Food & Drink
Find out where to eat, go for a drink or dance the night away. Choose from many restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs - many typically Norwegian.
Norway has a rich culinary heritage where top quality local ingredients and unique regional specialities are often the recipe for success.
Enjoy homemade food, Norwegian ingredients and food with a local identity. Visit a restaurant with the Norwegian Foodprints mark of quality.
Try freshly caught cod from the Lofoten Islands, tender reindeer meat from Finnmark or succulent sweet cherries from Hardanger.
Fresh salmon, cod and reindeer cooked in a traditional or modern way. There is a good variety or local ingredients in the North Cape Area.
Norway has a long food tradition featuring top ingredients and many regional specialities. Make sure you try some of them on your hiking holiday.
Norway's vast array of traditional dishes and local specialities really comes into its own at Christmas time. Here are a few of the highlights.
Ask for tasty Norwegian salmon for dinner. For breakfast you should try the sweet brown cheese.
Stockfish is unsalted fish dried by the sun and wind on wooden racks in Northern Norway or in special drying houses.
So, where does one have the best meal in Southern Norway?
The sea in Nordland is renowned for its culinary delights. Taste specialities such as "skrei" (winter cod), stockfish and Lofoten cod.
You will find many places offering good food along Kystriksveien, from fine dining restaurants to corner shops selling local produce.
Oslo's nightlife has something special for everyone, whether you prefer beers at the pub, listening to live music or clubbing into the wee hours.
Fresh king crab, reindeer, game from the forest and fish from the cold Barents Sea. Special ingredients set the cuisine from Eastern Finnmark apart.
Try local food such as game, trout, cured meat, mushrooms and berries when you travel in Jotunheimen.
Do not miss out on local food during your stay in Numedal. Try the cured meats, the traditional breads and the delicious sweet cakes.
Try a local speciality; goat's milk caramel from Herdalssetra or strawberry cake from Valldal.
Visit one of the Mjøs farms to experience local culinary traditions.
In Ål you will be served everything from traditional food made by local producers, good home-made food and international dishes.
Enjoy local delicacies at Kulturstua i Ro, Sygard Grytting or Lillehammer Bryggeri. The choice of restaurants is vast.
You will find a number of cosy restaurants with excellent cuisine in Setesdal, many of them featuring local produce.
Enjoy a light snack or a full dinner at one of the recommended places.
Experience the Gladmat Food Festival, or visit the restaurant Tango run by Kjartan Skjelde, one of Norway's best known chefs.
Enjoy a meal with a view at Skarsnuten Hotel, sample top-class cooking at Fossheim Hotel, or discover local specialities at Ulsåkstølen Fjellstugu.
In Halden, you will find everything from fast food restaurants and pizzerias, to fine dining restaurants.
Eating out in Bodø? Try traditional dishes like bacalao or meatballs, or opt for the likes of pizza or sushi instead. The choice is yours.
In Horten you will find eateries that appeal to almost every palate and budget, from Norwegian seafood restaurant to small cosy cafes.
The Sunnfjord region offers a wide range of dining options, including modern cafés, hotel restaurants, roadside cafeterias and pizzerias.
You can enjoy fresh seafood, local pastry and many tasty specialities along FjordKysten.
Helgeland's culinary traditions span fish and seafood, bread, cakes, dairy products and meat. Here are a few places where you can try the local fare.
Sandefjord offers a wide variety of cuisines for memorable meals to reasonable prices. Among the several renowed chefs is Winner of Bocuse d'Or 2009.
Sarpsborg has a range of restaurants and cafés, from traditional Norwegian to Italian and Indian.
All the hotels and lodges, and most of the staffed cabins serve locally inspired food for hikers and skiers – summer and winter.
Taste Camembert from Eiker Cheese Factory or pure apple juice from the Eplegården Farm. If you prefer gourmet food, the region has that too.
Traditional and international cooking in and around the town center. The hosts all emphasize friendly and good service.
Trysil offers a wide range of great places to eat. You can choose from international favourites or meals prepared from local produce
In Sirdal you will find traditional Norwegian food in most restaurants. The mountains here are full of delicious ingredients.
The farms around Lake Mjøsa produce cereals, potatoes, vegetables, berries and fruit.
Matsafari offers hiking trips combined with professional cooking classes and tasty meals in the Stavanger Region.
The friendly hosts will teach you about plants and invite you into their home for dinner and conversations. We got their recommendations for the area.
The Arendal Region's restaurants and cafés have delicacies to offer. Everything from sandwiches to five-course dinners, and more. It is your choice.
In Bergen you will find just about everything from tea rooms to gourmet fish restaurants, from small bistros to discotheques, bars and nightclubs.
Choose fresh delicacies delivered directly from the sea, or a local dish rich in tradition.
Voss has a long food heritage. Vossafår, fenalår and smalahove are all popular local products you should try during your stay.
Ringerike is an agricultural area and is famous for the Ringerike Potato and the special Ringerike Peas.
Moss offers everything from gourmet restaurants to cafés serving local food and award-winning kebabs.
Valdres is well known for its rakfisk - salted and semi fermented trout. During the first weekend in November you can even visit the Rakfisk Festival.
Typical food and drink in the area include apple juice and fruit from Hardanger, and trout from the Hallingdal Valley.
Taste local ingredients such as reindeer, fresh fish, lamb, berries and mushrooms mixed with international cooking.
The best food in Troms is prepared with fresh local ingredients, such as cod or elk, combined with international culinary trends.
In Geilo, you will find exciting bars, pubs, cafés and exclusive hotel restaurants. Here are some recommended places to eat.
Petrines Gjestgiveri in Norddal, not far from Geiranger, was voted "The best place to eat along the road in 2006".
In Fredrikstad you will find a menu that appeals to every palate - the exotic or traditional, the sophisticated or popular.
Bacalao, a dish made of dry and salted cod, is the main speciality in the Kristiansund and Nordmøre region.
The Hardanger farmers are specialists in fruit and berries, and Hardanger is Norway's most prolific apple and cherry growing region.
In Indre Østfold you can dine on a traditional farm, in a gourmet restaurant or even inside a cave, sampling food made from locally grown products.
There are many restaurants, pubs and bars in Trondheim. Most are located in the city centre, in Bakklandet or in Solsiden.
Tromsø is known for a lively nightlife with friendly locals and a range of restaurants specialising in the fresh ingredients of the region.
The Røros region has been leading in Norway on developing local food and you may find locally produced meat and fish, as well as herbs and cheeses.
Eating out in the big cities.
Follo has a wide selection of restaurants and cafés with both Norwegian and international dishes on the menu.
Seafood is a delicacy along the coast of Southern Norway, where fish is plentiful, while inland traditional food and local products await.
In the Kristiansand region you will find a large selection of restaurants and cafes serving both international and local food.
There is a selection of cafés, pubs and restaurants in Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard. Having your meal in a Sami turf is a special experience.
Try local specialities such as gwyniad from Lake Fyresvatn, chevre from Haukeli, pear syrup from Bø and game from the woods and mountains.
The centre of town is a lively gathering of charming cafés, pubs and restaurants catering for almost every taste.
Recommended restaurants in Telemark.