Best restaurants in Central Jutland

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    Hotel Julsø

    A trail leads 1km from the mountaintop of Himmelbjerget down to the lakeshore where boats from Ry and Silkeborg dock. At the dock you’ll find Hotel Julsø, a photogenic timber kro (inn) with a watery panorama and a gourmet menu that highlights the talents of the Italian-born chef. The kro can also be reached by road off Rte 445. Events are held here during the summer peak; it's worth calling ahead to reserve a table – and to ensure it's open, as it has a complex schedule of closing days from April to mid-October. There's a snack bar attached to the kro. Note that the hotel doesn't have accommodation.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Aarhus

    Aarhus Street Food

    A former garage at the back of the bus station now houses a buzzing street-food venue serving everything from pizza slices to bumper burgers, by way of Thai curries, Chinese dumplings and Vietnamese baguettes. The place is one of the places to meet, greet and graze in town – on-site bars stay open until midnight Friday and Saturday. There are about 30 venues in all with plenty of communal dining space. Prices obviously vary but are generally cheaper than restaurant food.

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    Frederikshøj

    Bookings are essential to experience this Michelin-starred restaurant's forested setting just south of the centre, and to savour the gastronomic wizardry of Beirut-born owner-chef Wassim Hallal. A variety of menus are offered, from three courses of long-established favourites to a 10-course 'deluxe' extravaganza. Hallal's kitchen has a penchant for high-end headliners like lobster, caviar, oysters and foie gras.

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    Social Foodies

    Social Foodies should be applauded for its ethos (it's involved in a number of socially minded programs in Africa), but it also receives loud local plaudits for its beloved ice cream and chocolates, including the most quintessential of Danish sugar hits, flødeboller (marshmallowy cream puffs coated in chocolate). Our favourite feature: sign up for a fun flødeboller -making course.

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    Kähler Spisesalon

    This elegant 'salon' charms with plants, lamps, vintage photos and covetable ceramics (made by Kähler, a 175-year-old ceramic company with its flagship store down the road, at No 41). It’s a great choice at any time of day: for its weekday breakfast buffet (80kr), weekend brunch (159kr) and excellent coffee, but especially for its artful reinterpretation of classic smørrebrød.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Aarhus

    Langhoff & Juul

    Ticking all the right boxes, Langhoff & Juul is a rustic, informal space in the Latin Quarter, where the casual setting belies the accomplished food coming out of the kitchen, especially of an evening. There's a super brunch spread every day (148kr), and smørrebrød and salads at lunch. Plus: polished service, great aesthetics, and a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

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    OliNico

    You may need to fight for one of the sought-after tables at OliNico, a small, understatedly cool deli-restaurant with a menu of classic dishes at excellent prices. The daily-changing, three-course dinner menu (for a bargain 140kr) may be Aarhus’ best-kept food secret. No reservations; takeaway available.

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    Kähler Villa Dining

    This local favourite lies about 5km north of the centre in a gracious villa where gustatory magic happens, at an accessible price. It's a clever concept: for a flat rate of 699kr (599kr Monday to Thursday), and at a set time, diners enjoy a set menu of snacks, appetiser, starter, main and dessert, plus as much wine as they fancy. Take Skovvejen north past Risskov, and the road becomes Grenåvej. Plenty of local buses serve this route, including 13, 18 and 100. Note: kids under 12 are half-price. There's also a cheaper offer Monday to Thursday: four courses (no dessert, no drinks) for 299kr.

  • Restaurants in Aarhus

    St Pauls Apothek

    What was once a pharmacy is now one of Aarhus' hottest dining destinations: a Brooklyn-esque combo of hipster mixologists, vintage architectural detailing and slinky mood lighting. The menu is small on choice but big on Nordic produce and confident food pairings – and for 595kr, you can enjoy three courses matched with inspired cocktails. Book ahead. The Apothek is also in hot demand as a luxe drinking den – visit in the wee hours to sample a few of the smashing cocktails.

  • Restaurants in Aarhus

    Aarhus Central Food Market

    Nicely placed on the town's pedestrianised high street is this new foodie temple, inspired by Copenhagen's Torvehallerne. A collection of stalls serving snacks, meals and drinks, with plenty of seating, it's a more refined version of the more grungy Aarhus Street Food, which opened around the same time. Some local restaurants have mini-outlets here – it's a great place to graze.

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    Panorama Restaurant – Hotel Legoland

    A large, light-filled place with a comprehensive kids menu. The buffet lunch (adult/child 198/99kr) and dinner (265/125kr) represent reasonable value, and kids (adults, too) will love the potatoes shaped like Lego bricks. The hotel is also home to a separate à la carte steakhouse (mains 225kr to 325kr), if you're after a less crowded (or later) dinner. Reservations recommended.

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    F-Høj

    This cool little deli-cafe overlooks the river and has a polished menu of smørrebrød (open sandwiches). It's the 'everyman' lunchtime outpost of the Michelin-starred Frederikshøj restaurant, so you know kitchen standards are stellar. You'll also find scrumptious cakes, hot and cold drinks, and wines by the glass. No reservations.

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    Restaurant Hærværk

    The name means 'vandalism', and this is one of Aarhus' new breed of restaurants challenging the established order with bold new ideas. To wit: the set menu changes from day to day, sometimes from table to table; unique ingredients are sourced locally (preferably from small producers). Add the wine menu (four glasses 350kr) and you've got a top-flight, fair-priced option.

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    Nordisk Spisehus

    A clever concept restaurant, where the menu is usually geographically themed ('Rome', for example, or 'New York Meets Paris') and dishes are borrowed from (consenting) Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe, then given a Nordic twist. Menus change every two months – it's no doubt a huge challenge, but the kitchen handles it with aplomb. Lunch is good value.

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    Klassisk 65 Bistro & Vinbar

    Heavy on rustic, shabby-chic charm, this tightly packed place is all about carefully mismatched furniture and crockery, and shelves laden with wine. Locals flock here for the much-prized hyggelig (cosy) atmosphere and value for money. The kitchen puts a Danish spin on French country cooking, and the three-course menu of the day is perfect at 295kr.

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    Arla Unika

    Drop by this sophisticated deli (primarily selling cheese and high-end booze) to see how design permeates all aspects of Danish life. Taste-test local flavours ( gammel knas and havgus are the best-selling cheeses), pick up picnic supplies, or sit in the back room and enjoy a coffee and top-notch toastie.

  • Restaurants in The Lake District

    Restaurant Gastronomisk Institut

    The ambitious name creates high expectations and this high-end restaurant delivers, with changing menus showcasing regional, seasonal produce (and good-value set menus, including four dinner courses for 365kr). Leisurely lunchers enjoy classic smørrebrød (open sandwiches); dinner ranges from pan-fried plaice to veal tenderloin. The restaurant is outside town at the lakeside Knudhule Badehotel; bookings recommended.

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    AC Perch’s Thehandel

    This timeless tearoom makes a most civilised pit stop. There is enough choice here to satisfy the most discerning cuppa lover; consider indulging in the popular high tea (known as the tea ceremony; 200kr) with finger sandwiches, petits fours, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a bottomless pot of tea. Jams, honeys, handmade biscuits and fudge are sold in the adjacent shop, as are the beautifully packaged teas.

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    Gastromé

    Gastromé is the essence of Nordic elegance, all pale timber and sheepskins. It's a calming setting that allows the food to hog the spotlight – and well it should, as it's Michelin-star-winning stuff. Select between three menu options: half-throttle (598kr) gives you a wallet-friendly introduction to the kitchen's prowess, while full throttle (898kr) goes harder, and the signature menu sings (2500kr including wine).

  • Restaurants in The Lake District

    Lakeside

    The couple behind the popular Hotel Julsø at Himmelbjerget are also responsible for this appealing new option down by the marina. It's an idyllic spot for their relaxed decor and crowd-pleasing menu of pasta, burgers, steak and a couple of French classics like moules-frites. Plus, attached is a kiosk selling homemade Italian ice cream, panini and fish and chips.