Dining experience on historical ground!
Bryggen Tracteursted’s history rich atmosphere offers visitors a unique dining experience in the heart of Bergen. The building in which the restaurant is located dates back to the 1700s, and is one of the oldest and best-preserved wooden structures in the city’s historic harbour district, Bryggen.
Everyone is welcome, whether you want to spend an entire evening in good company, or just feel like stopping by for a drink.
Traditional food with a modern touch
Old meets new on our menu too, as we are known for serving authentic Norwegian food with a modern twist. Each plate is inspired by the culinary traditions of Bergen and the broader West Coast region, and in preparing it we use only the finest seasonally available local ingredients. Our “Norwegian Tapas” combine what we are most passionate about: showcasing the best flavours that local cuisine has to offer, and a social dining experience.
At Bryggen Tracteursted, we are particularly interested in stockfish and are one of few restaurants in Bergen that always have stockfish on the menu.
In the 13th century, the German Hanseatic League and their trading organizations established themselves in Bergen. From the second half of the 14th century, they took over control of the stockfish trade with Northern Norway. Stockfish was exported to the German cities for further trade on the international market. Domestic trade was organized through shipping along the coastal route between Bergen and Northern Norway. The trade was based on the exchange of Norwegian stockfish and imported flour, organized by the German trading organizations. Bergen and Trondheim emerged as important trading centers during this period. Stockfish was well paid compared to flour until the 16th century, when the exchange rate turned negative for stockfish. For Bergen, stockfish had significant economic importance, and one could say that the city was built on the trade with Northern Norway and the export of stockfish for many centuries.
Small delicate dishes with distinctive flavors give a rich and tasty meal and a social experience! The Norwegian cuisine with its many specialties is particularly suitable for this type of serving. We have combined well-known and forgotten flavors with tasty side dishes.