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Bathgate, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 23, 2012
by Sammy Lagios
Kineta, Attica, Greece
August 26, 2010
by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
December 13, 2004
For all this history, however, the best reason to visit the market is to get an inexpensive lunch (or breakfast or early dinner). Take your time and compare the offerings since prices vary. In general, a salmon, shrimp, or langoustine sandwich should cost you about NOK 20, but some stands charge significantly more or only serve the fish on half a roll. Many of the stands place free samples alongside the daily catch, and some others will allow you to take a small taste of their more exotic selections without charge – just ask. My experience was that the sellers were invariably quite friendly.
Nearly all stands offer basic fish sandwiches, fish filets for sale, and cooked prawns (shrimp) that you can shell and eat sitting at the dock. Others, however, offer such delicacies as cooked crabs, oysters, caviar (which is apparently less expensive in shops), and whale meat (which is dark, tough, and tasteless). Nor are selections limited to sea creatures: one stand grills up elk burgers (more interesting for the novelty value than the taste) while several sell both elk and reindeer sausage. Across the street, a smaller market has stalls selling flowers, vegetables, homemade ice cream - and Norwegian ostrich! Quite a few stands on both sides of the street sell sweaters, postcards, and assorted knick-knacks – several other travelers advised me that these tend to be rather overpriced and shoddy in quality.
As may be evident from this description, I ate lunch at the market all 3 days I stayed in Bergen. The best way to complete your repast is with a cinnamon roll from the nearby Baker Brun, which claims to have invented (and certainly has perfected) this traditional Bergen treat.
From journal Bergen's Natural, Cultural, and Historical Beauty
February 19, 2002
Especially delicious and affordable are oysters and cooked crabs (they sell them with a plastic spoon if you want to eat them right on the spot). They also sell wonderful shrimp and salmon sandwiches. And don’t forget to take a photo of the very dark fish meat: it’s whale meat. A word of warning: if you want to buy caviar it’s cheaper in shops.
From journal Hanseatic Bergen
December 29, 2000
My favorite part of the visit to the market was watching the bird's dive bomb the boats unloading their goods on the wharves.
Besides the fish, other goods were available as well. Fresh flowers (the colors were brilliant), fruits and veggies were also all plentiful in the stands. Souvenirs can also be purchased at the market. The prices for the souvenirs were more reasonably priced here than at the shops in the Bryggen. I can say that the sweaters that you will find everywhere in Norway were not of a high quality at the market. I bought one in a local shop that was far superior to the one found in the market.
It was a highly entertaining...if not smelly afternoon!
From journal Bergen...Breathtaking and Beautiful