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Café Sjakk Matt – Coffee, food and games

Going out with my friends to have a drink and some snacks, we stopped by Café Sjakk Matt (Checkmate), on our way back from the harbor and Rådhuset (check out the article) and towards the National Theater station. We entered the place and passed by a table where a bunch of chess pieces were left by the previous consumers. A first sign that besides serving food and beverages, the place also allows you to order a board game and enjoy it with your companions. Since then, I’ve always seen at least one table busy with chess and a lot of people at other tables enjoying a bunch of newspapers.

The staff was friendly, despite the madness at dinner when every single seat is taken and the waiting time was a tad over expectations. But their attitude made up for it. Plus, the whole place keeps offering things to stare at as some of the walls are decorated with nicely painted glass, some salt or pepper bottles are shaped as chess pieces and a lot more. 

What I also enjoyed a lot was that they serve really small bits (små retter). As in five sticks of fried mozzarella or fried onion rings and few others. With dips. They’re ideal for when you’re not too hungry but still want more than peanuts next to your drink. I’ve yet to try their lunch dishes, but certainly the ones for dinner were huge and tasty. 

There is another similar café by the Tinghuset.

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Details about this spot



Haakon VIIs gate 5, Oslo

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Opening Times

Mon - Thu 10:00 - 01:00, Fri 10:00 - 03:00, Sat 12:00 - 03:00, Sun 14:00 - 00:00


Club Sandwich: NOK 143


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)