Salling Roof Top – Rooftop restaurant and lounge at the top of the Salling Department Store (Søndergade 27, 10min walk form the main train station) 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city. You can also challenge yourself by going out on the nerve-wracking Salling SKYWALK – a glass plate 27 meters above Strøget. There is a stage where they host concerts and performances, or DJs. Check out their events page. Great for cocktails, lunch or coffee. Open daily 10am-8pm (but closes earlier on the weekend).
Aarhus Central Food Market – International food hall with food stands from around the world. (Sankt Knuds Torv, 2min from central train station) Delicious and freshly prepared dishes from all corners of the world made from fresh ingredients. Try their Vietnamese bao buns! When it opened in 1938, the dance restaurant guests ate 300 lobsters and 50 lambs. After being empty for 15 years, Aarhus Hall reopened as a gourmet food space as Aarhus Central Food Market. Open daily 11:30am – 8pm.
Pho C&P – fresh Vietnamese cuisine (Sønder Allé 14, 10min walk from the main train station) This is a small restaurant and around dinner time it gets really packed. They have a few tables on the sidewalk outside in the summer. Inspired by the traditional Vietnamese street cuisine. Try their tofu bowl! Or their “My Quang” – a dish with special yellow noodles, originally from the province of Quang Nam, in central Vietnam. The dish is served with shrimp, pork and flat yellow noodles, topped with spring onions, coriander and sauce as an accessory. Open daily 12pm – 8:30pm.
City Hall – designed by star architect and designer Arne Jacobson in 1941 (Rådhuspladsen 2, 10min walk from the main train station) The old city hall building now houses a museum of women’s history. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
Teater Bodega – Danish cuisine (Skolegade 7, near Aarhus Theatre, 20min walk from main train station) The building where the Theater Bodega is located dates from 1900 (the same year as the Aarhus Theater). Since 1908 there has been a restaurant on the premises. The restaurant was named Teaterbodega in 1959. The pictures on the walls of the restaurant are signed photographs of some of Danish theater’s biggest names, stage pictures, premier drawings, posters etc. Open daily 11:30am – 11pm.
Street Food – International food hall with food stands from around the world. Great outdoor patios in the summer (Ny Banegårdsgade 46, 10min walk from the main train station) Try their vegan strawberry and dark chocolate popsicles. Open daily 11:30am-9pm.
DOKK 1 – Public Library and Event Hall that opened in June 2015 as a new culture- and multimedia house (Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, 10min walk from the main train station)
Dome of Visions – Sustainable and innovative event space and bar (Pier 2, 20min walk from the main train station)
Latinerkvarteret / Latin Quarter
Café Gaya – Vegan organic resto / café (Vestergade 43, 25min walk from the main train station) Everything is homemade, and the kitchen gladly accommodates vegans and gluten and lactose allergies. Try their weekend brunch buffet with freshly-made gourmet vegan dishes! They also make a great turmeric oat latte! Open 11am-9pm (closed on Sundays).
Langhoff & Juul – new Nordic cuisine (Guldsmedgade 30, 20min from the main train station) Organic eatery with a unique objective. Here, focus is on interpersonal relations and organic values. The concept was created as a reaction to the escalating pace in our society, which leaves people in a constant shortage of time and ability to be present in the moment. Try their brunch. On the weekends you need a reservation because they are always booked up. Open daily 9am – 10pm.
Mefisto – Bistro with a lovely courtyard in the back. They specialize in seafood (Volden 28, 20min walk from the main train station) Opened in 1995, in one of the beautiful old houses in the idyllic Latin Quarter. “Uncomplicated and cozy” is their hallmark. Try their brunch or their ”Stjerneskud” seafood brunch plate. They also have a lobster menu every Tuesday night that includes a three course menu created from a whole lobster. Open 11:30am – 10pm.
Café Drudenfuss – Bistro-style on a lovely building on the corner of one of the most popular streets in the Latin Quarter (Graven 30, 20min walk from the main train station) Great for coffee or drinks, wine and olives. Open daily 10am – 12am.
Løve’s Bog- og Vincafé – Cozy café, bookstore, and wine bar (Nørregade 32, 20min walk from the main train station) They sell new books, are a café with food and drink, a wine bar that has 75 different, imported wines from around the world, and a cultural site with lots of live events in the form of readings, lectures, literary festivals and poetry events. Open 9am – 12am on weekdays and 12pm – 6pm on the weekends.
Museums and Sights
AROS Art Museum – established in 1859 and is the oldest public art museum in Denmark outside Copenhagen (Aros Allé 2) On 7 April 2004, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum opened with exhibitions in a brand new modern building, 10 storeys tall and designed by Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen. Apart from the large galleries with both permanent and changing exhibitions, the ARoS building features an arts shop, a dining café and a restaurant. The architectural vision of the museum was completed in 2011, with the addition of the circular skywalk rainbow panorama by Ólafur Elíasson. The installation has helped boost the museum’s attendance, making it the second most visited museum in Denmark, just behind the well-known Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk. Open daily 10am – 9pm (till 5pm on the weekends).
Women’s Museum – Kvindemuseet, is a women’s history museum (Domkirkepladsen 5, 20min walk from the main train station) also has a nice café. Kvindemuseet was founded in 1982 and is housed in the former Aarhus City Hall, built in 1857. Open 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays).
Den Gamle By – The Old Town in English, is an open-air town museum located in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens (Viborgvej 2, 30min walk from the main train station) In 1914, the museum opened, and consists of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. The town itself is the main attraction but most buildings are open for visitors; rooms are either decorated in the original historical style or organized into larger exhibits. The museum buildings are organized into a small town of chiefly half-timbered structures originally erected between 1550 and the late 19th century in various parts of the country and later moved to Aarhus during the 20th century. In all there are some 27 rooms, chambers or kitchens, 34 workshops, 10 groceries or shops, 5 historical gardens, a post office, a customs office, a school and a theatre. There are several groceries, diners and workshops spread throughout the town with museum staff working in the roles of town figures i.e. merchant, blacksmith etc. adding to the illusion of a “living” town. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Moesgaard Museum – museum of archaeology and ethnography, located in Højbjerg, a suburb of Aarhus (Moesgård Allé 15, 8270 Højbjerg) The ethnographical collections contain almost 50,000 artefacts from all over the world. They are used both for research and exhibitions. The collection also contains photographic material, films and sound recordings. The museum’s exhibitions presents several archaeological findings from Denmark’s ancient past, including the Grauballe Man, the world’s best preserved bog body and the large ritual weapons from Illerup Ådal,. The collection also contains seven local rune stones. Temporary exhibitions at the museum also display examples of the world’s cultural heritage. The new museum building, housing both exhibitions for the public and headquarters for academic research, was inaugurated in 2014. Open daily 10am – 5pm.
Aarhus Theatre – Guided tours: Throughout the season there are public tours on selected days with the opportunity to visit the theater’s nooks and crannies. A tour guide tells about the history of the house, about the architecture and decoration. The tour goes around the whole house – to the various stages, workshops, supplies basement, etc. The tour starts at the theater’s main staircase in Teatergaden and lasts approx. 75 min.