Great culinary experiences are something you remember – for a long time. And in Bergen, many culinary experiences await you, with a wide range of restaurants serving everything from Norwegian traditional fare to fantastic dishes from Asia, Europe and America etc. But in Bergen, you get a lot more than simply new versions of popular dishes. Food has become a major source of pride in Bergen UNESCO City of Gastronomy. On the self-guided tour "Taste of Bergen" you get to taste some of the local specialities while passing some of the oldest and most picturesque parts of Bergen. You can book "Taste of Bergen" online on visitBergen.com.
And in addition to a wide range of restaurants, a number of signature restaurants have emerged such as Colonialen, Lysverket, Bare Vestland, Restaurant 1877 and Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant. Some of them have received international attention – in the White Guide among others. Let us take a closer look at Bergen as a city of gastronomy, and learn a little about its proud food traditions.
Right back to the heyday of stockfish and the Hanseatic era, when Bergen was one of the biggest trading towns in Europe, fish and seafood have been the pride of the city and its number one export item. Some people even claim that Bergen wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for stockfish. What is beyond dispute, however, is that fish and seafood have provided the foundation for life along the coast of Western Norway. The excellent quality of the produce, due, among other things, to the rough climate, means that the restaurants in Bergen can serve the freshest produce from the sea of a quality almost unparalleled in the world. Many of the best fish dishes are served in the heart of the city, along Bryggen or at one of the other restaurants that feature fish on the menu.
However, first-rate ingredients are not enough alone. In Bergen, you will find restaurants that use nature as a tool and catalyst to produce the best flavours. At Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant on the island of Holmen, you can sit right by the water and enjoy the fantastic view of the fjord and sea and the rough weather of Western Norway. At the same time, you can see seafood and fish literally being caught in front of you, before being served a meteorological menu served by master chefs who get the best out of the ingredients. You can book your trip to Cornelius online at visitBergen.com here. Cornelius also uses old seafood traditions in its food production, and in addition to a magnificent culinary experience, you learn about seafood and its importance for Bergen and Western Norway. Talk about making the most of nature, the climate and ingredients!
But all the other produce in Western Norway must not be overshadowed by fish. Dishes made from lamb and small game from the Bergen region are sought after way beyond Norway’s borders. Maybe because of the excellent grazing areas, clean air and good climate? Here too nature and the climate can make your meal extra special. At Sky:Skraperen on Mount Ulriken, Bergen’s highest mountain, you can sit high above the city and enjoy a delicious dinner with a fantastic view of the fjords and mountains. And of course a view of Norway’s most beautiful city with the sea in the background.
But don’t worry, Bergen also has kebab and hamburger joints! If you have been to some of the city’s many bars and pubs after a meal in a restaurant, you will probably be feeling a bit hungry again. In the very heart of Bergen city centre, you’ll find a hot dog stand, hamburger or kebab joint on every other corner. And if kebab is not what you’re after, Pingvinen in Vaskerelven serves traditional Norwegian fare until three o’clock in the morning. You don’t have to go home hungry after a night on the town in Bergen!
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