Paper Island and new food stalls


6 May 2018

Popular food halls on Paper Island closed at Christmas because the site is being cleared for a new development of apartments along with a swimming pool and a new public square. 

Ugly but practical concrete warehouses - where newspapers in the city once stored their newsprint which explains the popular name for the island - had, in recent years, been home to a gallery, offices, covered car park spaces and the food halls.

Now, a number of new food stalls, in temporary wood buildings, have opened on the other side of the canal … facing across to Paper Island … on the right-hand or south side of the new bridge as you cross to the Christianshavn side.

This is a slightly odd space - a wedge of land along the north side of one of the big 18th-century brick warehouses that run back from the harbour - so the market stalls are on the shadow side. It’s been given the name Broens Gadekøkken - so The Bridge …. street kitchen because this is not Bridge Street so it’s not the kitchen on Bridge Street. OK a bit pedantic but I write about urban history and historic buildings so have to try to get names right.

I’m yet to try the stalls … they only got started with an official opening this weekend … but it looks promising with well known city companies like Grød and Coffee Collective already set up and others on the way. 

I’m curious that although there are smaller numbers of tourists coming over the bridge its not the big drop off of numbers I anticipated with the closure of the Paper Island food halls. Presumably this is now the main route for visitors heading for Christiania and certainly seems to be well-established as a main run for city people heading in and out of the centre particularly as this is the only real alternative as a way over the harbour to avoid Knippelsbro.


for opening times and more information - BROENSGADEKOEKKEN.DK