Bergen off the beaten track

© Visit Bergen / Photographer Per Nybø
Because Bergen has a lot more to offer than exploring the famous Hanseatic wharf ‘Bryggen’, admire the view from Mount Floyen, visiting Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen, see ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch and visit the buzzing Bergen Fish Market.

Discover one of Norway’s most beautiful cities with this mini guide; Bergen off the beaten track.

Stay at Hotel Park Bergen.
If you like to stay in a personal environment in historical setting this hotel is for you. With a delightful mix of new and old; modern design and art are displayed together with antiques in this stylish family run hotel. The hotel’s two buildings date back to 1890, origianlly build as a family home. Today the hotel offers its guests unique accommodation in Bergen, with 35 individually designed rooms and beautiful lobby and dining room.
Hotel Park Bergen
Hotel Park Bergen is a member of, as part of Norway’s historical hotels and restaurants.

Eat at Restaurant 1877.
This is a small and charming restaurant in the heart of Bergen, close to ‘Bryggen’. The restaurant opened in 2013 but the building dates back to 1877, thus the name choice. Seasonal produce from the west coast of Norway are being prepared into sublime, mouthwatering dishes and served as 3 or 5 course tasting menus (3 courses is NOK595). A visit to this restaurant would be a unique experience to ‘taste Norway’ and a culinary treat for the whole family! Check out the Beautiful Bergen blog for photos. But be warned… it will make you hungry – and it will make you want to go to Bergen even more!
Restaurant 1877
1877 is one of the most popular eateries in Bergen and early reservation is advised to avoid disappointment.

‘When in Rome’ – Drink coffee at Kaffemisjonen
Norwegians are the second biggest consumer of coffee in the world. So ‘when in Rome’ you mustn’t leave without having had the fabolous creamy hot drink alongside the locals. Kaffemisjonen claims to have the best coffee in Bergen. The independently run coffee shop pride themselves of serving Norwegian coffee brewed by world class baristas. The coffee shop also host weekly coffee tasting sessions…
Whatever your preference; flat white, ristretto, macchiato or americano – amazing coffee galore awaits.

Experience local produce and discover a slice of Norway’s farming history.
Undredals Ost produces one of Norway’s most famous unpasteurised goats cheese, both white and brown. You can get in touch with the farm via their website to arrange a visit (Undredal is situated by the the picturesque Aurlandsfjord, 2 1/2 hours drive from Bergen) or you can meet the farmers and sample their produce on Saturdays at the Farmers Market in Bergen.
With a population of approximately 100 people and 500 goats, Undredal is famous for the brown goat cheese that is still produced the traditional way.

Don’t leave empty handed…
Besides cheese… Bergen offers a selection of independent shops for fashion, art and design. We especially recommend visiting Skostredet. When shopping for kids, don’t miss Mor og Meg with a selection from baby up to teens. Rumpetroll is another lovely shop, from newborn up to age 8. This shop even has its own play area.

Illums Bolighus has also found its way to Bergen and is worth a visit. Another interesting Nordic shopping concept is Røst, a department store catering for several high profile Scandinavian brands.

When shopping in Bergen, look out for Norwegian brands such as Ætt and Norwegian Rain.

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And talking of rain; the best tip for Bergen is to bring an umbrella. In 2014 the quaint city nestled between the stunning Fjords on the Norway’s west coast had no less than 235 rainy days…

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