I know what you are thinking. I can and obviously do read minds so I already know what you are thinking. You are thinking, “you’re a food blogger Whitney. . . why haven’t you been to Mathallen Oslo yet”? Right? I know you are asking yourselves this because I have been asking myself the same question since Mathallen Oslo opened in October 2012.
Well my dear friends, I recently made my way to Mathallen Oslo and have lived to tell about it. That’s right – finally after nearly 9 months since its opening, I made the journey from Stavanger to Oslo and headed to Mathallen as my first food lover’s destination.
What can I recommend? What’s my final verdict? A trip to Mathallen Oslo is well worth the bus fare, and even more. There are several food speciality shops under one roof as well as various eateries and drink houses to tickle your fancy. It’s a great place to take a client, meet your girlfriends or take a stroll through with your new boyfriend. You can even bring the kids along – although it might be best to leave the kiddies at home during high peak season on Saturdays (that’s just my two sense – the isles around all of the stalls are wide enough for strollers, but the place is PACKED on Saturdays so don’t expect to move too quickly through the locale).
Above all else, make sure you stop by Hello Good Pie and Solberg & Hansen. Those two spots were my favorite and so great, they deserved their own blog post which you can check out by clicking on the links.
Here are a few photos from my first trip to Mathallen Oslo.
My only major complaint about Mathallen was the signage at Vulkan directing visitors to the actual food hall. The signage from the street is small and if you blink you will miss it.
Look for the Mathallen sign (or the trail of people leading to the back of the brick buildings). But which brick building are you looking for you ask?
…this one. Watch out for the Dansens Hus building from the street, then follow the map to Mathallen around the corner.
Not sure what this sculpture was “supposed” to represent but rust always speaks to my soul. Don’t ask me why but it does. And rust bubbles? Even better.
From the inside of Mathallen.
Not sure what to buy? Check out Norwegian chocolatiers Cielo.
Not only does Den Blinde Ku have one of the coolest logos ever, but they also make some of the best artisan cheeses in Norway.
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