Mathallen, the latest grand European food court with food shops selling local and imported fish, meat, vegetables, baked goods, and coffee, has opened in the Norwegian capital.
Local purveyors include Vulkanfisk, a fish market that also has a seafood bar; Vulkan, a green grocer selling fruits, vegetables, fresh and dried spices, sauces, and oils; Slakterhuset, a butcher; Vulkan Blomster, a florist; and Melkerampa, a showroom for TINE dairy products, Norway’s largest dairy producer.
International shops include Comer Con Arte, which is run by a group of Spanish chefs and features Spanish cuisine, and Via Italia, which sells Italian meats, pasta, olive oil, cheese, rice, and tomato sauces.
For visitors looking for a respite from shopping, there are several restaurants, including Ma Poule, a French restaurant famed for its duck confit sandwich; Smelteverket, a restaurant and bar situated in the basement that serves New York street food and soul food; Von Porat, which serves seasonal dishes; Hotel Havana, which serves a daily paella, bottled Spanish beers, and cava; and Barramon, a pintxos (snack) bar and deli featuring food and wine from Spain’s Basque Country.
For those who want a refreshing beer, wine, or cocktail, there are several bars, like Champagneria Bodega, a wine bar that serves tapas and has a small cheese shop and outdoor seating area.
Chefs and locals alike browse the stalls and shops for goods for sale from small-scale producers and importers. Open six days a week (the food hall is closed on Mondays), the bright and airy market features more than 30 vendors, with several spaces reserved for pop-up shops on the ground floor and a kitchen and dining area on the first floor. The food court is also Oslo’s latest venue for hosting food festivals, contests, and conferences.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.