Torvehallerne is Copenhagen's delicious farmers' market, open daily and offering tons of organic, sustainable and locally-sourced food fare. There are also free samples of certain items, so even if you don't have a lot of money you can still enjoy some local flavor. Try organic ice cream, natural wines, artisanal honey, organic sausage, local cheeses and much more. There are even hand-made bath and body products.
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Torvehallerne, or Copenhagen's Food Hall
Foodies, rejoice. Torvehallerne is a one-stop shop for several meals, snacks, and gourmet groceries or gastronomical gifts. It's an airy, light-filled building with all kinds of purveyors, from fantastic coffee shops, chefs cooking fresh pasta and serving it hot to you at the counter, a farmers market outside, a tapas bar, you name it. If you've ever been to Florence, think of Mercato Centrale, but in a nicer setting and housing more variety. Ride your bike there to grab a bite or to spend the day enjoying its bounty.
Erected on a cobblestone square amongst the tall residences built in the Haussmanian style so associated with Europe is the Torvehallerne market. There you can stroll through well-lit, glass-enclosed aisles and try fresh breads (Lauras Bakery); a well-frosted Princess cupcake (Agnes Cupcakes); a stiff espresso (Coffee Collective); Italian rotisserie pork and potatoes (Un Mercato); a charcuterie plate with gherkins and olives and paired with wine (Cleaver’s Meat Market). At Torvehallerne there are over sixty risk-free selections; Copenhagen's well-deserved reputation as being a top foodie destination precedes it.
After we ate we stopped at the Summerbird Chocolaterie stand, enticed by a bowl of chocolate covered almonds sprinkled with a blue pixie dust. (It was tinted chocolate powder.) Once drawn in we eyed the Snowballs (a Marzipan base, a Polynesian vanilla fill, and a dark chocolate reinforcement) glazed in all the colors of Spring; further examined the Valencia almonds (in particular the ones that looked like weathered stones - a Madagascar chocolate coat flecked with sea salt); and studied the Petite Fours shaped like the butterflies which gave rise to the store’s name. Not surprisingly we left with bags of chocolates readied to be taken home and shared with friends. (Well, at least the ones we didn’t end up eating ourselves.)
Torvehallerne is a must-visit for anyone interested in the Danish gourmet food scene and enjoying nice, reasonably priced meals.
A search for Danish porridge from Grød brought us to Torvehallerne, but I wasn't at all expecting to fall in love with this place. The quality of the food sold at this market is supreme as the presentation of the produce, seafood, and everything else on offer makes it utterly enticing based on looks alone. Just as with everything else in Copenhagen, Torvehallerne is very clean and the booths are neat and orderly. Moreover, there are all sorts of enticing aromas wafting through the halls of this market: Danishes beckon to be devoured, meats cooking on the fire induce extreme mouthwatering, and the nostalgic scent of freshly brewing coffee epitomizes coziness and comfort.