The Best Coffee Shops in Bergen, Norway

Dagens beste kaffe | © Kim Marius Flakstad/Flickr
Dagens beste kaffe | © Kim Marius Flakstad/Flickr
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.
Inside Kaffemisjonen © Kristopher Johnsson/photo courtesy of Kaffemisjonen


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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.
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.
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.
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.
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