’The World's Smallest Big City’, as Aarhus is often called, indeed lives up to this name, and despite its size the individual quarters are very different from one another. Their common denominator, however, is the nearness of everything, the friendliness, and the laid-back atmosphere. The nearness is to be understood literally as well as in a figurative sense: due to the size of the city the various quarters are quite close, but the atmosphere in the city itself is also quite unique.
The keywords for the area around the pedestrianised high street, the Strøget, and by the 'Vadestedet' along the river are ‘shopping’ and ‘café life’. The ‘Strøget’ offers a true wealth of shops; especially large chain stores. At the ‘Vadestedet’ the cafés lie side by side, and the electrifiying buzz which is present here represents the very soul of Aarhus’s city centre. The Vadestedet is Aarhus’ “boardwalk”, and on a warm summer’s evening the atmosphere here is almost Mediterranean.
The Latin Quarter, located behind the cathedral, is the place where new and old meet. It is the oldest part of Aarhus, and with the beautiful, old half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets, it is without a doubt also one of the most picturesque quarters. Nevertheless, the Latin Quarter is also one of the most trend-setting places in Aarhus, especially when it comes to the selection of fashion and design shops.
Frederiksbjerg is the quarter that has gone through the largest transformation during the past few years. More and more young people settle in this part of the city, which, without a doubt, has contributed to its positive development. New cafés, restaurants, and specialist shops keep popping up, and the streets of M. P. Bruunsgade and Jægergårdsgade have become especially popular. The Ingerslev Torv square also attracts a lot of people, especially on market days - Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Trøjborg is still the quarter that houses most students. It is a small town in its own right with a cinema, restaurants, cafés, and shops, which creates a vibrant atmosphere. Trøjborg is also situated right next to the Riis Skov woods and the Den Permanente beach.