Bergen is probably best known, and most pictured, as its famed UNESCO World Heritage waterfront area of Bryggen, which consists of a long row of colorful buildings facing the harbor. Known locally as Tyskebryggen, these buildings have been standing in the exact same location for over 300 years – despite some being damaged by fire and rebuilt. They once served as the center of this bustling town, but today host a wide array of high-end jewelry stores, art galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants. There’s nothing most quintessentially Bergen, than walking along the houses and popping in and out of the alleys between them which host a mélange of fantastic shopping to explore.
A few of my “must-stop” places along the walking route are Juhls Silver Gallery, Rost and Audhild Viken. These places offer incredible art and an amazing environment to appreciate it in.