The Best Spots to Shop in Trondheim, Norway

The Bryggerekka Bruktmarked in Trondheim is an excellent place to find some vintage items
The Bryggerekka Bruktmarked in Trondheim is an excellent place to find some vintage items | © mikolajn / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 June 2020

When only retail therapy will do, Trondheim is a shopper’s paradise. From browsing through designer collections to rummaging for vintage bargains, these are the best spots for shopping in Norway’s third-largest city.

Rather than being spread out in neighbourhoods across Trondheim, most of the city’s best shops are conveniently located in Midtbyen, a district in the city centre with great transport links and nearly 300 independent boutiques, chain stores and interior design shops. There’s no need to be put off by the Norwegian winter weather either, as Midtbyen also has three large shopping centres, including the popular Trondheim Torg with over 70 shops featuring fashion brands, accessories and cosmetics. For something a little more unusual, Trondheim has plenty to tempt too, including flea markets, designer shops and an excellent vintage scene where you can find everything from frocks to furniture.

Bogart.Cosmo

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For a carefully curated selection of designer clothes for men and women, Bogart.Cosmo is a one-stop shop for the biggest names in fashion. Established in 1985, the family-owned business at Olav Tryggvasons gate in Midtbyen is spread over three floors and stocks the best international and Norwegian brands, including Mulberry, Paul Smith, Max Mara, Paul & Shark and Polo Ralph Lauren. “The history goes all the way back to 1905 when the Klein family opened their first shop in Trondheim,” says the store’s head of marketing and social media, Ronja Rosmæl Skauge. “We travel the world every season to find the most interesting brands and collections. Our goal is to give our customers a feeling of the big city, but also local warmth from all of us who work here.”

Bryggerekka Bruktmarked

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There is no prettier flea market in the city than Bryggerekka, located by the colourful wharfside houses along the waterfront in Kongens gate. It takes place every Sunday during summer only, and stalls vary but usually include bric-a-brac, antiques, homewares and vintage clothing. Negotiate with the stallholder and come away with a bargain, or go to browse and sample the tasty hotdogs and waffles on offer.

Prisløs Vintage

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Not your average vintage store, Prisløs sources good-quality second-hand clothes from around the world, and then reuses them to create new garments. Browse its jackets, bags and scrunchies in-store, or bring in old curtains or bedding and let staff design an entirely new item from the fabric. The team will also happily remake any clothes if you still love the material but don’t like the cut or style anymore. The shop also regularly hosts concerts and pop-up events in the evening.

Sukker

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Whether you’re searching for bags or homeware, jewellery or clothing, you’re sure to find something worth cherishing in this lovely boutique in a yellow wooden house in Bakklandet. Everything in the store is made by local designers who also run the shop, so they can answer any questions you have about whatever interests you. A local design collective established the store in 2005, and it’s now a must-visit for anyone searching for unique presents. Keep an eye out for Anne Lindgjerdet’s personalised copper bracelets, tongue-in-cheek toys by Ingrid Figueras and sleek sustainable fashion from Elisabeth Lysholm.

Shine

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Decorated with bare brick, brass fixtures and vases of fresh flowers, Shine is a must-visit boutique that’s stocked with gorgeous and stylish clothes from the likes of Isabel Marant and Vanessa Bruno. “Shine is like taking a trip into the closet of a Parisian girl living in Le Marais area,” says the shop’s owner, Charlotte de Stael. “A girl who worked in the inner circle of the fashion world in Paris for many years and has a very eclectic taste. That’s me by the way!” Selling everything from dresses to covetable homeware and the most exquisite jewellery and hair accessories, Shine also sells apothecary-style skincare and perfume for the chicest bathroom cabinets.

Byhaven

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Close to the train station on Olav Tryggvasons gate, the Byhaven shopping centre has a good range of fashion stores alongside a selection of smaller and independent shops. Try olive oil specialists Olivenlunden 1830 to stock up on different kinds of oil, balsamic vinegar, pesto and French biscuits; Kremmerhuset for beautiful gifts and homeware; and Lille Martine for irresistible children’s clothes. Beer enthusiasts should not miss craft-beer specialists Gulating Ølutsalg, which has the city’s largest selection of beer (more than 400).

Livid

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You can never have too many jeans, and Trondheim’s very own denim brand, Livid, is particularly hard to resist. The entire company, including its design, distribution and marketing departments, operates over two floors in an old building right in the city centre. Its clothing lines are available to buy on the first floor, and its vintage clothing range can be found in the basement. It will even design a bespoke pair of jeans just for you if you can never quite find the perfect fit. “Our buddies at Livid Jeans have an amazing shop space where they produce their own jeans with Japanese salvaged denim and much more,” says Charlotte.

Husfliden

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Skip the fridge magnets and bring home a much cosier souvenir from your time in Trondheim. Located in the city centre at Olav Tryggvasons gate, Husfliden stocks all kinds of attractive homeware and handmade woollen items made from traditional Norwegian patterns, as well as the national costume, known as the bunad. If you feel inspired, the shop also sells yarn and knitting patterns so that you can have a go yourself.

Strå Blomsterverksted

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“This is a flower store and workshop combined with home pieces in a beautiful jewel-like space,” says Charlotte. Between Bakklandet and Solsiden, this fairytale shop creates show-stopping bouquets and lavish arrangements, but it’s well worth visiting even if you don’t need flowers. It also stocks a small but charming selection of other items, including reed diffusers, candles, vases and books, that would make perfect presents.

Sjokoladebutikken

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Satisfy a sweet tooth with a trip to Sjokoladebutikken on Thomas Angells gate in Midtbyen. While it’s full of brightly coloured sweets and candy, the main attraction is the shop’s long, glass cabinet filled with rows of delectable Norwegian chocolate of every flavour. Choose from truffles filled with cognac, a vast selection of liquorice treats and sugar-free products, or take your pick from the rainbow wall of Jelly Belly sweets.

These recommendations were updated on June 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.