The capital of Norway, Oslo, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scandinavia. Its easily accessible location allows many tourists to enjoy a weekend excursion there. Nordic cuisine is currently in full development, and is used to promote local, natural and seasonal produce as a basis for new dishes. Today, Nordic cuisine is part of many tourists’ most pleasant memories from Oslo; so here we guide you to the five best brunch spots to start a perfect day in the heart of the Norwegian capital.
Bar, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Pub Grub
One of the oldest and most visited lunch bars in Oslo
Situated near the central station, Prince LunchBar is a popular meeting place for youngsters. It is a cozy bar with a charming decor and appealing seating areas both inside and outside the restaurant. The brunch is very renowned, with several popular items on offer as well as some authentic Norwegian delicacies. The freshness of the food is well complemented with a freshly made baguette, pita and salad. The cinnamon roll and coffee are great coffee break snacks for the afternoon too.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm
Kirkegata 20, 0153, Oslo, Norway, +47 22422067
Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Barbeque, European, Gluten-free, $$$
The best brunch buffet in Oslo
The classic bistro Grilleriet is located in the heart of Central Oslo, and is a great place to enjoy an elegant dinner. A local favourite, the restaurant tries to bring together international dishes in their buffet brunch. There is a wide selection of breads, fruits, cold dishes and sweet treats. The restaurant’s decor is very Scandinavian; through the use of dramatic mood lightings that create a warm and cozy ambience. This certainly is a great place to start a perfect weekend.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 8am-11pm
Storgata 21, 0184, Oslo, Norway, +47 22835600
Grilleriet © Aktiv I Oslo.no/Flickr | © Aktiv I Oslo.no/Flickr
Elias Mat & Sånt
Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, European, Soup, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Elias Mat & Sånt
Inside out Norwegian restaurant
Situated near the Oslo Central Station, Elias Mat & Sånt is a beautifully decorated coffee shop. The stylish and trendy furnishings as well as the lightings are specially designed to set a homey and cozy mood while enjoying your brunch. This restaurant offers fresh ingredients and imaginative techniques in its Nordic dishes, and the restaurant therefore adjusts its menu according to season. There is a delightful outside seating area where you can chill out under the Norwegian sun.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm
Kristian Augusts Gate 14, 0164, Oslo, Norway, +47 22202221
Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
Exotic Middle Eastern cuisine in Oslo
Located at Alexander Kiellands Plass, Kasbah offers Middle Eastern cuisine using authentic and traditional Mediterranean ingredients. The interior design is a fusion between rich Middle Eastern decor and Scandinavian minimalist decor. The use of wooden furnishings and nostalgic bottles creates a cozy vibe while enjoying your exotic brunch. This restaurant specializes in homemade hummus served with pita bread, pickles and salad. If you are looking for something new to try in the morning, make sure you pay a visit to this fascinating restaurant.
Opening hour: Mon-Sun 11am-1am
Kingoas Gate 1B, 0457, Oslo, Norway, +47 21949099
Food served in the Kasbah © Aktiv I Oslo.no/Flickr | © Aktiv I Oslo.no/Flickr
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Soup
A healthy brunch in Oslo
The modern and chic decoration at Fresko will definitely keep you in style in the morning. Fresko’s goal is to be the best ‘fresh food bar’ that prepares its dishes using fresh products. The restaurant offers healthy meal sets, such as the detox programs, and there are actual nutritionists have designed a number of their dishes. The protein pancake is a perfect dish for brunch, as taking in rich protein in your first meal helps you to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Frognerveien 8, 0257, Oslo, Norway, +47 22556063
By Dennis Yeung and Billy Poon