The Sunny Side



Situated on the marina near the charming “Blomsterbrua” (Flower Bridge), is the fun-loving neighborhood of Solsiden, also known as Nedre Elvehavn. Solsiden, which translates to “the sunny side” in Norwegian, is a bustling and cheerful area full of life!  This area embodies a post-industrial spirit while still adapting to the times and embracing contemporary architectural accents. What you see today was erected from the ashes of an old shipyard (once one of Norway’s biggest ship building companies), and is now one of the most popular areas in the city. Solsiden is a local staple and is always buzzing with good vibes. It’s THE place to go if you want to take in the jovial energy of locals and enjoy the afternoon sun with a tasty delight on an outdoor terrace.

Eat & Sip

The sun can be elusive in Trondheim but rest assured that when she bestows her golden light on Trondheim, both locals and visitors will find their way to Solsiden. Dotted along the marina promenade is a selection of restaurants and bars with open air terraces perfect for basking in the sun with friends and great food.

If you need something on-the-go, inside Solsiden Senter you can grab a fresh smoothie or wrap from Kvikk or coffee and fresh baked treats from Godt Brød. Looking for a great way to start your day? Just across Blomsterbrua, you find Norway’s best breakfast at Scandic Nidelven Hotel.

If you’re in the mood for pizza, choose from a few local favorites such as Una Pizzeria, a fun and casual Italian restaurant with an industrial vibe, Selma Bar & Pizza serving oven fired pizza with an extensive beer selection, or check out Olivia Restaurant with its cozy atmosphere and menu inspired by Florence. But if you’re feeling the itch for a more playful atmosphere, try the new hombre on the block, Hector – serving a colorful splash of Mexico in Trondheim with an array of tequilas and tasty tacos.

Sometimes we’re in the mood for a good old night out with friends. In that case, head over to Søstrene Karlsen, a great place for friends, food and cocktails in the evenings. Or if you love try a little bit of everything, then tapas at San Sebastian is your spot. For some additional options for casual fare and nice outdoor seating check out, Sot, Café Løkka, or Cowsea.


In the wintertime, the dry dock from the shipyard is converted into an illuminated paradise for ice skaters where you can show off your best ice-dancing moves to the tunes from the speakers. In the summer, the dry dock is converted into a stage, where international superstars like Sting have held concerts.

The merger of old and new is ever present in Solsiden, take for instance, Dokkhuset, a modern venue housing local and international artists and musicians, which is located in the converted pump house for the dry dock of the old shipyard. Dokkhuset is run by NTNU, and functions as a display house for the university’s creative arts, it is also a great place to partake in the Norwegian custom of “utepils” (drinking beer outside) on a sunny day.

At Trondheim Kunstmuseum Gråmølna, you can peruse art by local artists Håkon Bleken and Inger Sitter. Check out their permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as their museum shop, in the converted mill house dating back to the 1840s.

The converted shipyard also houses a modern shopping mall, where you find the latest in Scandinavian fashions and interiors.