Officially known as Oslo lufthavn Gardermoen, the international airport serving the capital of Norway and the neighbouring regions is a small yet strongly customer-oriented hub where special attention is paid to the amenities and services made available to passengers in transit. If you have ever travelled with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Widerøe or Norwegian Air Shuttle, chances are that you have either had a layover in OSL or entered the country through this gateway. Otherwise, if you are planning to visit Oslo for the first time in the near future, we invite you to allow some extra time during your transit in order to discover and enjoy the varied selections of dining outlets present in both the public and the restricted zones, from the ones specialising in the local cuisine to the American-style ones, not forgetting the most popular worldwide-known coffee franchises. Below you will find a selection of our favourites.
Restaurants in Oslo International airport: public areas before security
There is no need to wait until the day of your departure to stop by the restaurants in the passenger terminal: some of them are located in the arrivals hall and the non-restricted areas of the facilities.
– If you are feeling hungry after your flight but you feel like having a healthy meal, the vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options of Wagamama will surely meet your needs. And if you can’t wait for your trip to Oslo to start, you may as well order your food to take away.
-In case your sweet tooth strikes upon arrival, we recommend you head over to W.B. Samson for freshly baked bread and pastries or to La Baguette for some fruity cake and a baguette sandwich. In both places, coffee and other drinks are served.
-Many travellers look for their favourite coffee franchise as soon as they land; if you are one of them, know that there is a Starbucks Coffee in Oslo airport located in the non-restricted area of the departures hall which stays open between 5:30 and 20:30 every day (or until earlier according to scheduled flights) so that you can go straight there after claiming your baggage.
-Also in the public arrivals zone and open from 9:00 to 23 every day, Peppes Pizza offers a wide range of pasta dishes, salads, nachos, burgers and pizza portions. Passengers will find otions that are suitable for gluten-free and vegan diets here.
Where to eat in Oslo airport: domestic departures
-As could not be otherwise, the Norwegian cuisine is one of the favourite choices in the domestic concourse. By way of example, the menu at Bølgen og Moi delights departing passengers before the flight with traditional fish soup and lamb dishes, while Fiskebaren, situated next to boarding gate A6 serves champagne breakfasts, oysters, shellfish salads and sandwiches. Closer to gates C is Norgesglasset, where you can taste some of the best delicacies of the region.
-If you do not have much time to spare, you can always opt for quicker options like Jamie’s Deli next to boarding gate A8, where hearty breakfast plates, pizza and take-away healthy meals await. In the mood for some Asian food? Go to Two Tigers for a pre-flight meal consisting of noodles, miso soup, rice, suhi, sashimi and oriental desserts.
-Finally, if you are the type of traveller who always has the mandatory last beer pint whenever flying out of the city, the place to enjoy the best brewed beer in Oslo airport is Humle & Malt, and you can order side dishes of cheese, hamburgers, sweet potatoes and even try their traditional beer bread.
Coffee shops and restaurants in the international departures area of OSL
You may be sad because your trip to Oslo is coming to an end, but there still some time left to indulge in the good food and restaurants of Oslo airport. The international boarding concourse features the following outlets:
-If you are a frequent flyer ot at least take trips every once in a while, you probably know O’Learys already. Featured in airports across Europe, this franchised sports bar caters to the needs of solo travellers and families alike with their kids menu, lactose-free snacks, gluten-free meals and vegetarian or vegan dishes. You will find it near boarding gate E8, its working hours going from 7:30 to 22:00 on weekdays, and 11:00 to 21:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
–Fiskeriet, close to boarding gate E9, serves the best Fish & Chips in Oslo airport, although you may take advantage of the opportunity to try their fishcake and other seafood specialties when you stop by.
– The Hunter Bar, located close to gate D9, offers original combinations of homemade-style Norwegian food among which we count moose breadwurst, reindeer wrap and almond potatoes that can be washed down with your alcoholic drink of choice.
-The Havsalt is another Norwegian restaurant in Oslo airport, located near boarding gate E8, which serves high-quality seafood specialties such as lobster, shells, mussels, shrimp and a selection of fish soups.
-For organic and healthy options –including organic coffee, wine and beer-, we recommend the Haven near the shops before gate E8. Here, you will be able to enjoy or order to take away fruit salads, vegetarian meals, soups and smoothies.
-Closer to gate E8 is the Starbucks Coffee in Oslo airport’s international departures concourse, which remains open between 5:00 and 21:00 every day of the week.
Do you prefer to spend your waiting time before boarding the plane at the airport lounges? Then take a look at our posts about VIP passenger lounges in Madrid International airport and access to lounges in London Gatwick airport.