Exploring Bergen

I have visited Bergen twice now and really love the city. It has some great little streets to explore and plenty of nature and water around to keep you feeling inspired and refreshed. I thought I would share some of my favourite places that I visited during my time in the city.

I really got to know the harbour area, Bryggen, very well as I was sat there drawing for a whole afternoon. Check out the post I made earlier for more on the drawing. I definitely recommend visiting the fish market that sits right by the boats at the harbour.

I spent quite a few hours exploring the various galleries of Bergen’s KODE art museums. Living in the fjords for the past few months meant that the romantic Norwegian painters exhibition was really special for me.

There are 4 separate buildings but I have to admit that I fell in love with the museum shop in KODE 2. So many nice Nordic design books!

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The wide open space outside the art museums is a great place to people watch or in my case, seagull watch!

When it was raining, and there is a fairly good chance that it will be raining in Bergen, I highly recommend heading to a cosy cafe to stay warm and dry, maybe with a coffee or hot chocolate. My favourite coffee shop was Blom cafe in the university area. The staff were so friendly and I didn’t really want to leave.

Then in my last couple hours I spent my time exploring some great design shops to the east of Bryggen and wandering down beautiful cobbled streets and alleyways off Marken street.

If you have visited, or are from the area, and know of any other great places to visit in Bergen, particularly places with a design flavour then I would love to hear your recommendations!

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