Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Egersund

Egersund Fayancemuseum

A walkable 1.5km northeast of Egersund centre, this well-designed museum (squirrelled away in an unprepossessing shopping centre), houses the wares of Egersund Fayance, the ceramic and porcelain firm that sustained …
Top Choice Museum in Grimstad

Ibsenhuset Museum

Norway's favourite playwright, Henrik Ibsen, washed up in Grimstad in January 1844. The house where he worked as a pharmacist's apprentice, and where he lived and first cultivated his interest in writing, has been c…
Top Choice Gallery in Kristiansand

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum

This exceptional regional art museum focuses on both fine and craft-based practices, and the collection includes some particularly strong contemporary work from local, Norwegian and Nordic artists. There is a bright…
Top Choice Cafe in Kristiansand

Mean Bean

Owner Steinar Svenning roasts coffee for Mean Bean and its sibling, Cuba Life, under the Mean Bean name. This wonderful high-ceilinged space has, naturally, fabulous coffee but the friendly staff here also serve up …
Top Choice Neo Nordic in Kristiansand

Bønder i Byen

A beautiful extended riff on Norway's spectacular produce and on the country's rural life, Bønder i Byen's menu is both gorgeous to read, with its redolent roll call of local farmers, and to eat. This is one place o…
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 Italian in Mandal

Provianten

In Norway's southernmost town it seems fitting to eat somewhere on the waterfront with a Mediterranean bent. Yes, Porvianten serves genuine wood-fired pizzas, as well as preparing tasty Norwegian dishes in the oven,…
Top Choice Cafe in Lillesand

Kafe Strandhaven

In the heart of the village, with garden tables that lead down to the harbour, this is the kind of cafe that can transform a destination. Decorated in a stylish mashup of vintage and Nordic modern furniture, friendl…
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…