For many decades, Papirøen (Paper Island) in Copenhagen Harbour was where paper was stored for the city’s publications. Nowadays, the formerly dull industrial building houses Copenhagen Street Food, an exciting urban experiment featuring colourful food stalls and cafés. Established in 2014, it was the city’s first street food market and it is set to serve hungry diners until 2018. Featuring 33 stalls, trucks and containers, the market has already gained international attention for its originality and community spirit.
There is no entrance fee and all stalls are obliged to serve at least one meal for 50-70DKK. The stalls are housed within the warehouses, but on bright winter days, visitors can relax on the deck chairs on the pier and take in the view of the city. Musicians and artists hold regular events, making this a vibrant destination.
Warehouses 7 and 8, Papirøen, Trangravsvej, 1436 Copenhagen
Started by brothers Troels and Rolf Ringborg, Oink Oink does a roaring trade in pulled pork sandwiches. Using Danish organic pork shoulder, which is then smoked and slow roasted, the finished burger is served in a butter-fried bun, with fresh coleslaw, pickled cucumber and chipotle chilli. We recommend the habanero and mango hot sauce for an extra kick. The stand frequently sells out, so be sure to stop by early on during your visit to Copenhagen Street Food.
The name of this stall is a combination of the founder’s surname and bulgogi, the national dish of South Korea. Oliver Ko’s modern take on South Korean street food is a joy for the senses, with spicy fried chicken and crispy dumplings served alongside rice and kimchi (fermented vegetables). Bulgogi, juicy marinated beef, is served with rice and vegetables and in a cup for minimal mess and maximum convenience.
Serving homemade soft tacos, Tacos Chucho by Mario Alberto Cruz is the undisputed real deal when it comes to Mexican food. Customers can choose from a range of fillings: the pork cheek taco is a perennial favourite and a flavoursome fish version is also available. Chipotle, fresh guacamole and lime are provided as accompaniments. Having received rave reviews and coverage in Monocle magazine, this taco truck is only going to get hotter.
Cindy Romor took over the running of this food truck when her Italian parents retired, making the 32-hour journey from Italy to Copenhagen with her partner Johan Braad-Petersen. The Danish-Italian couple now serves charcuterie, panini, imported cheeses and sausages from this mobile delicatessen. Opt for the signature sampler plate, which includes three varieties of ham, two types of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, condiments and organic sourdough bread from a local bakery.
The Spoon Company
With an emphasis on sustainability, chefs Jan Fruergaard and Jens Carlson serve delicious meals from their repurposed shipping container. Using seasonal vegetables, the duo creates soups, ragouts and stews – in short, anything that can be eaten with a spoon. A great winter warmer is the chilli with organic beef, which comes with mushrooms, butternut squash, edamame beans and bread. Desserts are also available: the chocolate mousse with chopped almonds is the perfect way to end your visit.