Aarhus Local Guide: Live Music, Beautiful Parks & Nordic Street Vibe | Aarhus Holidays
Aarhus has both Michelin starred restaurants and cheaper options popular with locals. For the last, Teater Bodega serves affordable yet high quality traditional Danish food. Here you will get the best stegt flæsk med persillesovs (fried pork belly with parsley sauce), with a glass of strong local spirit, snaps. It also serves good vegetarian dishes, if you ask for them, and the place oozes Aarhus history, being over 100 years old.
For shared dishes, such as khinkali (meat-stuffed Georgian dumplings), visit the Eastern European-inspired restaurant bardok, which has a great bar. The best affordable meal is at the down-to-earth kitchen pub Vesterlaugetwhose slate menu may include wild boar stew or mushroom risotto.
It is impossible to talk about Aarhus without mentioning ARoS: it is one of the largest art museums in northern Europe, with its much-photographed rainbow-colored glass walls”bridge” by Olafur Eliasson in the lead. It is a very unorthodox and modern museum, with exhibits from all over the world.
Moesgaard Museum, a few kilometers from the city, explores the evolution of humanity through ancient times and the Viking Age. The museum is surrounded by breathtaking nature and its design is very innovative. The cafe has large windows on a grassy roof where you can walk around and breathe in the feeling of infinity.
Aarhus is a university town, with a vibrant atmosphere. The cobbled streets of the Latin quarter have great shops and independent cafes and bars. Visitors should not miss the second-hand shop Soul Shardand beer and coffee Ris Ras. The neighborhood does not seem affected by the recent urban development of Aarhus. The same goes for the neighborhoods Jægergårdsgade, Frederiksbjerg and Marselisborg, which remain unchanged and are great places to have lunch or walk around with an ice cream.
The Botanical Garden is a must-see, with stunning tropical homes and plant collections. Aarhus also has many beautiful parks; to try Tangkrogen, Marselisborg Memorial Park, Riis Skov and Marselisborg Dyrehave (deer park). If you are looking for the sea view, check out Lystbaadehavn (Aarhus Marina), where you can have an ice cream on the pier and enter one of the cafes.
For mainstream music and a dance floor, head downtown where you’ll find plenty of options. If you like rock music and beer, visit To balance Where Escobar. If you like an unpretentious vibe on a dance floor with room for your sleazy moves, visit Headquarter, which I own. On weekends, HeadQuarters transforms from a music venue into a nightclub, which will take you back to the original nightclubs with a soul and funk vibe. Or try Cafe Paradisea hot club with great cocktails and a cool urban vibe.
Aarhus has a long musical history and the city royal academy of music produces brilliant musicians, who often perform at local concert halls and festivals. spot festival in May focuses on rising music, and there is the enduring North Side Festival in June. Places such as the Musikhuset concert hall, Radar, VoxHall, Godsbanen and Form offer a full range of live music.
For an affordable option, the newly opened hostel BOOK1 (dorm beds from £28, doubles only £89) is right in the city center and offers suites as well as ‘pod dorms’. It’s in an old library and the design is very cool. Provencal villa (doubles from £146 B&B) is a small family-run French-inspired hotel on the water’s edge, with a Nordic vibe and plenty of hygge.
Amira Gluhic lived in Aarhus for 15 years and owns the Headquarter concert hall