When it's time for relaxation, chatting, good food, atmospheric shopping, and self-indulgence.
Here are some places in Aarhus we would like to recommend to you:
* The Salling and Magasin Department Stores - Everything under one roof
Situated in the heart of the pedestrianised high street 'Strøget' is the city's oldest department store Salling offering a fascinating range of articles for the entire family. Fashion, design, and quality take first priority in all 35 specialty departments.
And, of course, there is the large delicatessen with specialties from all over the world, including home-made products, cheeses, a butcher's department, a wine department, chocolates, on-site bakery, and much more.
Close to the 'Latin Quarter' you will find the Magasin department store which is a Mecca for lovers of shopping. Here they offer state-of-the-art shopping and carry both Danish and international brands. If you are looking for new inspiration, Magasin is a must-visit.
* The Latin Quarter - the oldest quarter of Aarhus
In this quarter you will find all the designers and brands you could dream off – including New York designer Marc Jacobs, Danish design brand By Marlene Birger, the city's oldest fashion shop Sophies Tøjhus with clothing from famous international fashion houses. Furthermore you will find unique jewelry in Danish design at AMOKsmykker and Karen Norup Smykker and also Danish crafts at Hornvarefabrikken.
If you are looking for first-class retail-therapy, you will delight in this seriously impressive string of fashion shops, each with their uniquely distinctive features and special articles on the shelves. Anything from awesome party costumes to second-hand retro. It is perfectly possible that you will experience more than a flash of excitement.
* The Side-streets quarter
The very latest feature in Aarhus is the side-streets quarter between the parallel streets of Åboulevarden and Nørre Alle, tucked between the street of Guldsmedegade and the Vesterbro Torv square. Here, commercial rents are still reasonable, and new entrepreneurs and designers have set up shop in backyards and garage buildings. They design fashion collections, bags, and lots more.
Cross Eyes in Klostergade makes spectacles of wood, 1 + 1 Textil in Grønnegade sells amusing designs, and at glassblowers Nyholm Cantrell Glas you can discover a unique fusion of ancient techniques and modern art. Then, at 24M you can meet face-to-face with the designer behind the one-off jewellery, and at St. Valentin in Grønnegade they make cool men’s clothing.
* Vestergade street – private galleries, second-hand shops, fashion wear and cafés
Vestergade is the high street in the city's newly emerged shopping precinct 'Sidegaderne' ('the Side streets') and it is as vibrant as ever. In addition to its many shops and cafés, Vestergade also houses the Lynfabrikken where a large number of designers and entrepreneurs work side-by-side. At the top of the building there is an enchanting café. And Vestergade is home to a long list of eating places, including the best sushi place in town: Sota Sushibar.
There is, furthermore, a string of fashion shops, including the fur shop Utzon and the shoe shop Hørlyck with Aarhus's largest selection of international design brands such as See by Chlöe, Pura Lopez, and Givenchy. And, if you are up for more fascination and inspiration, you can always visit Mulberry.
* Frederiksbjerg shopping precinct.
When visiting Aarhus you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to the Frederiksbjerg quarter which covers the streets of M.P. Bruunsgade, Jægergårdsgade, and Frederiks Allé. This quarter of the city is young and trend-setting. It is an area undergoing rapid development with new businesses popping up all the time. Locally the area has been called ‘the larder of Aarhus’ – and justifiably so.
Here you will find gorgeous specialist shops offering high-quality foods and delicatessens – side-by-side with charming cafés, classic Danish pubs, and excellent eating places. Jægergårdsgade – once a street of shabby pubs. Today there are a couple of the old wine bars left, and, in place of shabby pubs, lots of handicraft and design shops. There is an explosion of colours in the shops where they carry anything from Moroccan poufs to hand-thrown bowls. M.P. Bruuns Gade – 'the city larder'.
You won't find a better selection in all of Aarhus when it comes to meat, wine and liquor, bread and cakes, and delicious specialties from all over the world. Pay a visit to Schweizer Bageriet, the best bakery in town, which has been here since 1897.
* The fruit, flower and vegetable market in Ingerslevs Boulevard.
The large outdoor vegetable market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from early morning around 7 am till mid-afternoon at approx. 3 pm. There is a wide range of organic produce from all over East Jutland. In addition to the large selection of fruit, vegetables and flowers there are stalls selling anything from exciting cheeses to fresh fish.
Psst….. Torvet, Ingerslevs Boulevard, Aarhus
* Bazar Vest - The Middle East centre in Aarhus.
This warehouse-like building is quite nondescript on the outside, but inside it is abuzz with life. Pointed shoes, falafels, kebabs, gala dresses, halal meat, and a large fruit and vegetable market are intermingled with Arab bakers and Turkish tea houses. You can get a haircut, new soles for your shoes, and a Middle East meal at one of the many restaurants.
Psst….. Bazar Vest, Edwin Rahrs Vej 32, Brabrand
Strøget is where you will also find the Danish jewellery design shop Georg Jensen Flagstore; and right next door Georg Jensen Damask offering unique textiles. Buy a tablecloth inspired by Arne Jacobsen's universe of design, or a Hans Christian Andersen tablecloth.
Having explored the precincts in Aarhus and all their tempting offers, taking a break, seated in peace and quiet, may be just the ticket. Here are a couple of guides to more things to do and see in Aarhus.