In all honesty, the quality and range of products in Norwegian supermarkets is a regular source of disappointment. If you’re a foodie in Oslo, you’re left with a couple of options. When the budget’s tight, the lively ethnic grocery stores around Grønland are your best best for good produce. As a pay-day treat, there are a few quality providores dotted around the city. Machmanns Matmarked is one of them.
Machmanns is located out of the Oslo CBD in the residential and business district of Skøyen, which is easily accessible by bus, train, tram or bike. It’s worth the trip. The fruit and veg section contains a variety of quality seasonal produce, there is a butcher counter, a deli counter, and a bakery and pizzeria that sells coffee, sandwiches, pastries and organic bread. There’s also a selection of fancy local and European biscuits, chocolates, sauces, oils, pasta, rice and dairy products.
There’s also a brasserie attached to the food market, which is open for lunch and dinner (closed Sundays). I literally followed my nose to Machmanns one autumn visit, when they were cooking burgers outside on an open wood fire. The beef, blue cheese and salad burger was the best I’ve had in Oslo.