To many, mornings just can’t happen without coffee; without it, the sun may as well never rise. From cozy little cafes with long lines winding out the door, to local roasters filling their warehouse with the scent of coffee beans, here are five coffee shops in Bergen serving brews that’ll make your day.
Located just off the harbor, Kaffemisjonen is a beautiful, streamlined space with a minimalist color scheme of bright blues and monotones. Looking down, you’ll notice cute black-and-white-patterned tiles beneath your feet, and glancing to your right, you’ll find a display of the day’s fresh sandwiches, cakes and pastries, along with loaves of focaccia and sourdough provided by Godt Brød, a local bakery. In addition to sandwiches they also serve a number of savory snacks, like homemade hummus, cut cured meats, and delectably fresh smoked salmon. While the atmosphere here is friendly, the folks behind the counter are very serious about their coffee. Whether you’ve ordered a cappuccino, a latte, or a plain old cup of coffee, you may be served a side of fun facts about your beverage by the knowledgeable baristas. This locally owned coffee shop likes to expand and experiment with its menu, but also wants its customers to take part in shaping that process, so the staff holds regular blind tastings to elect new crowd favorites from a rotating range of roasters. Many of these mystery beans come from Norwegian roasters, but there are also a few carefully selected foreign guests in the mix. If you’re nearby at noon on a Saturday, drop in to enjoy Kaffemisjonen’s free weekly tastings yourself! Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7.30am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm
BarBarista is a kitschy, funky must-see while you’re in the city – a place where you can relax over coffee, beer, cider, or crispy waffle treats while grooving to golden oldies played by a vintage jukebox. Their whimsical décor adds a vibrant atmosphere to this cafe, with twinkly orange chandeliers shining beside colorful upside-down umbrellas hung from the rafters, and walls covered with quirky pieces of artwork. BarBarista makes good on its name with a full bar for both cocktails and coffee; they also serve a modest variety of light snacks and sandwiches. If you’re looking to shake those espresso jitters, you can even play games like backgammon while sipping your drink! Don’t forget to try a waffle with your coffee, in particular the one topped with brie, nuts and syrup — or the more maverick choice, a strange but satisfying combo of ham, cream cheese and peanut butter. You’ll just have to trust us on this one. Opening hours: 12pm-12am daily
Kaffebrenneri is an independent coffee roaster operating out of an old shipyard, where it also runs its own on-site cafe. The striking location, laid back ambiance, outdoor seating and fresh food make this a perfect place to check out with your family. The coffee is of excellent quality, prompting many customers to buy their own bags of Kaffebrenneri’s beans to brew at home. If you’re hungry, definitely try their dumpster pizza, a glorious feast made of surplus ingredients that would have otherwise gone to waste. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm
Blom is a delightful cafe in Bergen’s lively university district. With extremely friendly baristas shepherding flocks of groggy students and professors to their morning buzz, this is a great place to get your first caffeine fix of the day. If you missed breakfast you can also grab a tasty pastry with your drink order, or one of their rich brownies for a little indulgence. The space itself is simple and warm, successful in attracting the university crowd. What keeps them coming back, though, is Blom’s excellent pour-over coffee and espresso drinks – and when it comes to lattes, they’re the best in the business as far as Bergen’s concerned. Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Opened in 1996, Det Lille Kaffekompaniet(DLK) may be the best little coffee shop in all of Bergen. Tucked away on a sloping, cobblestone hillside lined with wooden houses, this tiny spot makes for a cozy retreat on a rainy day, while the outdoor seating is a real delight during the long summer days. DLK’s coffees are purchased from Solberg & Hansen, Norway’s largest specialty coffee roastery. They serve a variety of S&H’s coffees on drip (rotated daily), as well as espresso drinks or even french press coffee made to order. On a busy day, you may find long lines out the door, made up of locals willing to wait as long as an hour for their turn at the counter. Whether you’ve been waiting half an hour or half a minute, after sampling one of their 15+ roasts and sweet treats, you may find yourself asking where this little coffee company has been all your life. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am-8pm Saturday to Sunday 10am-6pm