Vegan in Oslo – Travel Edition!

We spent the last couple of days in Norway. And that vacation didn’t go as planned. The weather just wasn’t on our side. During the first two nights we stayed in a cozy B&B in Hjartdal (it was a great stay! Check it out here!) and wanted to get to know the nature around us. This already didn’t work out the way we wanted to. 

The  hiking trail we wanted to take was closed because of too much snow. So we explored the Telemark via car. Which was very nice as well. Afterwards, we made our way to Bergen, but didn’t get very far. The pass was closed off, with several cars waiting for it to be opened. After two hours of sitting in the car without anything happening and a call at the hotline (in Norway they have a hotline regarding the conditions on the streets and whether it is safe to drive/pass problematic landmarks. A very useful thing to have in my opinion!), where we came to know that we may not even be able to pass up until the next day. And even if we could get to Bergen, would we get back in time to Oslo?

Thus what to do? Due to lack of alternatives we decided to get back to Oslo straight away. After the first wave of disappointment, our curiosity rose. Oslo is a beautiful city! And even though we did not plan for it, we are very glad how everything turned out. We had more time for the capital of Norway and were even able to discover the streets like locals.

 

It is often said that Oslo doesn’t have a big eating culture. But that’s not true. Not even close. There are lots of great Restaurants, Cafés and Bistros. Admittedly, it is more expensive than in any other country I have been in (okay, maybe it’s as expensive as in Switzerland). But apart from the price, I didn’t plan a lot in advance. I was convinced it would be very easy to skip on the animal products in scandinavia. Well, it was not as easy as I thought. But still doable. A great help with finding the Restaurants that supported our lifestyle was the app “Happy Cow”. It’s great since it searches your area depending on which criterias you make (vegan, vegetarian, veg-friendly) and gives you enough information so you feel like you can come to a good conclusion. It costs 3,99€, but they have a free website, which I first started using to see whether I would like the concept or not. Now I have the app, which I personally like even better.

Thus, here are our Top 3 vegan/vegan-friendly Restaurants/Cafés:

 

  1. Funky Fresh Foods

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here they have the best animal-free cakes and burgers! There are daily changing chef suggestions, though we didn’t try them. We even went there three times, everytime ordering a burger. There is a more classical lentil-amaranth-burger and a pulled jackfruit burger, which I never had before, but it tastes more or less like chicken. It’s really good. There are different kinds of sauces you can choose from, we chose the beetroot aioli, which tasted amazing! As dessert we always had two different kinds of cake, which we both ate from, or Coconut-Chocolate-Energyballs or B-raw-nies. I could eat all of that everyday! And the portion sizes were plentiful, the boyfriend ate enough (although I would say that we eat the same amount of food, but that’s another story). A plus was that you could have your Cappuccino with oatmilk, my favourite.

https://www.funkyfreshfoods.no/ – Hausmansgate 16, 0182 Oslo – +(47) 45 91 57 79

2. Liebling
Liebling is a very cozy Café in the part of Grünerløkka, which doesn’t have a large menu, but nevertheless amazing options. It is not completely vegan, but there are vegan options available such as the Acai Bowl, the Avocadobread and milkalternatives.
Update: We asked them on facebook whether their homemade granola is indeed vegan (they use it in the Acai Bowl) and they replied by saying that it is sweetened with honey, but they are working on it and want to change it in the near future. So when you are in Oslo and are going there to check it out, let us know whether they have changed it or not!

https://www.facebook.com/kafeliebling – Øvrefoss 4, 0555 Oslo – +(47) 24 02 23 02

3. Drivhuset

We found this bistro more by chance. They do have a page on happy cow by now, so you can get the directions and reviews. They are completely vegan and have different kinds of salads, that you can get in on”deconstructed” bowl, warm meals, different kinds of breakfasts, Smoothies and Juices. Their portions are huge, I didn’t have problems finishing my plate but the boyfriend did (as I said, I eat at least the same amount of food). Definitively worth a visit!

https://www.facebook.com/DrivhusetDeli/ -Thorvald Meyers Gate 44B, Oslo

They didn’t make it under the Top 3, but I still want to mention these:

 

Rent Mel – The restaurant was in the same building as our Hostel (City Box) and just by chance we had dinner there. They have a vegan Pizza, which I loved! It is not with a tomato base but with a green pesto/avocado base and it is so so good! Please, check it out.
http://www.rentmelbakeri.no/Prinsens gate 6A, 0152 Oslo

 

Espresso House – The cappuccino of this chain is large (my coffee-loving heart was already beating faster). And it is made with oatmilk! Do I have to say more?
https://no.espressohouse.com/coffee-shops/ – Jernbanetorget 1, 154 Oslo

 

Mr. India – Again a restaurant that was quite close to our Hostel since we didn’t want to walk very far that evening we went there. We had the 61: Kaikari Kuruma – Vegetables in coconut milk – and the 66: Chana Masala – a traditional indian dish with chick peas. Both were delicious and we plan on making them at home.
http://www.mister-india.no/ – Dronningensgate 19, 0154 Oslo – (+47) 22 41 42 00

 

Finally, my last recommendation:
Just as we were leaving norway we saw this bistro at our Gate (Gate D, Airport Gardermoen). You can build your own baguette and veganize it yourself. The staff was very friendly and interested in seeing what we put on our baguettes, since apparantly they don’t get a lot of vegans there. We had: Hummus, green pesto, sprouts, lentils, paprika, mais, pepper, salt and a little bit of vinegar. Great combo!
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