The Best Ice Creams in Oslo Top Parlors You Need to Try This Summer

In the warm weather we are blessed with in Oslo at the moment, you need to cool down with some ice creams from time to time. The city has ice cream parlors spread all over town, from the big brands to the small mom-and-pop stores and even ice cream trucks, bikes, and wagons. These are the top ice cream parlors you need to try this summer. Check the map for locations.

Update: Several of the places in this guide has closed. For a more up-to-date guide, check my map of the best ice creams in Oslo.

A new ice cream parlor by Gutta på Haugen
A new ice cream parlor by Gutta på Haugen

Dolce Vita – The Classic Gelato!

The Italians at Dolce Vita have run a gelateria in the middle of Oslo city for years now. It’s a classic on the Oslo ice cream map and a safe choice for a creamy and tasty gelato. The gelato is made fresh every day and the flavors vary, but some classics are pistachio, vanilla, mango, lemon, red berries, and tiramisu. Fresh ingredients are key for a good gelato. At Dolce Vita, the pistachio ice cream has a lighter green color than the artificially flavored ones you get almost everywhere, and you can feel the finely ground pistachio nuts.

Dolce Vita is a classic Italian gelateria in Kvadraturen in Oslo
Dolce Vita is a classic Italian gelateria in Kvadraturen in Oslo

Make sure you go straight to the register first and pay for the number of flavors you want. You get a small ticket which you then show at the ice cream bar. In my opinion, Dolce Vita is a great place for ice cream, but not so much for the other stuff they sell like sandwiches and coffee.

Raspberry and pistachio gelato at Dolce Vita
Raspberry and pistachio gelato at Dolce Vita

Gutta på Haugen – Organic Soft Serve

Gutta på Haugen is a small deli at St. Hanshaugen. It’s always been a go-to place for my favorite store-bought ice cream brand: Kulinaris. A few years ago Gutta på Haugen started selling soft serves in their store, made with Kulinaris ice cream. The best part was the amazing homemade toppings they offered – like salted caramel. This year they have taken the whole ice cream sale up a notch. A separate ice cream parlor has been built on the open space in front of the park outside.

Organic soft ice with rhubarb and Lakrids by Johan Bülow
Organic soft ice with rhubarb and Lakrids by Johan Bülow

Now they’ve got an organic soft serve instead, but Kulinaris is no longer the partner. Henning-Olsen was the only one that could make an organic ice cream and help fund the new project, according to the store manager Benedicte Eriksen. The homemade toppings are still available, and they make new special combinations every weekend. I asked for a combo of their rhubarb compote and liquorice sprinkles from Lakrids by Johan Bülow. It was a great mix of sweet, acidic and salty flavors, with a nice crunch! Be warned: the queues can get long outside this place – we got lucky on this day.

Gutta på Haugen sells Hennig-Olsen's ice cream and organic soft serve with homemade toppings at St. Hanshaugen
Gutta på Haugen sells Hennig-Olsen’s ice cream and organic soft serve with homemade toppings at St. Hanshaugen

Ice Crime – Ice Cream Truck & Bike

Ice Crime is a brand new player in the ice cream market. The two founders Eric and Patrick want to bring creative American ice cream varieties to Norway. In addition to exciting flavors and toppings like corn ice cream with caramelized popcorn, they also serve ice creams as a sandwich – stuck between two biscuits. Doughnut sandwich with ice cream is on their wish list once their food truck is ready. It will most likely be parked at Aker Brygge. Currently, they only have their ice cream bike, which moves about between the most popular parks of Oslo like Kubaparken and Sofienbergparken.

Ice Crime in Sofienbergparken
Ice Crime in Sofienbergparken

Ice Crime should not be confused with the Belgian ice cream brand Ice Crime that can be found in some stores. That’s a healthy type of ice cream made with stevia instead of sugar. Ice Crime in Oslo wants nothing of that. They want fat, sugar and great taste. Currently, they make their ice cream in cooperation with a factory in Vågå, but they hope to open their own brick and mortar shop in Oslo to produce proper artisan ice cream.

The Ice Crime sandwich. Vanilla ice cream between biscuits
The Ice Crime sandwich. Vanilla ice cream between biscuits
Eric Christian King handwrites the menu with a matching pink pen
Eric Christian King handwrites the menu with a matching pink pen
Patrick Jensen runs restaurants like Munchies and Jor, and now an ice cream truck
Patrick Jensen runs restaurants like Munchies and Jor, and now an ice cream truck

På Pinne – Handmade Ice Lollies & Bars

På Pinne has a permanent spot at Sukkerbiten in Oslo next to the Opera house. They also do events and caterings and regularly pop up with their ice lolly wagon at festivals like Øya. The concept is homemade ice lollies and bars made with natural ingredients only.  It’s refreshing and tasty! At the Øya festival, they even did some cocktail varieties – like Mojito ice lolly.

På Pinne
På Pinne

Kulinaris – Made in Kolbotn!

A safe sign of summer is when the ice cream truck from Kulinaris is rolled out in the park at Olaf Ryes Plass. Kulinaris is proud to announce that they are made in Kolbotn – a short drive from Oslo city. They have one of the best vanilla ice creams I know of! I also tested their new brown cheese ice cream “G35.” Brown cheese is a Norwegian specialty that many foreigners struggle to appreciate, but I have to say the ice cream version is a very soft introduction. Quite the delicacy in my opinion.

Kulinaris has a sort of food truck parked at Olaf Ryes plass during the summer season
Kulinaris has a sort of food truck parked at Olaf Ryes plass during the summer season
Mango & pistachio in the cone, brown cheese G35 and vanilla in the cup
Mango & pistachio in the cone, brown cheese G35 and vanilla in the cup

BA53 – Soft Serve From Kulinaris

Whether you choose to sit inside the coffee shop or in the sun outside of restaurant BA53, you should order the soft serve from Kulinaris. You can get it as an affogato – that’s soft ice in a coffee cup with a double espresso poured over – or you can ask for the adult version with chocolate liqueur on top.

The Affogato at BA 53 with chocolate liqueur
The Affogato at BA 53 with chocolate liqueur

We met the wonderful couple Helle and Erik for a drink and a soft serve in the sun. Helle also writes about food and travel at Helle’s Kitchen, and Erik shares his life of music, travel, and fashion at Mitt liv som Erik. Don’t miss the wonderful cocktails made by Sondre if you stop by here.

Pineapple cocktails in the sun at BA53 with Helle's Kitchen and my girl Hedda wearing Erik's sunglasses
Pineapple cocktails in the sun at BA53 with Helle’s Kitchen and my girl Hedda wearing Erik’s sunglasses

Sentralen – Yogurt Soft Serve

Sentralen is a restaurant with a soft serve machine! A brilliant idea for making simple and tasty desserts. This is a casual place where you can walk in and order whatever you want off the menu. You just feel like a yogurt soft serve on a warm day? No problem. I’m not sure they would do a takeaway version, but you’ll eat that thing so fast you’ll be off again in no time.

Lemon cream, meringue, laurel oil and yogurt soft ice cream.
Lemon cream, meringue, laurel oil and yogurt soft ice cream.

The Big Brands

Oslo also has ice cream parlors all across town from the bigger brands like Diplom-Is, Mövenpick, Hennig-Olsen, and Ben & Jerry’s, as well as ParadIS. They all make decent ice cream. The largest companies use more artificial flavoring and ingredients, of course, while the smaller use more natural. I’ve marked big boys’ spots on the map as well, in case you are in the vicinity and badly need an ice cream to cool down.

What is your favorite ice cream in Oslo? Please leave a comment below.

Anders Husa

I am Anders Husa – a foodie living in Oslo. I eat at the best restaurants in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the major food destinations in the world. I share my foodie stories here.

12 comments

  • Du har inte testat Kaffebrenneriets is? Lagad i Oslo, bara naturliga råvaror och finns på flera ställen i centrum. Enligt mig top 3 i Oslo och en given plats i ditt blogginlägg. Dock går ju inga “foodies” dit, då de det inte anses bra nog eller ballt nog.
    Värt ett besök.

    • Jeg mener jeg har testet Kaffebrenneriet sin ved Spikersuppa en gang. Den var god! Får ikke alltid med seg alt i en slik guide, dessverre, men tusen takk for tipset 🙂

  • Min er helt klart Paradis, men jeg har stadig ikke fått smakt “på pinne” og jeg er jo syyykt vill etter saftig??

  • Paradis, som er min favoritt i tillegg til Dolce Vita, har filialer på Tjuvholmen (den første de åpnet) og i Mathallen, Vulkan.

  • Hei Anders. Om du skal komme med de beste is stedene i Oslo, så blir jeg overrasket over at du ikke har satt opp
    1 de fantastiske is buene på Aker Brygge (mövenpick).

    D du skriver om Dolce vita sure, men etter å ha skiftet eiere, så er heller ikke isen den samme. Nordmenn merker ikke dette!
    Nr 1 i Norge akkurat nå er Paradis på tjuvholmen ( også mathallen). Der den italienske arven tas videre. I tillegg for en is fan kan du se hvordan isen lages.

    Skulle denne skuffe deg så spanderer jeg den isen ❤️

    • Hei Paolo. Takk for iskremlidenskap! Både Mövenpick-isbua på Aker Brygge og ParadIS Tjuvholmen er med i guiden. Står helt nederst, samt er plottet på kartet 🙂

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