As most of you are (I suppose) I am SOOO ready for the weekend! Family fun, nature and (hopefully) a bit of sun, too! We usually try to escape the city at least once every weekend. Oslo is luckily surrounded by beautiful forests, which are really easy to reach, both by car and public transport.
If you also love to stroll in the nature, I would strongly recommend you to get Trilleturer by Gry Støvind Hoell. A book that contains over 50 different child friendly hikes around Oslo. I find it super useful because it...
The downside, for the ones that don't speak norsk, though is that it's only available in Norwegian (or at least it was when I bought it about a year ago). If you have anybody at home that can translate, great! If you don't, you might want to use the Google's Translate images feature (take a picture of the page and get it translated, easy peasy!).
Interested? I bought it at ARK for 299NOK, but I'm sure you can find it in many other bookshops. It's also a great gift for other moms and dads to help them explore Oslo's surroundings.
Any other similar books that YOU would recommend? Please, share as a comment below :)
Hola mamás! Any plans for Friday morning? I don't know about you, but during my permisjon I liked planning my week ahead and having a few options to make sure I didn't end up home all day. And Fridays was often a musical day.
There is this weekly event at Oslo University (UiO) called Lunsj med kultur, which takes place every Friday from 12:15 to 12:45. It's basically an open performance that anybody can attend for free. It takes place inside the university, just in front of the library. I've been there a couple of times and have only ever seen musical pieces (all of them beautiful!), but they sometimes dance or perform other scenic arts, too.
And why should such an event be baby friendly? Because it takes place at an open hall inside the university. People are silent, but nobody will bother if your baby starts crying or giggles every now and then. Since it's a big hall, you can simply walk in or out anytime. There are also a few sofas you can sit on and breastfeed -breastfeeding while attending a concert? YES, it's possible!-. The atmosphere is so relaxing you both might actually fall asleep!
I'd say this plan is ideal for non-crawling babies, specially for the really young ones. I actually wish I would have heard about it before. I think it's the perfect activity for the first few weeks after birth, since it really just involves hopping into a tram, sitting and listening to some nice music. Babies tend to love it too, and research has proven that music can positively impact young children's neuronal development. What a great plan, right?
There is also a really nice and inexpensive café upstair, just one floor above the library where you can grab lunch before or after the concert. They have baby chairs and plenty of space for strollers.
Want to give it a try? Check out their monthly schedule.
How to get there:
Trikk: 17 / 18 "Universitetet Blindern"
T-bane: 4 / 5 "Blindern"
Bus: 22 / 25 / 118 / 156 / 345 / 363 / 435 / N18 "John Colletts Plass"
In today's post I want to tell you about my new favourite lunch restaurant in Oslo: a vegan (please, keep reading!) place called Funky Fresh Foods. -If you made it until here, congrats! I know many people that would've left immediately after reading 'vegan'. I myself am not a vegan and I found it delicious!-
Where is it?
They're located inside the DOGA (Norsk design og arkitektursenter), in front of Akerselva and just behind the Grünerløkka Jacob church. But here you go, Google Maps will be much better at giving you directions than me ;).
So I've lived in Grünerløkka for over a year now and have probably strolled around all strollable streets and paths here and had still never seen it. This is really annoying because I've been complaining about not finding veggie friendly restaurants in Oslo for so long now… and there’s one literally around the corner from us(oops!).
Can I take my baby?
We went there for lunch with a friend, her 15 month old daughter and Thea, who's 1 year old. The space is not intentionally made to go with kids -meaning there is no playing area or anything-, but it's very child friendly. It's spacious, big wooden tables, bright, there is space for strollers, they have baby chairs and there's a changing table in the bathroom. Each of our girls got a nice, high chair and managed to sit for almost 30 mins (wow!). But eventually, they did end up walking and crawling everywhere and we running after them. So I'd say it's best to come here with a non-crawling baby. And if your little one is still sleeping in the stroller next to you while you eat (what an idyllic picture!), even better. You should have no problems leaving your barnevogn next to your table.
If the weather's nice though, I would totally recommend you to sit outside. They have a lovely terrace surrounded by grass. I'd say that would be the easiest with kids.
And the food?
I had a suuuper yummy black bean veggie burger and Thea had falafel (and of course, half of my dish). The deserts were equally delicious! We tried blueberry chocolate cake and chocolate mint cake. The blueberry one was amazing! We also took some coconut crunchies home, gone in 2 days!. Feel free to have a look at the menu and the prices here.
Oh, and if you're looking for vegan ingredients, there is a small store inside the restaurant with a nice selection of plant-based products. If you come here with toddlers, you'll find yourself a lot in there using "ahhh... careful!" more than you wished ;).
MON - TUE: 10-19
WED - FRI: 10-22