Norway, which has been ranked highest in standard of living, life expectancy and education for the 13th consecutive year, has its perks and quirks and BIT is certainly one of them. The café first opened up in Oslo – the capital city – and is unique to Norway.
Last week when I was visiting with my family, we ate lunch at BIT. I had always seen the café around during previous holidays, but had never tried it so decided to change things up a ‘BIT’. Generally, the café is very welcoming with the intentional clear glass as a barrier between you, the passer by, and the irresistible, delicate cakes and pastries carefully arranged on large dishes that inevitably lure you in. I’m surprised I’ve managed to resist the temptation to dive into one of the cinnamon and custard buns only up until last week.
Although the colour schemes within the café were rather bland with your average white and grey painted walls, the adventurous lights made up for it adding a subtle modernistic touch. Traditional Scandinavian sheep skin pillows and rugs were dotted around the café which made it all the more intimate and warming. The intended simplistic design seemed to work well as it contrasted with the complexity of some of the foods they had to offer.
We returned to our table carrying a tray with a mug of piping hot coffee (the generous staff didn’t hold back when filling it to the brim – quite literally), my mango and pineapple smoothie and a dainty jam jar filled with flowers. As an undeniable fan of mango, and someone with a true sweet tooth, the combination between the two fruits was nothing less than mouth watering. The price wasn’t quite as tasty, but that just comes with travelling to countries in which the citizens get paid higher salaries and the goods are more expensive.
All in all, it was a lovely experience that I will remember and I highly recommend BIT to any lost travelers in Norway looking for a place to sit back and relax. We tried one of their tasty salads (mainly because the attractive, bearded Nordic man smiled at me with his pearly whites as if to say “You know you want to try it”), as well as an amazing cinnamon and apple – or ‘Kanel og Eple’ as they say in Norway – cake slice. We left with full stomachs and a sense of contentedness, the staff seeing us off with “Ha det!” meaning “bye bye”. A great little find if ever you are in Norway!
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