Copenhagen Street food market is a fantastic culinary experience. The market is made up of countless food stalls, and each one of them offers unique and exquisite food. Whether you are a fan of asian food (Thai, Japanese, Chinese or Vietnamese), or whether you are an italian fan, or greek food fan, or a mexican food fan, or if you simply want to get pancakes and icecream, you can get whatever your preference is.
Whatever it is you fancy, you will find something that suits you. If you want your experience to be amazing, make sure you go BEFORE you get hungry, then you will have the patience to go around and explore all the food stalls and decide which one gets your mouth watery the most. If you are not a fan of crowded places, go in between meal times (in the hours after lunch and before dinner would be great), but if you enjoy the experience and social atmosphere of a full house, go during or after dinner hours. If you enjoy the full house atmosphere but you don’t want to stand around until a table is available for you, reserve a table at: http://copenhagenstreetfood.dk/book-bord/
This is a very clever twist on a restaurant. It is located right in the center of the whole food market with glass windows all around so the atmosphere of the market is not lost. The restaurant does not serve food, it only reserves your place and takes your order for drinks. You then go and select your own dish from one of the food stalls and bring it back to your table. It is a very clever way for the “restaurant” to sell drinks and a clever way to for to ensure you have the best possible spot to sit in the house. Nevertheless, the place is packed with picnic style tables and benches, and bar tables and stools, so worst case scenario you will be waiting about 15 minutes for a place to sit.
Now, let’s talk food. I always have to go around and make sure I did not miss any of the food stalls before I make my decision, but I always end up buying the same pulled pork hamburger and fries from ‘Oink Oink’. However, I know that their authentic Turkish food is very popular (from Anatolia), as well as their tender B.B.Q beef and crispy dumplings from Korea (from Bulko). Remember that all of these food stalls are competing with each other, so of course they invest a lot of time and effort to make their food the most attractive and delicious, so whatever you end up choosing, might just be the best street food meal you will ever have.
If you visit during the summer, you might be lucky and get a spot to sit right next to their outdoor bonfire. The bonfire is right outside the market and has the view of the canals, the famous Nyhavn, and the Royal Danish Playhouse. They have blankets for you to cover yourself from the chilling wind, but I would recommend that you just bring a thick jacket since there are not enough blankets to go around. It can be a very romantic way to enjoy your meal since there is not as much noise in comparison to sitting inside, you get a relaxing view of the city lights, and the fire sets a more enchanting mood.
I can’t guarantee that you will get a place to sit right away (unless you have reserved a table), and I can’t guarantee that you will get a spot right next to the bonfire, but what I can guarantee is that you will get amazing food, and a worthwhile experience.