The Grand Café is the renowned Norwegian restaurant and wine cellar of the Grand Hotel in Oslo. It opened in 1874 and for over 140 years has been visited by eminent world leaders, celebrities and Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Henrik Ibsen, the world-renowned Norwegian author, would eat his daily lunch at the Grand Café. Edward Munch, a world famous Norwegian painter, offered to swap his painting ‘Sick Girl’ in return for 100 steak dinners. It was also the favored haunt for a generation of Norwegian artists.
Even though I did not have the time for a grand Norwegian lunch at the Café, I did stop at the restaurant for a late afternoon cup of coffee. The restaurant offers an old-world luxury charm with a welcoming and modern ambiance and stylish decor. On one wall of the Grand Café is a huge painting of the Café by Norwegian painter Christian Krohg, showing all the famous people who visited here.
The wine cellar is located in the basement below the restaurant. It holds over 16,000 bottles and more than 1,500 wines from all over the world.
Mon-Fri: 11:00 – 23:00
Sat: 12:00 – 23:00
Sun: 12:00 – 21:00
Tue-Fri: from 16:00
Sat: from 14:00
Karl Johans Gate 31, 0159 Oslo – Norway