Shopping in Stavanger
Stavanger’s shopping scene is dominated by national and multinational chains, though there are a few independent shops amongst the lanes and alleys of Skagen, the knobbly promontory on the east side of the main harbour. One Norwegian oddity is that strong beers, wines and spirits can only be bought at the state-owned Vinmonopolet stores – and there are several outlets in and around the city centre.
Old Stavanger is a good part of the city to seek out for arts and crafts items from the region.
Stavanger’s gastronomic pride and joy, its excellent fish market (closed Sun), is located on the edge of Torget, the main square, by the harbour.
The biggest shopping centre in Stavanger is the Stavanger Storsenter, which is located in the heart of the city at Klubbgaten 5. Home to over 70 shops and stores, it offers everything from fashion to furniture, electronic equipment to music, books and games.
Normal shopping hours are Monday through Friday 1000-1700, with late opening on Thursdays till 1900 or 20000, plus Saturdays from 1000-1400 or 1500. Supermarkets are open much longer and later, but these are also usually closed on Sundays.
The Norwegians operate a tax-free shopping scheme for tourists at several hundred specified shops and stores. You reclaim the VAT as you leave the country. Further details are available from www.visitnorway.com.