Bakklandet is a charming old neighbourhood in Trondheim filled with rows of colourful wooden houses. Situated between Gamle Bybro (Old Town Bridge) and Bakke Bridge (Bakke Bru) on the east side of the Nidelva River, the area is home to some of Norway’s best restaurants.
With its cobbled streets and wooden wharfs, Bakklandet is one of the most idyllic and charming neighbourhoods in Trondheim. The most popular way to get here is via the famous Old Town Bridge, or Gamle Bybro. The district is made up of 17th- and 18th-century wooden buildings that are a mix of private residences, shops, cafés and restaurants. Especially popular with students and travellers, it is the perfect place to meet for a catch-up, a drink or dinner. And for such a small area, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.
If you’re after fine dining, look no further than Folk og Fe – a bistro situated in the heart of Bakklandet. At this eatery, you will find traditional dishes made using local produce. The menu changes depending on the season, so you know you’re being served the best possible produce at any given time. Folk og Fe follows a sustainable ‘no-waste’ concept, by serving meat dishes that use the whole animal. Simple, tasty, unpretentious and rustic food is what this restaurant does best. Folk og Fe is popular for its sharing dishes, with game, poultry and fish served on boards in the middle of the table. In 2015, it became the first restaurant in Trondheim to be listed in the White Guide Nordic, the region’s answer to the Michelin Guide.
Mat Fra Hagen is the only vegan restaurant to grace Bakklandet, and is situated close to Bakke Bru. With the goal of promoting sustainable eating, it opened its doors in October 2014, but sadly had to shut due to bankruptcy. Now, the restaurant, which serves 100 percent plant-based food, has reopened with new owners. They wanted to combine a modern and elegant interior with a simple, tasty and plant-based menu. The restaurant often has a fresh salad bar with falafel, and a simple menu with burgers, wraps, bowls and juices. There’s also coffee and a couple of sweet treats. Mat Fra Hagen’s manager tells Culture Trip his recommendation: “My favourite is the chipotle burger!”
Baklandet Skydsstation is one of the best-preserved and most eye-catching buildings in the neighbourhood. The crooked and colourful building dates back to the 1700s, when it was believed to have been used as a transport station. Over the years, many businesses have resided here, from hatmakers to carpenters, and it was even used as a launderette. In 1997, it was transformed into a café, and is now one of the cosiest places to go for a catch-up. The interior is full of historical trinkets and knick-knacks. In 2012, Baklandet Skydsstation was named Café of the Year by National Geographic Traveler, and it’s easy to see why. It’s an idyllic and peaceful place to go to enjoy home-made food and drinks in a traditional setting. The cheerful and friendly owner, Gurli, will be more than happy to serve you up a home-cooked meal. Gurli is proud of being an independent café because everybody can “be themselves”, which is something she believes the guests appreciate. She tells Culture Trip: “Here, guests can sit down and have a chat, even though the space is tight. We can clearly see when the guests come in, look around in bewilderment and then relax their shoulders.”
If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, walk over Gamle Bybro and take a right. Here, you will find sushi restaurant Sabrura. One of Sabrura’s biggest selling points is its impeccable sushi buffet. Eat as much as you want from the extensive and varied assortment, which includes sushi, grill skewers and salads with a Norwegian twist. Guests can rest assured that the ingredients Sabrura uses are as local as possible, with salmon from Frøya, halibut from the southwest of Norway, strawberries from Frosta and scallops from Hitra.
Kalas & Canasta is a small but cosy bistro in one of Bakklandet’s wooden houses, with guests often mesmerised by the charming restaurant’s small rooms and interior. The exquisite food is inspired by Scandinavian and European flavours with an Asian influence. Every evening, the chefs and sommeliers put together a five-course menu that changes frequently. The small and dedicated team love to experiment with seasonal ingredients, and can recommend a wine for each course. Manager Kathrine Woje Ellingsen tells Culture Trip: “If you are a regular at Kalas, you will know the best tables are the ones by the windows in the bar. Here, you can dream the day away or do some people watching.” Kalas & Canasta is renowned for its fresh fish, with Woje Ellingse noting that people come from all over to “taste the restaurant’s delicacies from the sea”.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.