10 Things to eat in Bergen and where

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La Bergen cuisine certainly does not come close to the concept of low cost but, without a shadow of a doubt, you cannot leave the city without having tasted at least one of the typical dishes. Although monopolized by fish, cooked in practically every way, i typical dishes of Bergen they leave room for meat, and other first fruits, decidedly "unusual" for us Italians. Let's see in detail what the 10 things to eat absolutely in Bergen, before leaving Norway.


  1. Smoked salmon rolls
  2. Brunost (Goat's Cheese)
  3. Lutefisk (Cod)
  4. Fiskesuppe (Fish soup)
  5. Reindeer soup
  6. Baguette with fish
  7. Pinnekjøtt
  8. Plukkfisk
  9. Raspeball (Gnocchi)
  10. Smalahove (smoked sheep's head)
  11. Where to eat in Bergen: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Smoked salmon rolls

One of the most used ingredients in Berger's kitchens is salmon, the main element of some dishes capable of making mouth-watering even non-lovers of the genre. The ease of preparation of the smoked salmon meant that this was transformed into a "fast-food" dish, serving it, in some areas of Bergen, in the form of rolls to be eaten quietly while out and about on the street.

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: smoked salmon, filled with cream cheese or other sauces of your choice

2 - Brunost (Goat's Cheese)

Brunost is the famous goat cheese, creamy and sweet, which tastes similar to that of peanut butter and can be spread on bread. Its particular brown color is due to the caramelization of lactose during production, and is usually served at the bar or in hotels during breakfast (it is the equivalent of our butter) or bought at the supermarket in convenient packaging.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 3,00 - € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: goat cheese

3 - Lutefisk (Cod)

Fish is the heart of traditional Norwegian cuisine so it's no wonder that Lutefisk stands out among the things to eat absolutely in Bergen: cod or stockfish. Dried and salted, then soaked in cold water for 4-5 days, Lutefisk is a dish that can be cooked in different ways but is still characterized by a particular pungent smell and a "gelatinous" aspect. The dish is only available on the menu in the winter months.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: around € 50,00
  • Main ingredients: cod, potatoes and mustard

4 - Fiskesuppe (Fish soup)

Let's go back to talking about fish with Fiskesuppe, aka la fish soup, typical of Bergen but now available throughout Norway. A mix of prawns, cod and salmon accompanied by other ingredients, the Fiskesuppe can be tasted in different variations to suit all palates.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, shrimp, cod, salmon, eggs and milk.

5 - Reindeer soup

The idea of ​​eating the meat of a reindeer, a historic childhood companion and friend of Santa Claus, may seem macabre and at times disgusting, but you have to keep an open mind. Reindeer meat is a very popular dish in Bergen as in all of Norway, and goes very well with wine or beer. Served in different variations, it will be found on the table mainly in the form of soup.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00 - € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: reindeer meat, various sauces, lard or butter, various side dishes

6 - Baguette with fish

The idea of ​​a sandwich filled with fish may not appeal to Italians, but it is still one of the characteristic courses of Bergen street food and it's worth a try. Of quite considerable size, the baguettes can be filled with herring, shrimp and so on and so forth, obviously all accompanied by different vegetables and sauces.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 10,00 - € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: baguettes, sauces, fish, vegetables

7 - Pinnekjøtt

Pinnekjøtt is a main course dish of lamb or mutton, usually served in portions suitable for two. Typically Christmas dish, and now cooked in Novegia all year round, it is served with Swedish mashed potatoes, or mashed turnips and potatoes, and beer. Although this type of meat is always available in any shop, Pinnekjøtt is still prepared at home, given the different flavor that the seasoning gives to the meat.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 40,00 approximately
  • Main ingredients: lamb or mutton and mashed potatoes.

8 - Plukkfisk

The Plukkfisk is one of the oldest dishes of Bergen's culinary tradition, now famous and cooked all over the nation. The dish, which at first glance may seem like a sort of puree, is made up of fish (usually cod but there are several variations), potatoes and onions, all served with bacon or bacon.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: fish, onion, potatoes, bacon or pancetta, white focaccia.

9 - Raspeball (Gnocchi)

Raspeballs are gods potato gnocchi, served only on Thursdays. At the regional level there are a myriad of variations of the dish which, in many areas, is cooked stuffed with lamb, pork and with very different condiments, which vary both in quantity and taste.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 19,00
  • Main ingredients: potato gnocchi, half pre-cooked and half raw, salt and different types of flour or barley.

10 - Smalahove (smoked sheep's head)

The Smalahove is one of the tastiest dishes in Bergen cuisine but, it's definitely not for everyone. This consists of one smoked sheep's head, which is served or boiled, or steamed (for about three hours) accompanied by potatoes. In some cases the brain is cooked inside the head, then eaten with a spoon, or fried on the sidelines.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 47,00
  • Main ingredients: sheep's head split in half, akvavit rutabaga, potatoes

Where to eat in Bergen: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Bergen is not a particularly cheap destination and eating in pubs and restaurants can be very expensive. For this reason, both tourists and locals prefer street food, which manages to guarantee the typicality of the local cuisine in any case. Here are the best places to eat in Bergen:

1 - Spisekroken

  • Description: very small restaurant with characteristic furnishings, for which it is advisable to book in advance. It offers typical cuisine
  • specialty: the desserts, especially the cheesecake
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: Klostergaten - Get directions - Facebook page

2 - 1877

  • Description: small place, with tables close together, but with the right privacy. It offers the possibility to choose between two set menus of typical cuisine, with three or five courses
  • specialty: dishes based on pollock, local fish
  • Average price: from € 80,00 per person
  • Address: Vetrlidsallmenningen 2 - Get directions - Facebook page

3 - Enhjorningen

  • Description: it is one of the historical landmarks of the city, the restaurant is all in wood, with characteristic furnishings. It offers fish cuisine
  • specialty: fish soup
  • Average price: from € 60,00 per person
  • Address: Enhjørningsgården - Get Directions - Facebook Page

4 - Pingvinen

  • Description: small gastropub but ideal for a quick lunch or dinner, even if the place is very crowded. It has a cuisine that offers itself at an unbeatable price by city standards
  • specialty: cheese platter
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: Vaskerelven - Get directions - Facebook page

5 - Restaurant Cornelius

  • Description: enchanting location that can be reached with a short and pleasant boat trip. It offers typical Scandinavian cuisine, with three or five-course menus
  • specialty: seafood
  • Average price: from € 75,00 per person
  • Address: Holmen v / Bjoroy, Fjell - Get Directions - Facebook Page

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