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Torvehallernekbh, Copenhagen

A great example of a modern food market

by Tracey Pollard


"Appeals to locals and tourists, with a breadth of everyday services from green grocers to butchers"

As a complete foodie I was keen to visit Torvehallernekbh, which is Copenhagen’s answer to London’s Borough Market or Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel. Covering some 70,000 sq ft, the market is split into two glass structures, with over 80 stalls inside the building and within a central piazza between the two buildings.  By dividing the market into 2 buildings, the market provides a welcoming feel, despite the clean lines and high ceilings.

The market appeals to local and tourist alike, with a breadth of everyday services from green grocers to butchers.  The tenant mix has evolved beyond the basic food stores and provides a range of homewear operators such as a knife shop for the amateur chef or the wine merchant who sells by the glass or the bottle, for your to take home.

Whether a new structure of this style could be constructed in London, would seem doubtful, due to the conflicts between land prices and lack of operators covenant. The high numbers of existing London markets may also conflict with the creation of a new market, especially one that trades 7 days a week.

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