What to do and where to eat if you're gluten-free and on a budget in Oslo, Norway!
A great little spot for Brunch, lunch or just a sweet treat in Oslo has got to be Haralds Vaffel. It not only serves both sweet and savoury waffles, it's also is suitable for coeliac's, offering most things gluten-free.
Last weekend I had 28 hours to explore Oslo, Norway. As I am a student, and Norway is renowned for being one of the most expensive cities in the world, I was on the search for cheap but cheerful places to eat.
I arrived in Norway at 14:00 and had brought a pack up for my Lunch and for my tea I had a gluten free double cheeseburger meal for around £10 from Mcdonalds, expensive for Mcdonalds but good value for an evening meal in Norway. Also, gluten-free Mcdonalds is a treat for me as this is not available back in the UK. For breakfast the next day I had packed some fruit and for lunch, I was introduced to Haralds Vaffel.
Sadly, Haralds Vaffel doesn't open until 11 AM so breakfast there is not an option. Nevertheless, it is open 7 days a week including Sunday, which from my experience is a blessing as the majority of places were closed on this day. The café has a hole-in-the-wall kind of style and thus has limited seating, so if you're wanting a sit-down meal this is not the place for you.
The modest menu offers, sweet, savoury, veggie, vegan and gluten-free options. After telling the lady who was working that I was coeliac, she explained that everything on the menu other than the coconut waffle could be made gluten free in a separate gluten-free press. She even allowed me to read the ingredients of the sausage as I'm always cautious of gluten in sausage (I clearly have trust issues!).
As this was to be for my lunch I went with the 'Sausage in Waffle' - a traditional waffle of Moss, Norway. The waffle itself was thin and crispy in true Norwegian style. It tasted so good, and at only 44KR (roughly £4) and only an extra 10kr (£1) for it to be gluten-free, I knew I had to try a sweet option! I had Nutella and cream on my second waffle. While they did not have a separate jar of Nutella dedicated to GF but the lady was happy to open a fresh jar to avoid any cross-contamination.
I would definitely recommend Haralds Vaffel to anyone going to Oslo! It was a hip, hidden gem with a great location offering traditional goodies at an affordable price. Let me know if you have anywhere you would recommend to eat GF in Norway!