When thinking about Oslo, the first thing that pops into your mind probably isn’t coffee. But actually, Oslo is a coffee capital, and according to coffee connoisseurs it is one of the cities in the world with the most high quality coffee bars. Every year coffee lovers come to Oslo as “coffee tourists” to learn about the Norwegian coffee culture.  You might be surprised to learn that there is still not a single Starbucks in Oslo, maybe thanks to the high quality coffee the Norwegians have gotten used to from their local coffee bars.


Photo: Kaffebrenneriet, Oslo’s alternative coffee bar chain.

I recently read an article (in Norwegian) about Erling Dokk Holm who’s dissertation is titled Coffee and the City, where he focuses on the importance of the coffee bars in Oslo in peoples lives. When the first coffee bar opened in Oslo in 1994 the coffee Norwegians were used to had a low quality, and probably wasn’t worth drinking.. But the new start-ups were idealists and had a strong passion for coffee and wanted to serve high quality coffee to the people.


Photo: Aftenposten / JON-ARE BERG-JACOBSEN. Erling Dokk Holm at Evita espressobar.

So thanks to the coffee lovers at the Norwegian Newspaper Aftenposten and Erling Dokk Holm I have some coffee bars to check out next time I’m in Oslo. I’ve already been to Kaffebrenneriet and Java espressobar a few times, and can definitely recommend their delicious coffee.


Photo: Stockfleths

Next time I’m in Oslo I’m checking out these highly rated coffee bars:

Evita espressobar is located in the immigrant district of Grønland and was one of the places where Erling did his research for Coffee and the City. Spending so much time there doing research, I guess the coffee must be good!

Stockfleth’s at Lille Grensen. This place has high rating and decent prices, and their specialized coffee and tea shop was established in 1895.

Tim Wendelboe at Grünerløkka. My brother, who lives in Oslo, keeps telling me that they have the best coffee in Oslo, so I guess we’ll be going there together.

Enjoy your coffee!

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.