Norway’s oil capital may not strike you as the most obvious place to visit, but Stavanger has a lot going for it. The oil wealth means the city has an international feel to it, which is reflected in the restaurants, bars and shops.
What to do
Stavanger is a good base for exploring the nearby Lysefjord, home to two of Norway’s most famous attractions: Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten.
The National Petroleum museum might sound like a bore but actually offers a lot to keep kids happy while the adults learn more about the industry that shaped the city. Stavanger’s street art is worth exploring.
Stavanger is home to many festivals and events throughout the year.
Where to stay
Every type of accommodation is available in Stavanger, from luxury hotels to campsites and hostels. It’s worthwhile considering a hotel within walking distance of the city centre though, as rain can strike at any time of year without much warning. As a prominent business city, Stavanger often suffers from a shortage of hotel rooms during major conferences and events, so it’s a good idea to book your accommodation well in advance.
Stavanger’s bus network is well developed and easy to use, although most of the city centre attractions can be navigated on foot.
Read our full guide to public transport in Stavanger.
Where to eat
Our lowdown on the best restaurants in Stavanger is coming soon.
For lunch or snacks, it’s best to avoid the kiosks (Narvesen, 7Eleven, Mix, etc) that offer all things sweet and salty at inflated prices – although the coffee is often good value! Some supermarket chains offer salad bars at reasonable prices.
Shopping in Stavanger
Firstly it’s important to remember that all shops except small kiosks and tacky souvenir shops are closed on Sundays! A full guide to shopping in Stavanger is coming soon.
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