided Tour
“Retro 80’s toys and video games,” says Bobby, “anyone can come in and trade them for money or even a haircut!” He describes the shop as being a trading station as well as “a place to hang out and have fun and dive into all the memories and nostalgia about all these things.”
Bobby started this barbershop on a bare bones budget and slowly built it up over several years. Money was tight and Bobby was living cheaply. “If you are used to living cheap,” Bobby says, “I think that’s a really good concept of life.”
Go After Your Dreams
It was Bobby’s frugal lifestyle that made it possible for him to be able start the shop. Something he appreciates is that he really enjoys his work and the shop. Bobby finds it relaxing cutting hair and selling cool stuff for work. “I think maybe the number one rule is to just live life cheaply and go after your dreams,” Bobby adds.
Bobby may be living his dream in a Wayne’s World kind of way. Don’t let his mullet deter you from experiencing a haircut too. Bobby is a formally trained barber. He can seriously cut your hair any way you like from dashing retro to the latest respectable Copenhagen trend!
“There are a lot of people who are fed up with the normal concept of how a barbershop should be,” Bobby says as he swings his hands open. “I’m passionate about cutting hair, and then I also collected old retro toys or video games.” So Bobby put his passions together and loves what he does.
Why not! Retro respect Bobby – party on!
Bjelkes Allé 7, 2200 København