As an American living in Norway, I occasionally get a craving for pancakes. Go ahead and call me a walking stereotype, but it’s true. If you have a similar craving, I recommend Åpent Bakeri. Yes they serve pancakes and maple syrup, but it’s more than that. In a city that doesn’t have too many “brunch” options, Åpent Bakeri is a bit of an oasis. Serving delicious sandwiches, salads, and a tempting assortment of baked goods – this is a really popular spot during the middle hours of the day.
The outdoor seating with a view of the Royal Palace make a great setting for a midmorning meal, but the architecture of the space is also quite interesting with a large glass wall and distinctive wooden beams. You get a great view of the palace gardens.
I should also mention that this is one of the more affordable lunch spots- the small menu lists most items at around 100 NOK. If I’m in the center of town, looking for a midday meal, this is my go-to place. Also, pancakes.