Best restaurants in The Western Fjords

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Northern Fjords


    This place is the model of what every small-town cafe should be like. Mix-and-match furniture, regular beer tastings and gigs, and a blackboard menu chock-a-block with delicious, homemade, local-produce food, from sinful chocolate cake and kraftkar (blue cheese) burgers to more healthy options like Asian salmon salad. As the sign says, it's run by three lovely ladies, and the welcome is warm. Something of a social hub for the town, the cafe also sells the work of local artisans: sheepskins, leather, knits, vintage clothes, jewellery and ceramics.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Fjord Coast


    One of the best addresses for fresh fish on the west coast. Scoff a plate of the freshest shrimps, split some crab or lobster claws, or tuck into a lavish seafood platter, served on the dockside terrace with the fishing boats right before you. It's a wonderful place to while away the time between ferries. There's attractive accommodation upstairs (double 1390kr to 1890kr), with wooden floors and a vaguely maritime theme.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Ålesund


    In a nautical cellar space of the hip Hotel Brosundet, this first-rate seafooderie is Ålesund's most creative and interesting place for a fine-dining dinner. Fish, crustaceans and seafood from along the Sunnmore and Runde coastline form the core of the menu, from delicate cured pollack fillets to crispy halibut and a sublimely creamy fish soup. Expensive, but justified.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sognefjord


    On a fruit farm that produces its own ciders, jams and juices, the Cider House offers tours and tasting sessions in its distillery, after which you can head into the greenhouse restaurant for a pie-and-salad lunch, mix-and-match tapas or whatever the dish of the day is for dinner. Desserts feature fruit from the orchard and come with local organic cream. Signs for Ciderhuset run off Sjøtunsvegen, which heads inland from Villavegen.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Northern Fjords


    This waterside brasserie is just the ticket for brunch, lunch or dinner, with a great terrace wrapped in glass and a good varied lunch menu of pasta dishes, burgers, salads, mussels and bruschetta. Things turn a bit more sophisticated after dark, with creative fish and meat dishes on offer. There's also a fine-dining restaurant upstairs, but it was closed for renovations when we visited.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in The Northern Fjords


    This popular bistro near the waterfront is everyone's favourite place to eat in Molde, so it's well worth making reservations. It's a swish space that looks more big city than coastal town: big glass windows, chrome furniture, trendy music and a good menu of antipasti, pasta, steaks and delicious thin-and-crispy-pizzas.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nordfjord

    Stryn Vertshus

    Now this is what a fjord-side village cafe should be like: run by friendly staff and comfy as an old pair of slippers. The menu is simple – mainly burgers, pasta, sandwiches and pizza – but it's well done, and will fill you up nicely. The coffee and cake are great.

  • Restaurants in Ålesund


    Invit does central Ålesund's best coffee and is its most stylish lunch spot. Daily changing sandwiches and salads are super-fresh and inventive, healthy soups are warming and the nutty, fragrant cakes are homemade. If the streetside bar is full, spread out downstairs at one of the beautiful big wooden tables. If you're in town on a Thursday evening, you're in luck – book in for their weekly seafood buffet and well-chosen glasses of wine. They also run barista training courses.

  • Restaurants in The Northern Fjords

    Brasserie Posten

    A simple menu of sandwiches, burgers, steaks, fish and pizza is elevated above the norm by a passionate local chef who sources the best local produce and makes the most of fresh herbs and vegetables. The modern Scandi interior is bright and atmospheric, but the fjord-side terrace wins. It's not big, so expect a wait when the cruise rush hits. It's the perfect summer evening spot to enjoy the brasserie's platters (229kr) of local cured meats and smoked fish with an ale from Geiranger's own brewery.

  • Restaurants in The Northern Fjords

    Dødeladen Café

    There's a little slice of history to go with your cake here. This timber-clad cafe dates back to the early 1700s and fits right in alongside the other antique buildings of the old town. Fittingly it serves old-timey dishes to match its yesteryear architecture: classic cream fish soup, salt cod in tomato sauce, svele (pancakes), waffles and smorrebrød -style sandwiches. You can get here on the Sundbåten ferry.

  • Restaurants in Aurland


    Part of the Vangsgaarden Gjestegiveri, the Dovecot is a great spot for an early dinner or a pint while the sun sets. The menu is nothing fancy – mainly burgers, salads and fish dishes – but it's not expensive, especially by Norwegian standards, and the cracking terrace with fjord views and old-fashioned pub interior are big sells.

  • Restaurants in Lustrafjord


    The two local women behind this traditional bakery trained with Bakeriet i Lom’s Morten Schakenda, who is considered Norway’s best baker. All natural sourdough is made by hand, with minimal ingredients, but it's the sweet goods that people drive miles for. There are tables to enjoy your skillingsbollar (sweet buns), cinnamon swirls and espresso on the spot.

  • Restaurants in The Fjord Coast


    In an attractive clapboard building, this place has two settings: a salty downstairs pub and an upstairs restaurant that turns out some decent fish dishes, plus hearty mains like reindeer fillet and steaks. Standards are pubby rather than sophisticated, but they'll fill you up and the views are pleasant. The pub is open from noon till late for food and beers.

  • Restaurants in Sognefjord


    This homey restaurant is located inside a landmark building near the harbour known as Det Gylne Hus (The Golden House), which is now occupied by an art gallery and studio. The food is classic home cooking: reindeer sausage, grandma's meatballs, poached salmon and troll soup (mushroom soup with veggies), served either in the eclectic interior or the outside terrace.

  • Restaurants in The Northern Fjords

    Smia Fiskerestaurant

    Located in an old smithy on the cobbled street of Fosnagata (it's still covered with blacksmiths' tools), this well-respected fish restaurant is a good place to try klippfisk (salted cod), if you haven't already, along with fish soup, salmon and a catch of the day. Minke whale is served here, which may influence your decision on whether to dine.

  • Restaurants in Jostedalsbreen National Park


    Do visit the Brævasshytta, built into the moraine of Bøyabreen glacier's latest major advance, even if it's only for a cup of coffee. With the glacier right there and in your face, it's like you're in an IMAX cinema – only it's real. Simple meals such as meatballs, grilled chicken, sandwiches and burgers are on offer throughout the day and evening.

  • Restaurants in Ålesund


    Premium coffee, local craft beers and a comforting menu of foccacias, pulled-pork rolls, home-style fish soup, pies, burgers and tacos make this shabby-chic hang-out a favourite for the town's groovesters. There are deep sofas to lounge in, art on the walls and a bare-brick hearth that provides warmth in winter. All in all, the Spotlight is spot on.

  • Restaurants in The Northern Fjords


    We dare you to walk into this lovely cake shop and cafe and not succumb to something sweet and sticky: a classic skolebrød (custard tart), a sweet almond fancy, a lavish slice of strawberry tart, and endless other yummy treats besides. To assuage your guilty conscience, order a gourmet sandwich, too – they're equally delicious.

  • Restaurants in The Northern Fjords


    This roadside cafe is where most people stop to eat for lunch in Valldal. It's a homey place, with a long wood-panelled dining room where Norwegian staples like meatballs and reindeer stew are on offer. There's a huge Sunday lunch buffet, and the strawberry desserts are legendary. It's about 5km northwest of the village on Rv63.

  • Restaurants in The Northern Fjords

    Plan A

    This popular cafe in the centre of town is busy at lunchtime with a mix of ladies who lunch, shop-workers and assorted other locals, who come for the generous sandwiches, good pizzas and tempting cakes. It's a bright, modern space and is very laid-back – just the place to hang out with your laptop over an afternoon coffee.