Pick up delicious seafood at this popular fish market that's beautifully situated between the fjords and Bergen's seven mountains, in the very heart of Bergen, next to the inner harbor. Dating back to the 1200s, it's one of Norway's most visited outdoor markets and sells fruit and vegetables as well as seafood.
The first Fish Market in Bergen was located next to Bryggen in the "Nikolaikirkeallmenning." In 1556, the Fish Market was moved to the inner part of Vågen and established itself as the central trading venue in Bergen. Fishermen who lived outside the city used to row in to the Fish Marked to sell their catch of the day before rowing back home the same day. It became increasingly important and grew with the surrounding area, attracting a large amount of buildings was to the area in the 1700s and 1800s. In 2012 the indoor Fish Market - Mathallen opened. Here the merchants have permanent shops and restaurants indoors that are open all year.
Tasty treats from the sea
Stroll through the market and enjoy the sights and smells of this traditional market. There's many opportunities for photos of the produce and the bustling hive of commercial activity that takes place there while you browse for produce. Taste raw oysters or enjoy freshly boiled shrimps on skewers and eat them by the waterfront next to the stands at the Fish Market or at nearby Bryggen. There's also salmon, crab legs and lobster to enjoy at this comprehensive market that also sells, controversially to some, whale meat. Find some smoked salmon, salted cod and canned crab meat on sale for later consumption, making an ideal gift to bring home. More than just seafood For those who prefer non-seafood options, reindeer and lamb sausages are also sold on the site. Shoppers can also purchase local delicacies made from local cloudberries ("molte"), a sour fruit that's made into jams and liqueurs. Additionally, there's a small craft market on the site, selling various wares. There are many violin-shaped cutting and serving boards on sale throughout the market, as well as figurines of trolls and vikings. The outdoor Fish Market is open from the 1st of May and continues during the summer, but the indoor Fish Market is open all year. A trip to this historic marketplace is a fantastic way to spend a day in Bergen and enjoy fresh fish from local fishermen, very close to the source.
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