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Pedersgata goes from Vinkelgata by the Petri church at the Nytorget square and all the way to Møllehaugen in the Eastern district. The now-demolished canning factories in the area had a lot of tall chimneys and an iron foundry where the sparks used to rise high into the sky. This caused the temperature to be higher than in the rest of the city and the district went by the nickname, "Varmen" (The heat).

St Petri's Church on Nytorget|© Pedersgata Utvikling

The workers' avenue

It was mostly people from poor backgrounds who lived in the small houses in Pedersgata. The majority worked in the canning factories, but there were also many sailors, traders, rope makers, plumbers, barrel makers, bakers, butchers, jewellers, shoemakers, and tailors. Various shops and services were established in almost every house, and Pedersgata became the central shopping street until the 1980s.

In 1886, the building with today's second-hand shop was a bakery run by Herman Friedrich Obstfelder.|© Pedersgata Utvikling

Decay and stagnation

With increasing prosperity after the arrival of the oil industry, everyone had their own car, and large shopping centres were established outside the city. The shops in Pedersgata could not resist the competition and numerous premises were left empty. The houses fell into disrepair, and after a while, Pedersgata gained a dubious reputation.

Today, Pedersgata has been brought to life with cosy cafés like this|© Pedersgata Utvikling

An international food street

After a long period of decline, Pedersgata and the old industrial area have been transformed into a spacious residential area, and many of the old wooden houses in Pedersgata have now been carefully restored. In recent years, many immigrants have established their businesses here, and this has given Pedersgata a wide range of international restaurants, cosy cafes and bars, unique shops and various services. What used to be a neighbourhood you'd rather not go to has now become the place you shouldn't miss when visiting Stavanger.

Pedersgata is today a food street with beautiful, restored wooden architecture|© Pedersgata Utvikling

Experience Pedersgata

GuideCompaniet takes you on a culinary experience through Pedersgata. Taste the flavours from all corners of the world and hear the guide telling anecdotes from this exciting district. Join us and discover the restaurants in one of Norway's coolest streets.

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