Recent & upcoming: new shop and café, Fredags Fest, Citytårnet, Blues Fest, and warning to speedy drivers

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This week’s R&U is abbreviated as we’ve had family in town all week and I’ve been tackling long overdue home projects with their help. But here are a few highlights for the week:

  • A new cafe/restaurant has opened on Boulevarden. It’s called Café Peace and it boasts early morning breakfast (starting at 7am!) and stays open until 23:00 – every day of the week. Tapas and a wine bar are the cellar attraction. When I first saw it, I thought of Parisian cafés and their outdoor seating. Although I haven’t stopped to sample anything at the café, I did duck my head in the door to look around and it seems a good combination of cozy and chic. For more information, click here.
  • I’ve been completely remiss in mentioning the big summer event series in Karolinelund – Fredags Fest, which is a weekly music performance every Friday. Today’s featured band is Panamah Noah, who will play at 20:00. You can enter the park from 18:00 for 50kr. You can also pay for a buffet dinner in the park. More info is available here.
  •  Did you know that Aalborg has a water works museum? Aalborg’s Vandteknisk Museum, located at Sønderbro 53, boasts machinery and information about the history of the city’s municipal water system, which began functioning in 1854 – the second after Odense’s. The building is lovely and from photos, the exhibits look very interesting. Opening hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00 and Thursdays from 12:00 to 14:00 or by appointment. For more information, click here.
  • A new knitting shop will open tomorrow on Kastetvej. For all you knitting fans, check out Strik & Stil at Kastetvej 50. The shop has taken over Stikkepinden’s location, which closed. However, the owners, who both work elsewhere full-time, will only hold limited opening hours, at least in the beginning. For more information call 69 14 87 00. The shop also has a Facebook page. 
  • Don’t forget the Blues Festival, which goes through Sunday. Den Blå Festival (The Blues Festival) will take place in various locations in Aalborg from 14-17 August. Entry to most concerts is free, while a few locations will charge an entrance fee. To see who’s playing and when, visit the festival web site here.
  • For a nice view of the city, you can visit Citytårnet on the corner of Østerågade and Bispensgade, right in the center of Aalborg. The tower has been open since July and will close after 4 September for the season. Entry is 20kr/person. At 27.5 meters, it’s the highest point to which you can climb in the city center. For more information, visit VisitAalborg’s page on the attraction.
  • Beware, speedy drivers! North Jutland police will have seven new cars with digital photo equipment at their disposal from January 2015, which means it will be harder for drivers to detect where ‘speed traps’ lie. The equipment will be much more accurate in capturing license plate numbers. Just a head’s up for drivers in a hurry…



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