September 11th, 2017
Street food is originally a phenomenon from Asia where street kitchens and food trucks have been a regular part of street life for a long time. In big international cities, such as New York, Paris and London, the concept has been enormously popular for several years, and here in Denmark, we are finally also part of the trend. Several big Danish cities now entice us with exciting and delicious food and authentic street food atmospheres. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at some of the food markets that you can visit in Copenhagen and Aarhus.
Copenhagen Street Food, The Paper Island
If you haven’t visited the Paper Island’s food market, you better hurry up. Copenhagen Street Food, which was the first “real” food market in Denmark, is closing on December 31st this year when their lease ends and the halls are torn down. Copenhagen Street Food opened its doors in the raw concrete halls in 2014, and they have since the opening been an exceptionally popular destination for both tourists and locals. More than 30 colorful food trucks and stands serve food from all corners of the world that you can either enjoy inside or outside by the quay. Outside you have a grand view of both the Opera and the Royal Danish Playhouse. Copenhagen Street Food has been a trendsetter for Copenhagen’s street food culture and has raised a lot of attention among international media, e.g. being placed 4th on The Independent’s list of the 10 best food markets in Europe. As mentioned, Copenhagen Street Food is closing by the turn of the year, but the concept will rise again in 2018 with a new location on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen.
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Vesterbro has previously been famous and notoriously known as the capital’s most raw district. However, within the last few years, Vesterbro has made a huge leap on the hipster scale. This year it peaked when the area got its very own food market and it was mentioned on Lonely Planet’s guide over the 10 coolest city districts to visit in the world. On the listing, WestMarket was highlighted as a must-visit for any “foodie”, and a short walk through the old shopping arcade reveals that you will find anything the heart of a true food lover desires: the more than 60 food stalls tempt with everything from Kobe burgers to cupcakes that you can eat in the “hyggelige” environment or bring on the go. But WestMarket is not “just” food trucks with food from around the world and stalls with organic coffee. At WestMarket, you can explore a world of delicacies and fresh ingredients that you can bring home and use for home cooking. WestMarket is located between Vesterbrogade and Matthæusgade, and we highly recommend checking the opening hours of the day you want to visit as they vary daily.
The World Corner, Nørrebro
Getting from cool Vesterbro to eclectic Nørrebro is just a brisk walk away, or a short bus ride with the practical 5A bus line. On the municipally owned Skoda lot, right next to Nørrebro Station, passionate locals have initiated yet another street food Mecca in Copenhagen – although you can hardly compare it with the city’s other food markets with its two heated tepees and bohemian atmosphere. Focus is on food from the many different cultures that live together in the North Western part of Copenhagen; the philosophy behind the venture is not just to offer exotic dishes at affordable prices, but also to create a meeting place for the district’s multicultural citizens. In this way, The World Corner becomes a central for cultural activities, integration projects and events where everything from yoga classes to techno parties are hosted. The World Corner has 10 fixed shops and is open all days of the week.
If you consider going on a gastronomic getaway to Copenhagen, then Zleep Hotels on Vesterbro the ideal place to stay over. Located in the middle of Copenhagen, the hotel facilitates an easy base for you to get around to all your destinations.
Aarhus Street Food, Ny Banegårdsgade
It was long awaited when Aarhus got its very own, permanent street food market. The interest and influx of guests was enormous when Aarhus Street Food opened its approx. 25 food stalls in DSB’s (Danish Railway Company) old garages by the bus station. At first glance, the building doesn’t look like much but inside you will be overwhelmed by scents, impressions, and an atmosphere from another world. And even though the halls have functioned as a garage for the city’s busses for many years, it is hard to imagine that the building was constructed with any other purpose in mind than facilitating worldly food and long table “hygge” for hungry Aarhusians. Since the opening, more stalls have been set up,the place has been expanded with an extra 1,000 seats, an art exhibit with contributions from local artists and a comfortable outside area. Aarhus Street Food doesn’t differ much conceptually from the other food market, but every stall is expected to be able to offer a dish for just DKK 50. You can easily walk around and explore the twisting aisles between the many food trucks, and tasting everything from fresh fish n’ chips to sinful cheesecake.
Aarhus Street Food
Aarhus Central Food Market, Sankt Knuds Torv
In October 2016, the old Aarhus hall opened again after 15 years’ hibernation, but this time there were neither rock concerts nor a six day race on the program. Instead, Aarhus got a new food market: Aarhus Central Food Market. It is perhaps not the most idiomatic name, but it has a great location on Sankt Knuds Torv, the main shopping street, just a few hundred meters from the train station. If you are looking for gastronomic experiences of high quality, there is no doubt that Aarhus Central Food Market is the place to go when visiting the capital of Jutland: the evocative surroundings fit the 20 different stalls’ culinary diversity, and it is obvious that the people behind it love and respect the art of cooking. Whether you are a true epicure or a novice in gastronomy doesn’t really matter; here you can enjoy both exquisite charcuterie and a more down-to-earth porridge. The many seats in- and outside the newly renovated market place ensure that the entire family can eat together.
Combine your Aarhus trip with a stayover at Zleep’s hotel on Viby Square in Aarhus. Here, you can comfortably relax after a meal and plan the next day’s adventures. The hotel is well-located in relation to bus connections and has free parking for all guests, so you can easily leave your car and enjoy an extra glass of wine.