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?
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:
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
https://www.facebook.com/kafeliebling – Øvrefoss 4, 0555 Oslo – +(47) 24 02 23 02
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:
https://no.espressohouse.com/coffee-shops/ – Jernbanetorget 1, 154 Oslo
http://www.mister-india.no/ – Dronningensgate 19, 0154 Oslo – (+47) 22 41 42 00