When we think of Norway, we think of plates full of pink salmon. And for good reason. Salmon is so elemental to the Scandinavian country that a common saying is en glad laks, meaning a happy salmon. And whilst we aren’t actually sure of why the pink fish were ever considered the depiction of happiness in the first place, we’re almost certain that the move toward veganism will have them jumping for joy.
As one of the leading world’s leading countries in environmental initiatives, Norway has the highest electric car adoption, sustainably sourced hydropower in all homes as well as some of the best vegan restaurants worldwide. And while vegans rarely have the luxury of too much choice when on vacation, that in itself poses the problem of decision fatigue.
Fortunately, we’ve already done the deep dive for you. And can confidently say that we’ve reeled in the best vegan restaurants in Norway. Treat yourself to barbequed cauliflower with plenty of dipping sauces. Keep it clean with quinoa buddha bowls. Satisfy your craving for comfort food with a Dirty vegan burger. Or immerse yourself in plant-based replications of local plates with a “salmon” terrine or cured “salmon” sandwiches.
Whatever you choose, these vegan Norwegian restaurants are bound to make you en glad laks (along with the fish and the rest of the animals).
11 Best Vegan Restaurants in Norway
- Seeds Cafe
- Cultivate Food
- Daily Pot
- Oslo Raw
- Vegan Vacation
- Funky Fresh Foods
- Dirty Vegan
Not only is Nordvegan one of the best vegan restaurants, we think it’s one of the best restaurants in Oslo full stop. Inspired by Pan Asia flavors, the restaurant strives to reinvent our perception of food with ethical sustainability in mind. And in creating mouthwatering meatless meals, they achieve just that.
Nordvegan is the place to take your carnivorous friends to when they complain about the lackluster of vegan food. And while we’re pretty sure their Thai curries and fried Gyozas could convert even the most stubborn meat eaters, at the least you’ll prove that veg dishes can be packed with flavors.
Best for: Converting carnivores.
Address: Kristian IVs gate 15B, 0164 Oslo, Norway Opening days and hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am-8pm Fri: 11am-9pm Sat: 12pm-9pm Sun: 12pm-8pm Price range: $$ Website: www.nordvegan.no/
The only problem with Seeds Cafe is that once you try it, you lose your drive to try new places. Their Asian-inspired plates take plant-power to a whole new level. While prices remain surprisingly reasonable.
Located in Fornebu, the quaint cafe offers an extensive menu. We love their Big Fat Umami Explosion burger for an Asian take on the American classic. But if you’re looking to keep it clean(er), their vegan poke bowls prove that the Hawaian dish doesn’t need salmon to make your tastebuds sing. Our tip: if you want to try other places, save Seeds Cafe for the second (or third) night.
Best for: Flocking back for more.
Address: Forneburingen 200, 1360 Fornebu, Norway Opening days and hours: Tues-Wed: 11am-7pm Thurs: 11am-9pm Fri-Sat: 11am-1am Sun: 11am-7pm Mon: closed Price range: $ Website: www.seedscafe.no/
Airing on the side of relaxed dining, Cultivate Food takes the stress out of eating healthy on the go. The eco chic cafeteria-style cafe features a range of hot or cold dishes—all of which never fail to surprise us in taste and wholesomeness. Plus all their meals are ready to go, making Cultivate Food the perfect stop for parents with hangry kids (leave their vegan wine to take care of the rest).
Grab a freshly-squeezed veggie juice or plant-based sandwich to see you through a day of sightseeing. Or stay for a “cheesy” vegan lasagna and chickpea curry. Just remember to leave space for their famous lemon meringue pie—it’s as guilt-free as it gets.
Best for: Saving the day (and the planet).
Address: Helgesens gate 18a, 0553 Oslo, Norway Opening days and hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 11am-9pm Price range: $ Website: cultivatefood.no/
Situated in the heart of Bergen, this boutique restaurant celebrates unique flavors and clean eating through fresh plant-based ingredients and innovative techniques. Walking through the doors of the charming historic building, expect to be met with scents of Thai curries and vegan key lime pie. If that doesn’t lure you in, we’re pretty sure their power bowls will.
The Daily Pot menu changes weekly. And whilst it is primarily vegan, there are one or two sustainably sourced meat options (for those of you with headstrong meat-eating friends).
Best for: A melting pot of flavors.
Address: Vaskerelven 21, 5014 Bergen, Norway Opening days and hours: Mon-Fri: 11am-8pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-8pm Price range: $ Website: www.dailypot.no/
Have your cake and eat it too—but this time without the guilt. Whether it’s our vegan values or a vow to prescribe to the latest diet, there always seems to be something in the way of devouring that tempting slice of cheesecake.
Not anymore. Oslo Raw is committed to bringing health and ethics to the pleasure of eating cakes. All their ingredients are free from gluten, refined sugar and dairy. So you don’t have to think twice about tucking into their chocolate fudge brownie, creamy pistachio cake or mango passion cheesecake.
Best for: Let them eat cake.
Address: Ullevålsveien 89a, 0359 Oslo, Norway Opening days and hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm Price range: $$ Website: osloraw.no/
Vegan Vacation brings classic Norwegian flavors to your plate without compromising your values, making it a top place to eat in Bergen. And yes, included in classic Norwegian flavors, are their famous “salmon” dishes. Vegan Vacation uses innovative methods and expert fusion of flavors to replicate Scandinavian favorites in a plant-based fashion.
We recommend the smoked “salmon” terrine served with cucumber salad, soya and lemon as a tastebud tingling entree. While their Pepperjack Burger, Miso Glazed Ramen and Beyond Meat Pizza make it impossible to pick a main. Our only solution—add it to your itinerary more than once.
Best for: Redefining vegan vacations.
Address: Øvregaten 14, 5003 Bergen, Norway Opening days and hours: Wed-Sat: 12pm-9pm Sun: 1pm-8:30pm Mon-Tues: closed Price range: $$ Website: www.veganvacation.no/
Funky Fresh Foods
One of the best things about traveling is finding your local secret spot—the place you turn to when you’re tired of looking up menus online and just need a bite to eat. Funky Fresh Foods ticks all our boxes. The casual interior exudes a feeling of familiarity. While the plant based menu simultaneously takes care of your cravings for comfort food and nutritional needs.
If you’re struggling to decide between all the equally enticing options, we recommend the tapas platter. Featuring barbeque cauliflower and potatoes with dipping sauces, fresh salads with orange vinaigrette, chickpea fritters—it’s impossible to be disappointed.
Best for: Taking care of your homesick funk.
Address: Hausmanns gate 16, 0182 Oslo, Norway Opening days and hours: Sun-Thurs: 11am-6:30pm Fri-Sat: 11am-8pm Price range: $ Website: funkyfreshfoods.no
Fusing Japanese flavors with contemporary Nordic designs, KUMI is one of the top attractions in Norway. Located in Oslo, the fashionable restaurant heroes the subtle flavors of fresh ingredients through innovative pairings and cutting edge technologies.
Book a brunch date with the girls and share your secrets over vegan pancakes (drenched in syrup and cream). Or celebrate an anniversary over golden mushroom dim sums. Either way, KUMI is a must-visit when you’re in town (even if it’s alone, with a good book).
Best for: Hold on, we’re kum(ming)!
Address: Schweigaards gate 56A, 0656 Oslo, Norway Opening days and hours: Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm Mon-Fri: closed Price range: $$ Website: www.kumi.no/
For the food-loving and flavor-obsessed, Tunco’s noodle boxes are packed with umami goodness as they take you from Thailand to Vietnam one chopstick at a time.
Although Tunco isn’t entirely vegetarian, their menu features plenty of plants with less animals. They also have plenty of vegan options and all their packaging is earth friendly. Need more convincing? For every meal you buy, the philanthropic restaurant provides a meal to children in need. That should do it.
Best for: Thinking out (and in) the noodle box.
Address: Bjerregaards gate 2 a, 0172 Oslo, Norway Opening days and hours: Mon-Sun: 4pm-9pm Price range: $$ Website: www.tunco.no/
Tasty alternatives is the name of the game for this inclusive bistro. So often, vegan values or dietary restrictions force us to compromise on flavor. And while you may have made peace with that, Lovetann certainly hasn’t.
Committed to reinventing traditional Middle Eastern dishes (such as shakshuka) to accommodate food preferences and allergies, Lovetann keeps their menu fresh and varied. So whether you’re gluten-free, vegan or soy intolerant, you’re bound to feel at home here.
Best for: Sharing the love (of food).
Address: Klosteret 16, 5005 Bergen, Norway Opening days and hours: Sun-Fri: 10am-10pm Sat: 9:30am-10:30pm Price range: $$$ Website: www.lovetanncafe.com
With so many to choose from, finding the best vegan restaurant in Norway was no small feat. But we’d be remiss to leave Dirty Vegan off our list. And once you try their Beyond Meat Burgers and Garlic Butter Fries, you’ll be glad we didn’t.
Easily located by the iconic pink exterior, Dirty Vegan offers plant-based eaters a reprieve from salads and stir fries with their ethical approach to “fast food”. And while we wouldn’t make it a daily habit, every once in a while, you need a dirty meal (just as long as you keep your animal-loving conscience clean).
Best for: A reprieve from clean eating (but not from saving the planet).
Address: Nøstegaten 81, 5011 Bergen, Norway Opening days and hours: Mon-Sun: 3pm-9pm Price range: $$ Website: www.dirtyvegan.no/about
Frequently asked questions about vegan restaurants in Norway
They may be known for exporting salmon, but Norway is also one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the woerld. And along with their adoption of electric cars and hydro powered energy comes a plethora of plant-based restaurants. In fact, the sheer number of vegan eateries may seem overwhelming. Check our list of the best vegan restaurants in Norway for options.
As the capital city in one of the most environmentally-conscious countries, it’s no surprise that veganism is flourishing in Oslo. We love Oslo Raw for a guilt-free slice of cake. Nordvegan’s fried gyozas are packed with umami goodness. And you can’t go wrong with the barbecued cauliflower from Funky Fresh Foods. Check out our list of the best vegan restaurants for top plant-based recommendations.
Europe is home to many vegan-friendly cities, making it difficult to choose a capital. However, innovative cities such as London and Berlin are famous amongst vegans for their cruelty-free approach to foods. While Norway is a frontrunner in vegan cuisine amongst other Northern European countries.
Most countries in Scandinavia are becoming more and more vegan friendly. But if you’re a true plant-based foodie, we recommend traveling to Oslo in Norway. The cutting edge city is not only trailblazing in its adoption of electric cars but also in its contribution to cruelty-free cuisines.