Enjoy a coffee or a meal in charming surroundings.
The wonderful smell of freshly baked bread and buns from the Bergen cafés really draws your attention as you walk through the streets.
Notice for example the aroma as you pass by Baker Brun at Bryggen. Norwegian café culture has really become an important part of Norwegian’s daily life, and especially in the cities. Many people think of their favorite café as their second living room, a place to sit down with good friends and family enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea with fresh pastries. Either you are looking for a cup of luxury coffee in a comfortable sofa, the latest coffee trends or just a cup of black filtered coffee to go, you will guaranteed find a suitable place amongst the over 50 different places in Bergen.
The difference between the Bergen cafés and the coffee shops is that cafés have a greater focus on cakes, buns, bread and other food served besides the coffee and tea. For young and old people in Bergen, the local café has become a popular meeting place during the day. You can find the cafés in almost every street and shopping mall in downtown Bergen. As you take a walk in Bergen, visit Klosteret Kaffebar at Klosterplassen close to Verftet. A small local café and bar with a bistro-feeling, functioning as a meeting place for locals, tourists and business travelers. Here you can enjoy street concerts, outdoor cinemas and other entertainment during the week, together with first class coffee, food and other drinks. Take your time and let the fresh bread, buns and pastries from the Bergen Cafés tempt you.
The Skillingsbolle (large cinnamon buns) is like a national pastry of Western Norway. Every year in June, the people of Bergen celebrates the day of the Skillingsbolle, as cafés, bakeries and museums are serving Skillingsboller and arranges activities related to the buns. It was the Hanseatic people who imported the Skillingsbolle to Norway and Bergen. Today, the buns are popular all over the nation, having different names. But it was in Bergen it first was introduced. The name originates from the ancient custom of naming pastries by the price per piece (one Shilling). Tourists from all over the world are rushing to the cafés of Bergen to try the big, fresh, warm and delicious Skillingsbolle topped with cinnamon and sugar.
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