Nothing better than a good lunch.
The best lunch in Oslo can be found either you are at Grünerløkka, Bjørvika, Adamstuen or Tjuvholmen. Oslo is not the biggest city and the options can feel kind of limited at times for a local. Nevertheless, some places – new and old – seems to never disappoint.
Either you are looking for healthy lunches, spectacular dishes or seasonal goodies. Explore these 5 dashing places in the Norwegian capital.
Chill vibe and seasonal dishes
A newcomer in town, opened in 2020 – despite of corona. This place is perfect for creative minds who like to chat about everything between heaven and earth. All the while enjoying the best of seasonal, local cuisine and cracking some fine cocktails.
By and large the menu consists of small sharing dishes including white fish croquettes, pancake with sour cream and roe, oysters and potato lefse (Norwegian pastry) with lamb skewers and red cabbage. The menu can change from day to day, and the menu is not ready until the same day. On weekends lunch is served until 4pm and dinner starts at 5pm. They always serve snacks like olives, bread & butter, potato chips and different kinds of pastrami.
Filipstadveien 5, 0250 Oslo
Seasonal sharing dishes.
Maaemo’s little brother
The Vandelay is the Maaemo team’s everyday restaurant in Bjørvika. The world class avant-garde offers classic dishes that looks ordinary but are spectacular and salivating: including cod with mussels in spinach and celery sauce, The Vandelay cheeseburger, greens in almonds and artichoke puré and oysters with seasonal herbs and spice.
PS: The menu is seasonal and changed regularly.
Never too cheesy.
Either you are able to ensure a table for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will taste a combination of ingredients not imaginable, but entirely intact with a great sense of taste. That is, if you can manage to get a table.
Operagata 30, 0194 Oslo
The perfect weekend brunch
What if I were to tell you that there is actually a place in Oslo that listens to your Sunday-brunch-crave? That would be a dream come true, right?
A big wooden plate filled with the creamy, yellow scrambled eggs, bacon if you like, wholemeal bread and a fresh salad. Served the way you can only dream of being served breakfast in bed. The only thing you have to think about is getting there on a Sunday morning. But remember to plan ahead. Table reservations for the weekend close on Friday.
Københavngata 2c, 0553 Oslo
The weekend brunch.
Acai bowls and hummus sandwich
Salt, sweet, salt, sweet. Are you also the classic Libra when it comes to deciding what to have for lunch? Look no further, Liebling is always the place for you.
Sweet & salt brunch.
The classical lunch package includes rye bread with avocado or beetroot hummus, small yoghurt with homemade granola, croissant of your choice, and coffee or juice. This way you can satisfy both your salt-yen and sweet tooth.
If you have a Brazilian flavor, this is best açai bowl in town. No joke.
Øvrefoss 4, 0555 Oslo
The classical açai bowl.
Raw and healthy lunch
Set aside the fact that raw food, vegan bites and healthy juices attracts some of the “worst” wannabes of our time – Oslo Raw is by far the best place to go for a tasteful, raw lunch. You don’t have to be vegan or fan of Insta-friendly lunches, because this place manages what so many raw places doesn’t. Green and healthy is nothing without any taste and substance. Then it’s just like crap that comes in a pretty package. No long term solution, that’s for sure.
Oslo Raw offers among other things avocado toast with chilli, chia porridge and açai bowl, salty waffles and several different raw cakes. I recommend the branch at Adamstuen. Small, cozy spot with less noise and less Insta frenzy. Especially on a warm summer day, you can enjoy the outdoor seating while you indulge in the raw goodies.
Ullevålsveien 82B, 0454 Oslo
The raw place that really tastes.