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12 spots to wine and dine in Norway

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If you love food, Norway is a dream destination.

The country boasts abundant seafood, regional specialities like reindeer, and a growing trend of using hyperlocal, seasonal ingredients.

Bergen, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, is a must-visit. Seafood is the star here, with dishes like Bergen fish soup, fish cakes, and persetorsk, a traditional steamed cod.

Thirsty? Norway offers freshly brewed beverages, including award-winning cider from fjords and valleys. Don’t miss Fjellbekk, a classic cocktail made with aquavit (spelt “akevitt” in Norwegian), vodka, lemon and lime.

Beer has a long history in Norway, dating back 3,000 years to Viking times. Today, Norwegian breweries are flourishing, experimenting with unique ingredients like fruits and spruce trees.

From cosy cafes serving Norwegian staples to fine dining in sleek surroundings and ice bars serving the finest beer, Norway has something for every palate.

Here’s our pick of spots to wine and dine in Norway…

WHERE TO EAT IN BERGEN

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Skyskraperen Restaurant

Mount Ulriken, Haukelandsbakken 40, 5009 Bergen

For a taste of luxury, visit Skyskraperen on Mount Ulriken. With reservations only, enjoy a 3-course seasonal lunch or 5-course dinner, including your cable car ticket. Savour modernised Norwegian cuisine with local ingredients while overlooking panoramic views of Bergen. The menu changes with the seasons, ensuring fresh produce. Welcome to Bergen’s mountaintop dining experience.

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Big Horn Steakhouse Bergen

Lodin Lepps gate 2B, 5003 Bergen

Big Horn Steakhouse offers an American-inspired steak experience with top-quality Norwegian beef. Expect an informal, traditional atmosphere that’s perfect for enjoying perfectly grilled steaks, giving a juicy, flavourful crust. For the best taste, go for a rarer steak.

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Løvetann Café & Bistro

Klosteret 16, 5005 Bergen

Nestled in Nordnes, this cosy coffee shop and restaurant focuses on organic, local produce with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, but also serves meat. There’s something for everyone here. Enjoy a drink from their bar or relax in the outdoor seating area with a view of Fløien.

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WHERE TO EAT IN STAVANGER

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Restaurant SÖL

Hetlandsgata 6, 4013 Stavanger

Perched overlooking the 12th-century Stavanger Cathedral, this cosy Michelin Guide restaurant blends elegance with warmth, serving a seasonal set menu. Summer dishes burst with veggies while winter brings hearty meats and fish—all packed with flavour. Don’t miss their famed Røros butter and sourdough bread. And wine lovers, they have one of Norway’s largest natural wine selections.

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Fisketorget Stavanger

Strandkaien 37, 4005 Stavanger

This seafood-focused pizzeria’s menu is based on the catch of the day. Their chefs create simple, tasty lunch and dinner dishes, featuring staples like our prawn sandwich and fish soup. Prioritising local, fresh seafood, expect great service at a fantastic location with outdoor seating. Enjoy their expertly curated wine list for the perfect pairing.

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EGON Stavanger

Strandkaien 2, 4005 Stavanger

EGON Stavanger, Norway’s largest branch, offers 400 indoor and 220 outdoor seats with a lake view. Enjoy an elegant lunch by the sea, a romantic dinner, or celebrations with friends and family. Whether dining in or taking out, here you’ll have an unforgettable dining experience.

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DRINK: THE BEST BARS IN BERGEN, NORWAY

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Magic Ice Bar Bergen

C. Sundts gate 50, 5004 Bergen

Magic Ice is a magical winter bar made of tons – you guessed it – of ice. Enjoy a welcome drink in an ice glass, admire art by famous Norwegian artists, and stay warm with provided ponchos and gloves. Perfect for the ‘gram.

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No Stress Bergen

Hollendergaten 11, 5017 Bergen

This Bergen cocktail bar uses only fresh, quality ingredients. Founded 10 years ago by friends who created their dream bar, it boasts a cocktail lab and passionate “labtenders.” Enjoy mismatched furniture, colourful murals, video games and low lighting. Arrive early for a table or watch the experts at the bar.

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Ginial

Vaskerelven 6, 5014 Bergen

Ginial, linked to the popular RoykBBQ, features an international wall of over 100 gins. Some are crafted in-house or from Norwegian distilleries, while many come from England and Scotland. Pair your gin with a range of tonics or try one of their inventive gin-based cocktails.

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DRINK: THE BEST BARS IN STAVANGER, NORWAY

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Aloha Stavanger

Øvre Holmegate 11, 4006 Stavanger

Aloha is a tropical-inspired bar with tiki decor, offering fruity cocktails and bar snacks. Enjoy rum tastings, cocktail-making experiences and various entertainment like live music, DJs, bingo and karaoke nights. They also provide catering with food and drink packages.

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Cardinal Pub and Bar

Skagen 21, 4006 Stavanger

If you love beer, Cardinal Pub and Bar is your spot. This cosy Norwegian pub has been on RateBeer’s top 50 list for 12 years. Try “The Plank,” a tasting board with five half-pints, chosen from 21 cask beers.

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Beverly Hills Fun Pub

Skagenkaien 14 A, 4006 Stavanger

Step into Beverly Hills Fun Pub, a Stavanger gem since 1989, known for its authentic charm and legendary Christmas decor. Enjoy a memorable evening in a traditional setting with a unique bar and outdoor terrace. Open daily with nightly DJ sets, catering to all music tastes.

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