Specialist shops Bergen has always been a town of traders. For our guests, this means that they’ll find a variety of tempting shops – ranging from small specialist shops to large departmental stores.
Many visitors have remarked that they find more specialist shops here than in other Norwegian cities. Our shopping centres compare favourably as regards choice and pleasant shopping. Thursday is a good day for shopping, with extended opening hours. In Bergen you’ll always find a good bargain!
Shopping centres / department stores
Bergen has large shopping centres in the city centre and in the Bergen surroundings.
Antiques, interior and design
Art and interior are very in at the moment and Bergen is no exception. The city has always had its antiques shops and they are strung out like pearls on a string from Øvregaten to Kong Oscarsgate. These shops have been booming of late. In the same area several stylish interior boutiques have appeared, one after the other. The fact that the three young up-and-coming, creative furniture designers in “Norway Says” are from Bergen shows that the city is abreast of contemporary trends.
Art and galleries
Bergen’s art galleries (and there are plenty!) are scattered throughout the city centre. But if you are looking for something specific, Audun Hetland for example, the Tourist Information Office can help you by telling you which of the studios at Bryggen you should visit. Bryggen is a pulsating artistic area with artists’ studios and workshops of all kinds. You will find ceramics, goldsmiths, embroiderers and applied arts. A full list of Bergen’s many lively galleries can be obtained from the search engine on this website.
Clothes and fashion
In Bergen you will find everything from the prettiest tailor-made suits to the inexpensive, mass-produced clothes. In the small shops you can often find small treasures that no one has seen before. Many of these shops are scattered around the area between Bryggen and the Cathedral. If you take a little walk around this area, you will probably be surprised at what you find. You will find the better-known brands in the department stores, shopping centres and in the city centre around Torgallmenningen and Strandgaten.
Gift shops and souvenirs
Along Bryggen you will find most of the souvenir shops with their selection of tourists’ favourites. The bestsellers are knitted sweaters, trolls, Bryggen buildings, bunads (traditional costumes) silverware and pewter. In addition, many of the souvenir shops carry an assortment of handicrafts. There are gift shops all over the city centre, and you will find well-known chain stores and smaller more specialised boutiques.
Bergen has many large sports shops that carry most of the standard merchandise. But most of the shops have specialised in one or more areas such as hunting and weapons, mountain hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, football etc.
The biggest and best-known bookstores are gathered around Torgallmenningen. Some specialise in travel books, some in prose and some in bestsellers. Bergen has it all. Books about Norway and Bergen are also for sale at the Tourist Information.
Goldsmiths Bergen has long and rich traditions in the art of jewellery, and especially in the period from 1840 to 1940 this art form bloomed. Bergen’s goldsmiths have created spectacular gifts for its citizens, traditional silverware, bridal crowns, coffee pots, cups and exclusive souvenirs for the ever-growing tourist trade. You can still see them at work in Bergen.
Bunads are traditional Norwegian costumes, and you can tell which part of Norway someone comes from by their bunad. Husfliden is the biggest supplier of bunads, but they are now experiencing competition both from Bunadsenteret and Vestlandsdrakten
Bergen is known for fresh fish, which is not hard to get. At the Fish Market, for example, you can buy a live cod straight from a tank or an open salmon sandwich. The renowned Bergen fish soup can be found on the menu of most of the restaurants in Bergen. Skillingsboller (shilling buns) is another Bergen speciality. Where else can you find these hot buns full of ”sugar and cinnamon in the curves”?