Issue 30 | Winter 2021
IN THE LEAD UP TO WORLDPRIDE & EUROGAMES 2021, DANES FROM THE
COUNTRY’S FOUR LARGEST CITIES SHARE THEIR TIPS ON WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Hero image: Aarhus, ©Your rainbow panorama Olafur Eliasson 2006 2011 ARoS Aarhus Art Museum photo by Robin Skjoldborg.jpg
Oscar cafe & bar for the cosy atmosphere. Here you can sit outside and enjoy the Danish summer. The bar is a LGBTQ+ bar with happy hour offers and is right next to Copenhagen Town Hall. There is also a great bar on Hotel Danmark’s rooftop, where you can enjoy the atmosphere with a view over the city centre.
Restaurant Kronborg. They serve delicious Danish lunches such as sm rrebr d (open sandwiches) combined with tasty beers from N rrebro’s Brewery and aquavit.
Christiansborg Tower, where you can get a great view of Copenhagen. It is free of charge and is worth visiting both during the day and evening.
Kastellet (The Citadel), where you can go for a walk in the park area and at the old fortress.
My home quarter of Frederiksberg. It has a lovely atmosphere with cosy bars, unique shopping experiences near and on Gammel Kongevej, restaurants, sport facilities, beautiful parks and much more. Check out Frederiksberg Gardens and the garden near the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.
Visit the Freetown of Christiania and do a tour with their local guides. The Freetown has a lot of history and stories to tell, and it is in a part of Copenhagen with lots of nature and water.
Danes can be quite shy or closed off to people they don’t know: don’t take it personally if they do not engage in conversation straight away!
Sirup’s Coffee Wine Bar is my absolute favourite bar, right in the city centre. The atmosphere is great, and the staff is so loving. Everyone is welcome regardless of sexuality, ethnicity and status. You will no doubt feel at home on your first visit.
Storms Pakhus, the island’s urban street food venue. Here you will find a beautiful building with food containers serving high quality food and drinks in a sustainable setting. Another place is Arkaden Food Hall, where locals meet for “hygge”, bingo, quiz, music or to enjoy authentic food from around the world.
Odense River Sailing, where you will find pedal boats, boat trips and themed trips focusing on fairy tales and history. You can even join a rose, beer, gin or port tasting.
Odense Harbour and the islands of Aero and Langeland. Odense Harbour offers both food, a harbour bath, cultural experiences and markets. Langeland offers wild nature, where you feel the buzz of the island’s history, and at the same time feel at ease. Aero is almost perfect. Indescribable, spacious and a real adventure. It should be on everyone’s bucket list!
The whole island of Fyn is an attraction, but if I mustchoose it would be Odense city which oozes of real Danish “hygge”. The city centre offers a great atmosphere with shopping, cafes, Munke Mose Gardens, King’s Garden and the city’s magnificent history. Despite its size Odense has a local vibe, where people greet and smile at each other, regardless of who you are.
Casino Odense. It is perhaps the world’s smallest but best casino and place to hang out, whether you want to play the games or just be there for the atmosphere and good drinks.
Remember to bring a good pair of sneakers, an open heart and your smile. My best tip is not to plan too much. Let yourself be led by narrow roads and paths, and when you see a small sign that says farm shop, farm sale, beach or nature attraction, follow them. No matter where you go you will find small hidden gems such as NybroOrchads just north of Odense or the beautiful and unique nature by Assens.
Cafe Ulla Terkelsen London – despite the name, it is in Aalborg! This cosy caf is decorated with London motifs in a pop art style. The local
Hos Isidor Henius, because “when in Denmark, do like the Danes!” It’s a little restaurant, where you can eat traditional Danish/ Viking food. I like to take my international friends there to try the marinated herring on black bread and drink the local snaps. It doesn’t get more Danish than that.
Aalborg carnival. It’s more international and fun than one would think. And I am Brazilian.
I like walking by the fjord no matter the weather. It’s always beautiful. I have been living in Aalborg for more than a decade, but I still enjoy walking around taking pictures.
Lindholm by the fjord. It’s the sunny side of Aalborg and a beautiful place for a picnic.
Jomfru Ane Gade is the party street in the evenings, which you have to experience at least once if you are visiting Aalborg.
If you have come as far as Aalborg, you must go a little further north and visit Skagen, so you can say you have visited the top of Denmark. It’s a charming little town by the beach. And you should eat a “stjerneskud” dish there (which means ‘shooting star’!).
Fatter Eskil. It is such a cosy place, often with live music. The place is very LGBTQ+ friendly, and its owner also runs Gbar, the city’s LGBTQ+ friendly nightclub, across the street.
My wife is from the Faroe Islands, and I thought it was important that she tried some real Danish food, so our fi rst date was at Pinden. Here you can get a lot of Danish classics including all you can eat “stegt fl sk” (fried pork – Denmark’s national dish), “ ggekage” (Danish omelette) and “hakkeb f” (ground beef patty).
The art museum ARoS, and more specifi cally the rainbow installation with its beautiful view over the whole of Aarhus. The changes of colour result in the city constantly changing.
The outdoor area of Aarhus Street Food. It is a lively place, where you can easily kill some time and get refreshment and a bite of food.
Sydhavnen. It is a different take on the beautiful and more polished modern city. Here you will fi nd Skraldecaf en, where you can get a free meal made from surplus food from local grocery stores.
Besides Aarhus Pride, you must experience market day on Ingerslev Boulevard. Here you will fi nd local foods of all kinds.
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 our amazing nature.