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At Vippa in Oslo, you can eat dim sum and drink mojitos. Among other things. Photo: Inga Ragnhild Holst
At Vippa in Oslo, you can eat dim sum and drink mojitos. Among other things. Photo: Inga Ragnhild Holst

Food & Drink

How to eat well on the cheap in Oslo

Oslo is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. But that doesn't mean you have to starve there. You’ll get plenty of delicious food for a modest price at these seven eating places. Bon appétit!

Vippa

At Vippetangen, where the ferries depart for the beautiful islands in Oslo Fjord, there's now a food hall with numerous small cabins. You can sample everything from pizza to Eritrean food here. Various food related events are organized, including courses that differ from month to month. A delightfully unpretentious location where you can eat your fill and quench your thirst for not too big a check.

Akershusstranda 25, 0150 Oslo

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Price: From Nkr100 or so. Mojitos and beer for about Nkr80.

Izakaya

Behind an anonymous door in an apartment building by St. Olavs plass, not far from Nasjonalteateret station, you'll find Izakaya, a Japanese bar that serves Japanese snacks, beer and sake. It might not be the cheapest place in town, but you and a friend can eat your fill and drink sake for Nkr600 – 700. The bar has become incredibly popular, so if you want to eat there on Friday evening, go early.

Izakaya

St. Olavs Gate 7, 0165 Oslo

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Snack dishes start from Nkr60.

Lille Saigon in Oslo in known for it's tasty and affordable food. Photo: Inga Ragnhild Holst

Lille Saigon

This place has been an oasis for both impoverished students and wealthy forty somethings for a generation. Here, they serve tasty Vietnamese specialties in generous portions. In winter, the house noodle soup warms frozen bodies and in summer you can try a chilled summer roll with prawns. Even though the place is not of the fashionable kind, it's packed all times of the day. Stop press. There's now another branch in Grünerløkka (Seilduksgata 17).

Lille Saigon

Bernt Ankers gate 7, 0183 Oslo

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Starters from around Nkr70, mains from around Nkr120.

Hai Café

This is another Vietnamese restaurant that serves lunch dishes for around Nkr100. We recommend the pho soup and spring rolls. You can also order takeaway for home delivery via Foodora, the cycle delivery service.

Hai Café

Calmeyers gate 6, 0183 Oslo

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Prices: Around Nkr100 per dish.

Hamburger from GoGrilla in Oslo.

Foodtrucks in Oslo

In the last couple of years, food trucks have started making an appearance in Oslo. Go Grilla (gogrilla.no) serves juicy burgers and delicious sweet potato chips you'll forever dream of. The 4 Gringos food truck (4gringos.no) offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas and chili con carne. Dishes range from around Nkr70 to 100. Justwokit (justwokit.no) serves Thai food with delicious fresh tastes from around Nkr50 upwards. You'll often find the food trucks outside the Nobel Peace Center on Brynjulf Bulls plass, at Youngstorget, in front of Oslo Central Station or by Østbanehallen.

Brynjulf Bulls plass, Oslo

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Palmyra Cafe

Take the subway to Tøyen and Nordbygata to sample some Sri Lankan food. At Palmyra, they serve various curries, including lamb, chicken and vegetarian options. Order a mango lassi to go with it.

Nordbygata 15, 0187 Oslo

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Price: Starters from Nkr25, mains from around Nkr80-130.

Cafe Nazca

This is a Peruvian restaurant that serves Peruvian specialties such as ceviche and anticuchos plus delicious Papa a la Huancaína (boiled yellow potatoes in a spicy, creamy sauce called Huancaína), plus various Spanish and Mexican dishes. Yummy!

Cafe Nazca

Pilestredet park, 5, 0176 Oslo

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Starters from Nkr79, ceviche from Nkr179.

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