The internationally recognised DJ Charlotte Thorstvedt guides you through her native Stavanger.
Stavanger-born Charlotte Thorstvedt is a Norwegian DJ and booking manager for the respected underground house & techno venue The Villa in Oslo. She has been crucial in creating its status, with her cutting edge bookings. Music industry media authorities like DJ mag, Pulse Radio, Resident Advisor, and The Guardian list The Villa as one of the top clubs in the world.
Thorstvedt has a master in anthropology and was working for MTV as a presenter for years. Her many side-projects include jewellery design and things like these insider tips for a not so obvious city-break in Stavanger.
Photo: Linnea Syversen
Cosy cafe with vibrant colours and a charming back yard. I could sit back there and play backgammon for hours with friends – time flies in this place. It’s situated in one of the coolest streets I know, “Fargegata”, the street of colours. The facade of every building is painted in a different pastel colour. The colour scheme was chosen by local artist Craig Flanagan, who I have been a fan of since childhood.
Address: Øvre Holmegate 32, 4006 Stavanger
The best place in town for for foodies. Small, rustic and delightful. The menu is ever changing according to the seasons and the chef’s curiosity, so you have no idea what you will get, except that it will be local, fresh, and absolutely delicious.
Address: Steinkargata 23, 4006 Stavanger
An amazing spot for beer connoisseurs close to Tou Scene with a huge selection of beers. You can try some great stuff you won’t find anywhere else – local beers as well as foreign ones.
Address: Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 Stavanger
Renaa Atriet is the only restaurant in Stavanger with a Michelin star, which they recently were awarded, and which they absolutely deserve. The venue houses both the restaurant and a low-key and cheaper alternative called Renaa Matbaren. At this spot, your tastebuds are always in for a special experience. Inside the restaurant they even have one of Anthony Gormley’s “Rusty Men” sculpture pieces, which you can find all throughout the city at certain spots.
Address: Breitorget 6, 4006 Stavanger
This is a classic place to sit and chill with friends and listen to some quality music while enjoying a cold beer.
Address: Strandkaien 24, 4005 Stavanger
Another new happenin’ spot in Stavanger’s street of colours. It’s both a café and bar, and they serve a few dishes if you’re peckish. They also have interesting quiz and music events.
Address: Øvre Holmegate 26, 4006 Stavanger
Of course I have to give mention to the place that gave me my start as a DJ at the tender age of 17. This is a great place to go out if you like rock and indie music.
Address: Nedre strandgate 5, 4005 Stavanger
If you want to escape the city for a bit, there is a tropical oasis not far away. Just hop on the boat to get to this little island where you’ll find gardens full of lush greenery and palm trees. They also have a great restaurant.
Address: Skagenkaien 35-37, 4006 Stavanger
If you’re an art enthusiast, I’m sure you will notice that Stavanger is full of amazing street art on almost every corner, and that’s thanks to one man – Martyn Reed. He made Stavanger a hot spot for street art by starting up the respected Nu Art festival in 2001. You can find works by Roa, Herakut, Bordalo, Dot dot dot, Dolk, and so many others all throughout the city. Martyn has his own gallery in the city centre if you want to pick up a piece by one of these talents for your own wall.
Address: Salvågergata 10, 4006 Stavanger
When it comes to shopping, I gravitate towards the small boutiques, and Nola in Kirkegata has a great selection of Scandinavian brands like Ganni, Wood Wood, Hay, and Samsøe & Samsøe.
Address: Kirkegata 25, 4006 Stavanger