The story of Papirøen (The Paper Island) by the Copenhagen waterfront is a rather boring one, but in its entirety it is a beautiful example as to how Copenhagen regenerates itself. The warehouses on the dock were, as far as I know, kept as storage for newsprint paper (hence the name Papirøen). Since it has been used for many different purposes – and now it’s the venue for this wonderful market hall of global street food.
And street food it is. There’s music, buzzing, humming, sizzling and chatting going on everywhere. The slightly trashy, but colorful stalls stand in lines up and down the big concrete hall. Each stall represents street cuisine from a far away part of the world, and the choices are honestly a bit overwhelming to me, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, Turkish… First time I went there I ordered some Korean fried chicken dumplings. The Korean man behind the counter assured me with a thick Asian accent it was the best. I had a Danish pale ale served in an old jar from the beer stall. Also, after having tested a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Thai food around Copenhagen, I think you probably won’t get that better anywhere else either.
I recommend you go there with the canal bus 993 (Havnebussen) from Nyhavn directly to Papirøen. That way you get a fantastic view of the harbour and the magnificent buildings there without having to buy an expensive canal tour…
Note: Bar hours can differ!