Bergen may be the second largest city in Norway, but the gateway to the fjords casts a fairy-tale-like spell with its small-town charm. Colourful houses dot the hillsides and the waterfront areas of Bryggen—the city’s harbour district and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The region teems with tourists seeking slices of nature, adventure, culture and history.
Located in the southern part of the west coast of Norway, Bergen was crowned the capital of the country between the 12th and the 13th centuries owing to its prominence as a trading port. Fish and furs were exported, and grain and manufactured goods imported. The local Fisketorget i Bergen, popularly known as the Bergen Fish Market, is a window to the neighbourhood’s commercial soul.
“The market is as old as the town,” informs Audra, a local woman in her 50s, who has been frequenting the zone all her life. “Growing up, my father would bring home fresh fish from the market. We would marinade and cook the salmon and tuna with garlic cloves, oil and lime juice, and pair them with wine during festivals like Midsummer.” Like Audra, many are drawn to the market for its myriad fresh produce ranging from seafood, berries, and vegetables to even plants and flowers. The outdoor arena, lined with a host of restaurants that attract visitors with their lip-smacking fares, is where the action unfolds.
Amlan Chakraborty is a solution architect by profession and travel writer, blogger and photographer by passion. Street food joints and quaint book-corners are his favourite spots to frequent during his travels.