I sit here together with the world’s greatest philosopher and pretender to the throne of world emperor, a regular patron, contemplating the appeal of Cafe Nero.
Cafe Nero belies its sterile first impression by submerging you in subtle light (including candles) and an earnest appreciation of music the bartenders share for their own enjoyment as well as yours.
Nero is the perfect mix of café and bar. Up the street a café serves morning and afternoon caffeine seekers. Further down, alcohol colors the evening and night. Nero skirts the balance and lets you choose your preferred elixir.
The staff is intelligent, knowledgeable and accommodating whether they’re serving you tea, coffee, or whatever beer you choose from their impressive collection of bottles.
Drop by during the day, afternoon or evening. Play backgammon or chess among those who have come to socialize or to park behind their screens. They don’t serve food but you’re welcome to buy something at one of the nearby food joints like Ni Hao (check my Ni Hao article) and enjoy it at Nero.
You may ask, “Who was Nero and why does this place bear his name?” You might even be afforded the chance to ask the world’s foremost philosopher the very same question, but be prepared to hear about why God is like Winnie the Pooh.
What draws me to Nero is that the bar is clearly a labor of love. The owners have invested their hearts into the bar to create an enjoyable atmosphere for themselves as well as their guests.
Cafe Nero | Bars, Snacks, Restaurants (Tapas) | Beer (bottle) NOK 85
Thereses gate 47 | +4723197447
Mon – Fri 09:00 – 01:00, Sat 10:00 – 01:00, Sun 12:00 – 01:00