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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Party With the Culturati in Aarhus


2. Where to Eat

LYNfabrikken's communal tables are a gathering spot for artists and designers.  

Taste ingredients foraged from the Scandinavian wilderness at Nordisk Spisehus—a long-standing restaurant that was reopened by a local architect last year—where sea plants peek out of glass openings encased under the sleek wood floors. Splurge on the five-course lunch menu ($64), a panoply of new Nordic cuisine featuring dishes like fillet of wild boar with mushrooms and leeks, and rillette of duck with unripe peaches.

Mingle with the young creative class huddled over MacBooks at LYNfabrikken (which translates to “lightning factory”), a compound for artists and designers that’s housed in a former industrial space. Head above the gallery and workspaces to the third-floor coffee shop for open-faced smørrebrød ($11), made with local cheeses, seasonal produce, and rye bread, then browse the design book shop or take in a pop-up gig from a local band.

Take your seat inside a historic Latin Quarter home for a candelit dinner under the tree branch-accented ceiling at Mefisto Café and Restaurant. Complimentary bites of fennel popcorn and dry toasted almonds with smoked cream cheese start the meal, which proceeds with hearty dishes like bakskuld, a salty-smoky fish served with tarragon mayonnaise, pumpernickel, and pickles ($17), and is best finished with the daily selection of Danish cheese ($13).

Published on Feb 8, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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