New in Copenhagen: Teglværket
I have some great news to share with you today!
A street food market slash beach bar slash general cozy place with hyper cool industrial vibe opened 10 minutes from my house! In Sluseholmen! Where nothing ever really happens! I am ecstatic.
The place is called Teglværket, and it’s an abandoned industrial building tucked away at the end of a dirt road, so it’s actually not that easy to find unless you know it’s there. But that’s why you have me – to tell you about these sort of places, so you can come and drink sangria on the beach.
Yup, the clever folks that put the food stalls and carts in the old factory building also made a little sandy beach in front of it, right down to the water!
Now imagine this on a sunny day.
Drinking sangria on the beach is my new jam, y’all.
Inside, there are several food trucks and stalls lining the walls, leaving space in the middle of the hall for benches and tables. As Teglværket is still very new, the selection isn’t huge yet – we counted seven different food options so far. But wait! I know that doesn’t sound like much, but there’s a lot of variety, plus, this meant that me and the boyfriend could easily test all of them out (well, almost) on two consecutive evenings this past week!
And actually, that’s great news for you, since for now, information on the selection and prices is relatively sparse, so of course we took one for the team and did some serious researching.
You’re welcome, world! 💁
(Quick side note of that emoji – I learned recently that this is supposed to be the “help desk” or concierge emoji? I’ve always used it to show I was being sassy, but let’s just say right now I’m using it as a combination of the two!)
Right by the entrance, there’s a huge bar that sprawls across almost the entire width of the building. They have an ample selection of beers, on tap and by the bottle, but none of them can really be considered craft beers, if that’s what you’re into. There’s wine, and there are cocktails (or rather, long drinks), and there is sangria, which is actually really nice (DKK 50 per cup, DKK 235 for a 2l pitcher). They have some special offers of 2-for-1 and other discounts during happy hour and their Friday bar, which you can find on Facebook. Generally, the drinks prices are within what I would call the normal range for Copenhagen; not a bargain, but not excessively pricey.
Za’atar – Mediterranean
This bright orange food stall offers Mediterranean cuisine, namely couscous-quinoa bowls with various toppings (chicken, fried fish, or falafel, for DKK 90-95). It’s really nice to have these vegetarian and even vegan options available, especially since there aren’t that many stands and food trucks yet. We only had a snack, but OH EM GEE was that delicious! Deep fried halloumi cheese (basically like mozzarella sticks but with a bit more taste to them) with eggplant creme (i.e. baba ganoush) and sour cream with harissa. SO GOOD YOU GUYS. Seriously. Best DKK 40 you’ll spend that day, guaranteed. Am I drooling on my keyboard remembering these? Well, we can’t rule it out.
The burger stand didn’t really have a name, but their burgers speak for themselves! The first one pictured is the Double Cheese (DKK 119 with fries), which was oozing cheesy deliciousness out of every pore. A squishy brioche bun, a nice patty (though they come well done by default, so remember to mention if you want yours cooked medium), a couple slices of bacon, some baby spinach leaves, tomatoes, pickles, onion, and sauces. If that’s not enough burger for you, go for their Double Trouble, which is pictured on the bottom right. Two beef patties, countless slices of cheese, and I believe there’s even some mac-n-cheese in there as well. Plus, of course, bacon and all the other trimmings. It’s deliciously obscene and obscenely delicious, and you probably won’t need anything else to eat that day! This beast will set you back DKK 139 (which is a VERY fair price, all things considered).
The burger place also has a small grill offer, where you can find charcoal grilled ribeye steak and sausages, though we didn’t have enough stomach room to try those.
After nibbling on their tortilla chips with salsa and guac with our sangrias, I decided I had to try the tacos, too. There were three different ones on the menu, costing DKK 38 each, with a special offer of all three for DKK 100 (comparable to basically all other taco stands on Copenhagen’s various street food markets). On my little paper tray were (left to right) a baja fish taco, a veggie taco with refried beans and salsa, and a cochinita taco topped with avocado. I really liked all of them, but I think the cochinita was my favorite – the pork was succulent and spicy, without being too greasy (i.e. no liquid running all over your hands as you eat). The boyfriend also tried their “Mexi Torta”, a brioche burger bun filled with pork, guacamole, and salsa for DKK 85. Yum, yum! A look into my crystal ball reveals that Taco Tuesdays might become a regular thing around here…
Bingo – Chinese pancakes
This small, orange cart didn’t really look like much, but it turned out to be one of the breakout stars of our “Tour de Teglværket”. When I walked past the first time and spotted a round hot plate, I was immediately reminded of crêpes, and it turns out that these Chinese scallion pancakes (cong you bing) are actually a little bit similar. If you, like me, haven’t tried them before, they’re basically thin, savory pancakes filled with egg, scallions, chili sauce, and avocado, and topped with black sesame and more scallions (at least that’s what my version consisted of). They also have a vegan option (sans egg), as well as chicken, and another type of mean, if I’m mistaken – even I can’t remember everything! This was really flavorful, spicy and filling, and definitely not the last time I’m having one of these! They clock in at DKK 65.
Tapas del Corazon – Bocadillo
Yup, I had to google that name, too – bocadillos are Spanish sandwiches, typically served in baguette bread. The truck at Teglværket had different options – serrano, tuna, and the one we ended up choosing, with chorizo and goat cheese. I loooove goat cheese, so I enjoyed the sandwich, especially the pickled red peppers on top, which gave a nice zing. There was a little bit too much chorizo for my taste, but that’s just my personal opinion. One of these sandwiches costs DKK 59. This truck also offers a tapas plate, for when you just need a little snack with your drink.
At the time of writing, there are two additional food stalls that we didn’t get to try. One serves coffee and cakes (although the cake stand was empty both times we visited 😞 ) and the other one, called hokuō, offers sushi with Scandinavian ingredients – I’ll put that on the list for next time.
I’m really thrilled about Teglværket – admittedly, their selection isn’t huge yet, and we’ll have to see whether they can thrive in their location and with the competition around town. But I’m crossing my fingers and will definitely do my part to keep them afloat.
So if you want to do me a solid and help make sure this cool food market stays put 10 minutes from my house, you should come down and check them out – and if you spot me there, come say hi and I’ll buy you a drink!
Have you checked out Teglværket? What did you think?