Cafe Ibsen has, so we were told, been named the best cafe in Norway. I'd say it's also the best B&B in Norway.
Anita Nicolaysen, who runs the show, is equally kind, welcoming and friendly: as she showed us our room in the building a few doors up from Cafe Ibsen, she pointed out that we were most welcome to use the BBQ on the fantastically kitted-out roof terrace, overlooking the market square, kitchen and adjacent dining room, effectively the entire house. Her house. As she and her home-brewing husband had decamped to their boat in the harbour.
The B&B (if you choose to call it that) is lovely and reminds you of happy days you've spent in the house of you all time favourite auntie. We had a large bedroom with access to the aforementioned roof terrace and a comfy bed; a large bathroom with a jacuzzi bath tub and separate shower. Tasty breakfast with cooked eggs, salmon and freshly baked bread was served inside or on one of the very many terraces Cafe Ibsen features.
If you come back in late mornig or afternoon, you can eat Anita's home-made cakes and her husband's beer, ales, in fact, which are served on tap.
Be warned: Cafe Ibsen and Grimstad are the kind of places, which make you change your holiday plans and you may end up staying longer than you had envisaged. Laid-back Grimstad is a picture-perfect idea of a Norwegian seaside town come true: lovely sailing harbour, weather-boarded houses painted in white, or maybe a pale green and blue, independent shops galore, very nice restaurants, a supermarket and very many beaches and lots of nature in the vicinity. Well, you are in Norway after all. Must be Norway at its best. Actually, that's what it is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cafe Ibsen is located in the center of Grimstad, next to the Ibsen Museum. In addition to the cafe they got 6 pleasant rooms for rent with double beds, living room and kitchen. Accommodation includes delicious breakfast at Cafe Ibsen. Contact information: Tlf: +47 909 12 931 eller mail: email@example.com ... more less
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