So it turns out Oslo doesn’t really do Mondays. The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art is closed Mondays. The Mathallen Oslo food hall is closed Mondays. Some of the best restaurants are, heartbreakingly, closed Mondays. But you know what is open on Mondays? Ace coffee roaster and cult icon Tim Wendelboe. Although the espresso bar is small (just four seats inside, plus standing room at the bar and a mess of outside stools), the baristas are friendly and deeply knowledgeable. Light roasts are the thing to order here, although the rotating menu of specialty drinks is mega tempting. We left with the ultimate coffee-geek souvenir: a bag of rare Hacienda La Esmeralda beans from Boquete, Panama, picked in the spring and roasted at the tail end of summer. And for those of you not traveling to Norway any time soon, Wendelboe’s coffee subscription is a thing of beauty.
Grüners Gate 1, Oslo, Norway; +47-400-04-062.