If you’ve been waiting for a proper introduction to the best in Nordic cuisine, where better than a former European Region of Gastronomy? Tour the food markets of Aarhus and you’ll soon fall for this coastal city’s underdog appeal. Here are six of the best gourmet get-togethers to tuck into.

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Aarhus Street Food market runs all week / Image: Aarhus Street Food

Aarhus Street Food

Over 30 stands, bars and pop-up kitchens flex their gastro muscle seven days a week in a converted bus station. Open with a smørrebrød, roll yourself up burrito style then bánh mì from making a Vietnamese pun. 

Central Food Market

This ginormous food mecca, in the middle of Sankt Knuds Torv square in the Indre By area, sees foodies weaving in between indoor and outdoor stalls to snack on seasonal delicacies.

Mad & Market

Mad & Market ('mad' means food in Danish) is a pop-up streetfood market offering delights from the world over, prepared fresh while you wait. Its trademark caravan tends to make appearances at major foodie events. Visit the website to find out where they’ll be popping up while you’re in town. 

Ingerslevs Boulevard

Locals flock here on Wednesdays and Saturdays with baskets, totes and other sustainable weaves to gather their bread, vegetables, meat and flowers for the week. Remember to nab some local organic honey to take home and a thirdwave coffee to go.

Flea Market at Godsbanen

Come for the regular flea market in this former train station in Indre By, then stay for a bit of nosh after you finish shopping. There are usually a number of pop-up options – often local, organic and very good. 

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The Aarhus Food Festival is one of the best in Denmark / Image: Gorm Branderup

Food Festival

This annual food festival, typically taking place in September, is regarded as one of Denmark’s most important showcases for Nordic gastronomy. Expect to brush shoulders with famous chefs, skilled butchers and serious winemakers and brewers in a series of masterclasses and tastings, plus buy fresh produce to take home and eat. Check the festival website for dates.

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