The Bakken & Bæck Oslo Guide

Bakken & Bæck
Jul 28, 2017 · 7 min read

Not all who wander are lost. Luckily you can lose yourself to dance, gluttony and vinous vigour on the way.

Welcome to Oslo!

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Breakfast

Wake up and smell the coffee, pancakes, bacon and eggs. You can also put together your own mix of fresh produce from our local vendors.

Start the day off with a sweet pancake and milkshake breakfast at or get your full English breakfast on at . For those of you with crazy Italian cravings in the morning, and will sate your hankering. Want everything with a side of everything? offers a lavish homestyle breakfast buffet, complete with a barista ready to make the morning brew of your choice. For an actual homemade breakfast, buy groceries at delicacy grocer and top it off with baked goods from sourdough bread extraordinaire .

Coffee

Need an extra pick-me-up or simply want a damn fine cup of coffee? Say no more. Oslo prides itself on its rich coffee culture, being the home of some of the best coffee roasters in the world. Seriously, we’ve got awards and everything.

Bakken & Bæck’s choice coffee supplier is a micro roastery, coffee bean hunter, coffee shop and the 2015 World Brewers Cup Champion. For high-quality coffee in wood & bare-brick surroundings, multi-award winning is your guy (try the Cappuccino Al Freddo!).

Throw some culture into the mix by visiting one of the coffee chains, a 120 year old Norwegian brand name focused on serving up an experience as well as a damn good cup of coffee. 1960’s furnished is a must-visit, a coffee bar concept that has branched out to Tokyo. For locals brews, check out .

Brunch/lunch/second breakfast

Whatever you call it, make it a good one.

Want another round of everything? Visit the upscale, indoor food market to catch up on current Norwegian and international food trends, or try ’s sharing platter «Hyggefjøl» at Tøyen, only two metro stops from the city center. Wok away from wanting more, and dig into the fanciest sandwiches and pizzas in town at and .

will have you toasted in no time, and ordering only one dish at is almost impossible (we can’t). and will amp up your ramen game, and will satisfy any burger hunger (the «Munchie» burger with caramelized onions and blue cheese is an absolute must-try).

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From the left: Mathallen, Munchies and Tim Wendelboe

Dinner

You choose, you lose — out on something else. So choose wisely.

Still not done trying everything? At informal Japanese gastropub (meaning just that) and — essentially, informal Scandinavian gastropub — , you can have it all and eat it too. They both have short, but well-constructed menus, so you can mix and match small dishes to your current level of appetite. Have your dumplings handmade at , or enjoy a delicious meal in relaxed surroundings at . Need to stretch out those fancy pants of yours? Visit the modest Michelin-starred restaurant on the westside.

For all you Spanish inquisitors, (pronounced[cho-ch])and are perfecto. and serve up authentic Scandinavian cuisine and then some. For all you tapas loving people, is top doggo, whereas french connoisseurs will appreciate dimly lit . For something fishy, and are the freshest of choices. Anyone up for some Asian (con)fusion? and will throw you in every direction. Trouble deciding? Have .

Desserts

Not full yet? Oslo will have you sugar-coated in no time.

Sweet tooths (teeth?) need not look further than French cakery or delicious Danish ice-cream franchise to satisfy their hankering. Donut go gently into that good night without stopping by for a deep-fried delicacy with sprinkles or popcorn(!) on top. Oh yeah, and then there’s this guy who started selling waffles out of his kitchen window, now a franchise; . Be sure to try the one with Nutella or blue cheese & bacon. Craving that perfect lemon meringue pie? batters up — even donuts.

Drinks

Is it noon yet? It must be somewhere.

For those of you wanting an exotic alternative for your late night escapades, you should visit tiki bar for long drinks, round drinks and altogether weird drinks, or quench your sake thirst at . Want to test your Viking aptitude? and are the go-to places for local aquavit and home brewed liquor, whereas is your safe, but awesome bet for cocktails. For atmospheric satisfaction, make sure to visit botanical-themed and bar & bicycle shop .

Catch Oslo from above with a cocktail in hand at the rooftop terraces of or . Knock back a drink or two in plush wall surroundings at tropical kitsch bar , or go next door and try the amazing biodynamic wines at low-key wine bar . For point deco and music, check out . They also have a small menu with bread and sausages from Indre Oslo Matforedling, whereas the sommeliers at will top you up with great wines and gins.

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Torggata Botaniske (left), and Blå

Nightlife

Bring your sexy back at one of Oslo’s many dance floors or nod your head all cool-like in the corner.

Bike shop and cafe by day/bar by night, , and the backyard at , are your chill late-night hangouts. At , you can enjoy a relaxed, but dance-friendly atmosphere with current DJs. If you’re in the business of murdering dance floors, then sexytimedance (their words, not ours) hot spot is the place for you. Other cool DJ venues to check out are and , but if you’re seeking to lose yourself in a flailing dance crowd, («nowhere») is where you need to be — or not be.

is a popular karaoke bar where you and your friends can book private karaoke rooms and get those gullets going. will make your head spin right round. They call themselves a circus, and rightly so. is a chill cafe by day/club at night fully furnished by reused materials found in the neighbourhood. Neat!

Shopping

Shop around the clock. Or at least until 6–8 pm, that’s when most shops close.

Visit women’s wear shops and for brands like Carven, C.l.e.a.n by Christina Ledang, RebekkaRebekka and A.P.C, or for the latest in male fashion. carries a wide selection of sneakers, including brands like Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Norse Projects and Wood Wood. will keep you well shaded, and for all your biking, men’s clothes and barber equipment needs, is the store for you.

Don’t forget to check out the Grünerløkka vintage scene. Second-hand treasure hunters are bound to find those one-of-a-kind vintage items at and . On Sundays you can explore the second-hand markets at park and for unique items. For more exclusive shopping, visit shopping street for high-end brands like Gucci, Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

Insta’s paradise

Get content for days with the click baits of Oslo

Walk up the roof of by the Oslo fjord and snap some shots before global warming swallows it. For a steeper challenge, walk up the stairway to heavenly ski jump. For a full (work-out and) view of the city, plan a trip up to . Lazy bums can tram it. Recreate the freaky contortionist poses of the sculptures at sculpture park.

Stroll through , and for insta-friendly, traditional Norwegian wooden houses before dipping into (fjord pool). And while you are at it, head over to the botanical garden to smell the roses. We’re almost certain there are roses.

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The Opera House, Sørenga Sjøbad and Vigeland Park

If you find yourself wandering around the , stop by for a tour of the office and a cup of Supreme Roastworks’ finest, or a cup of tea with fresh honey from our buzzing bees.

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We’re Bakken & Bæck, a digital studio based in Oslo, Bonn, Amsterdam and London. We define, design and develop all things digital.

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