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This large food hall features gourmet fare sourced from local farms. In addition to things like cheeses, meats, breads and even specialty drinks, you'll also find a wide range of prepared dishes, with each stall offering something different. It is easy to spend an hour wandering from stall to stall, sampling delicious offerings one after another.
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"?
If you want a taste of the Norwegian food culture and buy the specialty food items, then Mathallen Oslo might be a very good option. Located in the neighborhood of Grünerløkka, this massive food court is chic and is a foodie paradise. From specialty shops, cafes, restaurants to food conferences, exhibitions and competitions makes this place vibrant and ambrosial as well. During the food festivals, Mathallen Oslo's gaiety ambiance will enthrall you. You can buy products from small scale producers to get ingredients used only in Norwegian cuisine. Overall it offers a fantastic food experience for those who want to expand their culinary knowledge.
"Bondens Marked" means "Farmers Market," and you'll find this particular brand of Bondens Marked all over Norway. Each market features fresh produce and goods sourced directly from local farms, so you have piece of mind in knowing exactly where your food comes from. The Farmers Market in Oslo typically alternates between several venues: Valkyrie Plass (Vibes gate at Bogstadveien), Birkelunden (Grünerløkka), VikaTerrassen shopping center, Asker sentrum or Bærums Verk; please check the website to see where the market will be held.