There are, of course, a number of attractions you simply have to see when visiting Trondheim, like the Nidarosdomen Cathedral, Kristiansten Fort and Rockheim. But where do real Trondheimers go, where do they eat, where do they relax and where do they find their entertainment?

Below we have put together a list of places and attractions which are popular among the city’s residents, so you can explore and enjoy Trondheim like the real Trondheimers do.

Fresh air

Ladeparken Park
Ladeparken, also known as the Circus Park, is one of the more recently established parks in Trondheim. It has been especially well adapted to accommodate a wide range of activities, and contains hilly areas, playgrounds, a stage, and areas for ball games and climbing. Tables, benches and a barbecue are also available, together with public conveniences which are accessible to everyone.

Ilaparken Park
Ilaparken is situated near Ilevollen in Ila, Trondheim, east of the city centre. This park is one of the biggest in Trondheim and includes a spacious play area with a ropeway and climbing frame, well-suited to families with children.

Rambling trails in and outside the city’s rural area, Bymarka
There are a number of popular rambling trails in Bymarka and the other countryside areas around Trondheim. The rambling trails offer a wide range of nature experiences and are used for exercise and enjoyment.

Food and drink and that little bit extra

Antikvariatet (The Antiquarian)
Every year the Beer Portal (Ølportalen) celebrates the best pubs in the country. In 2013, the Antikvariatet in Bakklandet, Trondheim was voted Norway’s fourth best pub. The Antikvariatet serves basic, traditional fare and arranges concerts and stand-up comedians on weekdays. They also have a great book bar.

Den Gode Nabo (The Good Neighbour)
When the barge called “Den Gode Nabo”, or “Nabo’n” as it is also referred to, is moored on the River Nidelva in Bakklandet, then it is summer in Trondheim. The sun shines practically all day here, there is a view of Nidarosdomen Cathedral and the old riverside warehouses in Bakklandet, and you can enjoy food and drink from morning to night. Den Gode Nabo can also boast of one of the biggest selections of beers in Trondheim.

Credo Restaurant & Bar
Credo is an institution among the eateries of Trondheim. With its gourmet restaurant on the ground floor and informal bistro on the first floor, Credo is a favourite among everyone from students to “the upper crust”. The chefs of Credo compose dishes and menus based on the best ingredients available at any given time.

The MS “Bjørnvåg”
The M/S Bjørnvåg is an old coastal passenger ferry built in 1954. In April 2012 it was bought by a group of enterprising people who converted it into Trondheim’s most novel restaurant. The menu varies considerably in accordance with the seasons, and sometimes even from day to day.

Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri (Microbrewery)
The Microbrewery (Mikrobryggeriet) is another old warhorse among the pubs and restaurants of Trondheim, and has been open since 1998. All beer served at Trondhjem Mikrobryggeri is brewed on site. If you are lucky you may see the brewer in action by the brewing kettles at the back of the premises. Should you have any questions with regard to beer or brewing, just ask the staff, they know practically everything there is to know about beer.

Entertainment

Byscenen – the City Stage
Byscenen is the biggest theatre in Trondheim and is used for everything from rock concerts to sales expos and conferences. There are often concerts here several times a week, and many people start their evening at one of the local pubs or eateries like Alma’s bistro & bar or Boxer.

Dokkhuset
The Dokkhuset concert venue is located at Nedre Elvehavn in Trondheim. Concerts are arranged here within musical genres like chamber music and jazz, new music, world music and many others. Dokkhuset Scene AS was established in autumn 2006 by Trondheim Camber Music Festival (Trondheim Kammermusikk Festival), Trondheim Jazz Forum (Trondheim Jazzforum), Trondheim Soloists (TrondheimSolistene) and Mid Norway Jazz Centre (Midtnorsk Jazzsenter). The concert hall seats audiences of up to 220 people.

Olav’s Pub and Eatery (Olavs Pub og Spiseri)
Olav’s Pub and Eatery is one of Trondheim’s biggest pubs and can accommodate up to 500 people. It includes an exciting eatery with a wonderful atmosphere, good food and drink, and live music and stand-up shows.

Lerkendal Stadium
Lerkendal Stadium is located in the part of the city known as Lerkendal, and is the home ground of the one and only Rosenborg Ballklubb. Today’s capacity crowd is 21,850 people. After a series of renovations in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Lerkendal has emerged as one of Norway’s most modern stadiums.

Trøndelag Theatre
Trøndelag Theatre is the county of Trøndelag’s major venue for theatre performances and dramatic art. The theatre has been open since 1937, and today houses five permanent stages.

Shopping

In addition to shopping in Trondheim city centre and Bakklandet, the locals also enjoy shopping at Sirkus, City Lade and City Syd.

Read about more things to do in Trondheim.

Read more about what to see and do in the Trondheim Region.

It may also be a good idea to book overnight accommodation for your visit to Trondheim.