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Your rainbow panorama, 2011, Olafur Eliasson ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Photo Anders Trærup, Aarhus media center

My perfect day in Aarhus

Photo: Your rainbow panorama, 2011, Olafur Eliasson ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Photo Anders Trærup; Aarhus media center

Mona Linaa lives and works in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. We picked her brains on the best places to eat, drink and hang out in the city. 

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Where to drink: Fatter Eskil

It is such a “hyggelig” place and there is often live music. The place is very LGBTI+ friendly, as its owner also runs Gbar, the city’s LGBTI+ friendly nightclub, just across the street. Once you are done with the bar atmosphere for the evening and looking for a dance floor, it is only a few steps away!

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Das dänische Nationalgericht Gebratener Schweinebauchspeck mit Petersiliensauce ("Stegt flæsk med persillesovs")
Photo: Mikkel Heriba

Where to eat: Pinden

My wife is from the Faroe Islands, and I thought it was important that she tried some real Danish food, so our first date was at Pinden. Here you can get a lot of Danish classics including all you can eat “stegt flæsk” (fried pork – Denmark’s national dish), “æggekage” (Danish omelette) and “hakkebøf” (ground beef patty). I always combine a solid Danish dish with a pint and a snaps. I don’t think it gets anymore Danish than that...

 

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Your rainbow panorama, Olafur Eliasson, 2006 - 2011, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum.
Photo: Your rainbow panorama, Olafur Eliasson, 2006 - 2011, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Photo: Robin Skjoldborg.

What to do: ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

It is, of course, the art museum ARoS, and more specifically the rainbow installation with a beautiful view over the whole of Aarhus. The changes of colour result in the city constantly changing. Every time I’m there I see something I have not seen before. 

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Where to hang out: Aarhus Street Food

Go to the outdoor area of Aarhus Street Food, where there is always a lively atmosphere. It is a wonderful place where you can easily kill some time and get a refreshment and a bite of food.

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Where to explore: Sydhavnen

This gives you a new perspective on the beautiful and more polished modern city. Here you will find Skraldecaféen, where you can get a free meal made from surplus food from local grocery stores. It is also possible to join a Povertywalk, where a homeless, socially disadvantaged or a former homeless person shows you around the area, sharing their life stories and what Sydhavnen has to offer.

 

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Mona Linaa waving a rainbow flag in Aalborg
Photo: Mona Linaa

Hot tip: Market Day

Besides Aarhus Pride, you have to experience market day on Ingerslev Boulevard. Here you will find local foods of all kinds – fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese - everything the heart desires.  

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Photo: Odder Kommune

My best travel advice

Get an Island Pass and see what our beautiful islands have to offer. Visit a brewery or distillery, explore some local dining experiences and enjoy the amazing nature. 

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