Trondheim is Norway's third largest city, a position that is naturally accompanied by good shopping opportunities. You will find everything from major shopping centres and shopping streets through to small niche shops and high-end fashion. Given the short distances between all the shops and shopping centres, you can be sure to fit a lot of shopping into a short time and run the risk of your Visa card getting a work out mind you. Read on for the best shopping tips, with the risk of VISA card is hot of course. We give you the best tips of where to shop in Trondheim.
Trondheim has many shopping centres located in the city centre as well as the suburbs. You will find most of the chain stores at the shopping centres and this is normally where you find the biggest shops offering the widest range. In the suburb of Heimdal you will find the old warhorse and favourite City Syd. With 70 stores and the department store Coop Obs!, you will find everything you need here. On the other side of town you will find one of the newest shopping centres in Trondheim, City Lade, featuring 100 stores. Sirkus Shopping is located at Strindheim and almost 100 stores. Following its opening in 2012, the centre has become a favourite of many people. In addition to retail therapy, you will find a play corner, concerts and a TV corner here.
In downtown Trondheim you will discover four large shopping centres located just metres apart. The big brother among them is Trondheim Torg located on the city’s main market square, Torget. The range of stores here is huge and the stores are larger. At the top of Nordre gate is Mercursenteret, which is particularly popular among the younger generation, while at the bottom of Nodre gate is Byhaven, which profiles itself to adults and focuses on quality. In addition to a many cafés and restaurants, there is also a large shopping centre at Solsiden where you will find everything from Bolia and Høyer to Carlings and BikBok.
Trondheim is renowned for its many exciting and independent niche shops. This is where you will find the real treasures, clothes as well as handicraft items. You buy things here without being afraid that your neighbour or the person sitting in front of you on the bus will be wearing the same. Several such shops are located in Bakklandet and they are definitely worth a visit!
Sukker, Nedre Bakklandet 9
Sukker is a community of designers who are educated and work in fashion design, illustration, ceramics, graphic design, industrial design and jewellery design. Sukker is not “just a shop”, but also an important meeting place where experiences, knowledge and ideas are shared and refined. Sukker presents and sells its unique, self-made products in the shop at Bakklandet.
SEAMS, Nedre Bakklandet 18B
SEAMS is one of the newest additions at Bakklandet and is run by enthusiast Magnus Holder Birch. The shop, which was initially intended as a pop-up shop for 10 days, mostly sells high quality men’s clothing and accessories. Magnus also stocks other things he thinks are cool, such as a magazine rack with lots of great reading material that you usually don’t get at Narvesen. You can also buy lovely bikes from Tokyobike and many other rarities.
Retail collective Pryd, Nedre Bakklandet 22
Pryd is a creative design collective in Bakklandet in Trondheim. Seven designers have joined forces to produce and sell handmade handicrafts such as jewellery, bags and clothing. They also sell products made by other artists. A visit to Pryd is like going on a little treasure hunt, and you won’t find the products you see here anywhere else.
At Midtbyen in the city centre you will find the largest fashion houses in Trondheim. Retro, Høyer, Bogart, Cosmo, Shine and Zuuz are located in large, nice premises and stock brands such as Acne, Marlene Birger, Mulberry, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Tom Wood, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors. You will always find the latest fashions here, but you will often find last year’s seasonal products on sale (read: possible to find a bargain).
You can also find local producers here. When it comes to men's jeans, Livid Jeans have certainly become noticed. Livid Jeans started with love and passion with focus on superior quality and true craftsmanship, which is clearly shown by the jeans. Not only are they of the highest quality, but the majority of their jeans are produced at Olav Tryggvasons gate19. Visit the shop, which has become an attraction in its own right.
Second-hand shops are where the real bargains are found, and you will discover many such shops in Trondheim. Centrally located and filled to the brim, you can find everything from the finest woollen sweaters to the coolest ceiling light. In the past people took good care of their belongings and many of the items you find at the second-hand shops in Trondheim are in very good condition.
Some selected second-hand shops:
• Brukthandleriet Sirkulus, Kjøpmannsgata 33
• Tante Isabell, Fjordgata 52
• Fretex – three branches in Trondheim
The Bryggerekka Bruktmarked – an outdoor flea market – takes place at the marketplace in Kjøpmannsgata 25 every Sunday from 10 am to 4pm during summer. The range varies from time to time, and you will rarely go home empty handed.
Read more about the Bryggerekka flea market
With the wide range of places focussing on local produce, Trondheim can rightly be called a food city. When the city’s first food hall, Mathall Trondheim opened in 2015, the supply of local food became even better. Around half the products in the food hall are from Trøndelag and the neighbouring counties and the other half represents the rest of Norway, as well as some international products of high quality. The food hall also features a restaurant where you can sit down and enjoy the taste of Trøndelag.
Adjacent to the food hall you will find Gulating Ølutsalg, Trondheim’s first shop specialising in beer. You will find local beers from all over Norway, as well as selected international beers.
If you walk further down by the sea, you buy fresh fish and shellfish at Ravnkloa every day. The product range varies depending on the catch. A real treat during summer is sitting outside eating fresh shrimps bought here.
Bondens Marked (Farmers’ market) is held once or twice a month on the main square in Trondheim. Many of the products on offer here are organic and you can buy everything from baking and herbs to meat and cheese. The best part of all is that everything on offer is locally produced. Remember to bring cash as some of the stalls don’t accept cards.
You will not only find good food and good beer in Trondheim, but also good coffee. Not only can you buy the city’s best coffee here, but they will also gladly tell how to make equally good coffee at home. They can offer advice about equipment, methods and ingredients. Making good coffee requires good coffee beans, which you can buy at one of Dromedar’s cafés.