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Fargegaten - Øvre Holmegate - The colourful street

Fargegaten is arguably one of the most colourful streets in Norway. Find out for yourself! Ideal for shopping, coffee, drinks and for your holiday pictures!

It was hairdresser Tom Kjørsvik who came up with the idea of completely renewing this previously quiet and rather dull street, Øvre Holmegate. Kjørvik's vision was to pump some new and much-needed life into the street, a process that proved to be a lengthy one; it lasted more than four years. The artist Craig Flannagan created the colour scheme for the painting of the houses and the plan had to be approved by landlords and the city council, a process not necessarily done in a flash. The new colours did eventually come into place though, and it truly livened up the street.

From forgotten to a tourist icon

At first, many people were sceptical of the bright colour palette when the project was finally approved by the council. However, scepticism quickly turned to enthusiasm once the finished project was a fact. Øvre Holmegate is now one of the major attractions in Stavanger. Locals call the street Fargegata (the street of colours). The street was further closed to car traffic in 2005, and it has since been a pedestrian street with life and vibrance. Cafes, bars and shops were established over the years, providing a draw for the visitors.

Niche shopping, warm pubs, a hairdresser and a barbershop

In Fargegaten, you get to act like a typical tourist with your selfie stick if you please; the street is probably one of the most Instagram-friendly places in Stavanger. However, exploring doesn't end there. Fittingly, there are colourful shops here with colourful people; such as dress shops Den Syvende Himmel or Kjoledamen. Or do you like to sew? Bernina's sewing shop is also here. You can also fix the hairstyle at a hairdresser or maybe have your hipster beard shaved at a real barbershop. If you are a little more daring, you may get a tattoo as well. All possible in the colourful street. After your credit cards are all maxed out, you can sit down and just enjoy life at one of the cosy, pleasant cafes or bars. A hot mug of tea or coffee, a glass of a local brew or a good vintage wine. #fargegaten here we come!

Last updated: 01/29/2024

Source: Region Stavanger

Fargegaten - Øvre Holmegate - The colourful street

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