7 Cosy Cafes In Tromsø That You Will Love

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Are you headed to Tromsø? The Paris of the North (much like the actual Paris) has plenty of restaurants, bars, and, of course, cafes to choose from - no matter whether you'd like to splurge a little on your vacation or if you're on a budget.

In this article, I'm showing you 7 of my favourite cafes in the city that I'm sure you'll absolutely love when you come to Tromsø!


1. Risø

Risø mat & kaffebar is many a local's favourite and people swear that they can find the best coffee in town here. I can't not agree with that - Risø makes some absolutely delicious cappuccinos and they also always come with a gorgeous foam figure!

How to get there:

Risø is situated at Strandgata 32, a very short walk from the shopping mall Nerstranda and just down the road of Quality Hotel Saga.

Opening hours:

Weekdays from 7.30 am to 5 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Pro tip:

They also serve lunch at Risø - mostly soups and savoury sandwiches - but that's also when the place is at its most crowded. Make sure to arrive early (before 12) or later in the afternoon (after 3) if you'd like it more quiet and relaxed. 

 

2. Jordbærpikene

Jordbærpikene has been the first cafe I've ever been to in Tromsø and I've loved it ever since. It's a chain that has two cafes in town and while they might not be anything special design-wise, their cheesecake is to absolutely die for!

They also serve warm meals like pizza, nachos, baked potatoes, salads etc. AND they are open until 8 pm (Nerstranda), respectively 9 pm (Jekta) on weekdays, which means that you can also grab a quick dinner here that won't break your bank account!

How to get there:

Jordbærpikene can be found at the shopping mall Nerstranda downtown (Nerstranda 9) and at the shopping mall Jekta close to the airport (Heilovegen 19). Busses 33 and 34 stop right out front but the ride with bus 40 or 42 to Giæverbukta is much quicker and it's only a 300-metre walk from there to Jekta.

Opening hours:

The cafe is open from 9 am to 8 pm (10 am to 9 pm at Jekta) on weekdays and from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturdays. 

Pro tip:

If you're staying at an Airbnb and fancy a take-away, Jordbærpikene actually has really good offers. Their take-away prices are much cheaper than their regular prices and you'd only pay, for instance, 166 NOK for baked salmon with potatoes to take home - an absolute bargain in Norway!

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3. Fjellstua

Fjellstua is the cafe and restaurant of Fjellheisen cable car station, which means that you can enjoy your cup of coffee and Norwegian waffle with a view of Tromsø from above here. There definitely is no cafe with a better view anywhere else!

How to get there:

You can either take the cable car to get to the top of Mt Storsteinen where Fjellstua is situated or go for a hike in the summer. The cable car ride takes 4 minutes and you'll find the cable car station at Solliveien 12 - bus 26 stops right out front. If you'd rather go for a hike, you can choose between 3 different trails of various difficulty. You'll find more information about hiking Mt Storsteinen here. 

Opening hours:

The cafe/restaurant is open from 10 am to 10 pm in the winter season (mid-August to May) and from 10 am to midnight in the summer. 

Pro tip:

No matter whether you take the cable car or opt for a hike, you'd at least want to stop by the cafe for a quick cup of coffee anyway. And did you know that you'll get one cup (coffee or tea) at Fjellstua for free if you purchase my e-guidebook to Tromsø? Click here to find more information about the guidebook!

 

4. Egon

Egon is more of a restaurant than a cafe BUT they have the most delicious Oreo cake there and you simply can't visit Tromsø without having tried it! They also have some amazing milkshakes, and even though their prices are definitely not cheap, it's so worth it if you're ready to splurge a little to treat yourself!

How to get there:

Egon is situated on the main shopping street of Tromsø, Storgata 50.

Opening hours:

The restaurant is open between 10 am and midnight (11 am to 11 pm on Sundays) every day. 

Pro tip:

If you'd rather have some cake for dessert instead of afternoon tea, keep in mind that warm meals are much cheaper around lunchtime as Egon has a lunch menu!

 

5. Kaffebønna

Being a fan of dark bread, Norwegian supermarket bread just doesn't do it for me - it's all sugary and white and tasteless. So naturally, when I discovered that Kaffebønna sells decent bread, I immediately got their coupon card and they had me as their regular customer all throughout my time in the city

Besides awesome bread, Kaffebønna also serves coffee and pastries, and they have quite a big focus on organic and fresh products. From organic juice to freshly baked cookies, Kaffebønna leaves no sweet tooth unsatisfied. 

How to get there:

Kaffebønna has several cafes all over Tromsø, for instance at Strandtorget, or at the market square Stortorget in the heart of the city. The latter is a real meeting place of the locals and whether you'd like to work a bit, have a cup of coffee and watch passers-by or meet some friends, the cafe at Stortorget is the ideal place for any of that!

Opening hours:

Kaffebønna is open from 8 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am/11 am to 6 pm on weekends (7.30 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 10 am, respectively 11 am, until 6 pm on weekends at Strandtorget).

Pro tip:

If you're visiting Tromsø often or for a longer period of time, definitely ask for a coffee (or bread) coupon card - if you collect enough stamps you'll get one cup of coffee (or a bread) for free in no time!

 

6. Aunegården

Aunegården is a cafe that seems almost as old as Tromsø itself. The building has been around for over 200 years and it's one of the city's most iconic ones as well. The cafe itself opened its doors in 1996 and offers yummy cakes and desserts, as well as lunch and dinner.

How to get there:

Aunegården is situated at Sjøgata 29, right in the city centre.

Opening hours:

The cafe is open from 11 am to 6 pm on Monday to Wednesday, as well as 11 am to 8 pm (and even until 1 am on Saturday) the rest of the week.

Pro tip:

Try to get a table in one of the backrooms of the cafe. Whether you'd like to get some work done or just want to have some quiet time, there are some really cosy gems to be found at the back!

 

7. Sivertsens Kafe

Sivertsens Kafe is Tromsø's only vegan cafe and restaurant. Being veggie is a bit difficult in Norway with the country's most traditional dishes all involving some or other kind of meat or fish, so I can imagine that many of you are relieved to hear that Sivertsens exist! 

How to get there:

The cafe is situated at Vestregata 48, in the basement of Rådstua - the former police station and prison of the city, just a stone's throw from the market square at Stortorget.

Opening hours:

Sivertsens is open from 3 pm until way past midnight every day except Monday.

Pro tip:

Don't expect a huge menu - you'll only be able to find 2 dishes, plus cake at Sivertsens, but trust me, that's triple the vegan choice that you'd have at most other places in the city. 



PS: You'll find even more Tromsø secrets in my e-guidebook! Don't forget to check it out here.
 

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