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Bacchus is a Norwegian cafe near the cathedral, close to the main railway station and transport hub of Oslo. A small, picturesque place, it has what could be the city's narrowest staircase, (arguably) best brownies and fabulous wines of which many are organic. It is not cheap, but if you can afford an extra treat, it is well-worth a try to find a seat, often a quest in itself.
At Baltazar you can dine in the historical surroundings of the old Bazaar, directly behind Oslo Cathedral. The interior of this restaurant is simple, but the curved room and the subdued light create a sheltered atmosphere. The menu is international, with an emphasis on Italy and other Mediterranean countries. Seafood as well as meat dishes are served here. After your main course, do try the cheeses.
Those who appreciate great food should look no further. Guests dine in the light of 300 candles, the only source of light in this intimate basement restaurant, aptly named The Convent. The dining room is located in a spacious cellar with a vaulted brick ceiling. The interior has been specially designed to create the perfect romantic atmosphere and the walls are adorned with religious icons and paintings. The menu, written on monastic scrolls and covered with hand-woven fabric, offers a variety of meat and fish dishes as well as a daily vegetarian dish. An aperitif in front of the fireplace should get you in the right mood before you sit down.
Markveien Mat og Vinhus is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the Grünerlkka area. The menu offers high-quality food and a very good selection of wines in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. A special menu is created every day out of the best that the fishmongers and greengrocers can supply that day. Ask your waiter. You can grab a bite and have a glass of wine in the adjoining Dr. Kneipp's wine bar as well. The staff is professional and well-informed. Visit the website for more information.
Champagneria is a stylish and comfortable bar that offers a vast selection of drinks. Do you want your beverage to be alcoholic? Sparkling? A long-sought-after rarity? Cheap? Based on your preferences, it can fulfill almost any criteria for a drink. Additionally, a variety of tantalizing food is served to accompany and complement your drinks. If you want to relax with some wine and good tapas, then this venue is perfect for you.
Dr. Kneipp's is something of a misnomer since it is a popular wine bar inspired by a famous German doctor. Don't let the name delude you from enjoying the fabulous wines from all over the world especially Italian. This cozy bar was established in 1991 and conceptualized after the Italian Enoteca, where the best of wines is offered at an affordable price along with food that complements the drink. With over 400 brands, good food and an unpretentious atmosphere, the wine bar is a local favorite, hence reservations are mostly not accepted here. You can linger here as long as you want to with great wine and food for company.
Enoteca Vinbar has a wide selection of Italian wines by the bottle and glass. Serving delish omelets, pastas and bruschetta for lunch and pizzas later in the evening, they are known for their fine wines and pizzas in the neighborhood. This cute wine bar has a large basement where private events are allowed with a separate party menu.