[Oslo] Frognerseteren Restaurant: A Magical Panorama View of Oslo


Categories: Diner, Cafe, Self-service
Address:  Holmenkollveien 200, Oslo 0791, Norway (Frognerseteren)
Date visited: February 2013
Price:  8-15 €  
Verdict:  I wouldn't visit for the food, but I would definitely make my way out here for the view! STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! 


  • Magical and breathtaking view of Oslo from a mountain lodge at the top of Frognerseteren (a popular skiing and hiking spot in Norway located amid the Nordmarka forest)
  • Architecture: a century-old wooden lodge, Vikings styled
  • Self-service cafeteria style, with Norwegian food: main dishes (salmon, filet, etc.), soups, desserts, drink
  • Warm cozy dining room sit-down area
  • Food is quite expensive for what you're getting, but remember that you're paying for the setting
  • Recommendations:
    - Apple cake
    - Inhale the view and atmosphere. Sit back and relax. 

How to get there & tips:

  • Take the metro and get off the Frognersetern station, which is the terminal station of the Holmenkollen line.
  • Follow the signs for a short hike downslope towards the restaurant. Make sure to wear hiking-friendly shoes (NO UGGS)! The journey is a little tough and you may slip a few times, but it's well worth it. 


[Oslo] Åpent Bakeri

Åpent Bakeri means "Open Bakery" in English and they're often regarded as the best in Norway. 

Categories: Bakery, cafe
Parkveien 27, Oslo 0350, Norway
Åsengata 42 (Hans Nilsen Hauges gate), Oslo 0480Norway
Damplassen 24-25, Oslo 0852, Norway
Date visited: February 2013
Price: 60-180 NOK
Verdict: A must. A perfect cozy bakery with the best housemade jam on earth.

Freshly baked scone with housemade jam and cappuccino

Freshly baked scone with housemade jam and cappuccino


  • Has a variety of top quality freshly made pastries, bread rolls, cakes, scones, and salads
  • Coffee, tea & juices
  • Good for breakfast or afternoon hangout
  • The housemade jam is the BEST - do not miss out on this (there is a bowl at the counter that you can scoop as much as you want) 
  • Great unostentatious and welcoming environment
  • Very good and cheap option in Norway
  • Recommendations:
    - JAM with anything (scone, bread)
    - Breakfast platter (yogurt with berries, eggs, bacon, etc.)
    - Pain au chocolate