Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 82
Port of Call
left: Bergen scenery, Lysverket's
fish soup with garlic oil, reminders
of the prevailing
climate hang over
a sunny scene, and
de rigueur gear at
Aksdal i Muren.
ATURE IS WHAT DRAWS
most tourists to Bergen.
Surrounded by mountains
and fjords - seven of each,
in fact - Norway's second-largest
city is a natural departure point for
cruise ships headed to the cinematic
waterways of the country's western coast. But this lively university
town has dry-land enticements too,
ranging from impressive museums
and art galleries to niche shopping
and excellent restaurants serving
New Nordic cuisine. Before or after
a cruise, here's how to spend a day
Bergen or Bust
Give Norway's second city a first look.
BY INGRID K. WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY BY ULF SVANE
V I RT U O S O L I F E
9 AM: Begin the day at Kaffemisjonen, a retro-style café
serving exemplary cups of coffee,
from pour-overs to frothy lattes.
Light roast is the predominant style
in Norway, where the focus is on
beans with delicate, fruity flavors.
To try it, order the daily filter coffee,
which is brewed with beans from
Scandinavia's top roasters, including Oslo-based Kaffa and Tim Wendelboe. Pair a cup with a chocolate
croissant, perhaps, or a hearty openfaced sandwich of warm chèvre and
fennel salami. Join the regulars
seated on the long dark-cyan banquette, a neighborhood gathering
spot for coffee-sipping parents,