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.
Stavanger is a university city and home to a number of institutions of higher education and research. This is reflected in the city’s urban and lively atmosphere, and in the varied assortment of shopping and dining opportunities.
Read more about the Stavanger region.
Address: Øvre Holmegate 32, 4006 Stavanger
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: Steinkargata 23, 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: Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 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: Breitorget 6, 4006 Stavanger
Renaa Atriet in Stavanger has a Michelin star, 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.
Renaa: Matbaren (upstairs) is an informal, yet stylish eatery with urban bistro atmosphere, vibrant yet…More
Renaa: Atriet (the Atrium) is a large, airy indoor courtroom, located right next to Matbaren, separated by…More
Address: Strandkaien 24, 4005 Stavanger
This is a classic place to sit and chill with friends and listen to some quality music while enjoying a cold beer.
Address: Øvre Holmegate 26, 4006 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: Nedre strandgate 5, 4005 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: Skagenkaien 35-37, 4006 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: Salvågergata 10, 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.
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and cultural events.
Being a “green” traveler doesn’t necessarily take a lot of effort, especially not in the Stavanger region. Let Frida Ottesen introduce you to some of the region’s eco-friendly highlights.
Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, go on a cruise on the Lysefjord, ascend Preikestolen or join a guided sightseeing trip around Stavanger.
Accommodation options are many in the Stavanger region. Choose between hotels, guesthouses, apartments, holiday cottages, and campsites.
Sushi master Roger Asakil Joya is combining Norwegian nature with Japanese traditions. Today, Sabi Omakase received its first Michelin star.
You want to see both the legendary fjords and the midnight sun, but only have one week. With a bit of smart planning, it can absolutely be done.
“Our fjords have numerous natural attractions that are well-suited for the whole family”, says Julie Strandheim at the Bergen based Fjord Norway, the official tourist board of the fjords. Here are a few highlights to start your planning.