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Top Choice Bistro in Stavanger

Egget

In a clapboard building off Steinkargata, this ramshackle, rough-and-ready eatery is small in size but strong on ambition: the food is modern, creative and bang on trend, with an emphasis on freshness, seasonality a…
Top Choice Museum in Stavanger

Norsk Oljemuseum

Admittedly, the prospect of an 'oil museum' doesn't sound like the most promising option for an afternoon out, but this state-of-the-art place exploring the history of North Sea oil exploration is well worth visitin…
Top Choice Museum in Stavanger

Canning Museum

Don't miss this surprising museum housed in an old cannery: it's one of Stavanger's most entertaining. Before oil, there were sardines, and Stavanger was once home to more than half of Norway's canning factories. By…
Top Choice Norwegian in Stavanger

Renaa Xpress Sølvberget

One of three Renaa restaurants in Stavanger, this upmarket cafe pretty much corners the lunchtime market. Go for the daily soup deal, tuck into a huge salad, enjoy a panino topped with Parmaskinke (Parma ham) or røk…
Top Choice International in Stavanger

Renaa Matbaren

Run by top chef Sven Erik Renaa, this smart but unpretentious bistro offers a taste of his food at (reasonably) affordable prices. The menu is classic – grilled local langoustines, entrecôte, lamb shoulder – all wit…
Top Choice Area in Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger

Gamle (Old) Stavanger, above the western shore of the harbour, is a delight. The Old Town's cobblestone walkways pass between rows of late-18th-century whitewashed wooden houses, all immaculately kept and adorned wi…
Top Choice Bar in Stavanger

Bøker & Børst

With all the decorative chic of a well-worn living room – complete with book-lined shelves, retro floor-lamps and old wallpaper – this lovely coffee bar is a fine spot to while away a few hours. There are plenty of …
Norwegian in Stavanger

Renaa Restauranten

For a truly exclusive eating experience, head for the flagship restaurant of Michelin-lauded chef Sven Erik Renaa. With just a handful of tables and a limited number of servings, Renaa takes his cue from both place …
Church in Stavanger

Stavanger Domkirke

This beautiful church is an impressive but understated medieval stone cathedral dating from approximately 1125; it was extensively renovated following a fire in 1272 and contains traces of Gothic, baroque, Romanesqu…
Museum in Stavanger

Norwegian Children's Museum

Dragging kids round a museum can be a tough proposition, but this is one place that's designed specifically with them in mind. It traces the changing story of childhood through the ages, with a particular emphasis o…