Your usual moderately sized city with small town charm, Aarhus maintains the high national standard set by Danish cuisine, although you can also eat greasy buffet slop or cheap cafe sandwiches if your preferences demand it. Not only is there an excellent range of cuisines in over a few hundred establishments, but the majority of places you'll want to seek out will be downtown and therefore quickly accessible from anywhere you're going to be in the city.
Most restaurants of any repute can be found downtown, mostly in the dozen or so blocks between Vester Alle and Kystvejen. Skolegade has a particular concentration of good restaurants, including the international selection and delicious tapas of Sidebar, a great smorrebrod (traditional Danish sandwich) at Teaterbodega, and steaks at A Hereford Beefstouw for all of you carnivores. Another street worth a stroll is Aboulevarden, which is probably the most picturesque neighborhood downtown due to its place on the river. There are also a lot of cafes and restaurants here, including favorites like Restaurant Et (the best in French food; somewhat expensive) and Restaurant Italia (great pizza and pasta), located a few doors down from each other. Be aware that the street is broken in two, with the majority of it along the river.
There are a number of cheaper options in Aarhus, whether you hit a cafe or a buffet. Some great cafes include Fairbar, a nonprofit known for a great beer and coffee selection; Mackie's for its inexpensive pizza; and Sota, which has better sushi than anywhere else in Aarhus. For you big eaters, check out either Det Gronne Hjorne on Frederiksdage or Valhalla on Aboulevarden for some tasty buffet.
Like we've mentioned, there are hundreds of eateries in Aarhus. Take a look at our listings if you're interested in finding out more.