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Food and drink in Oslo

The capital of fresh ingredients

From Michelin-starred restaurants and the best of Nordic cuisine to street food on the corner. Oslo offers a vast range of vibrant restaurants, cafés, and bars.

Food in Oslo is as fresh as it gets. Here, you can enjoy fish and other seafood directly at the harbour, or choose eateries where chefs grow ingredients on-site or at green urban spots like Vulkan bee garden or Losæter. In the latter, Maeemo chef Esben Holmboe Bang harvest rose petals that will end up on the menu in his restaurant.

Holmboe Bang says that “there is so much progress in Oslo now, and when you combine that with the closeness to the sea and to nature, it’s the perfect place to run a restaurant.” At Maaemo, they use only Norwegian ingredients and because lemons are not grown in Norway, ants are an exciting replacement – as they also add acid.

“Our concept is that we want the customers to get a sense of Norway”, Holmboe Bang explains. Maaemo has also been voted one of the world’s absolute best places to eat by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

You can find more budget-friendly options for a taste of Norway, as talented chefs often run more low-key joints as well – and even hang out there themselves.

Oslo is also a city of world food with high ambitions, like the Thai based Plah, Italian Baltazar, Japanese Alex Sushi and Omakase by Alex Cabiao, the French-oriented À l’aise, and the pintxos place TXOTX.

Social eating and concepts like food stalls with shared tables are found at Mathallen, Oslo Street Food, and Vippa by the Oslofjord. There is also a growing culture of food trucks in Oslo. And why not combine eating and shopping at markets like Mat & mer, Maschmanns, Mathallen, Fiskeriet, and Fisketorget, or go for the many independent cafés and bakeries? Oslo also has its own, urban cheese factory, Winter Aker Brygge, which is also a proper local food mecca.

In the evening, you should go mingle on the funky bar scene, where you can get drinks based on local brew and from Norwegian distilleries.

And – some of the world’s most renowned coffee baristas and coffee brewers like Tim Wendelboe are based right here in Oslo!

Find more inspiration on Oslo’s official website.

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