During our cycle trip of Denmark we rested our weary legs in the country’s second largest city: Aarhus. While Copenhagen might be the capital of Denmark, Aarhus has much to offer the discerning city tripper and it’s not without reason that it was crowned European Capital of Culture 2017. Beyond its main cultural attractions the city boasts an array of eateries, cafes and alternative points of interest. Here are a few of my favourite places to eat, drink and explore:
Aarhus Street food
A relatively new addition to the Aarhus food scene, Aarhus Street Food opened in 2016 and has proved to be a hit with locals ever since. This former garage space is now buzzing with food stalls serving everything from traditional Danish cuisine to Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian and more. There are bars serving beer and cocktails to accompany your meal, and during the summer you can take advantage of the large outdoor seating area. What’s more the prices are very reasonable when you consider what you would pay in a restaurant in Aarhus!
Den Uendelige Bro (The Infinite Bridge)
Where better to spend a summer’s day than soaking up the the sun beside the sea? Fortunately for the citizens on Aarhus they have a smattering of small beaches right on their doorstep. During the summer months one of these beaches has some thing that sets it apart from the rest: Den Uendelige Bro (The Infinite Bridge). Originally part of a temporary sculpture exhibition, the bridge was so loved by the people of Aarhus it has since become a permanent feature (talk about people power!). The wooden jetty forms a complete (and perfect) circle which leads you from the white sands until you are stood above the turquoise waters… and back round again.
The Latin Quarter
Undoubtedly one of the most vibrant parts of the city, the Latin Quarter is a “must stroll” when visiting Aarhus. Take a wander along its cobbled streets, have a mooch in its boutiques, and pop into one of its many cafes. In the summer you’ll discover small terraces overflowing with locals catching up over a chilled glasses of wine or a cup of coffee.
Craft beer at Mikkeller Bar
If you’re a fan of craft beer don’t miss out on a quick tipple at Mikkeller Bar. The bar boasts around 20 different craft beers from all over the world on tap, with prices starting around 30DK for a small glass. The Mikkeller brewery itself began in Copenhagen but now has bars dotted around the globe from San Francisco to Seoul! The Aarhus edition is bright and modern with natural wood furnishings, hanging light bulbs and playful artwork. In the summer you can even sip your IPA on the outdoor terrace.
Nummer 24 Bakery
No trip to Denmark would be complete without sampling some of their famous pastries (and trust me I’ve sampled a LOT during this trip). Nummer 24, located in the Latin Quarter, offers a small but saliva-enduing selection of quality breads and pastries. What I liked about their cinnamon pastries was that they weren’t as sugary as some I’d sampled elsewhere. There are some small benches outside where you can prop yourself, grab a coffee, and watch the world go by as you chomp down on your baked goods.
If you don’t want to blow your budget at a restaurant, Burger Shack could be the answer. We discovered this eatery whilst wandering past and noticing the huge crowd chowing down on burgers. The prices are extremely reasonable with a meal including a burger, fries and a soft drink from only 80DK (pretty good for Denmark). What’s more the burgers are made up of quality patties, a delicious sauce and soft buns, whilst the fries were cooked to crispy perfection then tossed in parmesan and rosemary. YUM!
Dome of Visions
The harbour area of Aarhus is currently undergoing redevelopment, with cranes swinging overhead and contemporary apartments springing up along the water. Closer to the city, on an unused piece of land, The Dome of Visions adds something unique and contrasting to its industrial surroundings. A large dome of wood and transparent material makes for a light space, and the plants inside the structure add to its natural ambience which couldn’t feel further from the container shipping yard just across the water. This temporary space will be in place until at least June 2018 and plays host to a cafe and a regular programme of events and activities. You can find out more about the dome in English here.