Sample the flavours at the best Danish street food spots
Photographs: Erin Gustafson
Text: Erin Gustafson
Ah, summer in Scandinavia. It's pretty sweet when the sun is shining. And the long days of this season in Denmark are made for eating outside. With street food venues popping up across the country, it's the perfect time to sample some new flavours. So grab your friends and meet up at one of these fun spots. Popular in Denmark's big cities, many are probably familiar with the street food collectives there.
In the capital, Reffen Copenhagen Street Food, Torvehallerne and Broens Gadekokken are all worthy stops. In Aarhus, check out the fun indoor-outdoor space with plenty of tasty options at Aarhus Street Food near the central bus station. But street food in Denmark isn't just for urban sites. So this summer, why not plan a day out to find one of these unique settings to tempt your taste buds?
Street food spots making a splash along the Danish Riviera
Skovshoved Havn 14, 2920 Charlottenlund
Just north of Copenhagen sits the pretty boat harbour of Skovshoved. This summer, you can sit outside and listen to live music while you enjoy drinks and eats at little Halgodt. Only two food trucks to choose from at this seasonal pop-up, but such a dreamy space to hang out.
Ny Kronborgvej 2, 3000 Helsingør
With an indoor warehouse space plus tables on the harbour, the shipyard food market in Helsingør is the perfect place to please your crowd. Well situated for exploring near the Kronborg Castle or engaging Maritime Museum.
Den Fedtede Hjørne
Øresundsvej 2A, 3100 Hornbæk
After a day at the gorgeous Blue Flag beach in Hornbaek, beeline your people to "the greasy corner." Den Fedtede Hjorne, right across the street from the strand boardwalk, offers cosy tables and even a boat to sit in and enjoy cold drinks and unique bites.
Rørvig Street Food
Rørvigvej 225, 4500 Nykøbing Sjælland
"Perhaps Denmark's nicest food market," is the claim of Rørvig Street Food. Set in an idyllic little garden under colourful lights, it is surely one of the cutest. Sample local beers on tap, ice cream or fresh seafood platters, plus delicious veggie spring rolls too. It's a perfect stop before or after your ferry across the Isefjørd to and fro Hundested.
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Lerchesgade 4, 5000 Odense
Saving the best for last, this is my personal fave. A creative and quirky huge indoor space with so many delicious options set inside an old warehouse in Odense. Here is it possible to book a table ahead. Or sit in an open container outside. I can highly recommend the bao with a cold glass of rosé. A perfect end after exploring the city's new museum for H.C. Andersen is open now.
Dishing delicious street food around Jutland
Køkkenfabrikken Aalborg Street Food
Skudehavnsvej 35-37, 9000 Aalborg
Watch the fishing boats sail by from the outside tables at Køkkenfabrikken, Aalborg's own answer to the street food concept. Here you can enjoy good food and organized events – like salsa nights, bingo, shuffleboard and live music.
Esbjerg Street Food
Kongensgade 34, Borgergade 33, 6700 Esbjerg
Right off Esbjerg's main pedestrian shopping street, you'll find seven small kitchens offering up international fare. Sit inside when the weather isn't Danish summer wonderful, or enjoy the patio outside when it is nice.
Dæmningen 44B, 7100 Vejle
Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't underestimate Vejle's street food by their front door. Step through for an intimate but just as fun street food spot. Don't miss the sneaky garden and patio tucked out back and happy live DJ'd Friday bars.