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Zwei Frauen gehen shoppen in der Altstadt von Aalborg, Dänemark

My perfect day in Aalborg

Photo: Mette Johnsen

Sandro Masai is a multimedia artist living and working in Aalborg, a harbourside city in the north of Denmark. We picked his brains on the best places to eat, drink and hang out in the city. 


Where to drink: Café Ulla Terkelsen London

Despite the name, this cosy café decorated with London pop art style motifs is in Aalborg. It's popular with the local creative crowd. It also has an outside area, where I like to enjoy a glass of white wine on a sunny afternoon with friends.


Where to eat: Hos Isidor Henius

When in Denmark, do like the Danes! Which can mean only one thing – traditional Smørrebrød. I like to take my international friends there to try the marinated herring on black bread and drink the local snaps. It doesn’t get more Danish than that.


What to do: party at Carnival!

Aalborg carnival is more international and fun than one would think (and I am Brazilian!). It's back with a bang in 2022, check out the line-up and get your tickets here.

A bridge over the fjord in Aalborg, North Denmark
Photo: Patrick Bo Elkjær og Sofie Steensen Nielsen

Where to explore: Fjordby

I like walking by the fjord no matter the weather. It’s always beautiful. I have been living in Aalborg for more than a decade, but I still enjoy walking around taking pictures. On a sunny summer day, the best sunset spot is by Fjordby. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with someone there.


Where to relax: Lindholm by the fjord

It’s the sunny side of Aalborg, so pack a rug and some food – it's a beautiful place for a picnic.


Hot tip: the best party street in Aalborg

Jomfru Ane Gade is the party street in the evenings, which you have to experience at least once if you are visiting Aalborg.

Skagen Gray Lighthouse "Det Grå Fyr" in North Jutland, Denmark
Photo: © Jakob Vingtoft

My best travel advice

If you have come as far as Aalborg, you must go a little further north and visit Skagen, so you can say you have visited the top of Denmark. It’s a charming little town by the beach. And you should try a “stjerneskud” there  it means ‘shooting star’!


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