Grünerløkka is a paradise for the creative traveler. What was once a rundown industrial district has been transformed into a vibrant, artistic neighborhood; today, you’ll find this area packed with innovative indie storefronts, secondhand shops, hip cafes, and whole alleyways painted with wild street art. Quite popular among the students and younger crowds, Grünerløkka is also known for its quality restaurant scene, and may be the best area in Oslo for seeking out a quality brunch. Read on for our breakdown of the ten best brunch menus in Grünerløkka.
Named for the diner in the famous Hopper painting, The Nighthawk Diner is a pleasant surprise for any homesick Americans rambling around Oslo; as soon as you walk in, you’ll notice the telltale bright chrome decor of fifties-style American diners. Sidle up to the long L-shaped table and take your pick from a menu of classic American diner grub, like pancakes, hamburgers, milkshakes, pies, fresh juices, and of course, a regular cup of joe. All the handcrafted furniture has been imported from the U.S., along with a stunning old jukebox which is a bit of a starring attraction at this venue. The kitchen make all their own sauces and mayonnaise, which are part of the magic behind dishes like the pulled pork and the chili con carne. The quality of the food and service draws a lot of people in, so try to get there a little early to snag your own slice of apple pie at this cute, kitschy Oslo outpost for all things Americana.
Located inside the Hotel Folketeateret, Grilleriet offers its guests a rustic, inviting atmosphere, with a large open kitchen on one end and a bookcase stuffed with old cookbooks on the other. The breakfast buffet is a true standout here. You’ll have a variety of fresh flatbreads to choose from, along with rye and crunchy bread, which you can top with your own customized assortment of cheeses, cold cuts, and condiments. You’ll also find hot dishes like fried and scrambled eggs, and a station where you can assemble your own ideal omelette. There’s plenty of bacon to go around, and a delicious warm aubergine salad for veggies. This is a great place for those who like to try a little bit of everything, so stop by and assemble the brunch of your dreams.
You’ll love the low-key, neighborhood feeling at the laidback cafe Fru Hagen. Whether you’ve curled up with a warm mug on one of their cushy couches, or have staked out a table for catching up one-on-one, there’s a casual, chilled out atmosphere here which attracts a big crowd without ever breaking the sense of calm. Their menu offers a wide range of omelettes, sandwiches, pasta, and burgers. For the earlier side of brunch we’d highly recommend the omelette, served with your choice of bacon or side salad. If your appetite’s leaning more towards lunch, go for the grilled chicken sandwich with tomato, mozzarella and basil dressing, or the pasta with beef, mushroom, spinach and fresh tomato sauce. No brunch is truly complete without a dessert, and Fru Hagen’s apple crumble with vanilla ice cream makes for a tasty finish here. If you’re a little too full for the crumble, go for the hot chocolate with cream.
With its subtle background music, free Wi-Fi and intriguing decor, Liebling is a laid-back choice for brunch where you can easily camp out and relax for hours after your meal. They serve fresh food here for brunch, like sandwiches and thick slices of bread topped with creamy hummus, lettuce and cucumbers, or with their house avocado spread and cherry tomatoes. The coffee and espresso drinks are the true stars of the show at Liebling, so be sure to try a latte or cappuccino to complete your relaxing experience here.
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