After our beautiful Norway in a Nutshell train journey that started in Oslo, we arrive in photogenic Bergen. We spend 2 full days in this colorful city and discover the best sights, restaurants, cocktail bars and a super comfortable hotel. Despite the fact that it rains almost 200 days per year and the weather can be unpredictable, we enjoyed a lot of sunshine in the city! These are my favorite Bergen highlights and tips!
Hotel in Bergen:
Comfort Hotel Holberg! This budget friendly hotel is perfectly located and has wel equipped and comfortable rooms. I am a big fan of the little tray in the shower. There are a lot of hotels that make you grab your showergel from the floor. Breakfast is extremely good! I loved the chia seed pudding with fresh red fruits! Comfort Hotel Holberg is all about sustainability. Your room is cleaned once every 4 days, unless you request otherwise. There is a rooftop terrace and fast WIFI. Click HERE for the best rates and availability!
Comfort Hotel Holberg – Bergen highlights and tips
Fløibanen and a walk on top of Mount Fløyen! This very steep tram takes you to the top of Mount Fløyen, from where you have a stunning view over Bergen. It can be a bit scary if you are afraid of hights, so be warned… Try to go early to avoid the crowds.
Bryggen: Bergen has a beautiful old city centre. Bryggen is the historic harbour district. The area has been damaged by many fires, but has always been restored to the previous property structures. The appearance today stems from the time after the big fire in 1702. Visit the Hanseatic Museum, where you will learn more about the history of this colorful area.
Knøsesmauet street. We discovered this lovely street by accident. Typical street for Bergen.
Kroken street in Bryggen.
Kroken, Fisketorget & Fløibanen – Bergen highlights and tips
Fantoft Stave Church. This unique church was build in 1150 and was almost completely destroyed by a fire in 1992, started by a member of the Norwegian black metal scene. The church was completely restored and is now protected by fences and alarms. You can visit the church by taking the Light Rail that connects the airport and the city centre of Bergen.
Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen: the former home of the famous composer Edvard Grieg who lived here for 22 years untill 1907.
Fisketorget: see below.
First and last photo: Hanseatic Museum – Bergen highlights and tips
Restaurants in Bergen:
BARE. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at this fancy restaurant. The dishes looked like little pieces of art and tasted delicious. I do have to say that I liked the atmosphere in the bar better than in the restaurant. Everybody starts the evening in the stunning bar with a drink and some bites. The cocktails were excellent and I loved the jazz music! I could hardly hear any music in the restaurant and the space made me feel a bit uncomfortable. The food was amazing though.
Restaurant BARE – Bergen highlights and tips
Daily Pot. The best salads and soups! I loved the Thai ‘pot’ with sweet potatoes and chickpeas for €10. The prices in Norway are high compared to The Netherlands and for a lunch you can easily spend €20 or €30 euros here. The Daily Pot is warm, cosy and affordable.
Fish market/ Fisketorget. A bit touristy but still good. At this fish market you can buy some delicious fish for home cooking or you can sit down at one of the restaurants. Try the spicy mussels at Lokalt og Lekkert! Check when the cruise ships arrive to avoid the crowds.
Daily Pot – Bergen highlights and tips
Spisekroken. This restaurant serves typical Norwegian dishes. The service was a bit stiff and the food wasn’t like BARE, but we had a cosy and nice evening here.
Restaurant 1877: unfortunately fully booked when we were in Bergen!
The Unicorn Fish Restaurant
Colonialen Litteraturhuset: great spot for lunch and a latte & laptop session.
Mandalay Sushi & Burmese
Knøsesmauet, Rock’n Roll American Diner, Solros Kafe & Bakery – Bergen highlights and tips
Coffee in Bergen:
Kaffemisjonen: The best coffee we had in Bergen! Be patient while your shot of caffeine is prepared with love and devotion.
Solros Kafe and Bakery
Kaf Kafe Bryggen
Bryggen, Fisketorget – Bergen highlights and tips
Cocktails and drinks in Bergen:
Alcohol is very expensive in Norway because of the excise tax. Be prepared to pay an average of €13 euros for a glass of wine and €14 for a cocktail.
Dark & Stormy
Vågal wine bar
Vinyl – Plater & øl
Roll & Rock American Diner
CAKES in Bergen:
Solros Kafe and Bakery
Høyer Bergen – Bergen highlights and tips
Shops in Bergen:
Småting Bergen: the cutest kids store EVER! But to be honest; I bought some items for my own home too! I loved the old fashioned mail box, that they use a lot in Bryggen!
Chillout Bergen: great shop with travel items.
Illums Bolighus: Scandinavian design for your home, clothing and fun things for kids.
Høyer Bergen: amazing brands like Samsøe & Samsøe and interior intems! I fell in love with the brand MAUD.
Mount Fløyen – Bergen highlights and tips
Extra weather tip:
Bring an umbrella every day. No matter how sunny the day starts, the weather can change every minute here…
Click HERE for my Oslo City Guide!
The blog about the Norway in a Nutshell train journey will be up on the blog soon!
This trip was sponsored by Visit Norway.