A city of many culinary delights, Oslo is home to a plethora of restaurants and cafés serving a whole host of local and international favourites.
If you’re looking for a bite, check out the city centre streets of Karl Johans Gate, Torggata and Youngsgate. Here you’ll find a wide range of eateries to try including local favourite the Ricebowl Thai Café and many more. Grünerløkka, one of Oslo’s most popular and lively neighbourhoods, is another area you should definitely head to for a great choice of places to eat. In and around Olaf Ryes Plass, you’ll find a selection of top-notch restaurants including Villa Paradiso. Aker Brygge, one of the city’s more touristy areas, is also full of places to eat, including Olivia which serves a wide variety of Italian dishes.
Eating out in Oslo is expensive but if you are clever you can enjoy superb meals at a reasonable price. Cafés are infinitely cheaper than restaurants and the food is every bit as satisfying. They’re particularly good for lunchtime meals as are the numerous stalls and kiosks scattered throughout the city centre.
Youngsgate 4, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
A very busy restaurant, Ricebowl Thai Café is exceedingly popular among locals thanks to its selection of reasonably priced Thai dishes. There are plenty of tables so even if you do have to wait for a place, the wait won’t be long and you can occupy yourself by checking out the great collection of decorative pieces hanging on the walls. An English menu is available and it packed full of rice and noodle dishes plus a selection of starts and desserts. No alcohol is served here.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 2pm-9pm.
Olaf Ryes Plass 8, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
As you wait to be seated by the friendly, English-speaking staff of Villa Paradiso your eyes will inevitably be drawn to the numerous curiosities from around the world stored in glass cabinets under the bar. Here they serve a variety of Italian dishes, including great value pizzas, sandwiches and more. A breakfast menu is also available. This is a very popular spot, with both the indoor and outdoor tables completely full at mealtimes.
Open Mon-Tues 8am-10pm, Wed-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
Karl Johans Gate 1, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
One of the less expensive options when it comes to dinnertime in Oslo, Peppes offers a huge selection of pizzas, along with burgers, salads, nachos and much more. Portions are substantial and prices are reasonable. While you enjoy your pizza, make sure to have a look around as you’ll find any number of cool, kitschy decorations around both floors including everything from movie memorabilia to model ships.
Open Mon 11am-10.30pm, Tues-Sat 11am-11.30pm, Sun 1pm-10.30pm.
Brynjulf Bulls Plass 2, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
A great place to start the day, Oslo’s answer to Starbucks offers delicious pastries, freshly squeezed juices and aromatic coffees at great prices. This is a busy spot, thanks to its proximity to both the Town Hall and the Nobel Peace Center, with many people stopping in to get their morning caffeine fix. They also offer sandwiches, cakes, cookies and more. The stools at the window offer cool views out towards Aker Brygge, with lots of other tables also available both inside and outside.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Slottsgate 7, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
A cut above your regular bagel places, Bagel & Juice is a great choice for a quick and tasty lunch that won’t break the bank. Bright and loud, it offers a wide array of fillings for your bagel, along with a choice of pastries and a variety of fresh juices and delicious smoothies. Place your order at the tills and then enjoy your food at one of the window tables complete with tall, colourful stools and tables covered with dictionary text.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun.
Prinsens gate 6, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Featuring a large seating area downstairs as well as plenty of places to perch around the counter, Stockfleth’s is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. It’s especially busy in the mornings with people coming in to get their morning coffees and pastries. Norwegian breads and a selection of sandwiches are also available. Friendly staff and a lively atmosphere make this an even more appealing place to stop for a bite.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, closed Sun.
Thorvald Meyersgate 40, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Fruhagen is a restaurant and wine bar with a very funky vibe. Along with a breakfast special, the menu also contains salads, sandwiches, burgers and more. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass. While you eat, you’ll be treated to a mix of great music from the Rolling Stones to Norwegian bands. A variety of old, mismatched pieces of furniture makes up the comfortable seating area inside, with lots of seats also available outside. Decoration is artsy, with a bunch of prints on the walls. Boasting a young clientele and a convivial atmosphere, it’s a great spot to drop into at any time of the day.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-12am, Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-9pm.
Frognerveien 58, Frogner, Oslo, Norway
A short walk from the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Frogner Park, this bakery and café is a popular spot thanks to its tempting selection of cakes, pastries and breads. Sandwiches, coffees, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies round out the appealing menu. You can get your food to go if you want to walk and eat in the park, or you can take advantage of the seating areas both inside and outside the café. The seats inside are pretty funky, consisting of mismatched furniture arranged under dangling light bulbs. Staff here are friendly and efficient even during extremely busy periods, and the prices are very reasonable.
Open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Henrik Ibsensgate 60a, Frogner, Oslo, Norway
Despite its chic interior, this restaurant offers pretty reasonably priced and very tasty meals at both lunch and dinnertime. From sandwiches to salads, burgers to fish dishes, you’ll find a good selection of dishes on the menu. It’s very bright inside, and a seat by one of the huge windows provides a good opportunity for watching people pass along the street outside. There’s also a piano set up just inside the door and the café sometimes hosts free concerts.
Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, closed Sun.
Stranden 3, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
Located beside the pier in the busy area of Aker Brygge, Olivia offers top-notch Italian fare at reasonable prices. Seating is available both inside and outside, and it’s generally a pretty busy spot thanks to both its location and the quality of its food. A variety of pizzas and pasta dishes are just a small part of this wide menu.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11am.
Calmeyersgate 11, Oslo, Norway
A Greek styled taverna serving authentic food from the owner’s native land at a reasonable price for Oslo. Also has bouzouki music nightly from 7.00pm.
Munkedamsveien 3B, Oslo, Norway
The city’s oldest vegetarian restaurant with a smoke free bar downstairs serving a student buffet from Tuesday to Saturday making prices a little more appealing for those on a shoe string budget.
Oyre Slottsgate 12, Oslo, Norway
One of the more popular Italian establishments in Oslo, this restaurant was established by two Italian brothers who have developed an extensive menu which contains no less than fifteen different types of pizza.
Karl Johans gate 45, Oslo, Norway
A menu with forty-five different dishes each priced 45 KR makes this a very popular choice and catering for everyone’s tastes including meat, fish and vegetarian specialties.
Sofienberg gate 6, Oslo, Norway
Serving a selection of the best known and most popular traditional Scandinavian dishes, portions are huge but prices aren’t so check this one out.
Bogata 21, Oslo, Norway
Located in the old working class quarter of the same name, this place is quite something. No two tables and chairs are the same and the menu is just as diverse serving anything from French to Pakistani. Makes for a pretty interesting visit.
Stortorvet 2, Oslo, Norway
Doubling as a pub in the evening, this American style eatery serves simple fare at simple prices and is the perfect place to unwind with a good meal and a beer after a stressful day of sightseeing.
Hegdehaugsvn, Oslo, Norway
Situated in the middle of Oslo’s most popular shopping street and serving an extremely popular all day breakfast this place is always packed so booking in advance comes highly recommended.
Stranden 3, Oslo, Norway
Everything from the host of wooden cactuses to the desert murals make this place stand out but despite the apparent tackiness of the establishment, the food is excellent as is the atmosphere and a brilliant place to begin your night out.
Trondheimsvien 269, Oslo, Norway
Serving an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and Norwegian specialties (interesting combination) Panda is very popular among younger residents of the city thanks to its bright and airy minimalist interior and its value meals.