Nordic Food is certainly in the spotlight right now, from Danish Michelin stars to Scandi fusion that mixes with Japanese minimalism. In Reykjavik, diners have to notoriously book months in advance at the popular restaurant Dill. In Copenhagen, chefs are taking the culinary world by storm.
Norway is certainly not going to be left out of the Nordic joy. It’s gone from standard, home-traditional food, to more daring culinary experiences in just the past few years. Here are some of Norway’s awesome foodie capitals to check out!
The foodie trail starts in Oslo, home to three-star Michelin and the whipsmart Maaemo that is more phenomenon than anything. Take advantage of the ocean’s proximity with fresh fish and shellfish. Maaemo has been voted as one of the world’s best places to eat by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. Budgets never fear, as there are exceptional joints from the Thai-based Plah, Japanese Alex Sushi, Omakase by Alex Cabiao, Francaphone À l’aise, and the pintxos place TXOTX. Like most Scandinavian cities, the locals love their cafés and food markets, so don’t hesitate to grab teh food trucks and stalls at Mathallen and Vippa.
Take to Trondheim’s kitchens for hyperlocal menus that are always on the lookout for experimental, yet wholesome ways to celebrate food. You might want to try Credo, To Rom og Kjøkken, Astrum Skybar, 73 Bar og Restaurant, the seafood restaurant Havfruen Sjømatrestaurant, and Fagn. There’s also the creative Røst Teaterbistro, Sellanraa Bok & Bar, that do wonders with local suppliers, fresh, seasonal ingredients harvested from the region’s fjords and Nordic mountains.
There’s more to Stavanger than its hikes–the city is home to daring culinary adventurers. Though relatively small, the food scene is as vibrant as any other region in Norway, with a host of food and drink festivals and creative bistros like Skagen, Gaffel and karaffell, Hall Toll, Salza and Spiseriet. If you’re in town this summer, don’t miss Gladmatfestivalen and Stavanger Vinfestival. And if you’re in Norway and not planning a trip to Stavanger–why not!?
Top off your culinary enthusiasm in Bergen, nestled between cozy fjords, and islands on the North Sea. Prime location for excellent seafood, and the Fisketorget outdoor fish market is a must. Bergen likes to experiment with its surrounding nature, with Cornelius, where you can observe your fish dish literally being caught in front of you–and at Sky:Skraperen, which perched on Bergen’s highest mountain Ulriken, rewards with a breathtaking view of the fjord below.