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 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.
Across the road at the bottom of St Hanshaugen park, Gutta has an ice-cream kiosk open every weekend from spring through to beginning of autumn. You can get the standard range of scoop flavours, but I recommend their excellent organic soft serve. It’s not too sweet, and balances perfectly with the homemade sprinkles.
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.
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!