Gutta på Haugen is a cosy little delicatessen in the borough of St Hanshaugen, opposite the bottom end of the area’s lovely big park.
Inside there’s a greengrocer section with top quality produce, a sandwich counter, a deli counter brimming with cheeses, cured meats and other antipasto goodies, pasta and rice, sauces, spices, jams and spreads, and sweet treats. There’s a good range of local and imported goods. Outside more top notch vegetables sit stacked up on rustic wooden shelves.
The produce is excellent, but it’s the staff that really make Gutta på Haugen worth a visit. They’re knowledgeable about the goods, will happily give you foodie recommendations, and are generally just friendly, chatty people.
This summer they set up an ice cream stand across the road, at the bottom of St Hanshaugen park. It’s been a huge success, selling both by the scoop and organic vanilla soft serve ice cream with house-made sprinkles. There’s also a weekly topping, which so far have included lingonberry coulis with vanilla, star anise and thyme; cloudberries and rosemary; and wild blueberries and cinnamon. My favourite: white chocolate and truffle oil.
If you’re down Mathallen way, be sure to check out the Gutta på Haugen stall. And be sure to ask for a taste test if you’re not sure which of the delicious meats and cheeses to buy!