One of our favourite coffee stops in Tokyo is Fuglen near Yoyogi Park, especially during summer where the low wooden benches outside are perfect for enjoying the sun while nursing freshly brewed coffee. Part of the charm is knowing that the café is a retro-cool import from Norway, fully embraced by trendy Tokyoites.
So when we finally find ourselves in the Norwegian capital, we make a beeline to downtown Oslo where the original Fuglen resides. Easily recognisable thanks to their distinctive red-and-white bird logo – fuglen means “the bird” in Norwegian – and their outdoor benches and elbow tables, Fuglen was founded in 1963 and its interior harkens back to that era.
Part Nordic vintage, part retro cool, we take in the furniture and abundance of design knick-knacks – most of which can be purchased – before realising it’s time to order our coffee. A helpful barista guides us through their selection of beans and encourages us to return after sunset when the space switches from coffee shop to cocktail bar.
All of this stems from Fuglen’s trio of owners: Einar K. Holthe, winner of both the Norwegian Barista Championship and the Nordic Barista Cup; Halvor Digernes, the Nordic winner of the Linie Cocktail Awards; and Peppe Trulsen, a 1960s design specialist.
Here at Fuglen, everything old-fashioned is made new and cool again.
Universitetsgata 2, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Mon-Tue 7:30am-10pm / Wed-Thu 7:30am-12am / Fri 7:30am-1:30am / Sat 10:30am-1:30am / Sun 10:30am-10pm
+47 22 20 08 80