norwegian cuisine

Most Norwegians do not recognize the exceptional culinary traditions in Scandinavia. Trendy food is often synonymous with bruschettas with rocket salad and mozzarella, as long as it is imported from the Mediterranean. A few restaurants have specialized in Norwegian food. Here is a brief list for the daring ones. Bon appétit!

{ Downtown }
Storgata 22
Dovrehallen is not a gourmet restaurant, and not mentioned in other tourist guides. Nevertheless, Dovrehallen offers something very unique and authentic. Here you can catch a glimpse of real Norwegian working class culture, both in terms of food and regulars. Note: Dovrehallen is on the first floor, and differs from Dovrestua which is on the ground floor. Dovrestua is a shady pub. 

{ Youngstorget }
Youngstorget 6
We love Fyret. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed and the Norwegian/Scandinavian menu is brilliant and affordable. In the summer you can sit outside in the arcades, looking over to Youngstorget. Fyret also has a large selection of Aqauvit. Can it get more Scandinavian?

{ Downtown }
Rosenkrantz gate 8
Kaffistova is the restaurant at Bondeheimen Hotel, specialising in traditional Norwegian food at affordable prices. All bread and cakes are homemade, and some say they have the best breakfast in town. Kaffistova also offers Norwegian meat products directly from Voss.

Kampen Bistro
{ Kampen }
Bøgata 21
Kampen Bistro is an informal restaurant in beautiful Kampen. In addition to an alter devoted to Elvis Presley and 50’s furniture, the food is really tasty. Unpretentious, low cost gourmet is a fitting description for Kampen Bistro.

Lofoten fiskerestaurant
{ Downtown }
Stranden 75
Lofoten is said to be the best fish restaurant in Norway. The food is, as you may guess, based on Norwegian fresh seafood. But be aware, this is an expensive restaurant, so if you can’t afford a three course meal, check out the fish soup for lunch.

{ St. Hanshaugen }
Waldemar Thranes gate 8
Informal atmosphere in a restaurant with a long history. Schrøder serves traditional Norwegian food on white stained tablecloths. It is definitely worth a visit, as the food is cheap and tasty plus they are generous with the portions.

buying norwegian food

Here you can find food with deep roots in Norwegian culture. 

Oslo Food Cort
Vulkan 5
A few years ago a Whole new part of town appeared here from nothing – as sudden as a volcanic eruption. The name? Vulkan of course. Have a look at Oslo’s attemt at a European food cort. We call it Mathallen. It’s charmingly chaotic inside with bars, shops and restaurants all crowded together. Are you on the lookout for edible souvenirs? You’ve com to the right place. Norway has gianed recognition for it’s cheese.

The farmers Market
The farmers market is a market place where you can buy food directly from the producer. Check out their website to see when and where the next marked is.