The waterfront is undergoing substantial development, and has recently added a cruise-ship terminal and landscaped park, with more restaurants, bars and shops on the cards. The showpiece attraction is Nordkraft (Kjellerups torv 5), housed in a former power station five minutes’ walk east of the centre, near the big new shopping centre Friis, and containing a cinema, theatre/concert venue, several restaurants and the tourist office. Just north, towards the water, stands the House of Music, a cultural and performance space, and home to the Royal Academy of Music. A short walk west is the Utzon Center (Tues–Sun 10am–5pm; 60kr), designed by the man who gave the world the Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon. Utzon was born in Aalborg and left the city this fitting architectural masterpiece, inspired by the old shipyards hereabouts, shortly before his death. It’s a showcase for contem­porary design and has a wonderful café. A ten-minute walk further west is the distinctive V&S Distillery at Olesens Gade 1, home of the potent Scandinavian spirit Aquavit, though unfortunately they only offer tours for large groups.

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