Live like a local and make a splash at Sorenga Sjobad – a manmade jetty and beach area tacked on to the ultra-trendy neighbourhood of Sorenga. As well as a seawater swimming pool hemmed in by wooden jetties, there’s a diving board, a children’s area, a wheelchair-accessible pool, and even a 50-metre pool with lanes.
Oslo’s a waterside city, so it’s no surprise that a scattering of bays and coves are within easy reach. A 20-minute cycle lands you at Paradisbukta Beach – and the word paradise isn’t in its name for nothing. We’re talking vodka-clear water, talc-fine sand, and eyebrow-raising views of the Bygdov Peninsula.
While it’s technically not cheese, Norwegian brown cheese is a whey-based nibble made with goat or cow’s milk. Slice it up and slap it on a bit of bread or toast, then eat it as an on-the-go snack. Or, top a waffle with it for celebratory occasions – that’s what the locals do.
If you thought meatballs in gravy was just an Ikea dish, think again. Meatballs are a staple meal in Scandinavian culture, and Oslo’s no exception. You’ll find kjottkaker on many restaurant menus, and the meatballs are usually plated up in thick gravy and paired with fluffy potatoes and fresh cabbage.
These berries are like something drawn in a comic book. They’re raspberry in shape but sunset-orange and rose-pink in colour. Cloudberries are often expensive to buy in a punnet as they’re picked in the wild, but you’ll have no problem finding them on top of a cream cake or a waffle in a local bakery.
A tube of caviar might not sound like the fanciest way to enjoy such a delicacy, but Mills Kaviar – a smoked cod roe paste – can be found in most Oslo supermarkets and convenience stores. Think of it like a sandwich filling. It’s often spread on bread, or you can squeeze it onto boiled eggs for a new take on breakfast.
Practise shouting “Skaal!” before you throw back a shot of aquavit – it’s the done thing in Oslo. This spirit is distilled from potatoes or grain and tastes a bit like vodka. The most common brand is Linie, and you’ll find it behind most bars.
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