Street food is an essential part of every foodie’s traveling itinerary. I was uber excited when I read that there’s a street food market with 35 food stalls, trucks and containers in Copenhagen. Plus it’s located on a tiny, lovely island. The island is named “the paper island” because the Procurement Association of the Danish Press used to store their paper there. Access to this island used to be difficult but not long ago a bridge was built, granting easy access from Nyhavn.
PapirØen is an odd blend. Its different stalls sell street food, on a psuedo “street” located inside the huge hangar. The prices though are far from cheap, as you would expect from street food. All food stalls are obligated to serve at least one meal for 50-75 kr, but the reality is that most of the food offered is much more expensive.
We went there on Thursday evening and the place was packed to the brim with people. You need patience here, where there’s no room available to move and seats are scarce, at least when we visited. We had to strategically stalk another couple at a table until they finished their meal and made their seat available. At last we could finally start getting some food into our bellies. PapirØen offers cuisine to be had from all over the world – Thai, Korean, Japanese, Colombian, American, Mexican and more. We sampled a few dishes from several different stalls.
From Latienda, a vegetarian colombian food stand, we got the Fried Colombian Chips (50 kr. / $7.5 / 28₪) dish – a few fried plantains chips served with guacamole and homemade salsa on the side. The chips were very solid, so hard, in fact, that it was difficult to stick a fork in. Eventually we gave up and ate it with our hands. We did enjoy the flavor, especially with the sauces on the side, which there weren’t enough of.
From Oink Oink we got the Pulled Pork Burger (80 kr. / $11.5 / 45₪). The pulled pork itself was kinda dry but the sum was bigger than its parts. Along with the coleslaw and BBQ sauce it was really juicy and flavorful. The cucumber was also a nice touch. The bun held everything bravely and did not get mushy despite the risk factor with all the wet ingredients.
If you like your burger extra spicy, you’ll be glad to know the boys behind Oink Oink have a passion for chili, giving you a variety of options to burn your mouth.
From Copper and Wheat we ordered the Homemade Fried Chicken (95 kr. / $11.5 / 45₪) served with onion rings and duck fat fries. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype and that’s coming from a sucker for duck fat fries. If you commit to carving out years of your lives with decedent, fatty food – it better be damn good. First – the serving method was off. The entire meal is placed inside a box, which makes it almost impossible to eat comfortably. Boxes are great for noodles, not fried chicken and condiments. The chicken batter had a strong black pepper taste which we really liked. The onion rings were simply too oily and crumbly, making the box a real mess.
If you want to enjoy the food, and cramped parties or shows is not your thing, we recommend coming during the daytime, when it’s possible to enjoy the view as well. The narrow alleys and huge mass of people made it very hard to navigate the different stalls and find a place to sit. While we were there there was a band playing at the front of the house but all we could hear at the back is bass and loud noise.
PapirØen – Copenhagen Street Food Online: