Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last month or so, you’re probably aware that I’ve just been to Oslo.
I’m not exactly subtle when it comes to upcoming holiday plans (sorry not sorry) but according to an Instagram poll I did, most of you were still keen for me to share where I ate on our recent trip so here goes…
We might have only spent three days in Oslo but two of them included visits to food markets. I’d read a lot about this one before we went and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a little smaller than other, similar ones I’ve been to but you could still easily spend an hour or two wandering around, sampling foods from all over the world like we did. A pulled duck sandwich, pintxos from the Spanish bar and pastries all made the cut. I only wish my stomach had room for more!
Mathallen was good but Vippa was by far my favourite of the two. It was recommended to us by a local we got chatting to at Angst (a great bar you also need to visit) and the food was unbelievable. It’s very similar to Copenhagen’s Street Food Market which I wrote about here with its quirky shipping containers and vibrant art work and it sits right on the waterfront so it’s a great place for holiday snaps too.
This bar/ restaurant brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘hidden treasure’. We walked past it twice before we heard some music, took a chance opening a random door and found our way in. It was so popular we had to leave our names on a waiting list and come back later that evening but it was so worth the wait. Soy sauce soaked Padron peppers and garlic prawns served with freshly steamed buns were just a couple of the dishes we tried. The recommended wine I had with them was just as good too. It’s very dark and atmospheric in the bar itself, hence the not-so-great photo but between the food, décor and staff, I have nothing but good things to say about Pjoltergeist.
There’s a lot of sushi and Asian-inspired cuisine around in Oslo so on the final night we were on the hunt for something a little different. A quick Google of Oslo’s best burgers brought up Illegal Burger which was conveniently located just a few minutes away from where we were staying. Fine dining it’s not but a damn decent burger is guaranteed. I have to put my hands up and say that I’d already made my way through half of my burger by the time I realised I’d forgotten to take a photo. Hopefully you get the idea though.
This is exactly what I imagined most cafes in Oslo to be like – stylish with a minimal interior, friendly staff and a short but appetising menu I struggled to choose from. We shared 2 dishes as we usually do because we’re greedy and like to try as much as we can and both were unbelievable. The homemade waffles, deep fried poached egg and avocado put your average millennial avo on toast to shame and my first experience of eggs benedict is one that I’ll no doubt never beat. If we’d have had more time, I’d have definitely gone back to sample their evening cocktail menu.
Have you visited any of the above? Any other Oslo eatery recommendations?