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Lix caught up with Mads-Frederik Klostergaard, an Aalborg University student, who shared with us where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Aalborg on a student budget. Check out his top three’s!
Where to eat?
Ulla Terkelsen London
Kastetvej 36, Aalborg
Hands down, Ulla T (as the locals call it) is the best and coziest place to eat in town! And they’ll serve you up some massive portions—think USA-sized plates (yep, that’s big)! Check out their weekend brunch. It aims to please.
Bådehavnsvej 13, 9000 Aalborg
Loosen your belt for heaps of delicious pancakes at Pandekagehuset. This cozy spot welcomes those who enter with a hefty appetite. And once you work your way through a delicious stack of hotcakes, head out to the fjord for spectacular views overlooking the water.
Skipper Clements Gade 1a, 9000 Aalborg
Here, you’ll find a great mix of cafe, patisserie and boutique. Enjoy your lunch in an inviting and cozy favorite among the locals. Try their traditional Danish dishes or curb your sweet tooth with some delicious crepes. Not in the mood to sit down? Take your food with you! Penny Lane sells international delicacies from pesto and cheese to coffee and homemade breads and cakes to take on-the-go.
Where to drink?
C. W. Obels Pl. 1A, 9000 Aalborg
While the obvious choice is Jomfru Ane Gade, Søgaards Bryghus is a close second. A combined brewery and restaurant, Søgaards Bryghus is centrally located on the cozy C.W. Obels Plads. Enjoy your beer or meal in the late summer sun, or when it gets a bit more chilly (and it will), cozy up inside with a hot chocolate in hand. The only pub in town with its own brewery, head to the cellar for a guided tour. Here, you can follow the brewing process from start to finish. And don’t dare miss out on Aalborg Beerwalk, where you’ll enjoy 9 different pubs around the center of Aalborg—Søgaards Bryghus is one of the many pit stops!
Borgergade 16, 9000 Aalborg
Awarded with the prestigious Cask Marque prize, the Wharf is only one of two pubs outside of England to be honored with this distinction. Enjoy special British Cask Ales served from uniquely designed coolers, containing everything from Czech lagers to English ciders and Irish stouts. Trust me, you won’t be able to find these beers anywhere else! With the largest draft beer selection in all of Denmark, the Wharf is the perfect spot to relax after a long day of studying!
Østerbro 12, 9000 Aalborg
Aalborg’s first gastropub, Wildebeest quenches your thirst while saving you from starvation. The rustic atmosphere is reminiscent of an American Western saloon. Mosy on up to the bar for a specialty cocktail or a flavorful glass of Chardonnay. When feeling a bit peckish, their sliders can’t be beat. Personal fav—Notorious P.I.G.! But don’t worry—they have vegetarian options too.
Where to shop?
Kirkevej 10, 9440 Aabybro
For all you vintage lovers out there, you’ve just found your perfect spot. With a great selection of second-hand t-shirts, sweatshirts, Levi’s and more, you’ll leave looking like a hipster without breaking the bank! A hidden treasure in a city overcrowded with fast fashion, Time Trashers surely won’t disappoint.
Hobrovej 452, 9200 Aalborg
Aalborg Storcenter, the biggest shopping center of Aalborg, has 75 specialized shops for every taste and houses the huge supermarket, Bilka—all under one roof. Here, there is something for everyone, from clothes to shoes, cosmetics, home interior accessories and more.
John F. Kennedys Pl. 1, 9000 Aalborg
Kennedy Arkaden is a small shopping center located right next to the Aalborg railway station. After a long day of shopping, head to BioCity where you’ll find the latest international films. Many consider this the best cinema in all of Aalborg!
Where to be entertained?
Jomfru Ane Gade
Not sure why Jomfru (Virgin) prefaces this street—it’s anything but! Here, you’ll find all the ammo you need for a good night out. Both fancy clubs and cozy bars line the longest street in Denmark, which consists entirely of…you guessed it—watering holes. Most bars are open in the afternoon, making it possible for students to enjoy a frothy beer with their mates. Weekends really come alive, creating a fantastic party vibe to be had all night long. From stand-up to live music and fashion shows, there’s something for everyone here! And it’s conveniently located close to the central-most shopping areas in Aalborg.
Poul Larsens Vej 14, 9000 Aalborg
Aalborg’s FunCenter attracts people of all ages who seek a fun and exciting day. Wanna ride a zebra? Here, you can! Or maybe you’re into Paintball or Escape Rooms. With 30 different activities, there’s something for everyone. The only thing you have to decide is the date and time you want to go. Visit their website at funcenter.dk and one of the friendly staff members will confirm your visit and activities!
Skydebanevej 14, 9000 Aalborg
For those balmy summer days, there’s nothing better than taking a dip in the pool at Vestre Fjordpark. This 165,000 square meter summer paradise offers something for everyone seeking nature and water sports. Close to the city center, here, you can enjoy one of many outdoor activities, from kayaking to windsurfing, winter bathing or relaxing in the sun.
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