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How To Be Vegan in Oslo, Norway (+ 9 Best Vegan-Friendly Cafes & Restaurants)

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By Matt Morelli

Before visiting Oslo, Norway, we were told that it wasn’t particularly vegan-friendly. Having now visited however, we can confidently say that it is.

While Oslo might not be the most vegan-friendly city in the world, there are still plenty of high-quality options to choose from (see below).

In short, vegans will not be in danger of going hungry during a visit to Oslo.

In this post, which is based on our personal experiences visiting Oslo, we offer some tips for surviving as a vegan in Oslo. We then uncover some of the best vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants (plus a cocktail bar) that we were able to find.

If you’re vegan and planning to visit Oslo, this post is for you.

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Jade chills out in one os Oslo’s many vegan-friendly eateries
Jade chills out in one os Oslo’s many vegan-friendly eateries

How to survive as a vegan in Oslo, Norway

Here are a few tips we picked up on how we survived as vegans in Oslo.

Vegan Norway App

The Vegan Norway app (iOS & Android) is surprisingly good. Free to download, it contains extensive and seemingly up to date information on cafes, restaurants, bars and shops that provide vegan options. As the name suggests, the app’s focus is on all of Norway’s major cities, not just Oslo.

During our visit to Oslo, we found it a really useful tool for planning our days.

Happy Cow App

Happy Cow should need no introduction, but there are still vegans out there that don’t know about it, so here’s a quick mention.

Happy Cow is, without question, the world’s best tool for finding vegan and vegetarian-friendly businesses. With a highly active community encouraged to share reviews and photos through built-in gamification, it’s a completely invaluable app for all vegans.

We’ve been using it for years and it’s helped us out countless times.

Don’t expect Norwegian vegan cuisine

Vegans won’t struggle in Oslo to find something to eat – there are loads of options. What we did find though was that there was a distinct lack of vegan Norwegian dishes.

Instead, you’ll find lots of dishes inspired by international cuisines. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just a little disappointing that we weren’t able to try something Norwegian while we were in Norway.

If you know somewhere that serves vegan Norwegian food, do get in touch.

Save money and visit the bakeries

By most standards, Oslo is an expensive city. We live in the UK and we’ve travelled all over Europe and we personally found Oslo to be one of the most expensive places we’ve been to. Generally speaking, food was ~50% more expensive than we’re used to.

If you’re looking to save money, head to the bakeries. Backstube in particular, who have branches all over Oslo, have a lot of clearly marked savoury and sweet vegan options and the prices are surprisingly low.

Oat milk is quite common

We found that Oat milk (particularly Oatly) is the default plant-based options in cafes in Oslo. In most cases, it was also the only option. As usual, expect to pay a surcharge for it (we’re not happy about it either).

Tea and coffee is often self-service

Curiously, many places in Oslo serving tea and coffee provide it on self-service basis, with coffees in particular coming out of automatic machines where cow’s milk has been pre-loaded. In all of these cases, plant-based milk was not provided.

That’s not to say it’s difficult to find barista-made coffee. We’re just bringing your attention to this so that it’s not a surprise during your visit.

Read more: Oslo In Winter: 9 Top Things To Do in Norway’s Capital

Oslo’s Best Vegan-Friendly Cafes & Restaurants

The following is a list of the best vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants in Oslo, Norway. All of the places mentioned in our list have been tried and tested by ourselves.

Two delicious falafel wraps served at King Falafel in Oslo, Norway
Two delicious falafel wraps served at King Falafel in Oslo, Norway

King Falafel

Address: Brugata 3A, 0186 Oslo, Norway

100% Vegan

The interior gives late-night eatery vibes, but no one comes here to admire their surroundings. They’re here for the food, which is made fresh to order by friendly and helpful staff.

The falafel at King Falafel is exactly as it should be – crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. Portion sizes are very generous and prices are, for Oslo at least, very reasonable.

There are a variety of wraps available, so don’t be surprised if you end up visiting more than once.

The brunch plate is Oslo Raw is good value if you’re sharing with another person
The brunch plate is Oslo Raw is good value if you’re sharing with another person

Oslo Raw

Address: Skovveien 16, 0257 Oslo, Norway

100% Vegan

Tasty, fresh and flavoursome raw foods served at Oslo Raw’s fancy, Parisian-style cafe. If there’s two of you sharing, the Brunch plate is the best value dish on the menu and gives you an opportunity to try lots of things. We highly recommend the hot chocolates too – rich and creamy.

Beware the sandwiches – they are tasty but they’re also tiny and expensive.

The cafe’s popularity combined with the small size of the place does mean there’s quite a buzz. Additionally, with table service not provided, it means there’s always quite a lot of movement going on. This may or may not be your thing.

What’s a city without a 100% vegan burger joint?!
What’s a city without a 100% vegan burger joint?!

Dirty Vegan at Barcode Street Food

Address: Dronning Eufemias gate 14, 0191 Oslo, Norway

100% Vegan

What’s a European city without a 100% vegan burger place?!

Dirty Vegan one of the good ones, with a wide variety of flavour-packed burgers loaded with toppings and sauces. We tried the Clucker burger (Chick’n patty) and a portion of Garlucky loaded fries.

Dirty Vegan is just one of many stalls inside the food hall of Barcode Street Food. While Dirty Vegan is 100% vegan, all the other stalls are not. That said, Barcode is a cool and fun spot to spend an evening.

A Thai inspired curry from Nordvegan in Oslo, Norway
A Thai inspired curry from Nordvegan in Oslo, Norway

Nordvegan

Address: Kristian IVs gate 15B, 0164 Oslo, Norway

100% Vegan

Buffet-style restaurants where you order food from a hot counter seem to be quite popular in Norway. This one’s 100% vegan.

Since it’s a buffet, food options at Nordvegan change every day, with around 3-4 main dishes available. During our visit, we had Enchildada with a selection of salads and a mild but fragrant Thai-style curry with rice. Portions were large and the food itself had a comforting homemade style.

The smart and comfy interior at Cultivate, a 100% vegan eatery in Oslo
The smart and comfy interior at Cultivate, a 100% vegan eatery in Oslo

Cultivate

Address: Helgesens gate 18a, 0553 Oslo, Norway

100% Vegan

Similarly to Nordvegan (above), Cultivate another buffet-style restaurant where you can choose from a number of hot specials at the counter. We chose a lentil and tofu stew and a hearty slice of lasagne which came with side salads of our choice. Portions were large.

The food was tasty and comforting and the ambiance was smart and welcoming. In all, a good experience.

Plants galore at Botanske, a 100% plant-based cocktail bar
Plants galore at Botanske, a 100% plant-based cocktail bar

Torggata Botaniske

Address: Torggata 17B, 0183 Oslo, Norway

100% Vegan

It’s not often you come across a fully vegan cocktail bar, so we had to pop in for a couple of drinks.

True to its name, Torggata Botaniske is filled with leafy plants that help to create an organic and natural atmosphere. The drinks menu has both recognisable drinks and house specials, all made to order at the bar. As you would expect, prices are rather high, but sometimes, you just have to treat yourself.

You can’t not turn down a cronut, especially when they’re vegan
You can’t not turn down a cronut, especially when they’re vegan

Veggie De Luca

Address: Thorvald Meyers gate 34, 0555 Oslo, Norway

Part of the Deli De Luca chain, this cafe/shop specialises in strictly vegetarian and vegan products.

The shop section has a range of confectionery and snacks, whilst the cafe has hot drinks, sandwiches and pastries. Our visit was late at night, so the range was smaller than perhaps earlier in the day. We were pleased however to leave with a couple of vegan cronuts (which were great).

Prices are on the more reasonable end of the spectrum.

A genuinely delicious Thai inspired curry at Silk Road, inside Oslo Street Food
A genuinely delicious Thai inspired curry at Silk Road, inside Oslo Street Food

Silk Road at Oslo Street Food

Address: Torggata 16, 0181 Oslo, Norway

Silk Road used to be 100% vegan but now serves meat (one would argue that means they were never truly vegan). Whilst disappointing, there are still vegan options available and they are really good.

We can certainly couch for the Thai curry which was flavoursome and filling.

Silk Road is just one of several food vendors inside Oslo Street Food, a fun and lively food hall right in the centre of town. Definitely worth a visit.

Backstube are excellent at clearly labelling their vegan options
Backstube are excellent at clearly labelling their vegan options

Backstube

Address: Multiple branches all over the city

We mentioned it earlier in this post, but it’s worth mentioning again. Backstube is a chain bakery with branches all over the city. We were delighted to find that they not only clearly mark their vegan options, but that there are also a lot to choose from.

We made a few visits during our visit to Oslo and tried the filled baguettes, the potato and spinach boreks, the vegetable focaccia and a few of the sweet pastries. Prices are very reasonable.

Read more: Oslo In Winter: 9 Top Things To Do in Norway’s Capital

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Matt Morelli

I've travelled to 38 countries across 4 continents, both independently and with my wife. I've been writing travel guides and making videos since 2007, all based on my real-life experiences. Here To Travel is a place for travel advice and inspiration that encourages us all to make mindful decisions. If you want to have life changing adventures that have minimal impact on the places and people you visit, Here To Travel is for you.

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