Copenhagen welcomes summer with two new food markets

18th Jun, 2018

Sustainability, creativity and quality are in focus at Copenhagen’s two new street food markets. While one market is working closely together with Danish cuisine’s heavyweights, such as the people behind Noma, the other seeks to promote the work of local entrepreneurs and start-ups that have a clear focus on sustainability.

With summer bringing warmer weather, eating out in the open is a popular pastime among Copenhagen’s locals and visitors. Luckily for food enthusiasts looking to enjoy their meal outside, two new outdoor food markets have recently opened in the Danish capital.

Located at Copenhagen’s Greenlandic Trade Square and merely a few minutes’ walk from scenic Nyhavn, the ‘Bridge Street Kitchen’ opened in April. Developed in partnership with some of the people behind Copenhagen’s world-famous Noma restaurant, the market offers a range of different high-quality food stalls and bars. In fact, the Noma team have handpicked each food provider based on what satisfies their own taste buds. As a result, the food stalls at the Bridge Street Kitchen include local and quality produce from some of Copenhagen’s leading cafes and restaurants.

Right on the waterfront and only 10 minutes by bike from the city centre, Copenhagen’s latest street food market ‘Reffen’ opened in May. Reffen consists of a range of different food stalls, bars, start-ups and creative workshops spread across a 5000m2 outdoor area with a view to the waterfront and the Copenhagen harbour. The market also has a 1050m2 indoor area for the colder days as well as access to an additional 4000 m² of a shared outdoor area.

In line with Copenhagen’s overall focus on green and sustainable solutions, Reffen has set out to create an urban space that focuses on sustainable food, crafts and culture and looks at how to best reduce and reuse waste. Among the start-ups based at Reffen is the Danish company, Von Plast, which recycles plastic, making anything from lamps and tiles out of old plastic bottles and other waste items.

The Reffen street food market is located at Refshaleøen, next to some of Copenhagen’s best restaurants as well as the soon-to-open Amager Bakke/Copenhill, which is an artificial ski slope and recreational hiking area built on top of Copenhagen’s new and sustainable waste management centre. Up until recently, Refshaleøen was mainly known for being an industrial area, home to some of Denmark’s largest shipyards. The island has, however, had a major overhaul, becoming an epicenter for world-class restaurants, creative businesses and other urban developments.

Both markets are owned and developed by the same people who were behind the popular Copenhagen Street Food market, which closed in December 2017.

Credit picture: Reffen--photo-Martin-Kaufmann

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