If you're looking for a good, but not so run of the mill, cultural experience, I highly recommend visiting a real Danish butcher. If you're cooking for yourself, then all the better! There happens to be a top notch butcher in Gilleleje by the name of Slagter Carl (Carl the Butcher or Carl's Butcher Shop). This shop won the award as the top butcher on the island of Zealand (which is a big deal). Carl has recently sold his shop to a young lady, but she's continuing the tradition of excellence (Carl has moved to the Copenhagen area and has a new shop there). So, if you're staying in the Gillelege area and can do some cooking, head over to Slagter Carl and pick up some fresh cut meat. Even if you aren't cooking for yourself, pop in and say hello. They're friendly and some real characters!
Address: Østergade 3
Roof thatching is expensive as few other renovation projects but I guess it lasts for a good while once you've done it and it is very good for insulation. Many Gilleleje cottages are under renovation. I guess the sea takes its toll on the roofs too...
Since fishing is the raison d'etre for Gilleleje, there are boats everywhere and you might wonder why the biggest of them all are on land during summer. I guess all this has to do with where they fish and what sort of fish and that the big fleet stay somewhere half way to Svalbard during certain seasons to follow the fish.
With the amount people here must have paid for their cottages, no wonder they cannot do anything else afterwards, and spend their time on gardening! :))) Seriously though, gardens here are a visual feast as people outdo each other with their green fingers.
Something I hadn't seen since Zeebrugge, there is an annual sand sculpting festival in Gilleleje every summer. Sadly, it sometimes gets vandalised by people visiting the harbour festival but that's life. In 2006, the theme was Asian myths and legends.
How they keep their fishing flags apart, I shall never know. If you know anything about it, please tell me.