Norwegians are known as great lovers of coffee. World-wide, only the Finns import more coffee per person.
What truly makes Oslo a great place for coffee, however, is that the affinity for the brew is combined with some serious efforts to prepare it in the best ways possible. A good number of independently-run coffee shops offer espresso drinks that alone are worth a trip to the city, according to some.
World-champion baristas import, roast, and grind coffee beans with great care and enthusiasm. With individual variations when it comes to roasting, and signature ways to pack the portafilters, there truly is a coffee scene to explore in Oslo. A piece of advice: Oslo’s artisan coffee bars are not the place to ask for decaf.
The coffee in Oslo is generally speaking lightly roast, which distinguishes it from that served most other places. It may be a bit of an acquired taste, but consider it part of the local cuisine and give it a couple of tries – we guarantee you’ll come to love it.
In 2012, USA Today named Oslo among the world’s 10 best cities for coffee. The year before, Oliver Strand of the New York Times Style Magazine visited Oslo, reporting that he had some of the most extraordinary coffees he ever encountered.
Guide to coffee shops in Norwegian capital
The following places are recommended for a coffee break out of the ordinary:
Mocca Kaffebar & Brenneri is a laid-back coffee bar located at the upscale neighbourhood of Briskeby. This is a great spot to unwind while enjoying well-crafted black coffee and espresso drinks.
Small and very popular coffee shop next to St. Hanshaugen Park, known for its delicious espresso drinks. The main barista at Java Espressobar is former barista world champion Robert Thoresen.
Stockfleths in Lille Grensen is one of the oldest coffee houses in Oslo. The café has tables both indoors and outside, where you can enjoy hot and coffee drinks.
Fuglen is a coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night, and also a vintage design shop.