(Disclaimer: this isn’t a food blog, but it’s about to turn into one for a few posts.)
Big mistake: I attempted to eat my way through one of the most expensive cities in the world.
(According to most sources, only Singapore and Paris rank higher). Though flights into Norway were ridiculously affordable (round trip, with one checked bag, from JFK, can float in the 400 range), the cost of eating (well) is numbingly high.
FOOD RULES TO DO NORWAY:
1) Book hotels that have breakfast included. This is NON-NEGOTIABLE. If you only follow one piece of advice I write, it MUST be this one. This can save you upwards of $30USD a day. (Breakfast included is one of the main reasons I stopped researching airbnb options…)
2) Assuming you just followed rule #1, plan to spend AT LEAST $30 USD per day on food. This dictates you stick to a VERY strict dietary budget, outlined as follows:
- lunch is fast food or convenience store snacks
- no splurge snacks, coffee, or dessert
- buy one water bottle at the beginning of the trip and re-use it by filling it with hotel tap water. (Actually, that’s pretty good advice, you should do this regardless of being on a food budget—tap water in Norway is delicious and safe, and bottles can EASILY run you $4-7 USD.)
- No alcohol. EVER.
3) More realistically, budget $50 USD per day for food. This allows for a light-to-modest lunch, an espresso treat, and dinner with a glass of wine at a decent restaurant.
TO BE NOTED GOING FORWARD:
1) I spent as much on food in ten days as I would in a month on groceries in the states.
2) I ate enough sugar to give myself diabetes
3) AVOID EGON. JUST DON’T DO IT. Pretend it’s like the Norwegian version of Chili’s.