Best restaurants in Northern Jutland

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    Museumscaféen

    For lunch or a cuppa in a magical setting, head to the Garden House cafe at Skagens Museum, serving lunchtime dishes plus a super spread of home-baked cakes and tarts (35kr). Note: you don’t need to pay the museum’s admission to visit the cafe. Enter through the garden, opposite Brøndums Hotel.

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    Applaus

    Much effort goes into this kitchen's accomplished output – the results are fab, and the prices incredible value. You can order from the short menu (dishes 50kr to 160kr), but the treat here is to put yourself in the staff's capable hands and enjoy the 10-course 'social menu' that runs from snacks to dessert (375kr for five accompanying wines). Bookings advised.

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    Penny Lane

    This ace cafe-delicatessen (now with petite attached crêperie) has an in-house bakery, so its freshly baked bread, local cheeses and cured meats are extremely picnic-worthy. There’s a buzzing cafe offering a cracker brunch platter (105kr) or lunchtime sandwiches, salads and tapas plates. Leave room for something sweet.

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    Slagter Munch

    The queues out the door attest to this butcher’s reputation for award-winning skinke (ham) and sausages. There’s also a selection of fine, picnic-worthy salads and deli produce for sale.

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    Mortens Kro

    Among the best in town, sleek Mortens Kro is owned by celebrity chef Morten Nielsen. It’s a stylish, well-hidden place where top-quality local, seasonal produce is showcased: deluxe lunchtime smørrebrød, home-smoked trout and salmon, desserts filled with local berries. Book ahead for dinner. Mølleå Arkaden is accessed from Peder Barkes Gade 40A or Mølleplads. There is a number of evening menu options, from a more-casual 'courtyard menu' to a tasting menu of high-end seasonal creations (four courses 648kr), plus signature à la carte dishes.

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    Pakhuset

    Seafood is the star at Pakhuset, from simple fiskefrikadeller (fish cakes) with remoulade to swoon-inducing flambéed Norwegian lobster tails. It has long hours and a superb ambience both outdoors (slap bang on the harbour) and indoors (think wooden beams and cheerful ship mastheads). Fine-dine in the restaurant upstairs (three courses 395kr, from 6pm), or keep it cheaper in the downstairs cafe. Keep an eye out for live music, too.

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    Ruths Brasserie

    If your holiday dollar doesn't quite stretch to Ruths Gourmet, the Brasserie at Ruths Hotel is a très bon backup option. Here, you can enjoy the marvellous terrace and an all-day menu of classic French dishes ( moules-frites, escargot, duck confit and lots of lovely seafood). Pre-order your fresh-baked morning bread (available from 7.30am).

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    Ruths Gourmet

    Modern Danish cuisine shines in the spotlight at this refined and intimate restaurant at Ruths Hotel – the perfect place for a special-occasion dinner. The menu has a regional focus, utilising fine local produce to innovative and creative effect (choose menus from four to eight courses). You'll need to book ahead to score one of only 22 seats.

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    Brøndums Hotel Restaurant

    French cuisine is the main influence on Brøndums' menu, under the helm of renowned, Michelin-awarded chef Michel Michaud. There's lots of fish and classic Danish smørrebrød at lunchtime. Meals are served in the old-world ambience of the dining room, but there’s also a picture-perfect garden for alfresco dining. You can just as easily pop in for afternoon coffee and cake.

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    Skagen Fiskerestaurant

    This dockside place has a winning sales pitch: fresh, casual cafe fare at lunch and dinner ( fiskefrikadeller, creamy fish soup, fish and chips), an in-demand outdoor terrace and summertime live music. It's rustic and fun – you know a place doesn’t take itself too seriously when the floor is covered in sand.

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    Jorgens Spisehus

    While you probably won't remember the decor and ambience, down-to-earth Jorgens is dependable for no-fuss traditional dishes and cheerful service. Tuck into old-school Danish specialities like stjerneskud (one pan-fried and one steamed fish fillet, plus shrimp and asparagus on bread) and smørrebrød, or hit the spot with a burger or Wiener schnitzel. The kitchen closes 7pm; takeaway available too.

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    Abbey Road

    Opposite Nordkraft is this near-perfect all-day cafe-bar: quality coffee, tea and wines by the glass, mishmashed furniture and plentiful hygge. A little sister to the long-established Penny Lane, Abbey Road dispenses salads, sandwiches and tapas plates, plus some seriously tasty baked goods.

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    Jakobs Café & Bar

    The terrace of this all-day cafe-bar is primed for people-watching, and the comprehensive menu has favourites such as brunch plates, smørrebrød, burgers, salads and steaks. On summer nights the place is generally heaving with young Danes enjoying warm-up drinks. The kitchen closes at 9pm (10pm Friday and Saturday); DJs or live music kick off at 10.30pm.

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    Caféministeriet

    A fashionable crowd enjoys classic cafe fare here, preferably on the summer terrace in the centre of the traffic-free square, Mølleplads. The menu runs from fruity breakfasts to burgers by way of smørrebrød (Danish open sandwiches) and tapas selections (the kitchen closes at 9pm); drop by for late-night alfresco drinks.

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    Pingvin

    This chic restaurant-bar offers a selection of up to 30 ‘tapas’ (not so much shared dishes, but more of an individual tasting-plate approach). Enjoy small portions of Asian-style fish soup, coq au vin or beef carpaccio (with good vegetarian options). There’s an excellent global wine list, plus lunchtime offers.

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    Café KlosterTorvet

    On a square full of great choices, KlosterTorvet is a cosy, laid-back cafe-bar with a studenty feel, thanks largely to its budget-friendly meals (baguettes, salads, pasta etc; kitchen closes 9pm), strong coffee, well-priced beer and backgammon-playing clientele.

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    Aurum 79

    An appealing pit stop, this on-trend deli-cafe has a short menu of toasties, sandwiches and platters utilising the fine hams, salamis and cheeses on sale. Good coffee too.

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    Krages Bageri

    A cracker bakery well placed for museum visits, full of fresh bread, cakes and pastries. Sandwiches, quiches and salads too.

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    SuperBrugsen

    In-house bakery opens from 7.30am. The post office is inside.

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    Føtex

    Central supermarket. Bakery opens from 7am.