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During Christmas, many attractions and restaurants are closed in Oslo. There’s not much to do about it! Instead, let’s focus on some of the places that are open for eating at in Oslo during Christmas.
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. In Norway, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. Thus, this is the day you might have some trouble (but you might, on the other hand, have the whole city to yourself).
De Fem Suer, Kongeveien 26
You’re actually lucky with this one, it’s one of the most popular restaurants in Oslo and it’s still open throughout the whole Christmas week (including New Year’s!) from 16.00 – 20.00. You can also combine the visit with one of the more famous sightseeing attractions in Oslo – Holmenkollen Ski Jump. De Fem Suer is located in a wooden building from 1894 and offers delicious Norwegian food with a twist.
Dovrehallen, Storgata 22
Dovrehallen might not be the most luxurious restaurant in the city, but if you’re looking for a decent priced meal and don’t mind trying classical Norwegian dishes, this will definitely do. Except for December 24th (when it’s open 12-16), the restaurant is open from 12-23.
Seaport Restaurant, Sørengkaia 101
Just a glimpse away from the Opera House in Oslo lies Seaport Restaurant, an absolutely approved restaurant, focusing on the Turkish kitchen. The restaurant is located just by the fjord, which gives you a lovely view while dining. On Christmas Eve, December 24th, they’re open to 18.00. The other days until 22.00.
Looking for other stuff to do in Oslo during Christmas? Don’t miss to visit a Christmas market during your stay! Read about a few of them here.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…! December is finally here and we are ready to embrace everything that has to do with it; the cold, Christmas and the New Year approaching. If you’re visiting Stockholm in December, here are things you should (need!) to do.
Embrace the Christmas atmosphere in Stockholm
Like most European capitals, Stockholm loves to get dressed up in time for Christmas. Enjoy the Christmassy decorations and lightbulbs across the city. During Christmas, Stockholm is lit by a million LED-lights on more than 40 streets. Another thing you should do is visit a Christmas market, the most popular one is located on Stortorget in the Old Town.
Hideaway from the cold in all the cozy cafés available
If it’s one thing a Swede will tell you that they do during Winter, its to take an indoor fika. Indulge in hot coffee or warm chocolate and a delicious pastry in one of the many cafés we have in Stockholm. Some of our favorites this time of year is Chokladkoppen, Mr Cake, Wienercafeét and Vetekatten are just a few of them. Most cafés will do the trick – you’re in Sweden, the coffee is great everywhere!
Try Swedish Christmas Food
In December, the Swedes eating and drinking habits change somewhat, because of Christmas. For drinks, you need to try mulled wine, red wine with mulling spices. Every year, a new taste is released by the company Blossa, in 2017 it’s flavored with mango, spicy cumin, and hot chili. When it comes to food, you can try a traditional “julbord” (Christmas Table). It’s a smorgasbord of traditional Swedish dishes; smoked salmon, potatoes, meatballs, beetroot salad, and herring. A couple of suggestions on atmospheric restaurants where you can book yourself a delightful julbord are Villa Godthem (choose English in menu to the left), Mårten Trotzig, and Tre Valv (unfortunetely only Swedish website). PS. Planning on visiting the open-air museum of Skansen for their Christmas market? Don’t miss that they also have a julbord!
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Christmas is a wonderful time of the year to eat good stuff in Copenhagen. If you want to dedicate a full day to it, here’s how to eat your way through Christmas in Copenhagen.
Kick-off the day with Christmas porridge at Grød, Jægersborggade 50
Since 2011, the people behind Grød (translating to porridge), have been serving the residents of Copenhagen porridge. Actually, it’s the world’s first porridge bar. Located in the city district of Nørrebro they serve all kinds of porridge, as well as fresh lunch. Start your day with their Christmas Special, with ingredients like cherry compote, peanut butter and roasted coconut flakes, and we guarantee you’ll walk out of Grød happy and full.
Time for a traditional Christmas lunch in Copenhagen, Amaliegade 11
Located on Amaliegade 11, you’ll find the restaurant Amalie. This restaurant lies in a building built in 1754-1755, and since 1986 the basement has been Amalie as we see it today. This is the venue to head to when you’re stomach is hinting that’s time for lunch, and we’re not having just any. Here you can try dishes that are mandatory on the Danish Christmas table: pickled herring, smoked salmon and hardboiled eggs with shrimps and mayonnaise, to mention a few. Wash it down with a schnapps, and you’re practically Danish.
Get warm with gløgg at Hviids Vinstue, Kongens Nytorv 19
Centrally located in the corner of Lille Kongensgade and Kong’s Nytorv, you’ll find the venue with 300-year-old rooms. This little hidden joint speaks of a time when Nyhavn still was used as a real harbor. Hviids Vinstue is nowadays famous for it’s Winter Mulled Wine, served with delicious almonds, raisins, and cinnamon sticks. A glass of this, and you’re more than ready to head out in the cold again.
Finish with julebryg, the annual Christmas beer!
Every year, the beer brand Tuborg releases a Christmas beer, in Danish called julebryg. This beer can be found in almost every pub, just ask for a Tuborg Julebryg. A great way to finish a day of Danish Christmas traditions when it comes to food.
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