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Did you know about this?!

As much as I learn about Bergen and the great things to do here, I am always amazed that there is something else I’ve missed that I could be doing! Here are my top 5 ‘Things I’ve just now learned about and should have already known’ for this moment (I may have to make this a recurring post, because there always seems to be a new one).

5. Fløien Folkerestaurant’s Cafeteria

A friend just told me about this on a hike up Fløyen last week. The restaurant at the top, known as Fløien Folkerestaurant offers a reasonably priced menu for the Winter Season on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 – 17.00, the menu offers pastries, soups, hot-dogs, and even an all-you-can-eat waffle buffet for 139kr (note the homemade brun ost cream cheese!).  I don’t know about you, but to me a waffle sure sounds tempting after ‘conquering’ Fløyen. Of course, I don’t know when Winter Season ends, so hike your butt up there pronto, or call ahead 55 33 69 99 to ask how long you can get some waffles.








Or, if 55kr for traditional Risgrøt (rice porridge) still too rich for your blood, I have another all-you-can-eat suggestion that I should have known about sooner:


4. Ikea Breakfast Buffet

2018 Update: Unfortunately it looks like Ikea doesn’t do the breakfast buffet anymore, however – they do have other inexpensive food experiences.

Ok, I hate to sound like an Ikea advertisement, they certainly need no help from me. Come on, though, Ikea is a student’s friend. Especially here in Bergen, where the Ikea gratis bus (free bus to Ikea) is a familiar sight, Ikea is an affordable mini-adventure outside of the Bergen sentrum. And Ikea has a Frokostbuffé (breakfast buffet), it is all-you-can-eat for 39kr! Sadly, this doesn’t include coffee (12 kr) unless you are an ‘Ikea Family’ member (Which you can join for free. Sheesh. Where are my advertising bucks, Ikea?) But be sure to get on that first Ikea bus on Saturday morning. Frokostbuffé is served only from 9.30 till 11.00 – or if you have time on a weekday – yes, it is served every day Ikea is open!






3. Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Only here through Thursday 9th April, it is free to view an unique tapestry depicting the heritage of Scottish migrants to other countries. Thirty-three countries have contributed to the tapestry which consists of over 200 pieces. Bergen is the first stop on its tour. Made up of individuals’ submitting stories from all over the world, a designer created a drawing based on each submission and contributors, regardless of stitching experience, were able to stitch their own submissions or share the creation with their community. You can read more about the process of creating the tapestry or read about personal stories. all on the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry website. But make sure to visit by Thursday 9 April at Rådhusgaten 10, 5020 Bergen.



Bergen composer Edvard Grieg shown in a panel of the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. Photo:


2. ESN’s Nightlife Page

This one is a double-whammy for me. Whammy one: the page lists popular nightlife spots and activities as well as typical prices for entrance fees, beer, and wine. Too bad for my wallet that I didn’t notice it when I first arrived. I nearly wrote that it was probably fine that I missed out on this site as I tend to prefer to nurse a bold microbrew rather than several inexpensive beers, but then I saw whammy two: The site mentions that every Monday is “Mikromandag” (Micro-Monday) at Kvarteret, from 17.00 till 1.00 they serve Norwegian micro-brews at discounted prices. What?! How did I not know about this before?? I hope they serve up some selections from these Norwegian breweries:



Photo: Nøgne Ø, you’ve seen them around.


Photo: Kinn. Another fine Norwegian Brewery. I’ve enjoyed a couple of their beers very much.


Photo: Voss Brewery. As a stout-lover, I was stunned to love their APA (American Pale Ale), “the Oregonian”.

1. Free Admission for Students Thursdays at Kode

2018 Update: Unfortunately it appears Kode no longer offers free admission to students on Thursdays, but they do offer a student discount everyday.

Okay, I believe I mentioned this one before (but top 4 ‘Things I’ve just now learned about and should have already known’ doesn’t sound nearly as good). I’ve been intending to do a post on it for some time: Students get in for FREE on Thursdays to all of the Kode Art Museums. I am hoping to go this Thursday (for real this time) and write up a post. Maybe I’ll see you there?



Photos: Final week of BEYOND G(L)AZE ends 12th April.



Anything I haven’t mentioned that you’ve learned about and want to go do or try? Please comment below so I can feel like I should have known about that too!