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Cafe Stift

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Bar, International, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly
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Kirkegata 41, Lillehammer 2609, Norway
+47 940 53 179
12:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Tue 12:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 12:00 - 01:00
Sat 12:00 - 03:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Were looking for somewhere with decent lunch that catered for vegetarian and gluten free and weren't disappointed! I had the beef strip sandwich (gluten free) and my friend had the vegetarian. Great combination of onions, peppers, salad and beef on two pieces of gluten free bread - tasted great and really filling. Quirky lounge atmosphere and very friendly service. Highly... More 

Thank Sam F
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Good food today. It usually is. I've only had a couple of less-that-average-meals here since they opened. Bought a pulled beef nacho plate this time. Good beef. Nice glob of guac, sour cream and salsa. Nice stringy, chewy cheese. If you look hard for something to complain about you could argue that "home made" chips would lift the dish a... More 

Thank MickeG70
Wasaga Beach, Canada
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308 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Looking for a quick lunch and some thing different try this spot Good service and great food and also very busy spot Give it a try.

Thank Doug M
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Nice location in the old bank building. Cultural arena with art that is changed regularly and you can even buy it. Exciting new dishes. F.example the browncheese-icecream. Nice and cool staff, student friendly prices. This place is good for lunch, to have a beer or to go to a consert.

Thank Anne K
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Good coffee and luckily for us, high chairs were available, very fun kilt spray painted gold. No food available as such and a little quiet, but some good muffins and friendly staff!

Thank thehungrydaydreamer
Cafestift, Manager at Cafe Stift, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for the review! Yes, you came to us on a day the kitchen was unfortunately not open! Kitchen open Tuesday-Saturday from 12:00. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Lillehammer, Norway
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

We love Cafe Stift. It's our go-to lunch place. They have fabulous sandwiches and good burgers, too. The food is consistently good and the staff is always pleasant. They also have a good selection of coffee drinks (for cheap!) and a pretty good beer and wine selection. They often have live music and other events, and are open late. Highly... More 

1 Thank Hannah H
Cafestift, Manager at Cafe Stift, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and kind words! Very appreciated :) More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Good interior, service, drinks, music and variety of food. Love it! The restaurant is located in a big yellow concrete house. Probably made for a rich person some decades ago. This place is both fit for a nice three course meal, or just a cup of coffee over a game of chess. I did both. In my opinion this is... More 

1 Thank Victor L
Cafestift, Manager at Cafe Stift, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review, it is greatly appreciated! The culture house of Lillehammer was first built in 1895 as a bank and then later used a venue location for the town. Refurbished for winter OL games ´94, and Cafe Stift was born in this building in 2010. Thank you for the photographs as... More 

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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

I've always been a fan of this place. I think this was my first big disappointment... I ordered the pulled pork sandwich. Firstly I have never understood why any cook would choose some kind of "ordinary bread" over a good burger bun. The bread today was awful - both dry and cold. The slaw was more Asian than American in... More 

Thank MickeG70
Cafestift, Manager at Cafe Stift, responded to this review

Thank you for you review and comments. This does not sound like our standard and thank you for noticing. We hope to make it up to you next time you are in! More 

Sopot, Poland
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

A place with unique atmosphere, Very friendly people, good food and drinks, interesting menu. Nice for meeting with friends ;)

Thank Daria519
Cafestift, Manager at Cafe Stift, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We take value in our uniqueness and glad to hear you enjoy it as well! More 

Oslo, Norway
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Realy nice cafe that reminds me of something you could find in Berlin. Super service and nice food. I was recomended to try the house Burger! This was a nice experience that I could recomend to everyone!

Thank Andre H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$30
Cafe, Bar, International, European, Scandinavian, Norwegian, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kirkegata 41, Lillehammer 2609, Norway
  • Location: Europe  >  Norway  >  Eastern Norway  >  Oppland  >  Lillehammer
  • Phone Number: +47 940 53 179
After arriving into Lillehammer via train and taking a three minute stroll, you begin to see the sweet quaintness Lillehammer has to offer. Another minute of walking and you meet the historic Kulturhuset Banken, the culture house of Lillehammer. Set on the first floor of Kulturhuset Banken you will find Cafe Stift. In warmer months, the cafe expands onto the front stone courtyard of the building, creating a perfect alfresco feel to enjoy the great outdoors. Inside the cafe, you can see and feel the timeless culture. Having been built in 1895, with high ceilings, antique chandeliers, original windows and woodwork, you wish the walls could talk. The natural and classic environment set by the Kulturhuset Banken combined with Cafe Stifts' new and original vibe sets an undeniable atmosphere, adding to the lovely Lillehammer, to enjoy within the company of a friend, family, or yourself. Hjertelig velkommen til oss på Cafe Stiff!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?