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10 hidden gems in Bergen

Looking for things to do in Bergen? The city has so much to offer, and these are the favourite places with the locals.

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1. Trekroneren

Do you like speciality “hot dogs”, then this Bergen sausage stand is a must. Trekroneren offers a wide selection of sausages, including reindeer sausage, chorizo, bratwurst and cheese “dog”. Free squash with your purchase on request. The sausage stand is located right in the centre on No. 1 Kong Oscars gate, and is a popular stop on the way home from the city centre.

2. Nordnes outdoor swimming pool

Right by the aquarium and within walking distance of the city centre is the time-honoured Nordnes outdoor swimming pool, dating back to 1910. This public pool opens at the end of May, with its open-air, heated saltwater pool directly on the seafront. This is a mini-resort, open to the public, and has a separate kiddies pool. In sunny weather, the opening hours are extended to 7 pm. In off-weather, you might like to go for a walk in the nearby Nordnesparken.

3. Bien Restaurant

In the super cool Art Deco premises of a former apothecary, Bien Restaurant is a café, bistro and restaurant all in one. The bistro serves dishes such as burgers, mussels, oysters and fish & chips. The restaurant menu varies according to the season’s produce, but a local favourite is the home-made pasta with oxtail ragout. Bien is located at No. 30 Fjøsangerveien on Danmarksplass.

4. Biblioteket Bar

Biblioteket is an open-air bar with a view. It is located on top of the Kjøttbasaren food market and restaurants complex between the fish market and the funicular. This bar offers great drinks, large and airy premises and waiter service at the tables.

 
 

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5. Restaurant Allmuen

This new restaurant in Bergen is already well-established with the locals for its great atmosphere, superb service and quality food. It calls itself a bistro and serves dishes based on local produce. Closed on Mondays and Sundays.

6. Cornelius Sjømatrestaurant

On Holmen just outside Bergen, the Cornelius seafood restaurant is right by the water’s edge. Cornelius is famed for its ‘meteorological’ menus and the boat trip comes as part of the dining experience.

7. Småpudden bridge

The 154-m Småpudden bascule footbridge opened in 2014 to link the two sides of Bergen divided by the waters of Damsgårdssund. The z-shaped bridge offers nice photo opportunities if you like taking or posing for pictures. From the bridge, carry on walking through Nygårdsparken to the city centre.

8. Bergen Kaffebrenneri

If you appreciate great coffee, be sure to pay a visit to Bergen Kaffebrenneri. This coffee house is located in a former shipyard workshop on Marineholmen in Bergen, and is a relaxed and friendly place serving cake, snacks and amazing coffee.

9. Lysverket

Choose between a 4- or 7-course menu at Lysverket. This restaurant also has lunch menus and a separate bar menu of light dishes such as ‘Bergen’ fish soup, chocolate cake with brunost, and chilled scampi, mullet, curly kale and squid ink.

10. Fløyen Funicular

Fløyen is one of Bergen’s most popular tourist attractions, but if you walk or jog to the top before the funicular starts, you’ll have the mountain and the view all to yourself. A jog takes about 30 minutes and the walk is about 60 minutes.

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