Tim Wendleboe OsloTim Wendleboe

As we all know, where there is cool, there is coffee. But unlike many European hotspots, Oslo’s coffeesphere is not growing, but improving what it already has. Norway is the world’s second largest consumer of coffee, and they are advanced coffee consumers at that – as a population they are on the whole obsessive about creating the perfect brew. Kristian Moldskred, the brains and beard behind Hendrix Ibsen coffee shop in the Vulkan district, tells us, “In Oslo, the coffee scene is very established. It has been this way for a long, long time. It’s the same people just improving what they already have.”

On a recent trip, something became brazenly obvious; the coffee in Oslo is the best we’ve had in Europe. Along the way the cups got more delicious, the caffeine-induced shakes more severe and as we walked the streets of Oslo we surrendered to the reality that we would never be as refined as your average Norwegian. We give you Oslo’s best cafes…

Tim Wendleboe

Top of the list and top of the city, this four-seat shop takes its coffee seriously. A legend in the coffee world, Tim Wendleboe has devoted his life to creating the perfect cup, and has spent the last few years gracing magazine covers and teaching fans his methods in two books. The award-winning coffee shop has a small menu of revolving bean varieties, roasted in their Avengers-style machine, which stands proudly in the middle of the room. Word on the street is that Tim refused to serve milk in the first months of opening the café, but luckily for us this rule has since been dropped. Prop yourself at the bar and ask for the staff’s recommendations. Our favourite was the silky, frothy, cooling cappuccino al freddo, which came in a martini glass and turned out to be the best coffee we’ve ever tasted. Ever.

Fuglen

OK, so we admit, the sheer Mad Men-ness of this place had us ordering old fashions at midday, so we didn’t actually taste the coffee (oops). But from what locals tell us, it has some of the best in town. Whether it’s Americanos or screwdrivers you’re drinking, the wood-clad, masculine, retro air of this establishment (which was opened in 1963) will have your inner Don Draper suited up and ready to go in no time. We commented that the interior looked like a 1960s airport lounge. The barman didn’t agree, but we stand by it. Fuglen, which means ‘bird’ in Norwegian, has a branch in Tokyo.

Supreme Roastworks

Nestled in the newly gentrified district of Grünerløkka, Supreme Roastworks is a nest of brickwork, dangling filament light bulbs, chalkboards and some very stylish graphic design. Pick up a rich, nutty espresso and wander the area’s streets, or sit at a window seat and order some of their home-baked banana bread to dip into a frothy flat white.

Leibling

We came here a few times in an attempt to appear like locals, and it was packed every time. This bustling café brims with kitschy objects, serving delicious lunch dishes like gazpacho and fresh salads. And of course, the coffee is fantastic. Freelancers tap at their computers, while friends huddle on the swinging sofa and visitors settle in for the afternoon with a window seat and a glass of red. There’s something about the combo of the 40s music and incredibly friendly staff that will have you nestled in here for hours.

Kaffebrenneriet

Choose some high-grade beans from the rainbow of varieties lining the walls of this Grünerløkka shop. There’s an Italian air to this place, with its orange tiled floors and gold trimmed bar tables. It is located on the corner of the park, with a rich perfume that will have you coming back again and again.

Hendrix Isben

This is a newbie on the scene, run by coffee aficionado Kristian Moldskred, who also runs our beloved Kaschk bar in Berlin. He has set up shop in the eco-friendly district of Vulkan, Oslo’s former industrial sector that now houses art spaces, restaurants, music venues and the city’s biggest food market, Mathallen. Using reclaimed wood and recycled materials, Kris created this coffee, beer and vinyl shop. “As much as possible, we try to keep things second hand,” he tells us, feeding us coffee and crunchy chocolate cookies. “Except for the coffee, of course. That is top notch.” Pay this place a visit before exploring the renovated warehouses along the thriving Akerselva River.

Tim Wendleboe

Fuglen

Supreme Roastworks

Liebling

Kaffebrenneriet

Hendrix Isben

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