aarhus, denmark

Aarhus, Denmark: 10 best places to eat and drink

This year’s capital of culture, Denmark’s second city, is an ideal place to spend a winter weekend. Try the hot cinnamon rolls, cured salmon and cockle-warming beers

1) Home brew

At stylish café La Cabra, in the Latin Quarter, they roast their coffee in-house. Pair a cup with a freshly made cinnamon bun or some avocado toast. Or join one of the café’s home brewing classes. lacabra.dk


2) Brunch spot

Enjoy the cosseting Danish concept of hygge by piling your plate with waffles, granola, salads, fresh fruit, cakes, crusty bread and roast salmon at Globen Flakket, a cosy  canal-side restaurant. The hot chocolate is good too. globen-flakket.dk

3) Fish supper

An atmospheric cross between a British chippy and a French bistro, Oli Nico serves fabulously fresh fried fish (to take away or eat in) and great value three-course set dinners; think cured salmon, apple and fennel salad, beef bourguignon and blueberry and white chocolate cheesecake. olinico.dk

4) Off the rails

Set inside Godsbanen, a converted railway station that’s home to flea markets and pop-ups, Spiselauget is a relaxed, modern restaurant serving gastropub-inspired food: seasonal dinner options include trout with kohlrabi and smoked yogurt. spiselauget.dk

5) Danish pastries

You can’t visit Denmark without indulging in a buttery baked good or two. Langenæs Bageriet is a great bakery and stocks everything from rye bread to cinnamon horns and chocolate Danish. langenaesbageriet.dk

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6) Posh dogs

Haute Friture is a Latin Quarter institution, known for its gourmet hotdogs; the Hot Duck features duck confit in a spring roll with chilli, mushrooms and cranberries, topped with chilli and soya mayo and a wakame seaweed salad, all tucked in a bun.  facebook.com/hautefrituredk/

7) New Nordic

For exciting modern cooking with a delicate Scandinavian influence, book a table at Nordisk Spisehus. Every two months its set menus take on a new theme but typical dishes include ox with artichoke and sage or blackberries with marzipan and honey. nordiskspisehus.dk

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8) To market

Near the station, Aarhus Central Food Market is the perfect lunch spot for indecisive foodies. Browse the stalls for classic smørrebrød (open sandwiches), organic juices, Asian street food and fresh seafood. Hip porridge stall Grød serves everything from chia seed porridge with peanut butter to dal and congee. aarhuscentralfoodmarket.dk

9) Ale house

A volunteer-run, non-profit café and bar that supports a range of charities Fairbar’s big attraction – aside from its regular live music nights – is its wide range of Danish and foreign craft beers. Look out for warming winter ales from local brewery Humleland.  fairbar.dk

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10) Elegant dining

At organic restaurant L’Estragon expect artistic and seasonal plates, such as cod with pumpkin, fennel and blackberry or local mussels with potato, spinach and apple. Go the whole hog and order wine pairings to match your chosen menu. lestragon.dk


Return flights from Stansted to Aarhus start at £30 (ryanair.com).

Double rooms at Hotel Oasia start at £107, b&b (hoteloasia.dk).


More info: visitaarhus.co; danishfoodregion.eu

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