Flying over Norway and into Oslo in the late autumn is somewhat spectacular. The lakes and fjords sport trimmings of snowfall, with swathes of green and brown foliage and endless forests running between. I flew in an hour before sunset and marvelled as the low-lying valley mist and cotton wool clouds were lit up pink and orange. A sea of toy town houses with red roofs and white walls scattered across fields ploughed golden after the harvest.
I’ll stop waxing lyrical about Norway now and get to the crux of this post – gluten free Oslo! I was pregnant when I visited and so I ate A LOT. Lucky for you lot that means I have tonnes of gluten free Oslo trips to share with you all.
Once I was there, I found it fairly easy to find safe gluten free options, but there is very limited information on the internet about gluten free Oslo in English so I hope my recommendations are helpful to other coeliacs visiting Oslo.
Gluten Free Oslo
My first gluten free Oslo stop was this burger restaurant, where staff were very helpful with my many coeliac questions. The menu is marked up and they offer gluten free buns. If you are coeliac like me then simply ask them to prepare your burger and bread separately – they were very obliging and understood about cross contanination. Their fryer was fully gluten free when I visited so their potato wedges with aioli are coeliac safe. It’s a good spot to get a quick, good value meal too!
There are a couple of these in Oslo, I visited the Olaf Reyes street branch) and ate the “Illegal Spessial” burger, with chorizo, avocado, cheese and sauce. Tasty! 🍔
A chain of upmarket Italian restaurants across Norway and there are a couple of Olivia restaurants in Oslo. They have gluten free pizzas and pasta (including lasagne) and coeliac friendly cooking processes. I tried their pizza and it was delish.
I didn’t eat here but I read various coeliac friendly reviews online saying their gluten free pizza is prepared in a dedicated area. Worth a try.
There are a couple of these in Oslo. They offer gluten free galettes but I didn’t eat there as I wasn’t 100% happy from a coeliac perspective. They use the same surfaces but cook an in-between gluten free galette to clean the hob. Then make yours fresh. If you are happy with this then give it a try as their menu looked yummy. However, I would steer clear if you are coeliac.
Does this count as a restaurant?? Either way it’s going here as everyone need to know that they have gluten free McDonald’s in Norway! Gluten free buns are available for most of the burgers – I had a Big Mac with some fries (also gluten free and coeliac safe…they had sweet potato fries here too) as it just seemed wrong to miss out. They prepare the burgers in a dedicated area to ensure they are safe for coeliacs. Perfect for a quick, cheap dinner in otherwise pricey Norway.
And while we are on the subject of burgers, apparently Burger King in Norway also offers gluten free buns that are accredited by the Norwegian coeliac society. Gluten free Oslo you are spoiling us with your gluten free fast food choices!
Bakeries & Cafes
Oslo Raw sis a fully gluten free raw bakery cafe. They have preeeetty cakes and it’s such a sweet like place – it is slightly off the main tourist trail but I think it’s worth the walk. Either grab a cake to takeaway or sit in and have a light bite and a drink. I tried their gluten free chocolate caramel snickers bar, which was an amaaazing treat – wonderful caramel filling and rich chocolate layers.
This chain of bakeries can be found across Oslo and they have a big gluten free range with good processes to prevent cross contamination. Their gluten free bread is lovely and fresh and they can make you a gluten free sandwich if you ask (prepared on a dedicated board as standard and in a separate area if you ask).
I also loved their yoghurt and gf granola pot (excellent granola, you can buy it by the bag too – lots of nuts and dried fruit). They also had a number of gluten free cakes, which they keep in a separate area and serve with dedicated gluten free tongs. I had this (below pic) immense cake of dreeeeams from Baker Hansen. It’s a sort of Norwegian cinnamon bun with custard on top OH YEEEAHHHH.
A lovely independent spot with very friendly, helpful staff. They serve healthy salads and soups, with a strong side serving of gluten free knowledge :D.
I had an awesome red lentil coconut soup plus a small seasonal salad with warm chicken and beans and staff double checked everything for me. They knew to avoid soy sauce and any marinades and most of the salad ingredients were gluten free. Perfect for a fresh lunch.
A cool cafe with plenty of cosy nooks and enviable patches of peacock wallpaper. They stock gluten free baked goodies from Treats (a gluten free baking company in Oslo). When I visited they had two cupcake varieties, a brownie and a cookie. They also have gluten free salad bowls available.
All of the cakes and salads here are gluten free (as well as dairy and soy free, plus some are vegan).
A very cool little cafe that sometimes has gluten free cakes available.
I passed by this place and it’s a sweet little spot off the beaten track. They have some gluten free cakes and it’d be a nice place to grab a coffee if you are in the area.
A fancy food market that is a strong foodie contender. I had a wander around and spotted a few gluten free options, but these might change often:
- Noodles does gluten free Asian soup and pad thai.
- Stangeriet has gluten free roasted meat options.
- Frukt & Gront sells some gluten free snacks.
- Atelier has a few gluten free tapas options.
Be sure to check out the upstairs fancy restaurants and cosy bars too.
A big department store in the centre that I wandered into on a cold evening and I ended up finding a wonderful dinner spot! Firstly, the little supermarket here sells a range of gluten free products. Secondly, a few of the restaurants downstairs have gluten free options.
I had sushi from Jonathan’s, who offer gluten free soy sauce and have allergens marked on their menu.
Train Station & Airport Options
Central Train Station
A quick low down of the gluten free choices I spotted in the station. There may well be more I missed bu the long and short of it is that I spotted a good number of gluten free options:
- Cafe Ritazza has D&Co individually sealed gluten free toasties.
- Deli di Luca has sealed gluten free muffins and the prepacked D&Co gluten free cheese and ham panninis.
- Uppercrust had some sealed gluten free cookies.
- La Baguette offers gluten free bread (check about potential cross contamination though).
- Burger King has gluten free, coeliac safe burgers.
Also attached to the station are restaurants Olivia and Egon, both of which have gluten free options. I also planned ahead and grabbed myself a Baker Hansen gluten free sandwich on my walk to the station (as I wasn’t sure what options would be available there).
I found all the supermarkets in Oslo were well stocked with gluten free products. If you are self-catering you won’t have a problem finding gluten free bread, flour, pasta, biscuits etc. Bear in mind they are expensive though so it might be worth bringing some from home if you are on a budget.
That’s it for my gluten free Oslo guide. If you want more gluten free tips then check out some of my other gluten free travel guides:
Happy travels! x