At the port, and a few yards beyond the oil museum, is the Fisketorget, the Fish Market, where fishermen put up their stalls straight from their boats. Adjacent to the calm waters of the fjord they sell seafood, both raw and ready to be eaten, and boil it in large steaming pots. There's no issue with the language, whatever language you speak, when it comes to seling and buying food there will be no problem communicating.
Not until after 10 am do the stores open in this charming shopping district, or any type of business for that matter, but this was the early-morning coffee, and the truth is, with all the rain it felt like warm coffee. It has a fantastic terrace, and sweet and savory pastries to gain strength, plus coffee at double the price of what we are accustomed to paying in Spain.
One of the most important attractions of the region of Stavanger, apart from it's nature, is its gastronomy. And one of the most renowned restaurants in its own right is the Renaa Matbaren. This is a well-known place so you must book in advance to enjoy their specialties. The restaurant, decorated in a functional style with decorative details like a statue, antique lamps, and bookcases. It is bright, and has an open kitchen where diners can watch how the dishes are prepared, with specialties like seafood. Among the starters, you can find kippers, salmon teriyaki, mussels or calamari with garlic and a slightly spicy sauce. Main dishes include grilled cod, wild salmon from the Arctic, and some concession to meat-based pork or lamb confit burger. But the specialty is undoubtedly the kingcrab, the giant crab that lives in the North Sea. Their large claws are prepared with a Singapore glaze. I can only say one thing about this dish: it is the most exquisite and delicious I've had in a long time. Only by returning to eat this crab, will I return to Stavanger and ask for a table in the Renaa Matbaren.