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September 11th, 2017
Updated August 23rd 2018

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 around Denmark.

“Reffen”

The newest addition to Copenhagen is the extravagant urban playground on Refshaleøn, or “Reffen” as the locals call it. Copenhagen Street Food are the ones running the 10,000 square meter large area, filled with food stalls, workshops, culture and design. In December 2017, they said goodbye to the hugely popular street food sight, Paper Island, to make room for this new, bigger and wilder street food concept. The area is home to 54 different startups including many food concepts, artists, designers and craftsmen, where they will have the opportunity to showcase themselves and share their talents. Besides the various foods from all corners of the world, there is much more to discover in form of art and culture, design and different workshops along with many events. Check out what’s up on their webpage to not miss out on any activities.

The most important value of Copenhagen Street Food is that everything in all start-ups live up to their sustainable goals. All of them have gone through a casting process where the judges are both from the board and volunteers from the local community. The companies have to show how they work with sustainability and the quality of their products as well as their culinary or artistic skills. They should think about using sustainable and ecological resources, recycling, aiming for zero waste, spare electricity when possible and in general work in an environmentally friendly way.

Daniel Rasmussen © PR Copenhagen Mediacenter

Refshaleøen is a small island located at the very north of Amager. It is easy getting there with many different forms of transportation. Obviously you can get here with Copenhagen’s favorite – the bike. But there are also public buses and a large parking area for those arriving by car. The area is located just by the waterfront and luckily there is a public boat taking you straight to the sight as well, so you both get to see Copenhagen by water and arrive in style. Book a table on the terrace to make sure you get a table and check out the website to stay up to date on the different events and activities. The only bad thing with Reffen is that there is too much delicious meals and fun activities to choose between. Enjoy!

Tivoli Food Hall, Copenhagen

Just recently opened, Tivoli Food Hall is Copenhagen’s newest addition to the great Danish food scene. With its 850 square meters and 15 food stalls, it is one of the biggest in Copenhagen. Tivoli attracts over 4,5 million guests every year and with the location being right opposite the central station, the food hall is bound to succeed. Needless to say, you do not need to purchase an entrance ticket to Tivoli to take part of the gastronomical experience. Visit them and enjoy high class food from all over the world: from Iceland to Mexico and Japan, as well as of course local Scandinavian food. It is the perfect location, whether you are looking to grab a coffee on the way, a quick nutritious lunch or a delicious well cooked dinner. Aside from the many food stalls, there is also a number of high end restaurants in the building. Enjoy world class sushi on the top floor, with a view overlooking Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen. Whatever you are in the mood for, Tivoli Food Hall has a great variety of options and are open from early in the morning to late in the evening. Notice that you do not have to buy an entrance ticket to gain access to the food hall, but of course you do have access if you choose to visit the garden at the same time. We offer a special Tivoli Package for all of our guests staying at Zleep Hotel Copenhagen City. Book the Tivoli Package to get cheaper entrance tickets to Tivoli Gardens together with your hotel room and breakfast. So what are you waiting for?

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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

Aalborg Street Food – The Lighthouse

This fabulous Street Food venue is located in a large open building, which was used as an industrial building to manufacture furniture back in the day. It has high ceilings and a big space to fit every guest and food stand. They invite everyone to gather and eat whatever they would like from the different stands by having large common tables where everyone can eat, regardless of where they got it from. The venue fits 540 guests as well as having an open air area right by the water where you can enjoy your food whilst overlooking the beautiful view. The Lighthouse welcomes everyone of all ages and have both a playroom and a lounge where you can relax whilst the children play. The Lighthouse has a big focus on providing various types of food so you can enjoy everything from Asian fusion to traditional Scandinavian dishes at the 16 different stands – all for a reasonable price. And if you are a student you even get a 10 % discount on all foods when you show your student card. The same goes for all of our Zleep Hotels where we offer an 11 % student discount so that everyone can enjoy a relaxing hotel stay. Take advantage of it in 2019 when we open Zleep Hotel Aalborg.

Are you in a large crowd? Then you can easily book a couple of long tables to secure that everyone will fit. Also make sure not to miss out on the many events that The Lighthouse hosts every month. Get here easily by water with GoBoat or Aalborg Tours or grab the bus, the car or the bike. Stay at Zleep Hotel Aalborg to grab a nap after the guaranteed food coma you will be in after visiting The Lighthouse.

© Aalborg Street Food – The Lighthouse

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.