This year Luke and I got to travel to Norway for our honeymoon! It’s an absolutely beautiful country – the scenery is second to none, and I definitely had a severe case of the holiday blues when we got back. We spent 10 days travelling around, and in that time visited Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø and Oslo, and each city had something special to offer.
I’d never been to a Scandinavian country before and I wasn’t really sure what to expect food-wise, so before we left I pulled up Google and did some research. Very helpfully, one of the first sites I came across was Vegan Norway. As you might expect from the name, Vegan Norway posts all the places vegans can eat in Oslo and Bergen – a great starting point.
Armed with my research and the Vegan Norway app, we set off to Bergen, our first stop.
One thing I will point out about Norway, is that is it very expensive. Whenever we told someone we were going to Norway, we were greeted with “Ooh! It’s very beautiful, but very expensive.” So we did have a heads up, but it’s safe to say we weren’t prepared for quite how expensive it was. We’re talking £6 for a box of paracetamol. I kid you not. Luckily we’d booked Airbnbs for most of the trip, so we did quite a bit of cooking at home to keep costs down.
Anyway, let’s get on with food talk, shall we?
The first place we stopped for food was Pygmalion, a charming little cafe close to the harbour.
According to their website, it’s “a place for body and soul, with ecological food and drinks.”
It’s very cosy inside, has artwork hanging on the walls (each month they host an art exhibition, pretty cool), and candles on the tables. We both went for the Super Veggie Burger. It was SCRUMPTIOUS! It was made from beans and veggies rather than mock-meat, and it was just what we needed after the journey from England. It came with a delicious pesto which was drizzled over yummy roast potatoes. It was also surprisingly cheap too, by Norway standards. Highly recommend!
This meal was suitable for vegans but it wasn’t gluten-free. However, I believe they do have other options with are GF.
Another place we visited while we were in Bergen was KAF, a cafe in Bryggen, an incredibly pretty area of Bergen. Bryggen is a world heritage site and walking through it is like taking a step back in time – it’s truly magical! If you’re visiting Bergen, you must, must, must visit Bryggen. I also read somewhere that it provided inspiration for Disney’s fictional town of Arendelle from Frozen. If that’s not a reason to go, I don’t know what is.
We stopped here for lunch between a fjord cruise and a hike up Mount Floyen, and it was the perfect little pick me up. Luke had a soup minus the croutons, and I went for the Herby Houmous Sandwich which was suitable for vegans. I say sandwich, it was absolutely huge and much more than I was expecting! There was a slice of bread at the bottom, and it was piled high with delicious houmous, pesto and veggies. It.was.perfect.
As you can see, more than your average butty. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, and kept us topped up with ice cold water while we ate our lunch. It was a sweltering day so a constant supply of cold water was very much appreciated!
We only ended up eating out twice while we were in Bergen, but I’d definitely recommend both Pygmalion and KAF. If you’d like to find out more about KAF, here’s their Tripadvisor.
A note on takeaway sandwiches
If you’re looking for a vegan sandwich which you can take away, look no further than Godt Brød (this literally translates to ‘Good Bread’ – what more could you want in a bakery?). There are a few Godt Brøds dotted around Bergen, and they can make you a vegan sandwich, and/or a gluten-free one!
If you’d like to find out more about vegan eating in Norway, I recommend you have a look at Vegan Norway, or download their app – it proved to be invaluable to us on our trip!
Stay tuned to read about our Oslo and Tromsø vegan finds!
A couple of extra points!
- Just a heads up – supermarkets do not open on Sundays! We didn’t know this and ended up just getting chips and frozen vegetables from a 7/11 for our dinner on Sunday. Whilst it was a tasty and balanced meal, if I’d known this in advance I’d have bought a few ingredients to make something a bit more interesting. So now you know, don’t plan a supermarket shop on a Sunday!
- ‘Vegan’ in Norwegian is ‘vegan’, and ‘gluten free’ is ‘glutenfri’ – remember those and you’ll be golden.