Have some generous servings of delicious tapas and Spanish wine at the busy Delicatessen in the cool part of town, Grünerløkka. Next door is Le Benjamin, where you will get top creative cooking in a relaxed setting. A must.
Try the natural wine list at the French bistro Bacchus by the Domkirke. They can open and serve most things by the glass – just ask. The setting is cute and art deco, in a house which might have been stables for the church. The food is simple and home made from good, local produce. This was a tip from fellow wine lover Richard van Oorschot.
Try the seafood at Tjuvholmen Sjomagasinet. It’s a classy, modern place in the glass buildings of newly built Tjuvholmen. Their oysters and lobster are as fresh as they come and the champagne is Louis Roederer. Mmmm.
The best coffee in town can be had from micro roastery Tim Wendelboe. They have an espresso bar and training center in Grünerløkka. Tim himself won the world barista championships in 2004, and his staff are following in his footsteps. Their perfect double espresso in the sun after a hard night of champagne partying does wonders for the spirit. I speak from experience.
Stroll through Norway’s first indoor food market Mathallen and finish with lunch or more serious four course dinner at Von Porat – they get their ingredients from the butcher and delicatessen stores in the hall and really care about quality. The view down over the bustling food market below is great. For a lighter snack, try the bar Champagneria Bodega with their delightful tapas. For a hearty, messy lunch to brighten the soul, definitely try the duck confit sandwich at Ma Poule, made famous in the Danish Torvehallerne food market.
Try Nobilis, where the young good looking crowd hangs out and enjoys the food and wine while waiting for the place to turn into a night-club. By that time, I’d suggest taking your glass of champagne to the cozy heated outdoor area instead. This place has a good eye for creative combinations of flavors and are very talented at food/wine matching. The desserts are divine.
Maaemo is already a destination in its own. With two michelin stars off the bat, this place has a wait list to rival that of Noma. Still, if you can afford it and can get a seat, it will be a memorable experience in New Nordic Cuisine.
And, not to miss, look up one of the Åpent bakeries for their amazing bread and sweets. Åpent Bakeri Inkognito Terrasse 1 is just behind the royal castle. The one at Parkveien 27 has a great breakfast tray that can serve as lunch. The best bread in Norway? Scandinavia? The World??? If you see the founders Manu or Oyvind, say hi from me. I’d like to apologize for clearing out their secret stash of excellent magnum bottles of Pierre Peters champagne…