Papirøen, Copenhagen Street Food

After  almost 20 months of irregularly touring friends around Copenhagen, I have come to the conclusion that the one place friends will always be thankful I took them to is Papirøen. Literally translated as “paper island”, Papirøen used to be a paper factory and was the harbor’s last industrial area with no public access. At the end of 2012, the Procurement Association of the Danish Press terminated the paper factory’s contract, five years ahead of time, paving the way for exhibitions, cafés and restaurants, all on a temporary basis.

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Papirøen, shot from across the water

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A huge plywood seagull designed by landscape architect Kaare Skjerning and created by WoodCouture

Papirøen’s warehouse 7 & 8 is currently home to Copenhagen Street Food, an agglomeration of stalls selling various food and drinks (click here for a list of all stalls and their specialties). Calling the place Copenhagen Street Food, however, is a bit of a misnomer. When I think of Danish street food, I think of Danish pølser (English: Danish sausage), bøf sandwich (English: steak sandwich), and pølse i svøb (English: pigs in a blanket); but definitely not bibimbap, sushi and oysters, or butter chicken. Nevertheless, food is food, and the food here is not just good, it is also cheap(er). And to top it off, this is one of the few places in Denmark that caters to an international experience.

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Food stalls @ Copenhagen Street Food

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Eating tables inside Copenhagen Street Food

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Fish and chips from Tolbodens Fish N Chips

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Vegetarian pasta with an edible plate from Il Mattarello

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Salad with goat cheese from La Fattoria

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And if you want it simple, potatoes topped with cheese 🙂

While I unfortunately do not have photos (I was too excited to eat!),  I highly recommend Duck It’s pulled duck and Bulko’s bibimbap. 🙂

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12.00 – 21.00
Friday – Saturday 12.00 – 22.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 21.00
(On Sundays, some stalls close at 20.00)

Address: Warehouse 7 & 8, Trangravsvej 14, 1426 Copenhagen K
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*Addendum: I learned in early May 2017 that Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food will not be at its current location for very long. There are reports that the warehouse will be torn down to make way for a residential development project on that location. So, if you’re visiting Copenhagen in the near future, you might want to make sure you go try out the street foods there before they are gone. At the time of writing, there is no news of whether the food stalls will relocate to another place.

April 1, 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Took a Plane. Off To Bruges.

Hooray to Ryanair. I am in one of my spur-of-the-moment-buy-a-Ryanair-ticket-to-somewhere moments again. It hasn’t been a week since I arrived from an exhausting trip to Bergen. I haven’t really fully recovered yet and I’ve really only begun to slowly get back into my Copenhagen rhythm. Yet here I am out of the country again.

I am now in Belgium. My husband and I arrived today from an 8:40 am Ryanair flight out of Copenhagen to Charleroi and waited an hour for a 2-hour bus ride from the Charleroi airport to Bruges (see Fibco here, if you are thinking of following in our footsteps). Both the flight and the bus ride were uneventful (which is a good thing!). The bus had a toilet stall, which, for the duration of the entire ride, was kept locked. Hence, the recommendation (emphasis included!) to use the toilet before boarding the bus.

Like my so far gone teenage years, I am currently staying a hostel. Having lived and grown close to home, Andrew has never stayed in a hostel (there was never a need for one) and I wanted to give him that experience. Hostels are also a great way to save money on non-conference trips that are not funded by grant money (*cheeky grin*). We’re currently staying in an 8-bed dorm at  St. Christopher’s Bauhaus Hostel. The walls are thin and people from the bar below can be heard from the room, but the place is clean, breakfast is free, there are lockers to safe keep belongings, a magnetic key is available for each hostel resident, and toilets are stuffed with toilet paper and hand towels. I can totally live here for a few days. Our roommate experience has also been good so far.

We didn’t really get to do much today since we arrived later afternoon. We had late lunch at Artie: Andrew had Fleming beef stew and a dark dead skull beer (Artie’s local beer) while I had ragout chicken and a blonde dead skull beer. Portions were ginormous! I was so full, I wanted to roll back to the hostel. But the food was definitely worth it and the server was courteous and friendly. If you’re in Bruges, I definitely recommend having one of your meals here.

After a very late lunch, we went on a 30-minute canal tour. It was nice to see the city from the water for 8 EUR. Our our guide spoke in three different languages while driving the boat. The views were fantastic, but, to be perfectly honest, I did not find the verbal part of the tour satisfying. I hardly got anything from our tour guide. He spoke fast, mumbled a lot, and it definitely did not help that his speakers were creaky. Too bad for us. Especially  for me, since I was very eager to listen and learn from a local.

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View during the canal tour

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What a charming little door by the waterfront!

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I could stare at this forever! So pretty!!!

Our canal tour was followed by a short walk to the Brug Square and the Grote Markt. We saw the the gothic town hall, the belfry of Bruges, and the Sint-Salvatorskathedraal, among many other things. We had dinner at a cozy restaurant called One, which seem to be owned by a genuinely friendly couple. I had Flemish beef stew and a dark Trappist beer while Andrew had meatballs and a blonde Trappist beer. Now, the husband is unconscious (and possibly snoring) on Bed 3 and I will soon be unconscious on Bed 4. So far so good.

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Old buildings at the Market Square

 September 8, 2016 | Bruges, Belgium