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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“An awesome place to go for a viewpoint over the city. It's to way of getting there, one is by car and the other one is following the 400 steps up the mountain, starting from the city park. There is also possibiliities of food and beverages at the top. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A place to have a look at the life of the Norwegian coast. You will see some really amazing species and you can even find penguins here! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“One of the best restaurants in Ålesund that serves seafood and one of the best selection of Bacalao's in Europe. They offer a great view of Ålesund and the sea. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Art Museum
“You don't have to check out the exhibitions to visit, there's a café and gift shop offering just enough of that art noveau experience to say you've been there.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“A smaller shopping mall. There is also a lot of smaller stores in the streets around. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Its a good place to eat at day time and on weekends it transformes to a dance club. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Night Club
“A good music Venue with great live music or DJ's. They sometimes have quiz, Bingo, and other events as well. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Lovely place with great coffee, cakes, food and an amazing barge in Brosundet”
  • 14 locals recommend
Place to eat
“A combination of beautiful scenery, a beautifully designed peaceful coastal culture and the very special close to the sea has made Alnes's lighthouse a tourist magnet. In 1936, a new angular iron tower, 22.5m high, was built. This type of tower is relatively rare in Norway. In the "old guardroom" in the second corner of the guard house there is a permanent exhibition showing the historical development of Alnes Lighthouse and glimpses from the local fishing and peasant community from the last century until about 1960. In October 2016 we opened our new adventure center at Alnes Fyr. The new center has a whole year-old café with homemade cakes and traditional food, as well as a magnificent g”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Sukkertoppen (Sugar Loaf Top) is, bar none, Ålesund's most popular mountain. The top is located on the island Hessa, which together with the islands Aspøya and Nørvøya defines the heart of Ålesund - the largest city in Møre og Romsdal county. Although lower, the mountain resembles in many ways Lyderhorn outside Bergen. Without having checked the historic facts, it is reasonable to assume that Sukkertoppen was part of the coastal defense (the signal-fires) initiated back in the Viking age. The views from the top are extensive, and Ålesund is "blessed" having such a viewpoint just outside its city center. There are several climbing and scrambling routes around mountain (see separate section ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Located in Ålesund harbour, with seethrough windows in the floor looking down at the fishes. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Dette er hovedbussholdeplassen i Ålesund. Her ankommer og går alle busser til og fra flyplassen og til resten av byen og områdene rundt. Herfra går blant annet bus til Geiranger. Fra leiligheta er de kun 250 m hit. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“30 stores wih large parking garage underneath, The stores includes food-store, liquor store, bookstore, pharmacy,clothing store and more ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Beer and burger joint. Wide variety of in-house brewed beers and many locally brewed beers. Shuffleboard. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Being in Norway and in an ocean town, you will find seafood everywhere. Zuuma is a great restaurant that servers japan and sushi-inspired dishes and is a well-known restaurant by the locals.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Great Shushi + Grill. Service can be a bit slow though. And can also be all booked, so calling ahead is a good tip! Take away is also really nice.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“An awesome place to go for a viewpoint over the city. It's to way of getting there, one is by car and the other one is following the 400 steps up the mountain, starting from the city park. There is also possibiliities of food and beverages at the top. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in Ålesund that serves seafood and one of the best selection of Bacalao's in Europe. They offer a great view of Ålesund and the sea. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Being in Norway and in an ocean town, you will find seafood everywhere. Zuuma is a great restaurant that servers japan and sushi-inspired dishes and is a well-known restaurant by the locals.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Not a bad alternative if you lower your expectations and ignore the prices. Meat mains always safe, also toasties, salads and soups. And seafood. Don't bother with the burger. I come here for the backyard, and to sit by the window and watch people trot on the cobblestones.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Great place for a quick lunch. Drink a coffee by the window and look at locals get on with their day. I recommend the pastasalat.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best high end restaurant in town. Serves 3, 5 and 7 course meals with a mix of greens, meats and seafood. View to Brosundet, also serves lunch and during summer they have a barge in Brosundet which can be accessed through the restaurant. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Brown irish style pub located close to Brosundet. Shows football matches and serves a good variety of beers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a great place to go at late night during the weekends. Night life is good, 23 years old restriction. Adult nightclub. ”
  • 7 locals recommend

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