"Løpya" - the Track: Night itinerary in Lillehammer city centre
The high end - well, if there is any:
Start the evening at Mølla Hotel's top bar, normally called just Mølla. Enjoy the view, sunset, lights of town from the top of the old silo.
Move on to Paa Bordet at the old Mormors Hus in one of the back streets (in Elvegaten) off Storgaten, just a few minutes pleasant walk up from Mølla across Storgaten into Elvegata.
On the way stop by at Lillehammer Bryggeri, the microbrewery inside the old brewery quarter for a fine beer in a long glass, taste, not volume.
If you have a reserved table you will then be received very well at Paa Bordet, maybe a la carte or a set multidish menu of some of the best local ingredients and made by the best cooks around. The meal here could easily take you 3 hours if you go through everything.
After this, volume may not be the thing, but calming it down with a slow drink or coffee if you did not have any at Paa Bordet. Depending on the time of night you may have several choices, none of them on the high end. Perhaps stop by at the Chimney in Elvegaten, before you set out for Marcello Night Club on Lilletorget and get clearvoyant. This will be the last establishment open, so from here the next stop will be the bath tub in your hotel bar with a wite wine from the minbar...
Middle end: you will be in great company of Lillehamrians who do not have much to dress up for or to hide, and who can also take to the odd noisy place. If in summer, start at the terrasses of Elvegaten if Terrassen below the bridge is still not open for business. If youfeel like waking up with a coffee, the coffee bars along Storgaten should still be open, but they do actually close quite early. If you find tapas or something like it in Elvegatens' eateries, enjoy being outdoors as long as you can. Down at breiseth Hotel they will also have good tapas and a bar. so several good choices for you. Probably not verty adventurous drink and food along Elvegaten, but ok. Move across the river to Blaa for a full meal; you may stop by at Glassblåserhytta for an aperitif, and then settle for the dinner at Blaa. I have experienced ups and downs from the kitchen here, but by and large they are good at what they are doing and not being so pretentious about it. Makes an easy atmosphere with families around, friendly banter among friends and the odd real group of party goers. All done, walk over to Lillehammer Bryggeri for a special beer, maybe there is some music on a special day or invite the staff over to your table to tell about the brewery and good beer if its's quiet. Next head for Dagningengutua spill donw to Storgata and ramble south to Søndre Park and Parkkafeen and enjoy the atmosphere there into the wee hours for the summer night.
The same "level" during winter would see you a start at Lillehammer Bryggeri - early in the evening it should be quiet. They'd serve some small dishes, too, and you can buy a selection of beers to taste on a tray. Take your time here. Move on to XXX in Storgaten 108 and choose some wild game that you can't get at home (good reindeer and red deer here) or an excellent fish, with good wine and plenty of time. For dessert, they normally should have the cloudberry cream or cloudberry with icecream here. This should keep you warm. At this stage it may be very cold out, so shuffle over to Mølla (reverse from the High end tour) and take your night cap there at teh Mølla bar on top and end it all there for good measure. In winter, due to darkenss you will need more sleep anyway. If you are really into it, Victoria Dancing bar just one hop up Nymosvingsen street offers what it says, or the dreaded Marcello again. During night all cats are grey.
The low end: Proceed straight to Haakons Pub (a real brown one) and remain there for the evening. When hungry, there is Knikkers or the kebab shop in Elvegaten. Move back to Haakons.
The sportive way: buy a bottle of good wine and walk up along Mesna River for a light picnic at one of the waterfalls, when hungrier than what the picnic basket could offer, trundle down to the city centre again and eat at Knikkers, o9r perhaps at one of the pasta places in town. End with a coffe, a cognac and for the most part a clear head for tomorrow's outdoors adventure.
Dress Code: Lillehammer is an informal place, but being well dressed up eases reception, service and receptive eyes across other tables. But Lillehammer is an informal town. Only at dancing places like Bryggeriet Disco, Marcello Night Club and Victoria Dancing would they screen you for dress and a lousy 2nd hand military jacket would be a turn-off.
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
- Arts and Culture
Haakon's Pub: Finally - a BEER!!!!
We were there in the late afternoon and this was just about the only open pub. Very dark inside, but candlelit so it is nice. Obviously not aimed at tourists, it was an insight into typical pubs in small towns in Norway.
Dress Code: Ha ha dress code?? They wouldn't give a damn what you are wearing there!
- Beer Tasting
Toppen Bar: The View around the Clock
Toppen Bar is situated on the top of Moella Hotel, rebuilt in a previous corn silo, and so the tallest view point in central town. Here you will meet and see people on all the four corners of the bar desc - you decide wether to look inside or outside. If you choose to look outside through the panorama windows, you will probably be astonished to be reminded that you find yourself in the center of a very small town!
Dress Code: Anything goes in Lillehammer!
Sky above Lillehammer: Full moon
Full moon is always a good opportunity to take a night-time skiing trip or hike. With snow on the ground it gets very light and it's easy to ski.
This is best done some distance away from the valley wherer Lillehammer is located, up in Gropmarka or around Sjusjoen or Nordseter.
Dress Code: .... approriate for the conditions..
- Adventure Travel
- Budget Travel
Haakon's Pub: Haakon's Pub
Well, on a Sunday afternoon, at list we found this Haakon's Pub open and we could get a nice cold beer here.
- Beer Tasting