Thank you to all participants

Dear friends and colleagues,

We’d like to thank you all very much again for having taken time in your busy schedules to come to Oslo and for making the summer institute 2018 such a success. We very much appreciate the thought and effort that you put in and the collaborative and intellectually stimulating atmosphere that you helped us to develop.

- the organisers

The future

Watch this space for details of the next summer institute.

We have left the details of The Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind 2018 below because they are a very good guide to what we aim to achieve.

The Norwegian Summer Institute on Language and Mind

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A simple lunch will be provided each weekday at the summer institute for all registered students. Students are responsible for their own food at other times.

Coffee and food at the Blindern campus

There are several canteens and coffee bars. N.B. opening hours are restricted during the summer vacation. See below for details. There's a complete list of summer hours for all UiO cafés etc here.

Coffee bars

(Better coffee, not much choice of food)

Trygve kaffebar, Eilert Sundt’s hus, just across the courtyard from the institute venue. Pretty good coffee. When you enter the building, bear slightly left, and the coffee bar is through some double doors. Ask someone to show you if you can't find it.

Summer opening times: 18 June - 10 August: 08.30 - 14.30
except Tuesday 31 July: 08.30 - 12.30

Georg kaffebar, Georg Sverdrups hus (the main library building). Pretty good coffee. This is the stand in the corridor outside the library cafeteria proper.

Shut until 6th August. Thereafter: Monday–Thursday 08.00 - 17.00; Friday 08.00 – 15.00


(Less good coffee, more choice of food)

SV-kafeen. Eilert Sundt’s hus, just across the courtyard from the institute venue. Standard cafeteria fare. When you enter the building, the cafeteria is on your right..

Summer opening times:
Shut until 6th August.
Thereafter: Mon-Fri: 09.00 - 18.00

The main refectory, 'Frederikke'. Upstairs in the Frederikke building on the main square of the campus, about three minutes’ walk from the institute venue. Standard cafeteria fare.

Summer opening times:
Up to 3rd August: Monday–Friday 11.00 - 16.00
6–10 August: Monday–Friday 11.00 - 15.00


In town

Cafés (as recommended by Georges)

Espresso House(s) are located all around town, most of them with decent coffee, crossiant, quiches, various sandwiches, etc., and, most attractively, large plate glass windows that look out on, e.g.:

Literaturhuset: Corner of Wergelandsveien & Parkveien: open from 10am to 00:30; great patio!; good beer; expensive food (see below) but backroom of interior is expressly for people who want to write or chat without having to buy anything!)

There are lots of cafes in “Bislett Square” (not the local name. It’s the roundabout at a large stadium of that name at the intersection of (inter alia) Louises gate, Thereses gate, Pilestredet and Josefinsgate (which is a lovely street to walk! #17,18 trams go directly there, about five stops from UiO Blindern and John Colletts Plass stop). They include:

- Godt Brød (one @ Bislett square and another up Thereses Gate); open only to 6pm; Sat, 5pm.

- Café Laundromat (Bislett Square): open to 1am; funky, dark ambiance; iffy food; nice patio;

Food shopping

There are small supermarkets all over town. Most (but not all) shut on Sundays. The best quality is probably at the big Jacob's supermarket at Majorstuen. REMA 1000, Rimi and Kiwi are among the cheaper supermarkets.

Fruit, veg and other supplies: can be bought from independent 'ethnic' grocery shops which can be found all over town, usually in back streets. They are generally recognisable by the stands of fresh produce outside. They are usually open on Sundays.

Bread: the Åpent Bakeri. Proper bread. Huge croissants, raisin buns and cinnamon buns. Decent coffee. They shut quite early.
Various branches.

Some places to eat out

A few places which have been suggested by colleagues. We haven't tested them all personally.

Eating out: least expensive

Neighbourhood sushi places. There are lots of small takeaway sushi places all over Oslo, many of them with a counter or a few tables for eating in. They tend to be pretty good value for Oslo. One that is quite good is Sushi Express, at Parkveien 6.

Gaza Kjøkken (Good, inexpensive Palestinian café. Excellent falafel.)
Møllergata 10, 0179

Lille Saigon (Good, inexpensive Vietnamese food. Number 16 on the menu, chicken on rice vermicelli, is great.)
Town centre branch: Bernt Akers Gate 7; there's also a branch in Grünerløkka: at Seilduksgata 17

Rice Bowl Thai Café Restarant (Decent, reasonably priced Thai food.)
Youngs Gate 4

Atelier Asian Tapas(80 NOK for a tapas sized portion.)
In the Mathallen – a food hall, at Vulkan 5

Café Tekehtopa (informal and relatively cheap café/restaurant, serves light meals and mains)
St Olavs plass 2

Lorry (Traditional Norwegian pub/bistro)
Parkveien 12

Mucho Mas (Cheapish ‘Mexican’ food, well-established)
Thorvald Meyers gate 36

Villa Paradiso (Italian restaurant, does decent pizzas)
Olaf Ryes plass 8

Delicatessen (A chain of tapas places. Restaurants named after a film named after a type of shop named after a food category.)
Majorstuen branch: Vibes gate 8.
Aker bryge branch: Holmens gate 2
Grünnerløkka branch: Søndregate 8

Schrøder (Very traditional Norwegian food. Cheap for Oslo. Detective Harry Hole’s local in Jo Nesbø’s stories.)
Waldemar Thranes gate 8

Store Stå (A pub with outdoor seating and pizzas right by the Bislett tram stop, a short ride from the campus.)
Theresesgate 51

Fiskeriet (A fishmongers which also serves a limited range of seafood dishes – centrally located.)
Youngstorget 2b

Georges’ recommendations

There’re quite a few open air, not too pricey patio restaurants (e.g., Südøst Sushi, Syng Thai, and Trattoria Populare – for which see separate entry below) near Heimdalsgate, at the Aker river.

Best to take #17 tram to the Heimdalsgate stop, look around at the half-dozen restaurants/pubs around there, and then proceed up the Aker river, which is dotted with a number of shaded patio bar/restaurants (you’ll pass or have to go around some occasional construction; not to worry, the walk gets real nice). There’s also a fancy food market (“Mathallen”) along about mid-way as you follow the river up to a pretty dramatic (for the middle of city) waterfall after the Wellman nightclub. There at the top of the waterfall there’s a secluded patio pub/café, Månefisken -- this is at Sagveien where it crosses the Aker.

To get back to UiO, walk east, across the Aker, along Beierbrua to Thorvald Meyers gate, where you can get a #12 tram, and transfer to a #17,18 at Stortorvet.

Eating out: Fairly expensive

Olympen (Beer hall atmosphere. Decent food, a bit overpriced for what it is.)
Grønlandsleiret 15

Trattoria Popolare (Italian food in Grunerløkka. Pasta main courses from 170 Kr up. The owners also run a microbrewery, Schouskjelleren mikrobryggeri, in the same building.)
Trondheimsveien 2

Kafé Oslo, Litteraturhuset (Mid-priced bistro café at the newish ‘Literature Centre’. Nice airy dining room with books. Main course at dinner from about 250 Kr. Sometimes disorganised service.)
Wergelandsveien 29

Eating out: Very expensive

Alex Sushi (Pretty good sushi. Can be exorbitant, but has some set price menus – from 485 Kr at the Solli branch. Drinks are expensive.)
Solli branch: Cort Adelers gate 2
Tyuvholmen branch: Strandpromenaden 11

Ekebergrestauranten (Expensive restaurant on a hill. Pleasant food, super view.)
Kongsveien 1

Grefsenkollen (Another expensive restaurant on a – bigger – hill. Stunning view.)
Grefsenkollveien 100