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Where to Drink Coffee in Oslo, September 2015

Norway's capital is ground zero for amazing coffee. Here's where to find it.

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This decade's trendiest coffee comes from Oslo, where dedicated roasters, world champion baristas, and other drink fanatics obsess over progressive brew methods, bean origins and minutia in presentation.

The coffee beans processed in Norway's capital showcase a particularly light Scandinavian roast profile, an acquired taste that quickly becomes the new standard. An expertly executed light roast will brew an elegant and complex tea-like drink that challenges one's preconceived notions of the flavors that define coffee.

Protip: Asking for decaf is more of a faux pas than ordering a latte. For the most part, in Oslo, coffee is served black, or as black as a light roast will go, meaning without sugar or milk. A barista will most likely offer these options: single or double.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fuglen

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Universitetsgata 2, Oslo
Oslo 0164, Norway
+47 22 20 08 80
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With a sister mid-mod furniture shop next door, this Oslo classic is decked out in classic '70s couches and chairs, old tvs and funky lamps. Sit indoors in the living room-like space or outside with the locals who will undoubtedly smoke. While most serious coffee shops shy away from dairy, order a cortado, made using Fuglen-roasted beans, and one's barista will pour milk until directed to stop. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

2. Hendrix Ibsen

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Maridalsveien 13, Oslo
Oslo 0178, Norway
+47 905 41 421
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Opened in June, this vinyl and coffee shop brings in beans from multiple roasters and serves its drinks alongside fabulous music. Its modern digs clad with repurposed wood furniture serve as the perfect backdrop for one to bring a laptop and work the day away. Bonus: Those sick of coffee can order up some really fun American beers. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

3. Java Espressobar & Kaffeforretning

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Ullevålsveien 47, Oslo
Oslo 0171, Norway
+47 22 46 08 00
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This eighteen-year-old neighborhood institution is the brainchild of barista champion and roaster Robert Thoresen. The classic tiled room housing the coffee shop has no exterior signage and the coffee, brewed with Kaffa beans (also Thoresen's creation), is served black. [Photo: Facebook]

4. Mocca Kaffebar & Brenneri

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Niels Juels gate 70, Oslo
Oslo 0259, Norway
+47 22 55 55 18
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Little sister to Java, this urban spot is located just steps away from the Kaffa roastery and showroom, also owned by champion barista Robert Thoresen. Coffee drinks are brewed in a variety of methods, but all are served black. [Photo: Facebook]

5. ROULEUR

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Ullevålsveien 16
0171 Oslo, Norway
+47 470 15 668
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Part coffee shop, part bike repair space, Rouleur is right on trend with combining two of Oslo's favorite habits: caffeine and cycling. Coffee is brewed with beans from a variety of local roasters, including Fuglen. [Photo: Facebook]

6. Solberg & Hansen

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Mathallen Oslo, Oslo
Oslo, Norway
+47 23 03 68 20
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Norway's first roasting company, founded in 1879, launched this outpost at hotspot Mathallen in 2012. Don't ask for a latte or any drinks that involve milk. Stick with experiencing the high quality coffee as brewed by your barista and grab some beans to take home and enjoy as you wish. With or without dairy. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

7. Stockfleths

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Prinsens gate 6, Oslo
Oslo 0152, Norway
+47 400 92 364
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Norway is home to seven locations of this old school and highly acclaimed coffee shop that served as a springboard for Tim Wendelboe's career. Several barista trophies are proudly displayed in the contemporary upstairs room at the Prinsens outlet. Grab a cortado—served in a tall, clear, oversized shot glass—and duck downstairs to the 70s living room-inspired space to escape reality. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

8. Supreme Roastworks

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Thorvald Meyers gate 18, Oslo
Oslo 0474, Norway
+47 22 71 42 02
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With a true local scene and a gorgeous roaster in the back room, this minimalist-designed cafe may serve Oslo's best latte. The space is decorated in soft wood accents and slightly distressed tiny tables, meanwhile baristas dress in cool, rugged denim aprons. Those looking to skip caffein can opt for an eclectic beer. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

9. Tim Wendelboe

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Grüners gate 1, Oslo
Oslo 0552, Norway
+47 400 04 062
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The decade's most talked about coffee figure, Tim Wendelboe, showcases his roasted beans and coffee drinks in a small and contemporary space. A mecca for coffee geeks, this coffee shop is filled with American tourists eager to order drinks from baristas dressed in pressed white shirts. The menu allows for milk drinks—cortados, lattes, etc.—although doesn't encourage it. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Fuglen

Universitetsgata 2, Oslo, Oslo 0164, Norway

With a sister mid-mod furniture shop next door, this Oslo classic is decked out in classic '70s couches and chairs, old tvs and funky lamps. Sit indoors in the living room-like space or outside with the locals who will undoubtedly smoke. While most serious coffee shops shy away from dairy, order a cortado, made using Fuglen-roasted beans, and one's barista will pour milk until directed to stop. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

Universitetsgata 2, Oslo
Oslo 0164, Norway

2. Hendrix Ibsen

Maridalsveien 13, Oslo, Oslo 0178, Norway

Opened in June, this vinyl and coffee shop brings in beans from multiple roasters and serves its drinks alongside fabulous music. Its modern digs clad with repurposed wood furniture serve as the perfect backdrop for one to bring a laptop and work the day away. Bonus: Those sick of coffee can order up some really fun American beers. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

Maridalsveien 13, Oslo
Oslo 0178, Norway

3. Java Espressobar & Kaffeforretning

Ullevålsveien 47, Oslo, Oslo 0171, Norway

This eighteen-year-old neighborhood institution is the brainchild of barista champion and roaster Robert Thoresen. The classic tiled room housing the coffee shop has no exterior signage and the coffee, brewed with Kaffa beans (also Thoresen's creation), is served black. [Photo: Facebook]

Ullevålsveien 47, Oslo
Oslo 0171, Norway

4. Mocca Kaffebar & Brenneri

Niels Juels gate 70, Oslo, Oslo 0259, Norway

Little sister to Java, this urban spot is located just steps away from the Kaffa roastery and showroom, also owned by champion barista Robert Thoresen. Coffee drinks are brewed in a variety of methods, but all are served black. [Photo: Facebook]

Niels Juels gate 70, Oslo
Oslo 0259, Norway

5. ROULEUR

Ullevålsveien 16, 0171 Oslo, Norway

Part coffee shop, part bike repair space, Rouleur is right on trend with combining two of Oslo's favorite habits: caffeine and cycling. Coffee is brewed with beans from a variety of local roasters, including Fuglen. [Photo: Facebook]

Ullevålsveien 16
0171 Oslo, Norway

6. Solberg & Hansen

Mathallen Oslo, Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Norway's first roasting company, founded in 1879, launched this outpost at hotspot Mathallen in 2012. Don't ask for a latte or any drinks that involve milk. Stick with experiencing the high quality coffee as brewed by your barista and grab some beans to take home and enjoy as you wish. With or without dairy. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

Mathallen Oslo, Oslo
Oslo, Norway

7. Stockfleths

Prinsens gate 6, Oslo, Oslo 0152, Norway

Norway is home to seven locations of this old school and highly acclaimed coffee shop that served as a springboard for Tim Wendelboe's career. Several barista trophies are proudly displayed in the contemporary upstairs room at the Prinsens outlet. Grab a cortado—served in a tall, clear, oversized shot glass—and duck downstairs to the 70s living room-inspired space to escape reality. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

Prinsens gate 6, Oslo
Oslo 0152, Norway

8. Supreme Roastworks

Thorvald Meyers gate 18, Oslo, Oslo 0474, Norway

With a true local scene and a gorgeous roaster in the back room, this minimalist-designed cafe may serve Oslo's best latte. The space is decorated in soft wood accents and slightly distressed tiny tables, meanwhile baristas dress in cool, rugged denim aprons. Those looking to skip caffein can opt for an eclectic beer. [Photo: Andra Zeppelin]

Thorvald Meyers gate 18, Oslo
Oslo 0474, Norway

9. Tim Wendelboe

Grüners gate 1, Oslo, Oslo 0552, Norway

The decade's most talked about coffee figure, Tim Wendelboe, showcases his roasted beans and coffee drinks in a small and contemporary space. A mecca for coffee geeks, this coffee shop is filled with American tourists eager to order drinks from baristas dressed in pressed white shirts. The menu allows for milk drinks—cortados, lattes, etc.—although doesn't encourage it. [Photo: Facebook]

Grüners gate 1, Oslo
Oslo 0552, Norway

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