On a remote island in the Arctic Circle halfway between the northern tip of Norway and the North Pole, where do the ~2,000 residents go out to eat? Would it surprise you to know one restaurant has a wine cellar with 20,000+ bottles?
There are a handful of restaurants in Longyearbyen, but I am only going to discuss three.
For our breakfast in the morning, we enjoyed coffee and pastries in Rabalder Café and Bakery, a cozy coffee shop with delicious food and drink. Baristas are pro here and the fruit smoothies and fresh-baked cookies are amazing.
Our favorite restaurant, however, was Kroa. We returned back from Pyramiden around 10:30p and were famished, having not had anything since breakfast. We walked into town and added our name to the waiting list — it would be about an hour before our table was ready. That seemed like a lot on a late Saturday evening when we were so hungry, but it was definitely worth the wait.
The atmosphere in the restaurant was amazing: a hip Norwegian hunting lodge with seats covered in animal skins and a long wooden tables. My uncle loved his steak and my cheeseburger was phenomenal.
The restaurant was just packed and I can see why. Lucky also enjoyed it.
The Norwegians ladies I walked around Pyramiden with highly recommended a restaurant called Huset. This is the “fine dining” restaurant in Longyearbyen and the one with the 20,000+ bottle of wine collection I mentioned in my opening paragraph. If I return to Svalbard, I look forward to trying Huset.
Don’t think just because you are on a remote island there will not be good food. With a big Thai population, there is also more reasonably priced Thai takeaway and a full-stocked grocery store if my somewhat pricey recommendations above don’t appeal to you. I was surprised at how great the food was on Svalbard.
Read more of my Scandinavia Trip Report:
Review: SAS A330 Business Class Los Angeles to Stockholm
Lounge Review: SAS Gold Lounge Stockholm
Review: SAS Business Class Stockholm to Oslo (Scenic Flight)
Lounge Review: SAS Gold Lounge Oslo
Review: SAS Business Class Oslo to Longyearbyen
The Advantage of AirBnB in Longyearbyen
A Boat Trip to an Abandoned Russian Mining Island
Review: Hotel Tulpan in Pyramiden
Why Pyramiden is a Must-See (Photo Tour)
Exploring Pyramiden at Midnight with Two Armed Female Bodyguards
Where to Eat in Longyearbyen
Lounge Review: SAS Café Tromso
Review: Radisson Stockholm Airport
Review: Hilton Stockholm