“The attractive factor about Bergen is it doesn’t matter what time of yr that you just get right here, there’s all the time one thing charming and quaint about it,” stated T-Michael, a designer, tailor and worldly aesthete who has resided on this wet Norwegian metropolis for greater than twenty years.
Nestled amid the snowcapped mountains and glacial fjords of western Norway, the cloistered coastal metropolis is commonly related to its inclement local weather. However you wouldn’t comprehend it upon assembly the designer, impeccably wearing a males’s put on kimono of his personal design and a cashmere-lined poncho from the rainwear label he co-founded, Norwegian Rain. Embracing the outdoorsy native spirit, the Ghanaian-born sartorialist says his adopted hometown is greatest admired from atop Mount Floyen, certainly one of a number of surrounding peaks. “When it’s moist and raining, there’s one thing melancholic about it,” he stated, earlier than sharing 5 favourite haunts in Norway’s compact second metropolis.
“For pizzas and oysters,” T-Michael goes to this hip, hole-in-the-wall pizzeria, which opened in early 2018. “The wine choice is good, and I like that it’s fairly toned-down. There’s nothing fancy about it.” His go-to order right here is the white pizza with native cheeses, which is greatest “punched up barely with chilies for some hearth.”
Nygardsgaten 29; fb.com/Hoggormpizza
This artist collective and gallery area is “the brand new spot for artwork and creativity in Bergen,” he stated. “They’ve a wooden and metallic workshop for artists to come back in and make the most of to create their items. And there’s a gallery downstairs, which showcases new items. As a lot as I can, I wish to drop by and test it out.”
C. Sundtsgate 55; aldea.artwork
three. Bors Bar
A favourite spot for cocktails is hidden inside a 19th-century brick constructing that when housed the inventory trade and is now the elegant Bors Lodge, which opened in 2017. “They’ve acquired this actually old-school inside,” T-Michael stated of the mirror-walled bar. “It’s a fantastic spot to take a seat and have a drink, however not lots of people learn about it. Sit there, soak within the environment, have a negroni and simply chill.”
Vagsallmenningen 1; bergenbors.no/en/tales/baren-pa-bergen-bors
“Apollon is completely different as a result of it’s a report retailer and a bar as effectively,” he stated of this beloved establishment recognized for its reside music and craft beer. “You’ll be able to have a drink or simply stroll round and take a look at their information. I like to recommend that you just sit by the window and watch folks go previous on the road.”
Nygardsgaten 2A; apollon.no
A brief stroll from T-Michael’s showroom and atelier in downtown Bergen, this retailer carries “among the finest alternatives of clothes in Norway,” he stated. “There’s a great story to the way it began up as effectively,” he continued, explaining how a present from Banksy (earlier than the artist was well-known) was later bought at public sale by the proprietor to finance the store, which shares males’s and girls’s put on. “The title of the shop is Lot333, which is the lot for the piece that was bought at Sotheby’s.”
Kong Oscars Gate 18; lot333.no