Hallo! (That’s Norwegian for ‘Hello’ – you’re welcome)
If you missed it, Luke and I travelled to Norway for our honeymoon earlier this year, and we were very lucky and got to visit Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø and Oslo. If you haven’t been to Norway, I recommend you do as it’s stunning and there’s something there for everyone.
The capital city of Oslo is beautiful. There are big green parks, quirky architecture, it’s right by the southern coast, and it doesn’t feel like your average capital city. It’s got character.
Whilst we were there we used the Vegan Norway app to find good places to eat. It’s a great resource and we found it really useful!
The first place we went to was a Mexican restaurant called Agave. We had corn chips to start, with salsa, guacamole and a black bean dip, followed by vegetable burritos – all of which were seriously delicious. They were packed with rice, beans, and veggies, and you can add more vegetables to them if you like. You have to ask for them to make it vegan, as it comes with cheese and crème fraîche. They’re very helpful though, and they speak great English!
As far as Norway prices go, Agave isn’t bad. It’s a bit of a walk from the centre of Oslo, but you just get to see more of the city, which is no bad thing!
The next place we visited was MAX Burger. Now, I’m all about eating healthily, but sometimes convenience has to takeover, particularly when you’re in an unfamiliar country, you’re really hungry and you don’t know how far it is until the next vegan friendly place. For a fast food burger chain, these burgers were surprisingly tasty!
They were more than happy to make the spicy bean burgers vegan for us, and the staff were really friendly and helpful. So if you’re in a rush and you just want to grab a quick bite in the centre of town (for very few NOK), I’d recommend MAX Burger.
The Green Village
Please note: The Green Village is currently closed whilst they look for new premises. Their food is AMAZING though, so definitely keep your eye on them to see when they re-open (Nov 2016).
On the final night of our honeymoon, we went to a vegan/veggie restaurant called The Green Village. The reviews we’d seen were really positive, and we’re always up for trying new places. And boy, were we glad we did!
The owner came to chat with us and was so friendly, the food was amazing, and as you can see, beautifully presented. The Green Village had a relaxed, positive atmosphere, and the passion and enthusiasm from the owner really came across.
Luke went for Five Elements Pancakes, and I had the Vegan Skywalker Burger.
Their food really was second to none in Norway. We ate some pretty awesome things, but this was definitely my favourite! Keep an eye on their Facebook to see when they’ll be re-opening. I believe they’re catering for events in the meantime, so if you’re looking for a caterer in Olso, do look these guys up.
A couple of extra points!
- Just a heads up – supermarkets do not open on Sundays! We didn’t know this and ended up just getting chips and frozen stir-fry vegetables from a 7/11 for our dinner one night. Whilst it was a tasty and balanced meal, if I’d known this in advance I’d have bought a few ingredients to make something a bit more interesting. So now you know, don’t plan a supermarket shop on a Sunday!
- ‘Vegan’ in Norwegian is ‘vegan’, and ‘gluten free’ is ‘glutenfri’ – remember those and you’ll be golden.
Do you know of any awesome vegan eateries in Oslo? If you do, please share in the comments!