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Best Western Hotell Bondeheimen's resident eatery, Kaffistova is well deserving of all the fame that has come its way. If you want to try local Norwegian specialties, this restaurant is one of the best in Oslo, what with its vast assortment of scrumptious dishes that taste deliciously homemade. If you've been wondering where to try rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge) or raspeballer (potato dumplings), this is the place for you. In addition to the list of savory specials, this hotel eatery also offers you some marvelous freshly-baked cakes.
This low corner building dates from the 1700s, and the restaurant has been in business for more than 140 years. Situated right across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Engebret Café is within walking distance of the medieval Akershus fortress. Offering traditional Norwegian food, the emphasis of the menu is on fish, but in the autumn there is always a game. Coming here to eat the fantastic lutefisk of the Christmas season is a tradition in Oslo. In the summer guests can enjoy the beautiful outdoor dining area.
Situated on the premises vacated by Erling Moe, a seafood shop that was something of an institution in Oslo, Fiskeriet Youngstorget has lived up to expectations remarkably well. It has, in fact, taken Erling Moe's legacy one step further, for not only can you select from a vast assortment of monkfish, cod, halibut and mackerel to prepare at home, but also have the chefs whip up a seafood treat for you right then! A part of the shop serves as a small restaurant, and there is outdoor seating to boot. You could go for something light like fish and chips or fish stew, or opt for a more filling meal.
Stockfleth's is the cosy coffee oasis that can be found amidst the hustle and bustle of the shopping center Oslo City; a perfect place for a break from busy shopping. The cafe also offers an opportunity to purchase tea or coffee by weight. They have a large selection of teas and a standard coffee menu, including various tasty syrups, to take away or enjoy on one of the few barstools. Stockfleth's also offers fresh pastries.
You will not be able to resist the temptation to gorge on a sweet delicacy at PARADIS Gelateria Tjuvholmen. Nestled in Tjuvholmen neighborhood, this ice cream parlor aims at offering visitors with authentic Italian desserts. The gelato on sale is made from 90 percent milk, thus assuring consumers a healthy affair. The ingredients used are sourced from various international regions. Take a pick from their alluring flavors: chocolate, pistachio, vanilla, butterscotch, strawberry and many more flavors. An ice cream from PARADIS will offer you a soothing relief on a hot summer day.
Gutta På Haugen, which means 'The Boys on the Hill', is a shop with a character of its own. There are two small rooms and some tables outside. In one of the rooms you will find a variety of fruit and vegetables, including some fairly exotic products. In the other, lots of different pastas, oils, herbs and luxury canned foods are on offer. There is also a rather big section devoted to cheese. This is no doubt the place to come for the inventive cook. The hill referred to in the name is St. Hanshaugen, a very nice park situated 10-15 minutes away from the city center. Did somebody say "picnic"?
Delicatessen Grunerlokka is a popular place with the locals, given the crowded tables and the rush for a meal here. Dig into some Spanish tapas classics like Friterte Artisjokker or fried artichoke, Tortilla de Patatas, Baby paprika fylt med tunfisk or tuna and paprika, marinated tiger prawns and Patatas Bravas. The establishment dates back to 1999 and has been wooing its diner since then. The tapas is offered with some of the most amazing wines sourced from various parts of Spain. One can also try the sandwiches on offer.