Baltic Market – Liverpool’s own Paper Island

28th September 2017

When I told my husband this week that a date had been set for Copenhagen Street Food’s closure his expression mirrored the one he usually saves for football results – a mixture of shock, horror and disbelief.

Sorry if I’m breaking the bad news to you too, but doors will close at the end of the year. The temporary lease for the Paper Island site is up and the area due to be redeveloped. Please don’t despair though, as the team behind it is already working on a new project.

Located in nearby Refshaleoen, this up-and-coming neighbourhood within Copenhagen’s harbour district will certainly be at the top of everyone’s (including mine) 2018 must-visit list when it opens next Easter.

Since it began in 2014 my husband and I have visited CSF several times and totally love it. What’s not to love about eating an amazing Smorrebrod, one of their infamous hot-dogs or drinking a cool craft beer surrounded by Yoko Ono artworks and watching the boats go by?

The energy around the place is totally inspiring too. What were once abandoned warehouses are now full of life, whether their cafes, galleries or creative studios. It’s a real mix of cutting edge design and fun (I wish the office I work in had a swing outside the entrance).

So you can imagine my ‘wannabe Scandifile’ excitement when literally a 10 minute drive from our home Liverpool’s first dedicated street food venue opened earlier this Summer: Baltic Market.

Liverpool has a long, proud history of links to the Nordic region (subject of a future post perhaps?), and nowhere is this more apparent than in the so called “Baltic Quarter” – a network of refurbished warehouses and the iconic former Cains Brewery (sounding familiar?) – and it’s here where you can find the Baltic Market.

The brainchild of Independent Liverpool, the Baltic Market is only a short walk from the city centre and the likes of Liverpool One, the Albert Dock and Mathew Street, but with its mix of galleries, recording studios and vintage shops nestled in amongst the bars and restaurants it’s the perfect setting for those pining for the life and culture of CPH.

Even the former workers car park kiosk now offers you a gin and tonic on arrival.

Any seasoned CSF visitor will soon feel at home here amongst the ply-wood stalls and trestle tables, plus its great for families, and dogs are welcome too. But this wouldn’t be Liverpool if it didn’t have a little Scouse spirit about it; so why not treat yourself to a Sex and the City style cocktail while you dance along to a DJ in the middle of a Saturday afternoon?

Again the range of food on offer here is great and sure to grow further, from toddler friendly pizzas through to fun time burgers and pulled pork, as well as lots of vegan, veggie and trendy ‘small plates’.

Both venues really are great places for locals and tourists, they truly demonstrate what is unique about these exciting cities – their friendliness, their diversity and their creative souls.

If you’re eating out in Liverpool, or Copenhagen for that matter, any time soon don’t just focus on chain restaurants or fine dining you can get that anywhere. Experience something genuine and unique, after all a great meal isn’t just about how much it costs, but the happy memories you take away with you too.

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