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.
Mir is the bar connected to the cultural center called Grünerlkka Lufthavn. They put on concerts (mostly techno, punk and underground), various kinds of workshops, and exhibitions. A small record company is based here, and several bands use the location for rehearsals. Mir is by many regarded as the heart of all this activity, with its rough, airport-like interior. They serve small dishes like bacon and eggs and different kinds of toasted sandwiches, coffee and tea, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Prices are low. In the evenings and at night the clientèle consists mainly of people in their twenties and thirties (many connected to the underground music movement), artists and students. Mir is well hidden. Look for a sign for Grünerlkka Lufthavn on Toftes gate, then turn right into the backyard.
Located on the scenic Ekeberg Hill, this eatery provides a breathtaking and panoramic view of Oslo city. The focus of the restaurant is on serving international cuisine prepared to suit contemporary tastes. Outdoor seating is available, allowing you to soak in the view, but the menu is reportedly more extensive in the indoor section. They also have banquet and conference facilities. The food here is pricey, but the view and experience are unforgettable. So go ahead, plan your next event here!
At the tip of Aker Brygge, with the sea right outside its door, it's not surprising that this restaurant serves only the best and freshest products. All types of fish, from salmon to cod to monkfish, are served fresh and cooked in a variety of sauces. Try to get an outdoor table in the summer, especially in the evenings. Along with the view of late evening sunlight on the fjord, you will have the advantage of a cheaper menu.
Boasting a fantastic waterfront location, Hanami is where you can expect to be served Japanese delights crafted from local Norwegian ingredients. An elegant space with an open kitchen and sushi bar, this restaurant offers you Japanese fusion cuisine. You can enjoy izakaya-style Japanese small plates like tempura scampi and edamame with your Geisha Martini, after which you can move on to scrumptious offerings like the signature scampi ceviche and miso-marinated black cod.
If you are someone who loves beers then Amundsen Bryggeri & Spiseri should be a must visit when visiting Norway. With a fantastic collection of the brew, both domestic and international as well as one of the best local brews, the restaurant and bar serve food that goes well with the drink. During the winters soak in the warmth from the fireplace and chill out on the patio on summers. The vibrant atmosphere, live music, TV all add to the charm of this place. Whether it is meetings or just a hangout with friends, you will love this cool place.
Stockfleth's is a tiny but comfortable coffee bar off busy Lille Grensen street, near the Parliament. Enjoy a coffee from their rich selection while sitting on a high stool by the window facing the street. The staff members certainly know how to make a good cup of whatever you wish. Stockfleth's serves light lunches such as croissants and baguettes. You can also buy gourmet coffee beans by weight.
T - Lille Grensen is located on Karl Johans gate, next to the big Zara showroom. This trendy tearoom is Oslo's answer to tea cultures across the world. The dining area is done up with modern design concepts that are somewhat of a Norway specialty. The menu here includes over 50 different varieties of teas from all over the world, these include black teas, herbal and fruit teas, chais and hot, cold and iced variants thereof. The tea house is also big on afternoon teas and high teas; wherein they blend the traditional tea culture with modern dining concepts. To nosh along with these refreshing drinks is a range of snacks such as sandwiches, pastries and other baked goodies that are quite delicious on their own.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about a world famous cafe chain is the Hard Rock Cafe. The city of Oslo has a Hard Rock Cafe as well, and it is the perfect example of Scandinavian design and architecture blended in with new age American lifestyle. With dragon head arcs, resembling old Viking Boats, Nordic styled bars made beautifully out of wood, Scandinavian paintings and antiques well placed around the cafe, the place has an authentic Nordic Charm to it. Try out the Hickory Smoked Chicken Wings, Caipirinha, or White Russian from the exemplary menu while you enjoy live rock performances on stage. Browse through the exclusive collection for stylish merchandise or simply sit back and relax with a drink.
Wayne's Coffee is a simple cafe that offers its customers a place to escape to when they need a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The cafe serves up a variety of freshly brewed coffees prepared using only their own brand of coffee. The sandwiches, pastries and cakes are rather delicious as well, and perfect for a quick bite. Conveniently located just a short walk away from the Stortinget subway station, the cafe is a popular choice amongst commuters.
Whether you wish to enjoy well-crafted drinks, dig into authentic Scandinavian cuisine or dance till wee hours of the night, LaWo is the place to be. This vivacious spot is a haunt for locals and travelers alike and comes most recommended on weekends when the ambiance here is at its euphoric best. The interior is decked up in electric lights that create a dramatic effect; here talented DJs keep the crowd grooving. LaWo also has an intimate lounge where you can unwind and relax your worked up legs while sipping on cocktails. LaWo's extended outdoor seating is explored by many for a laid-back brunch.
Kaffebrenneriet is a popular chain of coffee stores spread out across the city. With bright colorful furniture, laid back atmosphere and the wonderful aroma of freshly brewing coffee, it provides a lovely atmosphere to stop and take a break. Whether you settle in to one of the colorful beanbags, or out on the patio, it provides a welcome break in a hectic schedule. They serve up a nice selection of cappucinos, espressos and cafe au Laits, prepareed with their freshly roasted selection of beans from around the world. You can even pick up some coffee for later consumption by the kilo. The cafe also has a nice variety of freshly baked goods, sandwiches and quick bites, to appease those hunger pangs.