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Norway's black-gold treasure chest

There’s way more to Stavanger than a hunt for black gold, although the oil capital of Norway is not as popular of a destination as Oslo and Bergen. The city still retains some of its sleepy, provincial charm, but it’s now modern and cosmopolitan, and chock-full of nostalgic attractions and worthwhile treasures. Gamle Stavanger, with its winding streets and wooden houses, is still the main tourist draw. The fjords and scenic nature, however, are second-to-none, and there’s enough entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

3rd Course @ RenåNicholas Lundgaard / CC BY-SA 2.0



Locals' Pick International cuisine

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Whitney Love

Food blogger

Three concepts, one address. Another concept across the alley, next to the library. Lunch café, casual dining and fine dining downstairs. Famous chef owned, and host to a few co-events with Eyvind Hellstrøm during Gladmat over the last year’s. Another restaurant also in Trondheim.

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Gastronomisk Institutt

Culinary Institute

Probably Stavanger’s most geniune fine dining experience from chef Sven Erik Renaa, one of the best chefs in Norway’s history. Their express branch at Sølvberget is quite a new cafe in the middle of the city center. Lively, a cool interior and great pizzas!

International cuisine Editors' Note

Renaa is an elegant and cozy gourmet eatery, offering three Renaa venues, each with its own specific:

  • Renaa Matbaren, an informal bistro-style restaurant, open for lunch and dinner every day.
  • Renaa Restauranten, an elegant and cozy gourmet restaurant, open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Renaa Xpress, a breakfast and lunch place where you also get take takeout
Bakkegata 4, 4006 Stavanger Stavanger
+47 51 55 11 11