Copenhagen Treasures: Papirøen/Paper Island – Copenhagen Street Food
Where do all the local Danes go when the sun is shining? Strøget is just full of tourists, so where is everyone? We know. They go to Papirøen/Paper Island to hang out by Copenhagen Street Food. This is the place to be when the sun is shining. And evidently also the place to be when the sun isn’t shining. With the weather being warmer than usual and with Copenhagen Street Food’s new winter schedule – we don’t see why we should limit ourselves to the amazing food only for the warmer part of the year.
Copenhagen Street Food is located in the warehouses on Papirøen, also called the Paper Island, which is just across the canal from Nyhavn and close to Christianshavn. This means there is a good view to the Opera House, the Royal Theatre and the Harbor of Copenhagen.In total there are 35 food stalls, food trucks and containers. This means that you can try a variety of amazing dishes from all over the world. Each stall specializes in just one dish meaning they do these exceptionally well. The concept also revolves around that you should be able to relive all prior vacation food experiences here. And you can. There is Italian, Brazilian, French, Danish, Turkish and many other food cultures present, in total from 13 different countries. Everything is cheap, around 50-75 kr. for a dish. It sure is a colorful food market for the people.
Walking around the warehouse you will find that each path has its own name. They have got the Milky Way, the Bull Road, the Grass Road and so on. Also, Copenhagen Street Food has its own currency which looks a bit like casino chips. Really this makes the Paper Island seem like its own little diverse community all based on food and sustainability with an element of entrepreneurship.
The warehouse has a great history, as it was previously used for storage of weapon during the war and paper, which was actually still there when the current association took over. Today, everything in the warehouse has an element of sustainability. A part of the wall has been isolated with seashells, they support Danish cows, which is also shown by their logo which pictures a cow, so if you buy water you automatically donate 5kr. Last year they donated 400.000 kr.
It is also worth mentioning that each booth has around 9 square meters and pay only 2.500 kr. a month to rent the space. This creates a room for culinarian entrepreneurs who wish to start up something new and creative. This certainly shows in the atmosphere as each booth has its own unique look. Later when the booth has created a name for itself, it has made enough money to reinvest and expand other places.
I tried a fish soup and calamari from the fish booth and a fat burger. I also had fries fried in duck fat mixed with spicy sausage slices and a piece of oreo cheesecake for dessert. Honestly I was not even done eating when I left, but I was so full. Everything in the market is so good that you have to try it to understand it. We enjoyed the first round of food outside on a bench. The second round we enjoyed on the roof of a container outside with an amazing view and the dessert we enjoyed in two sun chairs right by the railing of the canal. There are so many options and it can get pretty crowded at times but it is also possible to reserve a table inside.
Copenhagen Street Food has had 800.000 visitors so far this year, which makes it one of the top 5 attractions in Copenhagen. Also celebrities like Linking Park have made it evident that they’re big fans of the place too!
So really now there are no excuses not to go. Enjoy!
New winter opening hours:
Thursday : 12:00-21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00
Sunday : 10:00 – 21:00
(On the weekends, the bars will stay open till late!)
Address: PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14 – 7/8, 1436 København K