Living a plant-based life in Norway has become a lot easier these past few years. There are delicious vegetarian and vegan brands at the supermarkets, grocery and specialty stores, and apps that help you identify vegan places all around the country. But what about when you want to go out for dinner? Don’t worry: Oslo’s got you covered. Below you’ll find some of the best places to enjoy a nice, veggie meal in the Norwegian capital.
Funky Fresh Foods is so much more than just an organic vegan café and restaurant. This gem of a place in Sankt Hanshaugen doubles as a health food store and a catering service. There’s a daily sandwich that you can choose to have in gluten-free bread, but if you have time to make it a proper meal, you should definitely try its red Thai tofu curry and one of its vegan cakes. And because you’ll try to replicate what you ate at home, this restaurant also offers cooking classes.
Opened in 2017, Nordvegan is a dream come true for plant-based folks. Award-winning chef Reuben Waller has designed the menu and trained the kitchen, which is now helmed by Italian Chef Fabio Baudo. The focus in Nordvegan is on fresh produce, raw ingredients and inventive dishes that really elevate vegan eating. The menu changes every day, so you’ll never get bored. Come for the Buddha bowls, stay for the raw cheesecakes.
One of the first vegetarian restaurants to have opened in Oslo, The Fragrance of the Heart remains until today an authentic destination for a cruelty-free meal. Centrally located in Fridtjof Nansens Plass where Rådhuset is, here you will find homemade, gluten-free pies, pumpkin curries and hummus wraps, as well as freshly roasted brews with plant-based milks.
Oslo’s food-truck court is probably the coolest thing this side of Brooklyn. Strategically located at the port, Vippa hosts multiple food stands that serve sustainable, ethical and diverse food offers, from Syrian, Vietnamese and Thai street-food to authentic Italian pizza and hearty Ethiopian meals. The vendors change often, but vegetarian and vegan food is never out of reach.
Tunco is one of these concepts you just gotta love. Committed to making healthy and sustainable food available to everyone, the team at Tunco makes sure that every time you eat there, a meal is given to a child in need through a lunch-buddy project it supports in Mikindani, Kenya. After serving its multi-ethnic food at Vippa Oslo and at its Haugen outpost, it has now opened its own shop at Frogner, where you can enjoy Thai tofu curry and Indian tofu massala. Here’s to food that makes you feel good inside.
Lett is the place to go for healthy, nutritious choices. There are six outposts all around the city, but perhaps the one most conveniently located is in Majorstuen. It has a great variety of salad and lunch bowls (its feta cheese and sweet potato bowl packs a punch), wraps and juices. Here you can recharge your batteries and get your vitamin fix, while not overdoing it calorie-wise.
A burger place, in an article about vegetarian and vegan restaurants? Yes. But not any burger place: Illegal Burger makes the best burgers in Oslo – and it’s not just our carnivore friends who think so. See, every single burger on its menu can be enjoyed with a vegetarian patty (or with a fish one, if you’re pescetarian). With so many options, you’ll keep coming back for more.