Cafe Asylet is a great place no matter the weather, and all year round. In the summer, it’s a bustling outdoor garden full of cheer and excitement. However, when autumn and winter set in, it’s transformed into a candlelit, cosy cafe and bar where you can chill out and people-watch or gather for an intimate drink with family or friends.
I love to come here and curl up in a corner on a cold winter evening with a book and have the bustling chatter in the background.
Everything is made of wood (it’s actually the oldest wooden house in Oslo!) and the interior gives off a cosy cabin or “hytte” feel with fireplaces and old traditional Norwegian items hanging on the walls. It’s a great place to come to get off the cold streets.
There are often events on with live music (which can be hard to come by in Oslo!).
I like to join their Norwegian Language Cafe once a week on Monday evenings, and they also have board games to play for free – it’s probably one of the cosiest and relaxed traditional bar/cafes in Oslo. Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for something non-mainstream or commercial.