From Michelin-starred restaurants, to...
...casual spots to eat, drink, and socialise.
Come to Trondheim and Trøndelag, the European Region of Gastronomy 2022 and one of the hottest destinations in the world for foodies right now.
When it comes to food, Trondheim offers both bold new flavours and traditional favourites. In 2018, prominent Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv wrote that Trondheim had become Norway’s new food capital. Today, it boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants and a vibrant and innovative food scene.
More and more restaurants are popping up in the city, and you can now spend a whole week savouring the epicentre of great taste.
Here's Norwegian food blogger Helle Øder Valebrokk and Visit Trondheim's guide to must-try eateries and cafés from morning to evening:
But it's not just at the restaurants that you get good food. "Stop by the self-service local food shop at the train station in Trondheim and buy goodies with you for your train journey or picnic," recommends Øder Valebrokk.
There are also plenty of options for your sweet tooth. "There are many good bakeries in the region. And if you come across something that Lars Lian, one of Norway's best confectioners, has made, try it immediately," she continues.
Three Trondheim restaurants are now among the crème de la crème of Nordic culinary destinations.
"The fact that there are three Michelin-starred restaurants and two Bib Gourmand restaurants (Jossa Mat & Drikke and Fagn-Bistro) in such a small city is really quite unique," says Øder Valebrokk, who believes that there are many more eateries that should be mentioned in the Guide next time, including Spontan Vinbar.
The exclusive 2022 list includes:
Credo: If you like Michelin food, made with love and care for the environment and served in an informal setting, head straight for Credo. The restaurant is an urban landmark with its striking location in a former tank factory.
Head chef Heidi Bjerkan is one of Europe's most innovative culinary wizards: Credo received its first Michelin star in 2019, in addition to a Green Star for sustainability. In 2022, Bjerkan and her team were awarded the Michelin Welcome and Service Award.
“I hope to use my restaurants as a platform to get people to start thinking about new and alternative ways to reuse food and explore more ways of supporting farmers.”
Heidi Bjerkan, Owner of CREDO, in The Michelin Guide
Credo is not just about amazing food. They have a strong focus on animal welfare, local products from small scale farmers like Skjølberg Søndre, microgreens, food waste and the environment.
The restaurant only serves meat from around 13 cows a year, and you can come face to face with the cows, pictured on the wall on the upper floor. Every part of the animal is used, even their bones, which are transformed into plates on which your dessert might be served!
High quality in every detail can also be enjoyed at adjoining restaurant Jossa Mat & Drikke, which aims to give diners a better understanding of the world through its food. Heidi even runs a very down-to-earth ramen spot, Edoramen Restaurant, in the amazing Geitmyra Credo Culinary Centre for Children just across the yard, where she also teaches kids about her food philosophy.
Speilsalen: The $150 million restoration of the stately Britannia Hotel put Trondheim on the map for seasoned travellers and foodies alike.
At Speilsalen, World Champion Chef and 2017 Bocuse d'Or silver medallist Christopher Davidsen presents a culinary journey of Norwegian ingredients, many of them locally sourced, that's full of delightful surprises. If you book the chef's table for the evening, you can get a closer look at how the magic happens. Norway's top sommelier, Henrik Dahl Jahnsen, who received the Michelin Sommelier Award in 2021, will assure the very best wine pairings.
You can also enjoy amazing cocktails and delicious food elsewhere in the hotel at the Brasserie Britannia and the cosy Jonathan Grill.
Fagn: This gem, whose name means to embrace and to receive with joy, offers another classical style Michelin treat, based on exquisite local and national products with an international touch. Sister restaurant Fagn Bistro, on the upper floor, has a BIB Gourmand.
To experience Credo, Speilsalen or Fagn, it's recommended to book a table well in advance.
To Rom og Kjøkken: One of the really classic fine dining restaurants in town, founded by food guru Roar Hildonen. His ambitious son, Eskil, is now running the show, serving halibut from Roan, clams from Frøya, and lingonberry cocktails that shine like rock stars.
Le Bistro: A small piece of France in the middle of Trondheim! Le Bistro has been named the country's best bistro. This is the ideal place to relax and enjoy snacks or a tasting menu in warm and cosy surroundings.
Spontan Vinbar: Wine bar and restaurant offering tasting menus based on pure seasonal ingredients.
Kitchen & Table: Great taste combined with the best views. The menu is Nordic with a touch of America and Asia.
Troll Restaurant: 100 per cent Norwegian, with an exotic twist! Surprise your taste buds at this rebel kitchen that takes traditional Norwegian food to the next level.
Kraft Bodega: What are we in the mood for today? Here, the chefs make the food they would like to eat themselves.
The Crab: The team behind one of Norway's most legendary seafood restaurants, Ansnes Brygger, on the Island of Hitra, have now brought their delicious seafood to the city by opening their unique new seafood restaurant.
The region hosts several annual food and drink festivals, including the Trondheim Wine Festival in March, the Trondheim Brewery Festival and the Trøndelag Food Festival, one of Europe’s largest, both in July, as well as the Trondheim Gin Festival in August.
However, the city is not just about good food. according to a 2022 article in Forbes, "Trondheim is one of Europe's most underrated cities." Check out these insider tips to the city, and discover Credo chef Live Krangnes Edvardsen's tips on her favourite cultural and culinary experiences in the city!
Located by the E6 motorway between Trondheim and Bodø, The Golden Road is roughly a 2-hour drive or train ride from Trondheim. "Norways tastiest detour" offers a wide range of farm shops and local food, juice makers, microbreweries, cheese producers, and one of the country's most innovative aquavit producers, Inderøy Brenneri at the Berg Gård farm.
This has made Inderøya one of the top rural destinations for foodies in Norway. The small peninsula is packed with amazing food experiences, including the peninsula's most well-known comfort food: Inderøysodd, a hearty stew that dates back to the Viking Era, served with ginger beer and skjenning, a local flatbread.
According to farm owner Liv Elin Olsen at Gulburet farm shop and café, to get the right flavour sensation, the sweet side of the flatbread should touch your tongue and the salty side should face upwards.
For a real gourmet evening based on the best local ingredients, head for the restaurant at the unique Øyna Cultural Landscape Hotel. It was named one of the 101 Most Incredible Hotels in the World in 2021 by Fodor’s Travel, thanks to its unique architecture and setting, integrated into the lush terrain on a hilltop.
Round off the evening in its incredible sky bar with panoramic views over the Trondheimsfjorden, with an Inderøyningen cocktail featuring homemade dandelion syrup.
Join us for a tasty guided cycle trip around The Golden Road!
More foodie destinations in Innherred:
In nearby Steinkjer, you will also find a very special spot the Michelin inspectors have missed. Experience at Bjerkem farm offers a culinary evening in a former barn transformed into a rustic restaurant!
The super cosy, former mining town of Røros, just over 2 hours' drive southeast of Trondheim, is lined with timber-clad traditional houses and is often recognised as the birth place of the local food boom in Norway.
Røros has a very strong focus on dairy products, cloudberries, wild meat from reindeer, moose, and excellent cheeses from Eggen Gardsysteri and Galåvolden Gård. Its traditional food and pastries include lemse (a flat, soft and sweet pastry with butter and sugar topping), pjalt (a distinctive pastry from the Røros region that can be described as a cross between a waffle and a bun) and flatbrød (flatbread).
Look for products from Rørosmeieriet and Rørosmat, widely available in supermarkets throughout Norway. Fresh water fish, especially white fish, char and trout, are also a must try in the region.
Hitra, Frøya and the rest of the Fosen peninsula are like one big buffet! There is something unique about the soil, climate and ocean currents on the Trøndelag coast that results in world-class local produce.
Hitra and Frøya are renowned for their famous Hitra crab (a brown crab), mussels, scallops, and langoustine, regularly supplied to the most exclusive restaurants in the Nordics and beyond. Here, you also find some of the world's largest sites for salmon farming.
The area is an eldorado for farm food, with local cheese, and deer and wild sheep that roam freely in the coastal landscape, giving them a unique taste.
If you don't intend to fish or hunt your meals yourself, don't worry, you will find a number of excellent restaurants and suppliers – from both sea and land:
Trøndelag offers exciting and varied flavours all year round. At Frosta, Trondheim's own kitchen garden, you will find farm shops around every corner, and in Selbu you can visit the chocolatier Jentene på Tunet, for some of Norway's best chocolate.
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