This neighbourhood favourite is one of six branches and we think this one is the best. All white brick walls, red ceilings and a giant glass-fronted wine cellar, Colonialen’s café buzzes with artists and young professionals at lunchtime. Share a bowl of garlic, charred lemon and parsley mussels with crusty homemade bread, and enjoy sharing boards bursting with prosciutto, pecorino and local cheese, or warm mackerel salad with pickles, radish and lemon. All the fish here comes from Torget Fish Market.


Leave your whole evening free for the self-professed ‘game changer’ of the Bergen restaurant scene. Head chef Christopher Haatuft (a gold-toothed, tattooed ex-punk culinary genius) arranges a weekly menu of eight mind-blowing dishes created using the finest possible Norwegian produce. Hand-dived scallops, southern forest herbs, island oysters, langoustines and hot liquorice were a few of the things served up on our visit, along with eight hand-selected glasses of wine. Christopher’s palpable energy makes this a unique and unmissable dining experience.

Krok og Krinkel Book Cafe

Escape the constant drizzle by ducking into this cosy café in a quiet street next to the Fløibanen cable car. The coffee is fantastic and the perfect partner to their delicious – and enormous – cinnamon buns. Pick a book from the shelf, settle into one of their vintage couches and the hours will melt away.

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