Denmark has a cool and creative food scene, so it isn’t surprising that in Copenhagen, you can find an indoor market hall filled to the brim with good food. Torvehallerne, the indoor market hall in Copenhagen, is the go to place for fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses, awesome cafes, delicious chocolate, and other tasty treats.
Torvehallerne is a complex of two large, glass and metal buildings full of restaurants, bakeries, and market stalls that would tempt any foodie. These buildings are surrounded by a square, which boasts additional stalls. Read on to learn what my top picks are from the array of tasty foods available at Torvehallerne.
The fresh market
Are you staying in a self-catering accommodation, like a rented Airbnb apartment? Then you may want to cook a meal for yourself. Head directly to Torvehallerne for a huge selection of ingredients you can use to make a home-cooked meal. I suggest Torvehallerne over a traditional grocery store or market, as everything is incredibly fresh and you’ll find numerous specialty items that will make your meal even more special. Consider purchasing a bouquet of flowers to liven up the table at your accommodation, or add a bit of romance to your meal.
Torvehallerne is open from 10 am until 7 pm from Monday through Thursday, 10 am until 8 pm on Friday, 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday, and has limited hours on Sunday (11 am until 5 pm). For your convenience, Torvehallerne is centrally located in the Norrebro neighborhood and is near the Norreport metro stop.
Where to drink
Stopping by Torvehallerne and in need of a quick cup of coffee? Head directly to the hipster third-wave coffee spot, The Coffee Collective. The Coffee Collective’s mission is to create quality cups of coffee, despite the occasional hectic, busy atmosphere, all while providing fair wages to coffee growers around the world. At The Coffee Collective, you can expect hand-brewed coffee crafted from single-origin beans made especially to your liking. You can also purchase freshly roasted beans to take home to craft your own perfect brew.
For a less-caffeinated option, get a cup of tea at Tante T. Select from warming tea blends in a surprising number of flavors, and, of course, there is licorice tea, as licorice is incredibly popular in Denmark! A highlight from Tante T is their matcha tea, which you can purchase along with matcha tea preparation equipment such as sifters, whisks, bowls, and teapots.
Summerbird is considered Denmark’s best chocolate shop — and I concur! The chocolates at Summerbird taste fresh and have unique flavor combinations, making this a necessary stop on your tour of Torvehallerne. Their best-seller is a piece of marzipan shaped like a butterfly that is dipped in chocolate. However, my favorite is a fluffy licorice-flavored marshmallow dipped in chocolate (64 DKK / ~9.60 USD for a set of 6 mini)!
If your sweet tooth is calling for more, A XOCO is another Danish specialty chocolate shop that I’d highly recommend. At A XOCO, you’ll find a fancy version of almonds coated in chocolate with flavors ranging from licorice (did I mention that Denmark is famous for its love of licorice?) to grapefruit and passionfruit. Try the almonds coated in salty licorice for a real taste of Denmark.
For something cooling on a hot summer’s day, try Is A Bella, which serves handmade Italian gelato. Is A Bella has flavors for everyone, including, of course, licorice. There are also options available for those with dietary restrictions.
To balance all of the sweets you’ve tasted, eat delicious smorrebrod from Hallernes Smorrebrod. Smorrebrod is a Danish open-faced sandwich made from a variety of different ingredients all piled atop freshly baked, buttered dark brown bread. Flavorful toppings that you can expect to see include roast beef, chicken, fish, cheese, pickles, and more.
The last stop on your tasty tour of Torvehallerne should be Bornholmer Butikken for delicious souvenirs to tantalize your family and friends’ tastebuds. At Bornholmer Butikken, you can buy traditional Danish delicacies crafted on Bornholmer Island. Bring home tasty cheeses, caramels (they are delicious), licorice (obviously), mustards, and alcoholic beverages, so you can still have a taste Denmark in your home country.
Unbuckle your belt
Certainly, after filling up your bellies or your shopping baskets with such flavorful and fresh goodies at Torvehallerne, you will have an unforgettable meal, no matter what you eat. Taste Denmark over an afternoon spent at Torvehallerne in Copenhagen.
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