After posts like: favorite coffee spots in Helsinki and Favorite Coffee Spots in Stockholm, I realized I was totally forgetting the best places to get your caffeine kick in Oslo. When you live there you kind of forget that Oslo is one of the best cities for coffee, worldwide. As I had to go to Oslo for a project last weekend, I asked one of my BFFs Ingri to take a coffee tour around Oslo with me. She is a coffee connoisseur, one of the people behind Kaffikaze, co-founder of The Mile High Aeropress Club, 2nd in the World Aeropress Championship 2012, and the author of the Oslo Coffee Guide article in the latest Brygg Magazine, so I could probably not have picked a better co-pilot for this. We visited old and new coffee shops in several districts and tried a different kind of brew in each place. The verdict? The Oslo coffee scene is thriving and growing! Keep on reading to follow our journey.
Lucky Bird is the word! Don't you know about the Bird? We thought everybody's heard about the Bird? Well, if you haven't before, now you know. Lucky Bird has opened in the same neighborhood as Mathallen, in the venue next door to BAR Vulkan. The sign reads chicken and ribs. Simple, classic, delicious food.
Mortlach Whisky Dinner
We got invited to a tasting menu dinner with whisky pairings by Diageo - the world's largest producer of spirits. The Mortlach whisky, famous for it's rich and powerful taste, has been off the market for a long while. Now, it is back, and that was to be celebrated at the newly opened hunting lodge at Løvenskiold shooting range outside Oslo.
Ylajali's Final Chapter
Ylajali is closing. This is their final chapter. When the news broke that Even Ramsvik would conclude the adventure of his one Michelin star restaurant by the end of this year, we knew it was time to finally pay him a visit. Due to the same reason as we wrote in our Maaemo feature, we had not been here before. In hindsight, a big mistake. Ylajali turned out to be a remarkable dining experience.
A blind tasting of Bordeaux red wines at Restaurant Ni&Tyve during an early spring afternoon. We love wine, we love Bordeaux and the restaurant was unexplored by us so far. Blind tasting of wine sounds easy, right? You taste, and you either like it or not, no? Well, it's not quite that simple. We also had to describe the smell and taste, guess the area (if we could) and rate them.
Chef's Table at Maaemo
A Michelin starred restaurant is usually not where we dine on a regular Thursday after work. This kind of luxury is reserved for vacations. However, we realized that by following this logic we would never get to test the best restaurants in our own hometown. Thus, when our good friend André Blomberg-Nygård asked if we wanted to join for a small snack at his favorite neighborhood shack, Maaemo, we accepted his invitation.
Pop-up restaurant! The word is so hot it hurts. Still a fairly new concept in Oslo, although the trend is slowly and steadily growing thanks to influence from cities like Copenhagen and Stockholm. Svinepels is a new pop-up restaurant that caught our interest earlier this year. When they announced a dinner atSeeds in Oslo a month ago, with a 10-course tasting menu and drinks to match, we just had to go check it out. Seeds is a backyard bar and club, and is part of Mesh - the coworking space in Tordenskiolds gate. They have a lot of events, concerts and DJs playing. The musical element of this evening was Jay Nemor.
To the left as you exit Torggata towards the adventure bridge. In a narrow venue in Hausmannsgate, just opposite of the church Jakob, a new French restaurant called Rôtisserie has opened. It may not come as a surprise that they are cooking a lot of their food in a rotisserie. Skewered or hung meat is cooked in an oven while it rotates and cooks evenly in its own juice.
The golden trio is cooking up something new. Baking, in fact, this time. Anders Braathen, Stian Floer andTom Victor Gausdal run the restaurants Smalhans, Hitchhiker, and Strand together. Now they are opening an organic and 100 % pure sourdough bakery at Vulkan, above Mathallen and next to Kontrast. It has been a life long dream for them, and together with master baker Pontus Blomberg they open the doors to their gluten heaven, Handwerk, this Friday the 24th of April.
Himkok - Oslo's New Cocktail Land
We love cocktail bars. The drinks look beautiful, the interior is well-designed, and they have an eye for quirky details everywhere. It is like entering a theme park for adults. In Oslo we have the vintage Fuglen, retro Bettola, old classic Morgenstierne and just recently we got the equally beautiful Vérité, Territorietand Torggata Botaniske added to the list. However, newly opened Himkok takes it a few steps further. It is the Disneyland of cocktail bars. This place has so much going on.
Here you can find all the restaurants I visit and frequent. From Berlin to Helsinki and from Oslo to Lima.