Guidebook for Bergen

Johanna
Guidebook for Bergen

Food Scene

Our neighbourhood bar, cafe and restaurant, housed in a former public bathhouse. Great athmosphere and good, simple food based on local ingredients. The shrimp platter is especially recommended.
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Dr. Wiesener
17A Nye Sandviksveien
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Our neighbourhood bar, cafe and restaurant, housed in a former public bathhouse. Great athmosphere and good, simple food based on local ingredients. The shrimp platter is especially recommended.
Tucked away in a narrow street lined by old wooden houses and right next to the Fløybanen funicular main station. Well worth the 10 minute walk!
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Det Lille Kaffe Kompaniet
2 Nedre Fjellsmauet
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Tucked away in a narrow street lined by old wooden houses and right next to the Fløybanen funicular main station. Well worth the 10 minute walk!
Tapas based on local traditional cuisine, a real taste of Western Norway!
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Bare Vestland
1 Vågsallmenningen
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Tapas based on local traditional cuisine, a real taste of Western Norway!
Small, cosy, wallet-friendly Chinese for sit-down or take-away.
Cafe Sze Chuan
17 Øvregaten
Small, cosy, wallet-friendly Chinese for sit-down or take-away.
Deservedly popular coffee bar close to Korskirken and the vibrant Vågsbunnen area.
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Kaffemisjonen
5 Øvre Korskirkeallmenning
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Deservedly popular coffee bar close to Korskirken and the vibrant Vågsbunnen area.

Drinks & Nightlife

For those who really appreciate their cocktails mixed with loving care by experts in stylish and tasteful surroundings. Also a fine dining restaurant if you're up for a splurge.
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Lysverket
9 Rasmus Meyers allé
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For those who really appreciate their cocktails mixed with loving care by experts in stylish and tasteful surroundings. Also a fine dining restaurant if you're up for a splurge.
One of the several nice bars in the Skostredet area, which has become a sort of mini-Latin Quarter of Bergen over the last decade. A great neighbourhood for bar-hopping!
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tempo tempo
6A Domkirkegaten
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One of the several nice bars in the Skostredet area, which has become a sort of mini-Latin Quarter of Bergen over the last decade. A great neighbourhood for bar-hopping!
Warm, inclusive athmosphere, friendly staff and open until late (for Bergen). And a great selection of drinks.
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No Stress
11 Hollendergaten
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Warm, inclusive athmosphere, friendly staff and open until late (for Bergen). And a great selection of drinks.
For music (with a slight tilt towards guitar-based rock) and beer lovers alike, a classic and an institution on the Bergen nightlife scene.
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Garage
14 Christies gate
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For music (with a slight tilt towards guitar-based rock) and beer lovers alike, a classic and an institution on the Bergen nightlife scene.
Bergen's first and so far only gay bar, which has faithfully been serving the city's LGBT community for 22 years and counting. Cosy, open-minded and inclusive, and not least, smack in the middle of Nygårdsgaten which (along with Skostredet) is a great street for bar-hopping.
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Kafe Fincken
2A Nygårdsgaten
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Bergen's first and so far only gay bar, which has faithfully been serving the city's LGBT community for 22 years and counting. Cosy, open-minded and inclusive, and not least, smack in the middle of Nygårdsgaten which (along with Skostredet) is a great street for bar-hopping.

Parks & Nature

We live at the foot of Fløyfjellet (Mount Fløyen), which is the Westernmost edge of a mountain range that stretches almost to Oslo. A quick (5 minutes) or more laidback (10 minutes) uphill stroll and you're already in Fjellveien. From there, there are several good alternatives for continuing further up to the top.
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Fløyfjellet
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We live at the foot of Fløyfjellet (Mount Fløyen), which is the Westernmost edge of a mountain range that stretches almost to Oslo. A quick (5 minutes) or more laidback (10 minutes) uphill stroll and you're already in Fjellveien. From there, there are several good alternatives for continuing further up to the top.
What others call bragging, we Bergeners call honesty. So we'll be honest with you: if you know of a more beautiful and easily accessible walking route with a similar view over a city centre anywhere, please tell us about it!
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Fjellveien
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What others call bragging, we Bergeners call honesty. So we'll be honest with you: if you know of a more beautiful and easily accessible walking route with a similar view over a city centre anywhere, please tell us about it!
Our favourite spot nr 1 for picnics and sunbathing close to home in summer, and tobogganning (snow sleighing) in winter! Not least, it's practically on our doorstep.
Meyermarken
51 Absalon Beyers gate
Our favourite spot nr 1 for picnics and sunbathing close to home in summer, and tobogganning (snow sleighing) in winter! Not least, it's practically on our doorstep.
Right next to Krohnengen skole is the idyllic and spacious park Fredens Bolig ("the Home of Calm") which is just as great as its smaller cousin Meyermarken nearby for picnicing in summer and tobogganning in winter (if snow is provided).
Krohnengen school
Right next to Krohnengen skole is the idyllic and spacious park Fredens Bolig ("the Home of Calm") which is just as great as its smaller cousin Meyermarken nearby for picnicing in summer and tobogganning in winter (if snow is provided).
Ulriken is, like Mount Fløyen, among the seven mountains that surround Bergen town. A gondola lift (not for the vertiginous!) will take you from the foot of the mountain to the TV tower at its summit, offering magnificent views of the whole Bergen region as well as a fine cafe and restaurant. From there, you can also make it into an approx 3-4 hour walk across "Vidden" ("The Plateau") to Mount Fløyen along well-marked hiking trails.
Ulriksbanen
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Ulriken is, like Mount Fløyen, among the seven mountains that surround Bergen town. A gondola lift (not for the vertiginous!) will take you from the foot of the mountain to the TV tower at its summit, offering magnificent views of the whole Bergen region as well as a fine cafe and restaurant. From there, you can also make it into an approx 3-4 hour walk across "Vidden" ("The Plateau") to Mount Fløyen along well-marked hiking trails.

Arts & Culture

Dedicated to Bergen's origins and medieval history, and also right next to both Bryggen and the old Mariakirken.
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Bryggens Museum
3 Dreggsallmenningen
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Dedicated to Bergen's origins and medieval history, and also right next to both Bryggen and the old Mariakirken.
The Museum of Leprosy is dedicated to Gerhard Armauer Hansen, the brilliant (and slightly mad) Bergen physician who was the first to identify the leprosy bacteria. Right next to it is the simple, but stunning wooden church of St Jørgen (Saint George).
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Leprosy Museum St. Jørgen's Hospital
59 Kong Oscars gate
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The Museum of Leprosy is dedicated to Gerhard Armauer Hansen, the brilliant (and slightly mad) Bergen physician who was the first to identify the leprosy bacteria. Right next to it is the simple, but stunning wooden church of St Jørgen (Saint George).
The Bergen House of Literature hosts regular public events with a focus on the written and spoken word, such as readings, book launches, debates and much else. It also has a really good cafe and restaurant, the Colonialen.
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Litteraturhuset i Bergen
5 Østre Skostredet
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The Bergen House of Literature hosts regular public events with a focus on the written and spoken word, such as readings, book launches, debates and much else. It also has a really good cafe and restaurant, the Colonialen.
All of the main museums for contemporary and classic arts in Bergen are situated along or next to Rasmus Meyers Allé, next to the Lille Lunggårdsvann lake in the middle of town. Check out www.kodebergen.no for program and updates.
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KODE 1
9 Nordahl Bruns gate
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All of the main museums for contemporary and classic arts in Bergen are situated along or next to Rasmus Meyers Allé, next to the Lille Lunggårdsvann lake in the middle of town. Check out www.kodebergen.no for program and updates.
USF (in the old days: United Sardines Factory) is one of the most established concert venues of Bergen, and in addition hosts a cinema, and an indoors and outdoors cafe and bar, right by the waterfront. Check www.usf.no/program for updates.
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USF
12 Georgernes Verft
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USF (in the old days: United Sardines Factory) is one of the most established concert venues of Bergen, and in addition hosts a cinema, and an indoors and outdoors cafe and bar, right by the waterfront. Check www.usf.no/program for updates.
Time-travel to the period of the medieval Hanseatic League, which established Bergen as a Hansa City and Germanized its name ("Bergen" means "mountains" in German). To this day, most of the town's venerable old families have German surnames (Rieber, Mohn, Mowinckel, Kroepelien to mention a few).
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Hanseatisches Museum
1A Finnegården
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Time-travel to the period of the medieval Hanseatic League, which established Bergen as a Hansa City and Germanized its name ("Bergen" means "mountains" in German). To this day, most of the town's venerable old families have German surnames (Rieber, Mohn, Mowinckel, Kroepelien to mention a few).

Sightseeing

The medieval UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Bergen's definitive landmarks. Can be a bit tourist-heavy in the high season, but understandably so.
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Bryggen
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The medieval UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Bergen's definitive landmarks. Can be a bit tourist-heavy in the high season, but understandably so.
As a monument to the glory days when Bergen was both the cultural AND political capital of Norway stands the Bergenhus Fortress and the stately Håkonshallen (named after its first occupant King Håkon, son of Håkon). Also a nice area for strolling.
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Festung Bergenhus
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As a monument to the glory days when Bergen was both the cultural AND political capital of Norway stands the Bergenhus Fortress and the stately Håkonshallen (named after its first occupant King Håkon, son of Håkon). Also a nice area for strolling.

Essentials

The neighbourhood grocery store with both heart and soul (also known as Rolland after the owners), in the same street as ours, just one block away from your doorstep.
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Joker Sandviken
13 Gjeble Pederssøns gate
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The neighbourhood grocery store with both heart and soul (also known as Rolland after the owners), in the same street as ours, just one block away from your doorstep.
Almost as close as Joker but in the opposite direction, Bunnpris (Lowest Price) is open even on Sundays and slightly more wallet-friendly. This is Norway though, so always be prepared for the worst when it comes to prices :)
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Bunnpris Mulen
52 Øvre Sandviksveien
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Almost as close as Joker but in the opposite direction, Bunnpris (Lowest Price) is open even on Sundays and slightly more wallet-friendly. This is Norway though, so always be prepared for the worst when it comes to prices :)
The best selection around here, but also the most pricey. This is also where the nearest post office is located.
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MENY Støletorget
15 Stølegaten
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The best selection around here, but also the most pricey. This is also where the nearest post office is located.
Yes, we have them too in case your Ben&Jerry's cravings get too overpowering. Open 24/7!
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Ladegårdsgaten 7-eleven
1 Ladegårdsgaten
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Yes, we have them too in case your Ben&Jerry's cravings get too overpowering. Open 24/7!
Both relatively cheap (for Norway), fresh and well-stocked, this supermarket is less than a 10 minutes walk from your doorstep.
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KIWI Birkebeiner Center
9 Nye Sandviksveien
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Both relatively cheap (for Norway), fresh and well-stocked, this supermarket is less than a 10 minutes walk from your doorstep.

Getting Around

Bus no. 10 stops here, right across the street. Third stop from it is Fisketorget (The Fish Market), fourth is Olav Kyrres gate, both right in the middle of town. Basically all you need in terms of transport to and from downtown, if you don't feel like walking which is almost as quick.
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Bus no. 10 stops here, right across the street. Third stop from it is Fisketorget (The Fish Market), fourth is Olav Kyrres gate, both right in the middle of town. Basically all you need in terms of transport to and from downtown, if you don't feel like walking which is almost as quick.