In case you want to have some gastronomic experiences while you are in Oslo, don’t worry: Vulkan Food hall (Mathallen) is always there for you. Today I will bring you 5 reasons to visit Vulkan Food hall, my favorite gastro places to hang out. Located along the beautiful river Akerselva, this food hall offers all the chocolates, cheese, sausages, fish, meats, and vegetables from small-scale vendors your heart could ever desire – including several options of cafeterias and restaurants, and numerous pop-up gastronomy events.
The food hall is a natural stop while you are walking along the river, no matter if it’s a sunny, warm day or a snowy and cold day. It is open until 6 pm seven days a week, and some of the restaurants and bars are open until 9 pm or longer.
Where do I find the food hall in Oslo?
Mathallen Food Hall, Maridalsveien 17A, Oslo, Norway, +47 40 00 12 09
#1 Smeltverket, Oslo’s longest bar with nice views of the river
Smelteverket – Oslo’s longest bar, a cozy place that offers a huge list of exciting brands of beers. Their food menu consists of e.g. Peking Duck with Chinese pancakes, Steamed Bun Duo and vegan steamed dumplings. While you are sitting here, you can enjoy the views of the river.
#2 Vulkanfisk, the best fish restaurant in Oslo
Probably Oslo’s best seafood restaurant. Suppliers and fishermen, from all over Norway, deliver fish and shellfish to Vulkanfisk every day. Therefore they have the freshest seafood that is possible to find – something you as a guest will love. This is the place to enjoy king crab in Oslo, very delicious. They serve also the best fish and chips in town.
Known as Oslo’s first Street food place, Hitchhiker is located on the 2nd floor and is inspired by street food from around the world. Welcome to a culinaric journey from street corners where irresistible favorites are composed by the chefs at Hitchhiker. Here you will get food from multiple countries combined in just one food dish. They promise to take care of old food traditions as well as break them. The menu at Hitchhiker is changed frequently and they use as many ecological products as possible. You can order small dishes or a complete menu, and you can also share dishes with friends. Hitchhiker has also got a dedicated bar with lots of beers and natural wine to choose from.
#4 Stangeriet, the poultry specialist
One of the best reasons to visit Mathallen is Stangeriet. A small vendor with a great selection of poultry products. Stangeriet deals with all kind of chicken. They sell it raw, grilled and in sandwiches, also in burgers! We were ordering some chicken sandwiches and they were absolutely delicious! We were enhanced by the chef’s detailed explanations of what all the ingredients were and where they were sourced from.
#5 Annis Pølsemakeri, Sausage specialist
Norwegians love sausages for all occasions, on the go, kids parties or barbecue grilling with family. Did you know that sausages are the most traditional ingredients for family dinners in Norway? Annis Pølsemakeri is ripening dry-aged meat themselves, for about 60 days, in their own storage oven for maturation (in the same building).
This is how they have the best control of what will be added to maturation, and they check and control it daily along the way. Then they pick out only the best plays for dry-aging, good marmorated pieces with the best fat. The meat is also not packed in vacuum or plastic, which is not good for the meat and is just one of the great benefits of dry-aging. This brings a unique quality flavor, and you should check it out Annis Pølsemakeri while you’re in the food hall. Absolutely amazing!
Website: Annis Pølsemakeri.