As a self proclaimed cafe aficionado, I like to distinguish between what I call “coffee-cafes” and “treats-cafes.” While a coffee-cafe may make the best americano, if you’d like a fresh pastry with a great cappuccino as a bonus, you need to head to a treats-cafe.
United Bakeries is my treats-cafe of choice. Though admittedly a chain with several locations around the city (if that sort of thing matters to you), United Bakeries is widely regarded as one of the best bakeries in Oslo. I prefer the Majorstua location because of the ample seating. Few weeks go by in which I don’t stop in for a least one triple chocolate scone and a black coffee. The hot chocolate, in both light and dark, is also highly regarded by certain friends of mine.
At 32 kroner for a black coffee, this is one of the more expensive cups in town. However, free refills, free wifi, and triple chocolate scones provide plenty of motivation to lose track of an hour with a friend or a book.