Café Norge: A lively meeting place in Bergen
By Ingrid Opstad | Photos: Hotel Norge by Scandic
Located on the first floor of Hotel Norge by Scandic in the heart of Bergen, Café Norge is a place where good moments are created. It has become a popular and lively meeting place serving lunch, dinner and cocktails all week long to locals and international travellers, with a focus on social eating.
The iconic Hotel Norge opened its doors back in 1885 and has since become one of Bergen’s most prominent hotels. In June 2018, it reopened after full refurbishment with its very own Café Norge, and is now a modern hotel with historic charm.
The idea behind Café Norge was to create a lively and trendy place where both locals and international travellers can meet and socialise, something general manager Lise Solheim believes it has achieved. “Café Norge has become the most popular meeting place in town, with a vibrant atmosphere. It is a stylish place where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails in the evening,” she says proudly.
As a previous gold winner of Bocuse d’Or, master chef Ørjan Johannessen is responsible for creating the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus as the hotel’s chef advisor. Together with executive head chef Tore Espenes and their skilful team, they serve up the best ingredients Norway has to offer. “Our chefs combine local produce with international flavours to create delicious and honest dishes,” Solheim asserts.
With interiors reflecting high-quality, contemporary, Nordic design with large windows and a warm, welcoming ambiance, Café Norge welcomes guests to unwind and have fun in a unique setting. It stays open from morning until late, and the highlight of the week is the Bubble Brunch, which happens every Saturday, with bubbles in the glass, a DJ spinning tunes, great food and a buzzing atmosphere. “It’s always fully booked, so I recommend booking in advance to make sure you get a table,” advises Solheim.
With a new concept starting soon, the vibrant café will also offer guests Sunday brunch, which Solheim believes will be just as popular. “It will be a pleasant alternative for families or friends before or after a Sunday hike to get together and enjoy food from our buffet,” she smiles.
Hotel Norge has three floors dedicated to food, drinks and happenings, so you are guaranteed to get exceptional culinary experiences here, whether you decide to visit Café Norge or simply enjoy a cocktail in the Lobby bar.
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