AUTHOR: RICHARD FORRESTER


On a recent visit to Copenhagen I had the pleasure of visiting the famous Papirøen (Paper Island) the city’s first and only genuine street food market. Tucked away in what seems to be an old industrial harbor are a large number of food trucks and wooden cabins, filled with an array of dishes from around the world – Korean and Mexican as well as French and of course Danish treats galore – I tucked into something I’ve been wanting to try for ages – the original Danish Smørrebrød, which was utterly delicious – So fresh and healthy.

For me, Copenhagen is a small compact city, similar to Edinburgh in many ways, providing endless amounts of culture, including the Tivoli Gardens, The little mermaid and numerous museums and historical buildings. Quite enough enjoyment and sightseeing for any budding tourist, all within walking distance of the city centre. The food generally was a little expensive, but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of family-run and independent eateries and cafes throughout the city, yet unspoiled by the huge chain cooperation’s you find around other capitals.  I would advise visiting the lively and trendy area of Vesterbro, just a short walk from the city center. If you have family, try the Østerbro area.

My overall feeling of the food and drink in this beautiful Scandinavian country is very positive, traditionally being very minimal, and fresh produce. I found the super friendly and charming people of Copenhagen were always willing to help and advise me on the best food eateries and cafes within the city.

Wrap up warm and don’t forget to enjoy a Danish pastry or two while watching the stylish residents of Copenhagen go about their daily activities.

Highly recommended.