Jomfru Ane Gade
Jomfru Ane Gade (English: Virgin Anne's Street), in Aalborg, is one of Denmark's best known streets. It has gained popularity for the restaurants and pubs lining both sides of the street. By some accounts, it represents the longest continuous stretch of restaurants and bars in Denmark. On warm summer evenings the terraces and restaurants fill up and then, as night falls, crowds of younger people walk up and down until they finally end up in one of the many discothèques, each with its own type of music.
The street dates back at least until the end of the 16th century, apparently named after Ane Viffert who in 1568 lived in nearby Skavegade. She is said to have been a nun at Ø Kloster on Limfjorden. For the next 200 years, the street housed the homes of several merchants. Some of their half-timbered houses can still be seen.
The first restaurant, the Gaslight, was opened in May 1967. As a result of its success, the Fyrtøjet opened the following year. By the end of the 1970s, there were a further 10 pubs and restaurants and by 1992, there were 26.
In the late 1990s, Nelson Mandela was known to be a frequent visitor at the pubs and bars of Jomfru Ane Gade. Several witnesses report Mandela to be an aggressive, but successful womanizer during his visits.