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Table tales from Norway

City breaks with fresh food

The recipe: grab a film camera, stumble into the chefs’ busy kitchens, and follow them for a whole day as they go out to collect the best of the local ingredients.


Some restaurants are simply worth the travel. Get inspired by the food film series below that we have called Table tales, where some of Norway’s top chefs showcase their regions and their food philosophy.

All over Norway, contemporary restaurants are popping up and a new wave of chefs are creating food concepts with a strong vision; fresh, local organic food from local farmers and the nearby sea, the fusion of old traditions and new techniques, Nordic ambience and a warm welcome.

They love to mingle with their guests and pride themselves in being hands-on with everything from the origins of the ingredients to creating an independent venue with a unique look and feel.

The films are from Norway’s main cities, characterized by their easy access, bustling urban vibe, cultural experiences, closeness to nature and local food experiences and ambiences that you will only get there. These places are ideal for a short break and every season bring a different experience.

Off the beaten track, with easy reach from Oslo airport, there are also several towns and villages where the pace is gentle, the surroundings are beautiful and local history and culture plentiful. Alternatively, combine a trip to Oslo with a visit to one or two of the regional towns.

Regardless of your choice, remember to book your table in advance, as these places are increasingly popular. This collection of Table tales films gives a good glimpse into a growing trend of chefs making the most out of their local gold.

Find your culinary city break

Visit the chef’s restaurants in the cities they love

The cities
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Bergen is Norway's second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living… Read more
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
The vibrant city of Trondheims is home to some of Trøndelag’s most popular attractions, cosy shopping streets and a myriad of restaurants… Read more
Get to know this charming, medium-sized city on the banks of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. Experience a rich cultural life and one of the… Read more
The Hamar region
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
In Akershus you can easily switch between the good life by the coast, urban city life and active holiday in the countryside. Read more
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Read more
Being on the list of nationally valuable cultural landscapes, Hadeland can offer some of Norway’s most visited museums and attractions, such as… Read more
The Lillehammer region is known to the world for the Olympic winter games in 1994 and the Netflix series Lilyhammer. Go there for real and take part… Read more
The Lillehammer region
The restaurants
A restaurant at the top international level, and the only restaurant in Norway with three stars in the Michelin food guide. All the food at Maaaemo is… Read more
In 2016 RE-NAA is the first restaurant outside of Oslo to achieve a Michelin star in the Scandinavian Michelin Guide. The star was maintained both in… Read more
Lysverket presents some of the best Bergen has to offers of food, drink and music. Seafood from the west coast, self-made juices and local beer. Read more
The city’s only neo bistro draws inspiration from the whole world with elements from both junk food and classic dishes. They are no afraid to increase… Read more
Bula Neobistro
Seafood Restaurant, serving local delicassies by the waterfront, run by the Winner of Bocuse d'OR 2009, Geir Skeie. Read more
Brygga 11, Geir Skeie
Lysaker Gjestgiveri is located at the Norwegian Road Museum and serves delicious dishes in an authentic 19th century environment. There is a great… Read more
Lysaker Guesthouse
In central Kolbotn, just a one minute walk from Kolbotn train station and bus terminal, in the centre of Kolbotn Torg (Market), you will find Gamle… Read more
Restaurant Gamle Tårnhuset
Restaurant Slippen has an idyllic riverside location in the centre of Fredrikstad. The chef and his staff are proud of the fact that all their dishes… Read more
Slippen Restaurant
The Director´s Venerable Residence Thorbjørnrud has a history that goes all the way back to the 1300s. From 1765, Thorbjørnrud was… Read more
Thorbjørnrud Hotel - Jevnaker
Situated in the old basar building with a cafe, restaurant, bar and own microbrewery where they produce their own organic beer "Talas". Read more
Situated in the old basar building with a cafe, restaurant, bar and own microbrewery where they produce their own organic beer "Talas". Read more
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