Recent & upcoming: cycle Grand Prix, food and flea markets, bassoon concert, yellow card change, and new café at Gabels Torv
It’s been a while! Five weeks away from Aalborg – and six away from the blog – were nice but I found myself wondering what’s happening this weekend in the city so I decided to resume my Recent & Upcoming series for my benefit as well as that of my readers. Have a good one!
Professional cyclists will take to Aalborg’s streets this Saturday, 2 August for Denmark’s largest street cycle race. The route is 1.4 km, starting at Nytorv and passing through Aalborg Center. The race kicks off at 14.30, but stands will be set up by 11.30 in the main race area. Members of the public will be able to witness Danish Tour de France rider and last year’s Aalborg race winner Lars Bak in motion. Racers will be available to sign autographs from 13:00 at Intersport in Friis. Come and show your support! Read more here. Please note that automobile traffic will be closed off of the race area most of Saturday…
Monthly food market at Nordkraft
This Saturday, 2 August, Nordkraft hosts its monthly food market in the center’s main hall. Held every first Saturday of the month, the market offers cheeses, breads, and a variety of other foods produced in North Jutland to sample and buy. Doors are open from 10:00 to 16:00.
Lopper på havnen
This year’s final ‘lopper på havnen’ (‘flea market at the harbor’) will take place this Sunday, 3 August from 11:00 to 16:00 in the area next to the Elbjørn. Lots of stands will be manned by people selling all sorts of goods. Previews of some of these stands are available on the market’s Facebook page. Singer Julie Høgsberg Christensen and her guitarist will play at the market starting at 13:45.
Bassoon and organ concert at Budolfi Kirke
Next Wednesday, 6 August at 19:30 Sheila Popkin, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra’s bassoonist, will play pieces by Hovland, Carl Ph.E. Bach and Grieg, among other composers, for the church’s summer concert. Entrance is free. She will be accompanied by organist Margrethe T. Østergaard.
As I reported back in April, from tomorrow (1 August) you will need a ‘blue card’ to be covered for health emergencies when traveling in the EU; a Danish yellow card will no longer suffice. You should have also received your new yellow card (issued to all residents with a CPR number) from Aalborg Kommune during the last month. For more information and links to even further information, click here.
Behag din smag opens a second location at Gabels Torv
One of my favorite Aalborg cafés has opened a second location – closer to my home, which makes me very happy! Behag din smag expanded last month by opening a café on the northwest corner of Gabels Torv in Aalborg center, just meters away from the tourist information booth in the square and across the street from Føtex’s entrance. It’s a lovely, light, and airy establishment – extremely hyggelig, in my opinion. And they serve the same outstanding coffee and speltboller as they do at their Maris Turis Gade location (which is closed for the summer holiday). Sitting out on their patio is a delight but the quiet, calm ambiance inside was just what I needed while I was working on an article yesterday morning. This expansion was a prudent strategic move on their part – not only are they now in two heavily trafficked areas of the city, they’ll be getting plenty of business from the newly opened AAU building on the harbor front and student housing that will open there soon. Hint, hint to all of those thinking of opening a café or restaurant (especially any type of ethnic cuisine) – there are lots of empty store fronts in this area at the moment, though I don’t know what type of establishments are permitted on, e.g., Nørregade. You can read more about Behag din smag and other Aalborg cafés in this previous post of mine (which, frankly, needs an update – I’ll get to it soon!).