Copenhagen's streets are alive in the summer as everyone heads outdoors. New Nordic dining, born in Denmark, has gained international appeal. It is committed to organic, sustainable and local products and nowhere does this better than Copenhagen. Aside from discovering the many restaurants, this is the ideal time to explore food markets across the city which continue the New Nordic commitment. It's easy to spot the best food markets in the world's cycling capital, as visitors will see an array of bikes parked up. In 2017, British tourists in Denmark had 892,257 overnight stays across the country and of these 649,520 in Copenhagen. With a flight time of just 1 hour 30 minutes and served by five airlines from the UK, Copenhagen is easier than ever to reach. The leading food markets recommended by Visit Copenhagen include:
The Bridge Street Kitchen: Owners of Copenhagen Street Food and Noma is behind The Bridge Street Kitchen right in front of Nyhavn. At the Greenlandic Trade Square just across Inderhavsbroen (bridge) by Nyhavn you will find The Bridge Street Kitchen. The Bridge Street Kitchen is placed just by the water and features some of the most popular street food in Copenhagen: California Kitchen's bowls, Grød's porridge, Gasoline Grill burgers, Coffee Collective and a much more. Here you can have street food from around the world and enjoy it while looking at the Copenhagen harbour. The design is inspired by the history of the area, where traders from across the North Atlantic returned from sea. For example the colours of the stalls are drawn from the clear colours of Greenlandic houses.
Tivoli Food Hall: Tivoli Gardens amusement park is one of the most visited attractions in Copenhagen, and now you can also explore the 15 food stalls with a big range of all-round, good quality foods. From breakfast to dinner, from classics to the more experimenting. The 850 square metre food hall lies right next to Copenhagen Central Station and the Absalon Hotel. Get your coffee fix and quality baked goods from Brødflov, classic burgers with a modern twist from Cock's and Cows, crispy pizzas from Gorms or Bornholm-inspired grilled fast food by the Michelin-starred Kadeau at Bobbabella. In other words: there are many places to choose from depending on preferences and taste.
Torvehallerne: It is not a supermarket – it is a super market. At Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, you will find over 60 stands selling everything from fresh fish and meat to gourmet chocolate and exotic spices, as well as small places where you can have a quick bite to eat.
WestMarket: WestMarket in Vesterbro is the go-to place for all street food lovers, whether it’s for freshly baked morning bread, a quick lunch or drinks after work. WestMarket is really a combination between a marketplace and a hangout spot, and some of the stands are great for grocery shopping or finding that French specialty that no supermarket ever has. You’ll find everything from fresh veggies to greasy burgers, and there are plenty of different cuisines to dive into. You can even get an extravagant gin and tonic served in a golden quince cup if you’d like. I bet you never had your drink like that before!
Fans of Mexican cuisine will be happy to know that 73 food experts from across Europe have selected a Mexican street food van in Copenhagen as winner. Hija de Sanchez is Mexican street food at its best, and started with a taco street stall placed at Torvehallerne.
The Absalon Hotel is located in the heart of Vesterbro in central Copenhagen. The hotel was founded 80 years ago by the grandparents of the current managing director and general manager Karen Nedergaard. It re-launched in mid-2015 following a complete refurbishment which included the conservation of the stunning exterior classical architecture which dominates this part of the street. The hotel is home to 161 suites and bedrooms and plays a large role in bringing local Copenhageners together with visitors to this city. The bold designs including wallpapers and fabrics at the hotel are by the UK's Designers Guild. The Absalon Hotel is home to a bar and courtyard and offers guests "Velorbis" bikes to rent to further explore. The hotel offers a CONCEPT24 package which allows a late departure at no extra cost, when booked directly and in advance, meaning the guest keeps the room for 24 hours, no matter what the time of arrival.
Since its launch in 1979, the Copenhagen Jazz Festival has continued to attract big names for the yearly, summer event, which has turned Copenhagen into Europe's jazz capital. Jazz events take place across the city; on the streets, in concert halls, clubs and at the Absalon Hotel. Between 6 - 15 July, hundreds of jazz events will take place across Copenhagen. At the Absalon Hotel, 9 concerts will take place this festival, all with free admission. This is another wonderful way the hotel engages with the local community.
Discover why good, sustainable and organic street food has gained a strong following in Copenhagen with a visit, staying at one of the city's leading independent hotels.