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The Top 10 Things To See And Do In Bergen, Norway

Picture of Chrisa Theodoraki
Updated: 9 February 2017
Bergen is one of the most charming summer destinations in Norway. Small but fascinating, Bergen offers a combination of fjords, architectural charm and art, as well as a good variety of quality restaurants and cafés. We pick the best spots here for a light bite.

The Fløibanen Funicular 

The Fløibanen Funicular  is the perfect introduction to Bergen. It only takes a short 5-8 minute trip to reach Mount Fløyen (320m above sea level) and enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the city. Once you reach the top you can also visit Fløien Folkerestaurant, a restaurant at a great location where you can enjoy a beer or a snack while you admire Bergen’s panorama.

Vetrlidsallmenningen 21, Bergen, Norge

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

With its characteristic wooden old houses that make visitors feel like they have stepped onto a film set, Bryggen is one of the primary reasons why people visit Bergen. The cobblestone alleys around the wharf are also worth exploring, with old-fashioned little shops, cafés and characteristic Scandinavian charm.

Bryggen, Bergen

Brunch at Bastant Stolegaten

This delicious gastro-pub is one of Bergen’s best brunch places, a great spot for a light gourmet meal and a glass of wine or beer. Home made soups and hearty sandwich combos, fresh salads, rich cakes and desserts are some of the treats that have made Bastant Stolegaten a popular culinary destination for locals and visitors.

 Stolegaten 8A, Bergen , Norway

VilVite Bergen’s Science Centre

Bergen’s Science Centre is one of the most fascinating places in Bergen. This learning centre for technology and natural sciences offers physically interactive exhibitions to convey the thrill of scientific work and experiments, as it invites its guests to discover the world themselves.

 Thormøhlensgate 51 Bergen  Norway

Aksdal i Muren

Scandinavia is known for its top quality rainwear and winter gear. If you have some money to spend during your stay in Bergen why not invest in a rain jacket that will last for many winters to come? Aksdal i Muren is the place to find the best Scandinavian brands that will keep you warm and dry such as Didriksons and Aalesund Oljeklede.

Address: Østre Murallmenningen 23,  Bergen, Norway

Blom Café

Blom offers coffee preparations including filter coffee, espresso, aeropress and chemex as well as a small selection of delicious cakes, home made muesli slices, scones, croissants and generous sandwiches. With Scandinavian simplicity and minimalist décor, this is a place that might go unnoticed if you are not looking for it. Follow the  fashionable crowds and local students here.

Address: John Lunds plass 1, Bergen

KODE Art Museum of Bergen

Kode is one of Scandinavia’s largest museums for art, craft, design and music. It comprises four museum buildings in the heart of  Bergen with 50,000 paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, furniture and works of fine art and design on show.

 Rasmus Meyers allé 9, 5015 Bergen, Norway

 Norwegian Cuisine at Pingvinen

Pingvinen is a cozy gastro bar that serves authentic Norwegian food. Its menu is small but smart, and offers interesting options such as traditional fish and macaroni pie, Lapskaus, and baked tusk. The bar is perfectly equipped with a good selection of Norwegian beers, spirits and wines.

Vaskerelven 14, Bergen , Norway

Apollon Platebar

Apollon Platebar is an ideal place to browse vinyl records while enjoying some live music and a glass of Norwegian beer. This bar/record store/concert hall’s triple identity has made it a favourite spot for music lovers in Bergen, and for those who can appreciate a good selection of lagers and ales from Norway, Europe and the United States.

Address:  Nygardsgt. 2A, Bergen , Norway

Fantoft Stavkirke

The church of Fantoft Stave is a unique piece of architecture and one of Bergen’s most important cultural symbols. Originally built in 1150, this historic stave church was destroyed by arson in 1992. However it has been beautifully reconstructed and features magnificent woodwork and striking architecture.

Address: Paradis, Bergen, Norway