My guide in Oslo, Rami, who runs Oslo Photo Tour, picked me up from the Grand Hotel where I was staying, a little after 2 p.m. in the afternoon. After showing me the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the number 1 tourist attraction in Oslo, he drove me to Frognerseteren, an old world Norwegian café and restaurant, located on top of Holmenkollen, 435 meters above ground level Oslo. Holmenkollen is a ski recreational area since the late 19th century and is famous for its ski jumping hill, the Holmenkollbakken. It took us about 15 minutes to arrive there.
The Frognerseteren was built in the late 19th century in the dragon style, so famous during that period. During World War II, the Frognerseteren was used by Germans for different events but the restaurant never closed down during all the years of German occupation.
It comprises of the Café Seterstua and the Restaurant Finstua.
The Café Seterstua is a self service café that offers traditional Norwegian food such as open sandwiches, Norwegian meatballs, sour cream porridge and air cured meat. They also have a wide variety of pastries including the famous apple cake, home made mousse and chocolate and almond cookies. While I tried a traditional open Norwegian salmon sandwich, my guide had a home baked muffin. Take Away is also available. On clear days, you can enjoy spectacular views of the Oslo city and fjord from the terrace.
Opening hours: 11 a.m.
Restaurant Finstua is an intimate restaurant that continues the old Norwegian food traditions. The chef uses traditional preparation methods such as salting, smoking and pickling of food. A prior reservation is recommended.
Lunch is at 12 noon except Saturdays when lunch is at 1 p.m.
Dinner is at 3:30 p.m. except Sundays when dinner is served from 1pm.
Frognerseteren, Holmenkollveien 200, 0791 Oslo, Norway.
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