Where to Eat in Oslo Discover the Best Restaurants in Norway's Capital

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Oslo is Norway’s capital city and was Anders’ hometown for ten years. An exciting and expanding food scene dominated by affordable and available places. In this foodie map, we have gathered all my Oslo favorites. You’ll find everything from coffee shops and cocktail bars to bistros and high-end restaurants. Navigate the map easily either by scrolling through the list on the right or by clicking the points on the map. Places are listed in a geographical order.

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Dronning Eufemias gate 23, Oslo, Norway

Maaemo is the restaurant which truly has put Oslo on the culinary map of the world. Esben Holmboe Bang's philosophy includes only organic Norwegian ingredients, prepared in the New Nordic style. A fine dining establishment that fits perfectly into the category of a three-Michelin-starred restaurant: exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey. The pride of Norway.

The Golden Chimp

Heimdalsgata 37, Oslo, Norway

The Golden Chimp is the latest project of former Hitchhiker head chef Jan Robin Ektvedt. His love for Asian cuisine, in particular, street food, has brought him to further delve into the world of dumplings and create a concept based around that. Reserve a seat downstairs for a set menu that features more than just dumplings, or drop by their upstair area for a simpler selection and natural wines.

Gurken Gurken Gurken Gurken

Eiriks gate 2 C, Oslo, Norway

Gurken Gurken Gurken Gurken is the next door neighbor and sister bar to restaurant Brutus. It was opened by the same guys a few months after the eatery, once the venue became available. This is the place to go before and/or after your meal at Brutus to drink even more natural wines or their specialties, which are natural ciders and Piña Colada slushies.


Eiriks gate 2, Oslo, Norway

Brutus is a New Nordic bistro serving only natural wines. Located in the trendy Tøyen district with an interior of wood, exposed brick wall, and concrete. Enjoy comfort food by a young, talented Icelandic chef. Trust the sommelier's recommendations or ask for a visit to the wine cellar.

Fuglen Coffee Roasters

St. Halvards gate 33, Oslo, Norway

Fuglen finally has its own roastery in Oslo! Located all the way at the outskirts of Gamlebyen, almost at Galgeberg, on St. Halvards gate. Here, they have installed Tim Wendelboe's old Probat roaster. Luckily, it is also a café where you can go for Kalita-brewed coffee, espresso- and milk-based drinks, and even iced espresso tonics in the summer.

Stockfleths Gamlebyen

Munkegata 2, Oslo, Norway

Stockfleths is the only high-quality chain of coffee bars in Oslo, and the oldest group in Norway – dating back to 1895. Some of the best baristas in the country started their training here, including Tim Wendelboe. Stockfleths operates ten stores in total, with seven of them situated in Oslo. The original one is in Lille Grensen and one of the most beautiful stores is in Gamlebyen – in a building almost as old as the company.


Dronning Eufemias gate 8, Oslo, Norway

Vaaghals is the place to go for hearty Norwegian cooking. Traditional, yet modern dishes based on dry aged meat, seasonal seafood, and vegetables. Rustic presentations that are meant to be shared. Equally good for lunch as dinner and with a cool location in the new Barcode area.

Stockfleths Kvadraturen

Prinsens gate 6, Oslo, Norway

Stockfleths is the only high-quality chain of coffee bars in Oslo, and the oldest group in Norway – dating back to 1895. Some of the best baristas in the country started their training here, including Tim Wendelboe. Stockfleths operates ten stores in total, with seven of them situated in Oslo. Their flagship store is at Prinsens gate in Kvadraturen.


Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo, Norway

Sentralen is a casual brasserie by renowned Norwegian chefs Even Ramsvik and Tom Victor Gausdal. It's a great lunch and dinner spot with a wide selection of dishes that can either be shared or enjoyed alone. You can order half portions if you want to experience more from the menu.


Stortingsgaten 24/26, Oslo, Norway

Theatercaféen is an institution in Oslo. Few places have such a loyal clientele and so much history in the walls. Built, and later refurbished, in the beautiful Art Nouveau style, the café and restaurant date back to the year 1900. Executive chef Stig Drageide has raised the quality of the open-faced sandwiches to a level more similar to Renaa Matbaren in Stavanger and Aamanns in Copenhagen.

Omakase Oslo

Ruseløkkveien 3, Oslo, Norway

Omakase Oslo is a branch of the lauded, one-Michelin-starred Sabi Omakase in Stavanger. Located at Vikaterrassen, where the World Sushi Champion 2017, Vladimir Pak, along with his co-chef Mark Jayson Subia, serves edomae-style sushi with top quality Nordic produce. Enjoy an exclusive sushi omakase menu with drink pairings at a 15-seat bar counter.

Hotel Bristol

Kristian IVs gate 7, Oslo, Norway

The venerable Hotel Bristol is a historic hotel in Oslo, dating back to 1920. It's one of the few remaining hotels of its kind and, perhaps, the only one in Oslo that has kept its original charm. Designed by architect Finn Rahn, one of the more spectacular features of the hotel is the Moorish Hall, which today is known as "Vinterhaven" (the winter garden) and "Bibliotekbaren" (the library bar). Go here for the classic "smørbrød" (open-faced sandwiches), incredible artisan pastries, the city's best hot chocolate, and the afternoon tea experience. Enjoy a full tasting menu at Bristol Grill and a nightcap at Bristol Bar. Sleep in a room where the famous dancer Josephine Baker stayed regularly, work out in a state-of-the-art gym, and experience the luxuries of old-school hospitality.


Universitetsgata 12, Oslo, Norway

Nordic ingredients meet Japanese and Mexican techniques and flavors at Katla – the new restaurant from the former head chef at Pjoltergeist, Atli Mar Yngvason. What used to be my favorite restaurant is Oslo closed down, but Atli has returned to the scene again and continues to cook amazing food. This time, he has an open fire in the kitchen and a much larger space.


Universitetsgata 2, Oslo, Norway

Fuglen is a coffee bar by day and cocktail bar by night. This unique venue is worth a visit for anyone interested in vintage Scandinavian design. Most of the interior is originally from the 1950s or 1960s, and all the furniture and decorations inside the café are for sale. Fuglen even has a sister café in Tokyo, Japan. Check also their newly opened roastery in Gamlebyen.

Café Tekehtopa

St. Olavs Plass 2, Oslo, Norway

Café Tekehtopa is a casual Italian bistro with a vintage Nordic interior design. Simple and rustic, but well-made dishes are served both for lunch and dinner. Vitello tonnato, ravioli, lasagna, and tiramisu are classics on the menu.


St. Olavs Plass 2, Oslo, Norway

Happolati is located at St. Olavs Plass in the former venue of restaurant Ylajali, but with completely revamped and modernized interior design. Enjoy a casual gourmet meal inspired by Asian street food, but with Norwegian ingredients and a Nordic presentation-style.


St. Olavs Gate 7, Oslo, Norway

Izakaya, as the name indicates, is a small Japanese-style eatery near St. Olavs Plass. At this hole in the wall bar and restaurant, you can go for just sake and cocktails, or you can order small dishes from an ever-changing menu. Classics include Korean pancakes, soba noodle salad, and gyoza. No reservations, just show up.

Illegal Burger

Møllergata 23, Oslo, Norway

llegal Burger is a favorite burger bar among Osloites. The burger is juicy, the bread doesn't get soggy, the flavors are mostly consistent and the potatoes are always crispy. Queue up in their tiny venue in Møllergata or the new and bigger restaurant at Grünerløkka. Get no. 5 on the menu – Gourmet.

Andre til Høyre

Youngs gate 19, Oslo, Norway

Andre til Høyre is a wine and cocktail bar that is part of the new Youngskvartalet at Youngstorget. Wines are enjoyed in the kitchen room around a large concrete counter section. Head over to the beautifully designed bar and slick living room lounge area in the next room for some sublime cocktails.

My Ugly Baby

Youngs gate 9, Oslo, Norway

The only coffee shop in Oslo that has a daily queue for its donuts. Toppings change often, but some classics are usually in the selection, like lemon poppyseed, passionfruit, raspberry pistachio and apple fritter. Don't skip the cup of excellent coffee they make either.

4 Gringos

Youngstorget 1, Oslo, Norway

A few years ago, food trucks were a seldom sight in Oslo. Nowadays, you can hardly go to any public square without a row of cars lined up selling food. 4 Gringos was among the very first ones, though. Although they got several trucks now that move around, they are almost always present at Youngstorget, serving some of the best tacos and burritos in town.


Storgata 27, Oslo, Norway

Himkok was the first Oslo bar to make it onto the world's 50 best bars list (currently no. 20), and with good reason! A speakeasy bar with multiple themes: a prohibition era cocktail bar downstairs, a huge "taptails" bar upstairs, an al fresco restaurant in the backyard, and a cider bar in another patio. Brace yourself for good service and tasty drinks!

Torggata Botaniske

Torggata 17 B, Oslo, Norway

Torggata Botaniske is a botanical cocktail bar. Even the space is like a greenhouse with vines growing all over the ceiling and climbing up the walls. Drinks (often green) are made with herbs that are grown in-house.


Mariboes gate 7, Oslo, Norway

Arakataka has been the budget gourmet of New Nordic restaurants in Oslo for a decade. My favorite part is the food bar, a no reservation zone, where you just grab a seat at the bar. A dedicated chef makes all of the luxurious, but affordable snack-sized dishes right in front of you.

Koie Ramen

Osterhaus' gate 13, Oslo, Norway

Koie Ramen was the first proper ramen shop in Oslo when it opened in 2017. The word Koie means “come home” in Japanese, suggesting that everything is home-made and authentic. Broth and noodles are certainly made in-house. Choose between shio, shoyu, miso, and tonkotsu base. Don't miss the chicken karaage!

Bar Lardo

Møllergata 38, Oslo, Norway

Bar Lardo is a tiny bar serving mostly natural wines. In addition, they offer charcuterie from Indre Oslo Matforedling, cheese and pickles. The venue can be hard to spot in Møllergata as there is no clear sign to indicate the narrow entrance area. Peek inside and look for colorful bottles on the wall.


Rosteds gate 15 B, Oslo, Norway

A new Pjoltergeist is back to haunt Rosteds gate 15 B in Fredensborg – the address that was the home of my all-time favorite restaurant in Oslo. It’s the same venue, with a similar concept, a former Pjoltergeist chef in the kitchen, but new people behind the bar. The name is Hyde. As before, you shouldn’t get fooled by the casual, low-key setting, or the loud music, because the level of cooking will surprise you. Matthew North, a British chef who worked at Pjoltergeist under Chef Atli Mar Yngvason, uses just a few quality ingredients for each plate and manages to create harmonic dishes packed with flavor that leave you wanting more with every bite. His style of cooking draws on several cuisines, it involves a lot of spice, salt, fat, and umami, and there’s a good balance between vegetables, meat, and seafood. Hyde is bound to become an industry hangout and a favorite among foodies in Oslo, just like its predecessor.


Markveien 58, Oslo, Norway

Territoriet is my favorite wine bar in Oslo. The Coravin system allows for more than 300 wines by the glass. Let the knowledgeable and service-minded sommeliers behind the bar counter guide your choice, whether you prefer conventional or natural, or the new and old world of wine. Just sit back, relax, and listen to the vinyl record playing in this cozy yet elegantly designed space.

Le Benjamin

Søndre gate 6, Oslo, Norway

Le Benjamin is the best French bistro in Oslo and a popular industry hangout. This rustic eatery serves classic French dishes, using local and seasonal produce. When in season, don't miss the langoustine with garlic butter, the pigeon, or the witch flounder with spaghetti, beurre blanc, and caviar. Tarte Flambée is a classic that's always on the menu. Book early if you want a table! Bar seats are limited.


Søndre gate 8, Oslo, Norway

Delicatessen at Grünerløkka was the first Spanish tapas bar of what is now a mini-chain with locations at Majorstua and Aker Brygge as well. The original is still the best, though! Don't miss out on the bikini sandwiches or mini burgers.

Trattoria Popolare

Trondheimsveien 2, Oslo, Norway

Probably the best and most consistent Italian restaurant in Oslo. Trattoria Popolare has a great location at Ruth Reeses Plass in front of Schous Bryggeri. In the summertime, you'll have to fight for a table in the sun here. Signature dishes include ravioli with oxtail, cannelloni with confit duck, and spaghetti caccio e pepe.

Bon Lío

Sofienberggata 17, Oslo, Norway

The owner and head chef of Bon Lío, Cato Pedersen Wara, lived in Spain for some years, where he got his inspiration for this Spanish-style tapas-restaurant. A twelve-course menu is mandatory if you book a table, which you really should, because chances of a free drop-in seat are small.

Nedre Foss Gård

Nordre gate 2, Oslo, Norway

The Phoenix has risen from the ashes. After a tragic fire in 2016, Nedre Foss Gård is finally back in business. Now, with a larger selection of food and drink options than ever before. Inside the stunning restaurant as well as the inner courtyard, you can enjoy Nordic-style brasserie food. Upstairs is a brewery and snack bar, Nedre Foss Gård Bryggeri, and downstairs you find a natural wine bar – Radegast. In the patio, during the summertime, you can enjoy Lebanese meze and drinks.


Vulkan 5, Oslo, Norway

Mathallen is Oslo's no. 1 food court and home to some great restaurants, deli shops, a coffee bar, a craft beer bar, the city's best butcher (Anni's Pølsemakeri), cheese shops and the gastronomical institute Kulinarisk Akademi. Open all days except Mondays.

Solberg & Hansen

Vulkan 5, Oslo, Norway

Solberg & Hansen is the largest specialty coffee roaster in Norway. They deliver coffee to a wide variety of coffee shops – including the entire Stockfleths chain. Solberg & Hansen flagship store in Mathallen is a combined coffee shop, serving only black coffee brewed on Kalita, concept store, deli, and showroom.


Vulkan 5, Oslo, Norway

Hitchiker is a street food restaurant that draws inspiration from all over the world – just like a traveling hitchhiker. The restaurant is located in Oslo's food mecca – Mathallen. Eat ramen or okonomiyaki for lunch or taste your way through the entire menu in the evening.


Maridalsveien 15 A, Oslo, Norway

Enjoy a marvelous meal at restaurant Kontrast in Oslo, where Swedish chef Mikael Svensson has held one Michelin-star since 2016. Svensson and his team delivers a solid tasting menu with New Nordic flavors and elegant-looking presentations.

Tim Wendelboe

Grüners gate 1, Oslo, Norway

Tim Wendelboe is Norway's most internationally acclaimed barista. Ever since he won the World Barista Championship in 2004 he has dominated the industry. His small and elegantly-designed coffee bar in Grünerløkka is a tourist destination for coffee lovers from all over the world. There is nowhere in town where you get a more consistent quality of coffee, whether it's a milk-based espresso drink or Aeropress-brewed black coffee.


Thorvald Meyers gate 26 C, Oslo, Norway

Bass is a modern bistro in the northern part of Grünerløkka with a naked interior design dominated by concrete and plywood. Order small plates to share while you sit in the bar drinking natural wines. Don't miss the chicken karaage or tartaco.

Supreme Roastworks

Thorvald Meyers gate 18, Oslo, Norway

Supreme Roastworks is the morning coffee dealer for a major part of Grünerløkka and a popular meeting spot during the day. Despite a slight hipster vibe, you can expect great service and always superb coffee. Ask for the daily special if you're in a rush, or take a seat and enjoy a delicious V60 brew.

Lofthus Samvirkelag

Åsengata 42, Oslo, Norway

The original location of Lofthus Samvirkelag is at Sandaker, between Torshov and Sinsen. Still a bakery by day (Åpent Bakeri), but at 4 PM every Wed-Sun it turns into a pizzeria – serving the best damn pizza Oslo has to offer.


Waldemar Thranes gate 70, Oslo, Norway

Tranen, a restaurant by Åpent Bakeri and Lofthus Samvirkelag, serves the best pizza in Oslo. In addition, this bakery by day and pizzeria by night always offers a good ambiance and a great selection of natural wines. Also Polish natural wines, just ask the restaurant manager Magick.

Merkur Bar

Bjerregaards gate 5 A, Oslo, Norway

One of Oslo's finest cocktail bartenders, Benjamin Lee, has teamed up with Alexander Kloster-Jensen, the owner of the wine bar and bicycle repair shop Rouleur at St. Hanshaugen, and opened Merkur Bar on Bjerregaards gate. In a beautiful venue with original interior from the 1930s, they serve a selection of sake and natural wines.


Waldemar Thranes gate 10 A, Oslo, Norway

Smalhans is a casual neighborhood restaurant at St. Hanshaugen. Go here for simple lunch dishes in the morning, the daily special in the afternoon (4 PM - 6 PM) or the full tasting menu in the evening. You can also just drop by and sit in the bar, which has a separate menu and only natural wines.


Ullevålsveien 47, Oslo, Norway

Java is one of Oslo's finest coffee bars, which sometimes morphs into an evening wine and snack bar. Situated in the busiest and most beautiful area of St. Hanshaugen, it's one of the best places for sipping hand-brewed coffee and do some people watching. Don't miss the weekend brunch!


Sofies gate 16, Oslo, Norway

Kolonialen at Bislett is an upscale, yet informal, neighborhood bistro by the former co-founder of Maaemo, Pontus Dahlstrøm. The food is quite classic, based around high quality, organic Norwegian products, but with international influences. Make sure to book early as the place is wildly popular among locals.


Hegdehaugsveien 22, Oslo, Norway

Ahaan is the casual little sister of the Thai fine-dining restaurant Plah. Run by Norway's no. 1 Thailand-obsessed chef, Terje Ommundsen, the authentic-tasting dishes of Ahaan are is inspired by street food and hawker stalls in South-East Asia. Order several small plates and share.

Park 29

Parkveien 29, Oslo, Norway

Park 29 is located in one of Oslo’s oldest wooden villa houses (built in 1847). With a large open patio, this is a great spot for al fresco dining in the summertime. Head chef Lene Kjøde sends out simple and classic, but tasty dishes based on the French and Italian kitchen. Sometimes, that's all you want.

Fyr Bistronomi

Underhaugsveien 28, Oslo, Norway

Fyr Bistronomi is a casual bistro serving food at a high gastronomic level – hence the name. Head chef Sebastian Myhre's cooking, with his background from restaurants like three-Michelin-starred Per Se in New York, is technically flawless, with solid flavors, and great balance. Enjoy everything Josper-grilled!


Hegdehaugsveien 36, Oslo, Norway

Troys made a late entry in the Oslo burger boom, but makes up for it by also being one of the best! A light, squishy brioche bun holds a Josper-grilled patty packed with flavor. Get sweet potato fries on the side. Troys is a clear winner among Oslo's burger joints.

St. Lars

Thereses gate 45, Oslo, Norway

St. Lars is the ultimate meat restaurant in Oslo. Rock and roll chefs work in a tiny kitchen with a 900 °C open fire. They'll serve you horse tartare, proper homemade hamburgers and côte de boeuf with an unhealthy amount of béarnaise sauce. Don't miss out on the amazing, crispy suckling pig around Christmas time.


Ingelbrecht Knudssøns gate 1, Oslo, Norway

Since 2015, when Maxwell-Stewart took over the lead, restaurant Cru has served modern British dishes using Norwegian produce. The British-born cook gets a lot of inspiration from his upbringing in Worcester and the English countryside. That is evident in many dishes, like his signature serving of English muffin topped with a langoustine Benedict.

À L'aise

Essendropsgate 6, Oslo, Norway

Restaurant À L'aise is a French-Nordic fine dining restaurant that reintroduced dress code, classic interior, and luxury to Oslo. Chef Ulrik Jepsen is a master of French cooking techniques and Danish plating aesthetics. He's fearless of using butter, truffle and foie gras, but not afraid of flowers and stunning presentations. Try the full tasting menu, or order the canard à la presse!

Gioia Is

Eckersbergs Gate 41, Oslo, Norway

Gioia Is, located at Frogner, has the best ice cream in Oslo by a good margin. A family-run gelateria shop by the French ice cream maker Pierre Espic and his lovely wife. The flavors are elegant and pure, the texture is smooth and creamy, and the ingredients are all natural. Just the way you want Italian gelato.

Brasserie Ouest

Elisenbergveien 19, Oslo, Norway

Brasserie Ouest, as the name indicates, is a classic brasserie on Oslo's west side. Head chef Matthias Bernwieser is Austrian-born and has a background as sous chef at the former one-Michelin-starred restaurant Ylajali in Oslo. Both facts that influence his edgy menu. Whatever you do, don't skip the deep-fried frog legs – a signature dish.


Niels Juels gate 70, Oslo, Norway

Mocca, located at Briskeby, is the sister coffee shop from Java at St. Hanshaugen. Without a doubt, the best spot for a hand-brewed coffee or espresso shot on the west side of Oslo. Don't miss out on their delicous croissants.


Frognerveien 12, Oslo, Norway

Don't get fooled by the star that he got, he's still just Björn Svensson from the block. Apparently, the Michelin Guide has decided that chef Svensson deserves a star no matter what kind of concept he chooses for his restaurant. Galt is not your typical Michelin-star eatery, however. The service, interior, and even food, is very much casual in style.


Skovveien 15, Oslo, Norway

Bokbacka is a New Nordic fine dining restaurant at Frogner, inspired heavily by Swedish food traditions and the childhood memories of head chef Simon Weinberg. The best seats are at the bar, where you can watch the chefs work. Trust restaurant manager Alexander Jones' wine recommendations.


Henrik Ibsens gate 60 C, Oslo, Norway

Topphem is the casual big brother eatery (bigger venue) of the Nordic fine dining restaurant Bokbacka. The owners, Simon Weinberg and Alexander Jones, took over the old venue of Amerigo, changed very little, even kept the head chef, but managed to turn this into a much better restaurant. Top organic produce from local farms is transformed into small dishes that can be ordered individually or to share.

Aymara Peru

Parkveien 64, Oslo, Norway

Aymara Peru is a casual restaurant situated near Solli Plass that gets its influences from all the different varieties within Peruvian cuisine. Drop by the bar for a pisco sour and some snacks, or book a table to enjoy the full menu. Ceviche, tiradito, and causa – you'll find all the classics.


Strandalleen 48, Oslo, Norway

Strand is a hidden gem in the Oslo dining scene, located at Holtet in Bærum on the outskirts of Oslo city. A casual fine dining restaurant with a clear focus on natural food and wine. Strand was the first restaurant of the Lava restaurant group, established by acclaimed chef Tom Victor Gausdal back in 2010.

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.