Get to know Stavanger: Øvre Homegate
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Get to know Stavanger: Øvre Homegate

… and suddenly you’ll find yourself in a street painted in all the colours of the rainbow.
22.June 2021 Elianne Strøm Topstad

Øvre Holmegate is lined with lovely cafés, boutiques, and galleries. And numerous photo opportunities, of course. The locals call it “Fargegata” (the colour street) for a reason!

Arguably one of the most colourful streets of Norway? Well find out for yourself. Shopping and plenty of places for coffee and drinks too.

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 pumpt 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.

A tourist icon
At first, many people were sceptical to the bright colour palette when the project was finally approved by the council. However, sceptisism 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 for car traffic in 2005, and it has since been a pedestrian street with life and vibrance. Cafes, bars and shops established over the years, providing a draw for the visitors.

Niche shopping, warm pubs, hairdresser and a barbershop
In Fargegata, 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 sewing shop is also here. You can also fix the harirstyle 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 of which are 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 with something, a glass of a local brew or a good vintage wine. #fargegata here we come!

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