Stavanger city guide

Our essential guide to visiting Stavanger

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PUBS & BARS: 

Øst

Located in the former room that the brewers at the old 19th century brewery Tou used to drink in, this excellent craft beer bar merges the traditional feel of the building with modern touches. Expect an ever-changing rotation of 12 tap lines, loads of bottles and cans, and regular beer tastings and events to boot. 

PHOTO: Øst (Facebook)

Cardinal Pub 

Purportedly housing Norway’s biggest selection of beer, this traditional, quaint pub is a must-visit when in Stavanger. Order a beer flight if you want to try several brews at once, and settle in for the evening - you’re not going to want to leave here any time soon, since including the offerings in the fridge and cellar there are about 600 different beers on offer at any one time. 

PHOTO: Cardinal Pub (Facebook)

På Kornet

20 draught lines, hundreds of bottles and cans, a separate dining area that also offers bespoke wine and beer pairings, a homely feel, and an exciting events menu, På Kornet is a firm favourite of the Stavanger beer scene. It’s staffed by fellow beer enthusiasts, so you know you’re going to be in good hands as soon as you walk through the door. 

PHOTO: På Kornet (Facebook)

Bøker og Børst

Is this my dream bar? I think it might be. Its name translates to ‘books and booze’, it has a cosy shabby-chic vibe, there is a huge selection of teas, hot chocolates, beers and baked goods on offer, there’s an awning outside to people-watch regardless of the weather, and there are *so many books* to look at (and buy). Plus boardgames. Heaven. 

PHOTO: Bøker og Børst (Facebook)

BREWERIES:

Lervig

Not only does Lervig have some of the most recognisable artwork in the craft beer world, it’s also Norway’s biggest independent craft brewery. It produces dozens of products from sessionable, everyday beers, to big-hitting barrel-aged stouts and mixed-fermented sours. Its brewpub/taproom and its sister bar Lucky are also two of Stavanger’s most frequented bars. 

PHOTO: Lervig Brewery

Salikatt

This small brewery places quality and craftsmanship over quantity and fancy equipment - and it’s no wonder it’s rated one of the best breweries in the area. Its taproom is ready to welcome the public once Covid restrictions end, and its beer selection is sublime, including plenty of hazy NE-style IPAs, fruited sours, and single-hop pale ales. 

PHOTO: Salikatt Brewery (website)

FOOD:

Sabi Omakase

The finest sushi made using local ingredients, served up in a Michelin-starred restaurant, where accredited Edomae-style sushi chef Roger Asakil Joya prepares each dish himself in front of a table (an audience?) of no more than 20 guests. This is intimate fine-dining at its best. 

PHOTO: Sabi Omakase (Facebook)

Fisketorget

Stavanger’s location on the south-west coast of Norway means seafood abounds, and Fisketorget is widely considered the best seafood joint in the city. As well as a gorgeous industrial-chic restaurant (locals recommend the traditional fish soup), there’s a huge seafood counter where you can buy the day’s fishy goods on your way out. 

PHOTO: Fisketorget (Facebook)

WHAT TO DO IN STAVANGER:

See the swords 

Don your best goth outfit, blast some black metal, and head to the small mountain of Hafrsfjord to visit the Sverd i Fjell, a monument comprising three massive swords fixed into the ground. They’re said to symbolise peace, unity and freedom, and were erected to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in the late 800s. 

PHOTO: TomasEE (CC BY 3.0)

Travel back in time to the Iron Age

The Iron Age Farm at Ullandhaug is a reconstruction of a farmstead on the original archeological site, made to resemble the days of 350-550AD. Sit by the fireplace and learn about what life was like in the Iron Age, and if you’re lucky you can sample some authentic recipes cooked by one of the ‘residents’ on the open fire. 

PHOTO: Holger Uwe Schmitt (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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