5 Must-Visit Food Markets In Copenhagen, Denmark

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Danish people are known for being one of the most friendly and happy people in the world. Some say it is “hygge”, their warmth and enjoyment of good things and company. And the food is solidly connected to it. With barbeques, picnics, Scandinavian haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants, organic eateries, dining on a boat, and food markets, Denmark satisfies all your senses. Talking about food markets, especially those in the capital, most of them also sell unique souvenirs, clothes, local produce, and antiques. Some organise events and workshops, which makes them a great place to fill the belly and snap some nice pictures. All spots on this list are 3 to 6 kilometres (1.86 to 3.7 miles) apart from each other, which makes it easy to visit. Copenhagen is a great city for walking, but local transportation is also easy. You can even do as the locals do - bike! This place is, in fact, the most bicycle-friendly city in the world. If you’re all set, check out these must-visit food markets in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1. Freetown Christiania Market

Copenhagen: Christiania
Source: Photo by user Jorge Franganillo used under CC BY 2.0

You might have heard about it: a hippie neighbourhood of 7.7 hectares (19 acres), where art inspired by peace and love, smoking-related souvenirs, and music venues and performances can be found on every corner. Same applies for artsy cafes and various restaurants. Vegetarians, vegans, and sweet-toothed visitors will find something to love here. To mention three favourites: Woodstock, the oldest and most laidback bar and café in the area, Spiseloppen, with food prepared by chefs from several countries, and Grønsagen, a homey place with homemade dishes and a delightful buffet. Visit the unique Christiania and satisfy your cravings. Even if anarchism inspired it, the place has a sustainable and organic vibe.

Freetown Christiania Market

Address: Prinsessegade, 1422 Copenhagen, Denmark

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2. Koedbyens Mad & Marked

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

This quaint and urban spot is open every Saturday and Sunday from April to October. However, check their social media for exemptions, such as the annual Christmas Market. Walk between food trucks with ever-changing menus. There are plenty of options to choose from, with fares like tacos, steaks, Indian cuisine, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Combine it with mixed drinks, wines or lemonades and you’ll find yourself in foodie heaven. If you want, you can buy ingredients and attempt to create food yourself! Koedbyens Market is also very “hygge” - you can feel the togetherness. Locals, tourists, millennials, and families all visit this market.

Koedbyens Mad & Marked

Address: Koedbyen Flaesketorvet 1, Copenhagen 1711, Denmark

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3. Broens Gadekøkken

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Looking for a quick bite? Look across the river from Nyhavn. At Bridge Street Kitchen, you will find several cuisine options, including American, Asian, Italian, and local, along with some refreshing drinks. Compared to previous places, prices here are a tad higher and the portions smaller. It is a great spot to relax in the sun and it is still very centrally located! Sip on organic beer or wine and soak it all up. If you find yourself here during the Christmas season, there is a skating rink that usually lasts until the end of February, and people skate and warm themselves up with hot chocolate or jägertee (spiced black tea with rum).

Broens Gadekøkken

Address: Strandgade 95, 1401 Copenhagen, Denmark

Website: Broens Gadekøkken

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 9pm

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4. Reffen

Reffen - Copenhagen Street Food
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With 6,000 square metres (almost 64,560 square foot) and 2,500 seats, Reffen is one of the best places to eat when in Copenhagen! More than 50 chefs and 18 nationalities make it a tasty mix. To mention a few represented here: juicy American burgers, Indian tandoori dishes, French crepes, Nepalese food, and Jamaican dishes. It is not only about food, though. There are regular weekly events and workshops, all with the reduce-reuse-recycle philosophy in mind. Reffen was even the first street food market to produce its own organic ingredients. Just like the other places on this list, it boasts a great atmosphere. It is located close to the water and offers plenty of outdoor seating options, so get your dose of vitamin D. Keep in mind that it closes for winter but will reopen by March.


Address: A, Refshalevej 167, 1432 Copenhagen, Denmark

Website: Reffen

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5. Torvehallerne (from USD 149.0)

Do not miss this foodie spot right by Nørreport Station, which has been in operation since 2011. It is open all year, with seating both inside and outside. From simple local produce to gourmet delicacies, more than 70 stalls offer mostly organic and 100% tasty products. With sweet desserts, smoothies, ice creams, perfectly-brewed coffees, fruits and veggies, and ready-to-eat dishes, you will be spoilt for choice. Visitors particularly love the smørrebrød (a piece of buttered rye bread topped with fish or meat) and the famed duck confit sandwich. Mingle with locals and other travellers while enjoying a good meal at this market.

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Copenhagen Food-Tasting Walking Tour

Duration: 4 hours

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Absorb the Danish hygge and chill

Walking around Copenhagen, visitors might feel like characters in Hans Christian Andersen’s book. With this guide, you won’t stay hungry like the Little Match Girl. If you want the full Danish experience, be sure to drink coffee, eat lots of potatoes, fish, rye bread, pork, meatballs, and sausages. Vegetarians or vegans can also eat well here, so no need to worry. Just a word of advice: bring cash, as most of the stalls don’t accept credit cards. These must-visit food markets in Copenhagen, Denmark, will surely be a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.

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