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Copenhagen: The Street Food Capital of Europe

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Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, has developed a well-known reputation for its food culture and worldwide cuisine. Alongside some of the most top-notch restaurants, street food has been on the rise. Over the years the popularity of street food is not only witnessed by local Danes but also visitors and foreigners. Street food spaces have become the local hang out spots for many locals. 

Once in Copenhagen, do take the opportunity to explore some of these fantastic food spaces, also known as street food.  I promise you will not be disappointed. What makes Copenhagen street food so fascinating is not only the variety of food and taste, but also the unique locations, and ideas behind the concepts. 

The Bridge Street Kitchen

The Bridge Street Kitchen or Broens Gadekøkken is a rather new creation in Copenhagen. It overlooks the harbor and is situated at the tip of the Inner Harbour Bridge. Getting there by bike is a unique and fun experience, as you get to ride on the Copenhagen bike highway, officially known as the ‘bicycle snake.’ The Bridge Street Kitchen might seem small compared to other street food areas, but you will be able to find many refined high-end restaurants. You can find anything here from oysters, foie gras, Latino inspired dishes, open-faced sandwiches, and much more. You can also find a variety of tasty crafted beer and delicious light roasted coffee. One could argue that this place is crème de la crème of Copenhagen street food.

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© visitcopenhagen/Martin Kaufmann
The Bridge Street Kitchen
The Bridge Street Kitchen
Strandgade, København, Denmark

Reffen 

Reffen has the same owner as The Bridge Street Kitchen, and both street food places also cooperate with one of Copenhagen’s most famous restaurants, Noma. Noma was voted as the best restaurant in the world in 2018, and second-best in 2019. So you won't be disappointed. Reffen street food resides in the old shipyard area, where numerous stands and vendors sell their food in old unused ship containers. Part of Reffen’s philosophy is not only diversity of food and cuisines, but also the idea of reusable materials and sustainability. 

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© reffendk
Reffen Street Food
Reffen Street Food
Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark

Torvehallerne

Torvehallerne means square halls or food halls on the square for that matter. Torvehallerne is an important part of Danish history, as this is where the historical food market used to reside. The place is composed of two separate indoor halls, and contain everything from pastries, sweets, coffee, seafood, cheese, wine and much more. Torvehallerne is very popular amongst the locals, also during the weekends, as it becomes a hangout place, an occasion to be 'hyggeligt'. 

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© visitcopenhagen/wonderfulcopenhagen
Torvehallerne
Torvehallerne
Frederiksborggade, København, Denmark

Tivoli Food Hall

Last but certainly not least as it’s the most exciting, the Tivoli Food Hall, with a rooftop and a pool! This food hall has been opened since 2017 (so fairly recent), it is also located in Copenhagen’s famous amusement park- Tivoli. From the food hall, you can also get a fantastic view of the Tivoli Gardens; the interior is inspired by the gardens themselves. At this particular food hall, you can find all kinds of food and cuisines, as well as places that serve excellent cocktails and evening drinks.  

© visitcopenhagen/LineAhnoff
© visitcopenhagen/LineAhnoff
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Jardins de Tivoli, Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Danemark

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Masa Mesic

Masa Mesic

My name is Maša, born in Croatia but grew up in Prague. I have a great passion for gastronomy, yoga and languages. Follow my journey, as we travel through Denmark and Czechia.

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