HOTELS: Hotel Oasia
A modern getaway on a cobblestoned side street near the train station. Doubles from US$135. hoteloasia.com
This 19’h-century hotel is conveniently located, abutting both the Latin Quarter and the shopping district. Doubles from US$247. hotelroyal.dk
RESTAURANTS & BARS
This high-end shop, which acts as a supplier to the Danish crown, serves more than 150 varieties of tea, plus a selection of sweet and savoury bites. High tea from US$30. perchs.dk Castenskiold A sunny riverside restaurant that turns into a busy club after 11 pm. The menu, by Mia Christiansen, is completely seasonal. Entrées US$27-US$58. castenskiold.net
Fermentoren Connoisseurs love the huge, ever-changing selection of craft beers on tap here. 24 Norregade; +45-61/518-268.
Frederikshoj Wassim Hallars flagship sits nestled in a protected forest and received a Michelin star in 2015 for its creative cuisine—think macarons flavored with calls blood. Prix fixe from US$103. frederikshoj.com
The cosy, romantic, and Michelin-starred restaurant draws on locally sourced ingredients, some from the nearby woods. Prix fixe from US$75. gastrome.dk
La Cabra The award-winning baristas at this café satisfy coffee snobs with house-roasted beans. lacabra.dk
Number 24 The academics turned bakers who run the joint take special pride in their 24-hour sourdough. 24 Graven; +45-23/484-892.
Sherlock Holmes Pub
Enjoy libations and live music at this British-style pub dressed to look like a Victorian lounge: big bookshelves, ornate wallpaper, and a vast whiskey selection. sherlock-holmes.dk
Skovmollen Try the irresistible smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches) served in an idyllic farmhouse tucked in the woods on the edge of town.
Smorrebrod US$19-US$28. restaurantunico.dk
Under Masken A welcoming dive favoured by students, artists, and urban philosophers. 3 Bispegade; +45-86/182-266.
Aarhus Botanical Garden The outdoor expanse of the garden contains flora from throughout Denmark, while greenhouse domes support habitats from elsewhere in the world. sciencemuseerne.dk
ARoS Aarhus’s flagship art museum features an iconic rainbow walkway by Olafur Eliasson on its roof. aros.dk
Scandinavia’s largest public library was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects as part of an initiative to transform the city’s industrial harbour into an enjoyable public space. dokkl.dk.
The former freight-rail station now houses artists’ studios and supports a lively cultural centre. godsbanen.dk
One of the finest and most cutting-edge family museums in the world focuses on archaeology and ethnography. moesgaardmuseum.dk