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Destination: the kings speech; lunch on Bygdøy

When you take a glance at Google Maps, it becomes apparent in no time. A lot of woodland, ginormously expensive houses, and some charming beaches. The abundance of museums in the area is hard to miss as well. And don't get me wrong, go ahead and visit them all. Bygdøy is truly a splendid spot to while away a day.

But immersing yourself in culture and gawking at posh villas can work up an appetite.

Now, here's where it gets intriguing because I have an impossible choice for you. A picturesque botanical greenhouse or a tiny island without a road access, requiring a boat trip to reach it.

First and foremost, let's talk about the greenhouse: Kongsgården Gartneriet Café. As the name implies, it's part of the property owned by the Norwegian royal family... or something like that.

Now, I'm not necessarily a fervent fan of monarchies, but if I had to choose, it would be the Norwegian one. The best speech ever delivered by a monarch came from the Norwegian king. It gives me goosebumps just reminiscing about it. Anyway, let's return to Kongsgården Gartneriet Café. First things first, I highly recommend going there on a regular weekday, slightly past midday. The waiting time can get a bit lengthy on weekends. It won't come as a surprise that most of their delectable dishes are crafted using locally grown vegetables and fruits. The flavors are sublime, and the location is equally splendid yet utterly inconspicuous. Whether you spot it on Google Maps or happen to stumble upon it, it blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

If you happen to have an insatiable craving for fish and chips or succulent shrimp, Bygdøy might not be the ideal spot. Instead, go to Lille Herbern. You'll have to hop on a tiny ferry from Bygdøy, which takes a mere one minute to whisk you away to a dock. From there, a stroll of a few minutes will lead you to an enchanting little cottage with a vibrant terrace. Sailors, hikers, and couples on romantic rendezvous gather here for a bite and a sip. It's an atmosphere of carefree joy, and their fish and chips are the bomb.

The choice is yours: a verdant haven inside a greenhouse fit for a fairy tale, or a hidden gem on a secluded island. Whichever path you choose, culinary delights and captivating experiences await in Bygdøy. Aye!


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