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Brutus

This casual Tøyen corner spot serves up top-notch Nordic food with natural wine. Dimly lit, surroundings are a cavalcade of cable-hung lanterns, bench tables, neon signage and  contemporary art. Staff, uniformed in black metal-style Brutus T-shirts, are friendly and more than happy to seat guests hoping to grab just a snack and glass of wine. The open-plan kitchen, which serves up dishes incorporating pan-Nordic influences, might change your mind.

Grådi

Also located in Tøyen, a neighbourhood which has been up and coming for the last couple of years, you’ll find this cosy offering. Perfect for lunch or cocktails, the menu is healthy and wholesome – tuck into breads and dips while you await the main event. Hearty portions are served up on a mismatch of crockery, with a relaxed vibe that seamlessly goes from daytime café to a hip bar perfect for after-work drinks.

Nord&Natt

Nord&Natt’s Sunday buffets are well-known by locals and with good reason. Seasonal ingredients are locally sourced – at Ringeide Farm in Hobøl and Nord&Natt grow their own vegetables. The food, spread across a spacious counter, is top quality and with free coffee refills available all day, it’s tempting to set up camp here.

Vespa&Humla

Located in Grunerløkka (Oslo’s version of Shoreditch), Vespa&Humla is suitably chill. A rotisserie and micro-brewery, this local haunt is predominantly frequented by creative types. Interiors created a cosy vibe, with Italian marble tables, locally designed butcher tiles, heavy wood and an intricate chandelier made of beer glasses hanging overhead. Stay for the handcrafted beer and some spot-on Italian delicacies.

Bass

For dinner in Grunerløkka, Bass is your go-to. Grab a seat at the bar or in the dining room, and choose from a broad selection of small Nordic-style dishes to sample over drinks. Serving up modern bistro dishes on rustic handmade plates, Bass does relaxed gourmet right. Ty the raw scallop with mango or salsify with Gruyère cheese.

Brutus

Grådi

Nord&Natt

Vespa&Humla

Bass

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