First look: Five things to eat at new WestMarket food market in Copenhagen
Earlier this year, Copenhagen got its third food market. Following in the footsteps of Torvehallerne by Nørreport station and Copenhagen Street Food on Papirøen across from Nyhavn, new WestMarket opened its doors on the border of Vesterbro and Frederiksberg.
I remember a couple of years back, there was a place called Toves Galleri (I think) in the building that connects Vesterbrogade and Mattæusgade. I only walked through there once, and I remember being a bit creeped out – it was super quiet and the shops in there were kinda weird…
So luckily, this has improved massively – new WestMarket is a foodie heaven right after my own heart, with a mix of food stalls and takeaway places from all over the world, as well as specialty food stores, a greengrocer, gift and flower stores. There are different dining areas with tables and benches, and an outside area as well for when the weather is nice.
So far, I’ve only visited twice, but I did my best to try as many different places as possible. I’m far from having tried everything, but I thought I’d share some first impressions on what’s worth giving a shot.
CARIBS – Caribbean fish cakes
I loooove fish cakes and crab cakes, and these deep fried little balls of joy are no exception. They owners of CARIBS want to bring a taste of the Caribbean to Denmark, and it’s rich, spicy, and delicious. The salsa on the side gives a lovely fresh kick, but be careful with the homemade hot sauce, it’s quite spicy, but since the chili seeds are removed, the heat stays in your mouth and doesn’t burn your throat. I loved the fish cakes and can’t wait to try the rest of their menu!
Den Fede Kylling – chicken and waffles
Chicken and waffles. Need I say more? Okay, maybe a few more words to do this beauty of a dish justice. It’s maybe not exactly street food, because good luck trying to eat this with your hands, but it’s definitely worth a try. The structure of this dish is pretty straight-forward: fluffy waffles, crispy without being dry, drenched in maple syrup, and a couple of battered deep-fried chicken tenders, topped with homemade hot sauce and spring onions. The chicken is some of the best fried chicken I’ve had in Copenhagen – it’s perfectly seasoned and amazingly juicy under the crispy batter. The hot sauce is not very spicy and has a nice smoky flavor to it. There’s chili salsa to kick up the heat, if you prefer. Definitely recommended!
GUILTY – mini cupcakes
GUILTY’s display is probably the most swoon-worthy at all of WestMarket. Desserts are their specialty, and they make the most beautiful and delicious mini cupcakes and what they call “high fashion mini cakes”, and they are truly a sight to behold. I loved the combination of chocolate sponge cake, salted caramel icing, and blackberries. So delicious!
Chuño – empanadas
You know I love a good empanada, and Chuño knows how to make them! Whether oven-baked or deep-fried, meaty or vegetarian, they have an amazing pastry and are filled to the brim with deliciousness. I also loved the salsa that came on the side and brought just the right freshness and spicy kick. I also highly recommend their homemade lemonade – super fresh and not too sweet. If you want to give them a try, you’ll have to hurry, though, as Chuño is leaving WestMarket soon – but fear not, they’re relocating to Torvehallerne, so you can get your fix there!
Two Socks Copenhagen – gin & tonic
Raise your hand if you love gin & tonics! Us G&T lovers have been blessed with a specialty bar in the city center (The Bird and the Churchkey), but now you can get your fix at WestMarket, too! Two Socks Copenhagen serves up all sorts of delicious gins, perfectly matched with the right selection of tonic waters and garnish. There’s a weekly special G&T as well, so you can try something new every time. Skål!
Have you been to WestMarket? Hit me with your favorites in the comments!
WestMarket | Vesterbrogade 97, 1620 Copenhagen | westmarket.dk | open every day 10-22