Shopping centres in Bergen
Bergen offers a wide choice of shopping along the charming and vibrant high streets. The centrally located shopping centres are Bergen Storsenter and Galleriet who offer an array of big-name fashion stores. Here you will find your heart's desire of footwear, sports equipment, interior furnishings and hardware. The shopping centres of Sund modehus, Xhibition and Telegraph also offer a variety of boutiques with an inspiring selection.
Those looking for shopping centres with a little added choice can pay a visit to Kløverhuset, the city's oldest shopping centre and leading fashion house, offering quality service and inspiring shops.
Outside the city centre there are many great and exciting shopping centres. Lagunen is located in the Fana district about 25 minutes by car from the centre. Other shopping centres worth mentioning are Oasis in Fyllingsdalen, Åsane shopping centre and Horizon in Åsane, Vestkanten and Vannkanten in Solder Fjord and Sartor Storsenter in Sotra. Driving time from central Bergen to the various shopping centres varies between 10-30 minutes.
For those interested in art Bergen features a wide choice of art galleries and exhibition spaces. Whether you are seeking to purchase an artwork or simply enjoy beautiful art then treat yourself to a visit to Lille Lundegårsvannet, a lake located in central Bergen, which is also a popular gathering spot nicknamed 'Smålungeren' by locals. Here you will find many different galleries featuring art by world-renowned artists such as Munch and Picasso as well as contemporary artists.
Another fine place to start your art hunt is the Bergen Fine Art Society (Bergen Kunsthall), which features three exhibition spaces highlighting Norwegian and international contemporary artists. Other art galleries worth mentioning include KODE, which houses the collections of several museums, in addition to Galleri Allmenningen, Galleri Nygaten, Hordaland kunstsenter, Kraft, S12 Galleri and workshop as well as Rekstensamlingene.
Those with a culinary interest will enjoy visiting the fish market at Fisketorget in central Bergen. Here the catch of the day landed by local fishermen is sold from market stalls, including fish, crabs and other shellfish. The open-air fish market is open from May to September. About once a month, Bergen hosts a farmers' market in the city centre. Here you can find local produce from the districts of Hordaland, Sogn and Fjordane.
Farmers from the area sell their own products and are happy to have a talk about their produce. So maybe you'll even head home with new and exciting recipes to try out. The farmer's market sells everything from home-baked cakes to cured meats, jams, smoked salmon and fruit.
Souvenirs and handicrafts
Along the waterfront district of Bryggen in central Bergen, previously locally known as the Hanseatic or German Wharf, there are souvenir shops and boutiques selling traditional Norwegian crafts. Among them is Bryggen Husflid, a store that only sells elk-themed souvenirs. There is also a gift store selling Christmas decorations year-round. In addition, you'll also find a number of traditional souvenir shops selling trolls, pens, knitwear, headbands, slippers, key rings and other mementoes from Bergen. Even if you are not interested in souvenirs a visit to Bryggen, which a UNESCO World Heritage site, is always well worth the trip.