Gluten Free Stavanger, Norway

Booking our trip to Stavanger less than 36 hours before the plane departed didn’t really give me a great deal of time to research gluten options there. However, having visited Norway as a gluten free traveller before, I was confident I’d be relatively OK. In fact, it turned out much better than OK…

McDonalds

The Golden Arches offer gluten free buns in Norway (and all over Scandinavia). Whilst this is clearly not a gourmet option, it offers a safe choice for the gluten free diner. One of the blogs I’d managed to read before setting off was this by itsgottobeglutenfree. On approaching the counter and asking if they had gluten free buns I received the same response, as if to say “durr, of course we do, you fool” In fact this was repeated everywhere else we went, eating gluten free in Norway just seems so ordinary.

Gluten free Mcdonalds

Norway is not cheap to eat out in so this provided both a quick and inexpensive lunch option and the kids tried their first Happy Meal. (Hoping that is a memory they don’t keep reminding me of!).

Egon

We ate at this Norwegian chain several times, mainly due to it being the only place in town being open on New Year’s Eve (odd). The decor was a bit TGI Fridays-esque but it had plenty of gluten free options including this pizza.

Egon Gluten Free Pizza

And importantly when a glass of average quality wine costs well over a tenner, gluten free beer!

After too much McD’s and pizza, I could only face a Cobb salad. Complete with gluten free bread, simply switched from regular bread and not attracting an additional charge. That’s a gluten free beer to the left too.

Cobb Salad

Dolly Dimple’s

Dolly Dimple’s are a chain of pizza restaurants found all over Norway. They offer regular and gluten free pizzas. One interesting service from Dolly’s is that they can deliver to your hotel, instead of room service. In our case, they came right to our hotel door complete with card reader for the payment.

The menu online was in Norwegian but did have pictures and quick use of a translation app I figured out what the toppings were.

Dolly Dimples

I choose ham and mushroom with extra tomato slices. (That’s another gluten free beer on the table).

GF pizza

I enjoyed this pizza but the base is not like a regular Italian pizza base. The texture is more springy and thicker. If you’ve ever tried a McDonald’s gluten free burger bun in Scandinavia, it’s a bit like that. Not unpleasant, just different. I don’t have a problem with codex wheat starch but I know some Coeliacs do. Many of the Scandinavian gluten free goods (e.g., Fria) contain it, so if this is an issue for you, then you might want to check.

Bolgen & Moi, Norwegian Petroleum museum, Stavanger

Enjoyed lunch here of this salmon salaad with a great view of Stavanger’s harbour from the pier of the oil museum. Normally offers gluten free bread but the bakery was closed over New Year so none available on my visit.

Salad Petroleum Museum

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4 Comments

  1. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad
    February 22, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I did very well for gluten free dining in Sweden, so I’m glad to hear Norway was similar. I was so taken with the novelty of being able to eat in Macdonalds that I did a fast food tour of duty around Stockholm! Anyway, I’m happy things turned out well for you and the family. Those pizzas look delicious.

    • February 24, 2016 / 9:27 am

      “Tour of duty” that’s a great description for the need to visit McDonald’s in countries where they have a gluten free bun! We went back to Norway at the end of January (to Bergen) and found another excellent gluten free pizza. Who knew Norway could make such great pizzas?!

  2. August 22, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    That’s very interesting point of view! I currently live here, I discovered my gluten intolerance a year and a half ago. Yes, you can find substitutes *almost* everywhere, but the real struggle begins when your are also dairy intolerant. The second thing is: how often you can eat pizzas and burgers, right?

    But you actually motivated me to prepare some reviews of gluten free places in Norway. For now I know one, Funky Fresh Foods in Oslo (http://bit.ly/2bIRth2). They have completely gluten free kitchen, can you believe that?!

    If you will have a possibility to visit Oslo – I honestly recommend it!

    • September 6, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Hi Kat, thanks very much for your comment and perspective on gluten free foods in Norway. I do agree with you that one wouldn’t want to eat burgers and pizzas every night (I don’t at home either). I can imagine it’s a struggle to be both gluten and dairy free in Norway as it seems to be elsewhere.

      Thanks also for the tip on Funky Fresh Foods in Oslo. I have been to Oslo, and another trip to Tromso. I enjoyed Oslo but we were there for New Year and I’d love to return in the summer for a different experience. I’ll be sure to check out the restaurant.

      Btw, I love the photography on your blog – just beautiful.

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