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Friday, 11 July 2014

Food and coffee in Oslo

tim wendelboe review

Every holiday is a culinary tour for us. We spent our whole honeymoon hopping from cafe to restaurant to ramen bar to street food cart, and our anniversary mini-break to Oslo was no different. Read of our wondrous foodie adventures, and if you stay tuned until the bottom of the post, you may or may not be treated to an accidental 'Marilyn moment'...
We arrived at our hotel very late at night, although there was still a glow in the sky, it being midsummer Norway and all, so after what felt like the shortest night's sleep ever, we ventured downstairs for the most incredible breakfast buffet of our lives. There were eggs and a hot plate to fry them on, a build-your-own muesli bar, countless different types of cheese, and mountains of cured salmon. After all that, we didn't feel like we would ever be able to eat again. (But don't worry - we could!)
We bought a couple of all-day bus tickets from a convenience store called Narvesen and hopped on a bus to Grünerløkka, which we had been informed was the "Shoreditch of Oslo". I actually thought it was much more laid back and family-orientated than Shoreditch, but it was still definitely very trendy. We walked up the river for a bit and then stopped for an iced coffee at Tim Wendelboe. Despite coming in a martini glass, my iced cappuccino was in no way a novelty drink. This was seriously smooth, creamy coffee and it was perfectly brewed. Dan got a different type of iced coffee that came with some kind of aniseed twist. It was just as incredible as mine. The decor at Tim Wendelboe is minimal, with very few spots to sit - the room was dominated by an enormous coffee bean roaster, all clean and industrial looking. The counter tops were functional and wooden - everything was designed to make sure that the coffee spoke for itself, which it really did.

Oslo Street Fashion
Pattern mixing Summer
City break in Oslo
Grunerlokka Hipster

After a lot of wandering and mooching, a trip to the Munch museum, and a visit to the amazing Fram museum (a museum dedicated to the first successful mission to the south pole - more on this at a later date), we changed for a little date night dinner at Elias mat & sånt. This was recommended online as a reasonably priced, modern take on traditional Norwegian food, and it did not disappoint. We amused ourselves between delicious courses, with children's books in Norwegian, and browsed the extensive collection of board games. I'd really recommend this place and enjoyed the fabulous smoked salmon and poached egg salad - Dan had reindeer stew, which was served with a mountain of delicious, buttery mashed potato.
We were only in Oslo for a day and a half, but we managed to squeeze in trips to visit two gorgeous sandwich shops, the Grünerløkka Bakeri, and Godt Brød. Both did fantastic sandwiches. Perhaps Scandinavian sandwiches should be called Scandwiches? Anyway, this sample of two has convinced me that Oslo is the sandwich capital of the world. Fresh ingredients, beautiful flavour combinations and real passion about food. (I sound like a knob).

Date night Oslo
Asparagus date
Norwegian disney

We visited another coffee shop the morning before we left, called Mocca. Again, the design inside the shop was clean and slightly industrial but perfectly executed. We both ordered iced mochas and enjoyed them surrounded by young families and hip students scribbling in Moleskines. I enjoyed every single food and drink experience I had in Oslo even though it is a very expensive city. I would love to go back when I am richer and experience more of the culture that Oslo has to offer!
Yeah, I know basically all of the photos in this post are of my outfits and not food!!! Whatchoo gonna do about it? Stay tuned for more Oslo adventure posts as well as my packing essentials.

Oslo coffee shop
iced mocha oslo
Scandinavian minimalist chic

Striped top - h&m
Skirt - Dorothy Perkins
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Party dress - Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan - I have no idea... It used to belong to my mother. Ask her!

Oslo station tiger
Accidental upskirt
Windy day dress

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P.S. Take a look at our vlog! There's bling! And licking!

14 comments:

  1. I went to Norway in 2009, and did not go anywhere nearly as cool as these places! We were so skint we were reduced to eating crisps on park benches. Looks like you had a lovely time though :D

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    1. I don't think we could have afforded to stay for longer than 48 hours to be honest. It's so expensive...!

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  2. This has made me hungry! I'm very jealous of your lovely mini-break, I really want to visit Oslo. Love the flowery dress x

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    1. Aaa thank you! You should definitely go to Oslo - they have lots of micro breweries I think, so maybe you could class it as a business trip!

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  3. I can very happily now add Oslo to my dream travel destinations list...

    Lulu
    http://candyappledarling.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay! If you do go, you have to blog about it! ;)

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  4. love your outfit, looks like a cool place!

    xx fameliquorlove // bloglovin // instagram

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    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, Norway's got some pretty cool places! I love your hair by the way! <3_<3

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  5. Sounds like a really interesting trip. I'd love to do a trip round Norway and would definitely make sure to stop off at some of your favourites.

    http://theycalleditthediamondblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Let me know if you do! I'd really like to go back to Norway and venture out of the city. One of my friends went to the Norwegian countryside recently and I am so jealous! Anyway, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  6. I was happy to find this post. I am passing by Oslo sometime next week, and will probably use some of your nice tips for eating in Oslo (if you don't mind) :D

    Maha - treefingers.co

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how your trip to Oslo goes :)

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  7. Love the skirt :)

    vvnightingale.blogspot.co.uk

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