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Top Choice Seafood in Arendal

Blom Restaurant

The most upmarket of the Pollen harbour crowd, Blom provides a respite from the overfilled plates and boozy vibe that sometimes wins out at the other waterside places. Mains are elegantly traditional (instead of fis…
Top Choice Gallery in Arendal

Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall

This highly regarded contemporary art gallery is a 15-minute walk from the town centre on the northern reaches of Arendal. One of the largest contemporary galleries in southern Norway, its exhibitions are housed in …
Top Choice Bar in Arendal

Lille Andevinge

What looks like traditional seaside wooden shop has been given a complete makeover inside, with a dark and urban look. Come and lounge by the fire with a bottle of wine or hang at the bar and get the friendly barten…
Area in Arendal


Rising up behind the Gjestehavn (Guest Harbour) is the old harbourside Tyholmen district, home to beautiful 17th- to 19th-century timber buildings featuring neoclassical, rococo and baroque influences. Tyholmen was …
Food & Drinks in Arendal

Tyholmen Kolonial

Just what you want in a holiday town: a produce shop that sells the best of local small producers, from cheeses, preserves and flat breads to skincare and ceramics, either as picnic supplies or to take home as souve…
Bakery in Arendal

Pigene på Torvet

What you miss out on views here, you'll make up for in flavour. A brimming display of cakes and pastries – the town's best – can be taken away or wolfed at a table with coffee. Or come for a thin-crust pizza, chilli…
Music in Arendal

Canal Street Jazz & Blues Festival

World-class jazz and blues, with surprise acts such as Patti Smith.
Norwegian in Arendal

Madam Reiersen

A happy barn along the Pollen harbour that morphs into a pubby live-music venue depending on the night. The menu reads like so many others – mussels, fish soup, spare ribs, roast fish, pasta, burgers – but the fish …
Cafe in Arendal

Café Victor

Café Victor, with its prime waterfront position and interesting antique ceiling, is a nice place for lunch, with good coffee and generous open sandwiches. If you happen to be here on a Friday night, stop by for its …
Cafe in Arendal

No.9 Kaffe & Platebar

No.9 is the work of Espen Larsen, a local jazz musician who sells a range of (mostly jazz) CDs and plays them while you sip your coffee or snack on a pastry. It's occasionally open later for events.