• Luana Soares

Engebret Café 1857: The Oldest Restaurant in Oslo

During my recent working visit to Oslo in Norway I visited for the first time Engebret Café - the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in Oslo. I regret I never been there before since I went so many times before to the Norwegian Capital. The restaurant is named after its founder Engebret Christoffersen, who started the restaurant in 1848. The restaurant was at first located in Rådhusgata 11, but has stayed at the square Bankplassen since 1863.

You can't say you have been to Scandinavia if you never tried the "Smørbrød" (in Norwegian and Smørrebrød in Danish) it's a traditional Scandinavian "open-faced" sandwich that usually consists of a piece of buttered rye bread, a dense, dark brown bread, topped with different kind of food but specially with homemade cold cuts, pieces of meat or fish, cheese or spreads, and garnishes.

Lunch at Engebret Café:

Since 1862, they serves sandwiches at Engebret Café. I tried they sandwich buffet. They have it from Monday to Friday between 11.30 and 14.00. I haven't book a table but was lucky enough to get one (I arrived around 12.00 there) and after this it was pretty crowed. So if you really want to make it, better to book. I got the option from the buffet, but as soon my Norwegians colleges arrived they asked from the A La Carte menu, as they know the A La Carte it's always better than the buffet. Well, at least know I know. Keep it mind too, this little "local" secret while you are in Norway.

This place was just so traditional - and magical at the same time. I felt I was back to many years ago, in a very exclusive experience. I tried they "Apple must" which it's pretty much a apple juice (Must is freshly crushed fruit juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems) - So good, I love it! I wish I could have bought to bring home, but I just had hand luggage.

Garden restaurant

In April they open the restaurant outside. The restaurant then increases in size. From 240 chairs inside to a total of about 340 . This is a very well recommended place for summer and I'm really looking forward to be back there during summer time.

Statue just in front of the restaurant in Bankplassen.


Keep it mind we are in Oslo, one of the most expensive cities in the whole world. Even though, for such a cool experience and great food with history. We were three and the bill was around 600KR, each Smørbrød costs around 200KR. Worth every cent, you don't eat this kind of food everyday. And you will have a great memory from a very traditional Oslo.


Bankplassen 1 0151 Oslo Telefon 22822525 post@engebret-cafe.no

With love,


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