Best Street Food in Copenhagen

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The former industrial area Reffen in Copenhagen is one of Scandinavia’s hippest food markets. And when you’ve met your stomach’s needs, the peninsula has much more to offer.

At the Reffen Peninsula in Copenhagen more than 50 chefs and creative artisans share their enthusiasm for great food and craftmanship on a 6,000 square meters’ playground. 18 nationalities are represented and new individual entrepreneurs are learning how to stand on their own feet in their own stalls for three years.

Best Street Food in Copenhagen
Reffen offers flea markets, concerts and workshops. Photo: Astrid Maria Rasmussen

The new street-food market opened its doors in May 2018 in a 10,000 square-meter area. In addition to more than 50 creative food stalls with flavors from many parts of the world, Reffen offers flea markets, concerts and workshops.

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It all started, however, in 2013 when Jesper Møller launched Copenhagen Street Food at Papirøen (The Paper Island). The last year, before Papirøen closed in 2017, the street food market was visited by 16 million visitors.

Best Street Food in Copenhagen
Last July alone, more than 150,000 vistors found their way to Reffen. Photo: Martin Kaufmann

If you pass Kongens Nytorv and the urban neighborhood Gammelholm and pass the bridge Inderhavsbroen, you will experience a different Copenhagen. Behind the smoldering shipyard buildings, you’ll find Reffen Street Food. Several signs point to the street, but it is sufficient just to follow the scents.

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Locals as well as visitors gather here to play bingo and quizzes, do workshops or listen to talks and workshops. But most important, during summer, thousands of people stop by for a quick bite and Reffen’s popularity is growing. Last July alone, more than 150,000 vistors found their way.

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That old industrial areas with a reasonable square meter price are taken over and hipsterfized is nothing new. But on the Ref Peninsula, it is a little different, as if you had just discovered a secret world just fifteen minutes from the city center.

REFFEN

Refshalevej 167A
1432 København K

Best Street Food in Copenhagen
Reffen is as if you had just discovered a secret world just fifteen minutes from the city center (Press photo)

OPENING HOURS

May – September: Open Daily
Food stalls: Every day 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Creative workshops: 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Bars: Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am – midnight

October – March: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Only
Food stalls: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Creative workshops: 12:00 – 8:00 pm
Bars: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Getting there:

Bus no. 9A, 991 or 992. Biking there takes 15 minutes from Nyhavn. Ferry “Colorful Copenhagen” leaves the city center every half hour.

Best Street Food in Copenhagen, compiled and written by Tor Kjolberg

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