Aarhus- The city of Smiles (Smilets By)

Aarhus- The city of Smiles (Smilets By)

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Denmark’s second largest city is located on the east coast of Jutland; in 2017 it was also voted as the European capital of culture.

For anyone who has already visited Stockholm and Copenhagen... believe me, you will love Aarhus even more.

Aarhus is a rather large student city with a very vibrant vibe, exciting cuisine choices, plenty of music festivals and stunning sunny beaches for the warm summer days.

Gastronomy

There are plenty of trendy food choices in Aarhus; it’s also important to highlight that Aarhus won an award in 2016 as the best European region of gastronomy. If you would like to try something traditional, then the smørrebrød at Kähler Spisesalon should be on your list. Smørrebrød is a typical lunch in all parts of the country; Danes in general prefer having a "cold" lunch. Smørrebrød is a nicely decorated rye bread sandwich, topped with different cold cuts. A favourite amongst Danes is the one with herring.

Kähler Spisesalon
Kähler Spisesalon
M. P. Bruuns Gade, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Smørrebrød, © Photo: Bartroff
Smørrebrød, © Photo: Bartroff

If you’d like to taste something more alternative, head over to Fika café, which is a popular choice for a delicious healthy brunch, on Jægergårdsgade street. If you’d like yet another healthy, plant based, gluten free meal, then try out the Café Gaya.

Cafe Fika
Cafe Fika
Jægergårdsgade 47, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
© Photo: CafeFika
© Photo: CafeFika
Cafe Gaya
Cafe Gaya
Vestergade, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

For the thirsty souls and beer lovers, the Mikkeller Bar (also on Jægergardsgade street) serves more than a dozen of different brews, one of them being Mikkeller, which is a popular Danish beer.

Mikkeller Bar
Mikkeller Bar
Jægergårdsgade, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
© Photo: Mikkellerbar
© Photo: Mikkellerbar

Festival, culture and shopping

Denmark has become a rather popular destination when it comes to music festivals. NorthSide music festival has grown in size and popularity over the years, with its 3-day long festival which takes place in June, not far away from the centre of Aarhus.

There’s plenty to visit and see on the cultural spectrum in Aarhus, due to its magnificent 12th century style architecture that blends in with modern built architecture. Getting lost in some of Aarhus’ back streets is the best way to venture through the cultural richness and diversity of the city. The Latin Quarter takes you back to the 14th century with its cobbled stone streets, its terraces of all different colours, and its cosy social vibe amongst all the cafés.

Aarhus - The Old Town
Aarhus - The Old Town
Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Danemark
© Photo: Danefromspain
© Photo: Danefromspain

Once you already make your way to the Latin Quarter, take your time to do some window-shopping through all the small boutiques and shops, which sell numerous local Danish brands. Aarhus offers a vast choice when it comes to shopping, from smaller Danish brands, to international labels, but also home ware shops- after all Denmark is the land of the interior design, furniture and hygge.

Greenery

Just like the rest of the country, Aarhus has plenty to offer in terms of greenery and spending time outdoors. From sandy beaches (Den Permanente) that you can cycle to from the city centre, to stunning botanical gardens (west of the old town), and national parks with a sea view such as Mols Bjerge (Mols Hills) located a short ride outside of the city.

Den Permanente beach
Den Permanente beach
Den Permanente, 8240 Risskov, Denmark
Mols Bjerge National Park
Mols Bjerge National Park
Nationalpark Mols Bjerge, Grenaavej 12, 8410 Rønde, Danemark
Botanical Gardens Aarhus
Botanical Gardens Aarhus
Peter Holms Vej, Aarhus, Denmark
© Photo: HildaWeges
© Photo: HildaWeges

Cover picture credits ©: peder77

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Masa Mesic

Masa Mesic

My name is Maša, born in Croatia but grew up in Prague. I have a great passion for gastronomy, yoga and languages. Follow my journey, as we travel through Denmark and Czechia.

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