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A mekka for foodies

A mekka for foodies

We also have good coffee!

Longyearbyen - a mekka for foodies

Who would have imagined that in the world’s northernmost town, located just south of the North Pole, you could pick and choose between exciting culinary experiences? Travel up here and experience this evolving food destination for yourself!

Choose between Norwegian food, French-inspired delicacies, delicious burgers and pizzas, Asian dishes or grilled treats, not to mention handmade chocolates from the world’s northernmost chocolaterie, Fruene.

Here are our tips to you:

Restaurants to suit every taste


Several of the restaurants in Longyearbyen feature local dishes and ingredients on the menu, such as Svalbard reindeer, Arctic char, seal, whale and grouse. You can even wash your meal down with locally brewed beer from Svalbard Brewery.

Imagine that two of Norway’s leading restaurants are in Longyearbyen! Huset, which is rich in traditions, is housed in Longyearbyen’s original assembly building dating from 1951. With more than 20,000 bottles, its wine cellar is among the largest in Scandinavia. The recently refurbished yet historic Funktionærmessen Restaurant tempts with dishes inspired by France served with Arctic views. The trendy “sharing concept” is worth checking out! We recommend: The Nordic Tasting Menu at Huset and King crab from Finnmark at Funktionærmessen.

The restaurant Gruvelageret also serves delicious gourmet cuisine based on seasonal ingredients. Located in a former warehouse of the mining company, the restaurant’s decor is clearly inspired by Svalbard’s century of mining operations. We recommend: The seasonal four-course menu and accompanying wine menu.

The popular Svalbar is a lively restaurant with a bar serving awesome drinks, which offers a regular menu and weekly specialties. We recommend: The legendary “Djevelsk Burger” with bacon, parmesan crisp, hot salsa and curry mayonnaise.

Barentz Pub & Spiseri serves good food in a relaxed setting. Like the bistro at Huset, you can choose the Chef’s daily special or other dishes from the menu. We recommend: Fish and chips.

The Polfareren restaurant at the boutique Svalbard Hotell serves dishes with Nordic, French and Asian inspirations, often combined with local produce. You can enjoy the excellent food in quiet surroundings close to the pedestrian street in Longyearbyen. We recommend: Seasonal reindeer or risotto.
Jeppe Kuld

At Restaurant Nansen at the Radisson Blu Hotel, you can enjoy good food and drinks accompanied by magnificent view of the Advent Valley and the mountain Hiorthfjellet. On summer days, we recommend sitting outside on the stylish terrace! We recommend: The shellfish buffet every Saturday during summer.

The Vinterhagen Restaurant at Mary-Ann's Polarrigg has perhaps Longyearbyen’s most comprehensive Arctic menu. Dishes based on Svalbard reindeer, whale and seal are served in pleasant surroundings in Longyearbyen’s most original hotel. We recommend: Seasonal whale or seal meat.

At Coal Miners’ Bar & Grill in Nybyen, you can enjoy a diverse menu in a restaurant with history in the walls. Housed in a former coal miners’ quarters, the food is cooked on a Jasper charcoal grill. We recommend: The “sharing platter” filled with barbecued food straight from the charcoal grill.

Have you tasted the smoked minke whale at Kroa - Steakers Restaurant? Beside the soup of the day and the catch of the day (fish dinner), Kroa also offers pizzas with thick bases, moose burgers and other dishes in relaxed and rustic surroundings. A local favourite! We recommend: Clipfish with potato purée, vegetables and bacon butter.
Jeppe Kuld

Cafés and lunch places

If you are searching for lunch or a good coffee, there are several cafés Longyearbyen worth testing. Going to cafés is a popular activity here for locals and visitors alike. Most offer a choice of hot and cold dishes and are generally packed around lunchtime. The menus vary from day to day and, yes, we do have good coffee so far north!

Fruene in the Lompensenter serves the soup of the day, a type of salad with pasta/noodles and filled baguettes/rolls, as well as delicious slices of cake pieces and chocolate made at their very own – and the world’s northernmost – chocolaterie! We recommend: Boboli with chicken curry and a Polar bear latte.

The Rabalder Café at Longyearbyen Kulturhuset also offers the soup/lunch of the day, sandwiches and other light meals. If you want something cute, you will find that here too! We recommend: The wrap of the day and freshly baked buns.
Jens Juul

Cheers for Longyearbyen!


It’s very sociable at 78 ˚N and Longyearbyen’s bars and pubs are frequented by locals and visitors alike regardless of season. During the Northern Lights Winter and Polar Night in particular, the bars are packed with happy people enjoying food and drink into the early hours of the morning.

Svalbar and Barentz Pub serve food as well as drinks often accompanied by live sports on the big screen, while the Karlsberger Pub has one of Norway’s largest whisky collections.

Funken Bar serves good food and drink in the fireplace lounge and the library and has an exceptionally good selection of champagne. We recommend: A steak sandwich.

If you are not ready for bed when the bars close, we recommend heading to the nightclub at Huset, which stays opens well into the small hours.

The world’s northernmost food festival: Taste Svalbard


As well as a wide variety of restaurants and cafés, Longyearbyen hosts the world’s northernmost food and drink festival – Taste Svalbard. This annual festival provides a fascinating insight into Svalbard’s unique history through a range of culinary and cultural events.
Polina Bublik

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