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Sjøhuset in Kristiansand - Photo: Peder Austrud © Visit Sørlandet
Sjøhuset in Kristiansand Photo: Peder Austrud © Visit Sørlandet

Food and beverage in Kristiansand

In the Kristiansand region you will find a large selection of restaurants and cafes serving both international and local food.

Kristiansand has a rich and varied selection of indoor and outdoor cafés, restaurants and pubs. In summer the city's bars are open long into the night, and packed with people. Local fish, wild game, plants and berries are the source for tasty, high quality food served in the cafés and restaurants.

The fish market/quayside

For a wide variety of culinary temptations, you should try the restaurant area by the fish market/quayside. It is well worth a visit whether you are looking for a light snack or a three-course dinner.

Norwegian delicacies such as smoked salmon, freshly caught mackerel, fish cakes or filet of moose are offered at the counters of the indoor fish market. Do like the locals, buy a bag of fresh shrimps or a basket of locally grown strawberries, and enjoy them sitting at the quayside.

Trendy restaurants

The modern restaurant Bølgen og Moi  tempt guests with a fantastic view from the quayside and a delicious meal. Here one of the most well-known artists in Norway, Kjell Nupen, has decorated the walls and place-mats.

Måltid specialises in fresh, local food. The ingredients here come from small independent producers solidly rooted in their local community.

Tilstede offers a relaxed atmosphere and real food made from local, organic ingredients.

Gastropuben Kick Malt og Mat serves more than 30 different beers on tap. Most of them british, with some Norwegian breweries represented, and some international, but they also serve beers from micro breweries.

Gastropub means public house that specializes in serving high-quality food. Kick has been rated on Tripadvisor and in 2013 the pub got the ”Certificate of Excellence Winner”.

Finally Kristiansand has got their own brewery. A small micro brewery called Christianssand Brygghus makes their own recipes and their brew master ofte fill the tanks with new and exciting beers. Christianssand Brygghus serves generous portions on the plate.

Cocktail bar

Bakgården Bar in the middle of Kristiansand is the region's leading cocktail bar and employs a team of world-class bartenders. Give the place a try!

Last updated:  2014-04-30
Dinner at the Fishmarked - Photo: Anders Martinsen © Visit Sørlandet
Dinner at the Fishmarked
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Sjøhuset i Kristiansand - Photo: Peder Austrud © Visit Sørlandet

Food and beverage in Kristiansand

In the Kristiansand region you will find a large selection of restaurants and cafes serving both international and local food.

Food and beverage in Kristiansand

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Restaurants in Kristiansand

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Herlig Land Restaurant

Herlig Land is the town's meeting place for good food and drink. The place that enriches the lives of all who appreciate a night out in merry company. We are a mix of restaurant, café and bar.

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Tilstede mat og mer

Tilstede is a norweigan word for present, that's what this restaurant is all about.

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Brasserie C

Serving the sumptuous Super Breakfast buffet every morning and offering an attractive à la carte lunch and dinner menu, the attractive and popular Brasserie C Restaurant is known for its excellent light dishes at reasonable prices.

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Bølgen & Moi Kristiansand

The town's best restaurant with sun till late in the evening. From simple dishes to 5-course meals. Lunch café - Restaurant - Tables outdoors.

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Pieder Ro

Tasty seafood dishes served in an elegant maritime setting close by the 'Fiskebasar'.

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MÅLTID offers a culinary experience based on local ingredients, so called "short-travelled food".

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Food Asylum

Food Asylum serves Sushi where classical Japanese craftsmanship is blended with modern tastes.

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Sjøhuset Restaurant

Sjøhuset Restaurant has for nearly two decades been a landmark among Kristiansand's finest restaurants.

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Café Dronningen - Hotel Norge

Café Dronningen is rightfully styled the queen of Kristiansand's eateries. The Hotel has a private bakery and provides fresh bread, and pastries through the day.

What to do in Southern Norway

Hike or bike along coastal trails. Go skiing, climbing or rafting. Enjoy festivals and other cultural events. Deep-sea fishing is popular too.

Incentive activities in Kristiansand

Kristiansand offers a diverse set of activities. From the islands and coast, to the inland and mountains. All within an hour drive from the city.

Restaurants in Kristiansand

Kristiansand can offer a wide variety of culinary temptations. The proximity to the ocean enables us to offer you fresh fish and shellfish dishes.

Experience the natural beauty of Kristiansands archipelago

Kristiansand is surrounded by small outports with local history. Visit the outports by a local ferry and explore the secluded beaches and archipelago.

About Kristiansand

Getting to Kristiansand and around

Kristiansand, in Southern Norway, is centrally located in the region and easy to reach no matter whether you travel by car, bus, train, ferry or plane

Key facts about Kristiansand

Kristiansand, the capital of Southern Norway, is the fifth largest city in Norway, and a favorite holiday spot for Norwegians.

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Hotel Norge Kristiansand

Hotel Norge is located in the heart of Kristiansand, near the pedestrian street with shopping and restaurants and the harbor with it's shoreline.

Hiking offers in Southern Norway

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Hiking in Southern Norway

Southern Norway offers numerous hiking possibilities, from the mountains of Setesdal and Sirdal to picturesque coastal paths by the sea

Kristiansand Zoo and amusement park

Kristiansand Zoo is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Explore Nordic wilderness and animals like wolf, lynx and moose.

Abra Havn – pirate village in Kristiansand

Abra Havn is a pirate town where you can spend the night. The home of the one and only "Kaptein Sabeltann"

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand

Kilden Performing Arts Centre is located on the waterfront in Kristiansand. Kilden is a monumental landmark building for the arts in Southern Norway.


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