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.
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.
Summer bonus: across the road at the bottom of St Hanshaugen Park they run a seasonal icecream kiosk, with flavored scoops and their own specialty organic soft serve. Check out the weekly sprinkle special – I recently had Oslo honey, caramelized walnut and dried flowers.
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!