If you want to eat sustainably and enjoy a rare culinary experience, the restaurant Credo is probably the city’s best choice. Credo is adorned with a star in the prestigious Michelin Guide and is particularly known for promoting local ingredients and producers. It is a set menu and is a kind of exciting journey through original flavours, textures and dishes that pay tribute to ingredients from the farms, the land and the sea in the local area. The tasting menu consists of 20 to 25 servings that change daily. The restaurant is run by head chef Heidi Bjerkan, who also runs Jossa food and drinks and Finnes Kafé in Lilleby, including those in Trondheim.
At Fagn, it is said that you will have a food and taste experience that you will remember for a long time. Both flavours from nature and flavours you’ve never had before. Fagn is one of Trondheim’s three Michelin restaurants, with one star in the prestigious guide, so you are guaranteed a real gourmet experience here. The ground floor serves an inspirational menu of 10 or 20 creative dishes, while the second floor features a bistro with simpler dishes and a cocktail bar.
At Bula Neobistro, run by Chef Reneé Fagerhøi, you get what the chef himself calls limitless food, with one foot in what is trashy and the other firmly planted on the silver platter. Here you can be served sausages in flatbread quickly, but inspired by Morcilla with homemade flatbread made from almond potatoes, or ice cream from salt sticks and ceviche with popcorn. Choose between five- and ten-course menus, with the corresponding wine package for those who want it. The bar also serves snacks and appetisers.
At the family restaurant Frati, which has been in the city for over 40 years, you can get a taste of Italy. The menu includes Italian classics such as spaghetti bolognese, lasagne and quattro formaggi pizza, but also dishes such as bruschetta with shrimp, coffee panta cotta and pizza with vendace roe and cheese from Orkladal Ysteri. The restaurant also has a wide selection of good wines. Frati is located on Kongens gate.
Although they don't "cheat a little" at Gubalari, the restaurant is a kind of tribute to all of Norway’s mother of food, Ingrid Espelid Hovig. The dishes are inspired by over 300 episodes of the well-known Fjernsynskjøkkenet cooking show. Both lunch and dinner are served, and on the menu you will find sandwiches with smoked wild halibut, egg salad and dill, and marinated pork loin as Espelid Hovig and Danish chef Hans Jebsen prepared it in the TV show in 1972. The restaurant is a five-minute walk from Thon Hotel Nidaros.
Emilies Eld Restaurant & Bar
At the super-cosy Emilies Eld Restaurant & Bar, you can watch the chefs conjure up the most delicious dishes over the flame grill, using this season’s best ingredients. Here the food is made from scratch and you can choose between a simple bar menu, 3, 4 or 5 course meal or a regular à la carte menu. The menu includes a beef cheek confit, wild halibut and passion fruit mousse. The restaurant also has a cosy cocktail lounge, specially selected wine packages and a good selection of non-alcoholic drinks.
Bror Burger & Taco
If it’s a burger or tacos you fancy, check out Bror Burger & Taco. Many think this is the best burger in town, and with charcoal grilled meat, chicken or falafel as a base, and side dishes such as blue cheese, pear chutney and bacon jam, there are many varieties to choose from. The menu also includes a lot of other "comfort food", including nachos, mac'n cheese and chilli fries. Bror is five minutes' walk from Hotel Trondheim, and only two minutes from Thon Hotel Nidaros.
In a super charming wooden building close to Gamle Bybro, is the idyllic Baklandet Skydsstation. Here you will be served homemade food in charming, old-fashioned premises – everything from rakfisk, reindeer stew and "klappkak" to fish soup, Danish herring plate and their well-known cakes. The building is supposed to have previously housed a transport station, milliner, a carpentry workshop and dairy, so there’s a long history in the walls. And the cafe isn't just popular with local and Norwegian tourists, it’s been mentioned in the Lonely Planet and has previously been named Cafe of the Year by travel magazine National Geographic Traveller.
If you like good coffee, or fancy a tasty bite, Dromedar Kaffebar is the place for you. Dromedar opened its first coffee shop in Trondheim over 25 years ago, and today has four cafes and its own bakery in the city centre. The bakery makes cakes to order – everything from marzipan cakes to modern mousse cakes adorned with macaroons. Dromedar also serves sandwiches, brownies, macaroons, scones and pastries. Don't forget to taste their speciality "chilli latte".
Can't decide if you want Greek souvlaki, Chilean empanadas, Vietnamese bánh mì or Indian curry for dinner? Then Lager11 has the solution! This is a food hall filled with eight different stalls that serve exciting food from all over the world. The food hall is located on Sluppen, around ten minutes’ drive from Trondheim Torg, and also offers a concert stage and various events.
The cocktail bar Raus is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink, a pleasant end to the evening or a fun night out. The bar specialises in classic and modern cocktails, and the bartenders who work here have actually won several awards for their cocktail art. Raus is located on Nordre gate, only 100 metres from Thon Hotel Nidaros.
Right next to Ilaparken you will find the popular cultural cafe Ila Brainnstasjon, which, with its charming backyard and cosy atmosphere, offers both free intimate concerts, stand-up and poetry evenings. If you get hungry, the dish of the day and a varied menu based on local seasonal produce, such as meat from Meråker, fish from Frøya and vegetables from Frosta, are served. Love jazz? Then head out on a Sunday, when Sunday jazz is held live every week!
In the mood for beer and games? Then head to Trondheim’s oldest pub, Kieglekroa. Among other things, you’ll find a wide selection of whisky and beer, and you can enjoy quality time with family and friends among sturdy benches and wooden tables, warmth from the fireplace and candle light. Or how about challenging each other to a round of darts, board games or the fun game "sjoelbak"? The pub also organises its own pub quiz and serves steak, burgers, pizzas and various appetisers.
Antikvariatet, located on Bakklandet, is a music cafe and book bar with lots of soul. As well as enjoying something good in the glass, either on the outdoor terrace, in the cafe or in the bar, you can often enjoy concerts and cultural events here. Don't forget to make your way all the way to the book bar, which has walls covered with books. A good selection of beers and views of the river, the city bridge and the cathedral await here.