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Reading a Norwegian Cafe Menu Posted by on Feb 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

Norwegian lefser (a bit like pancakes but with a different taste, often eaten with butter and sugar). (Photo courtesy of Stacy Spensley at Flickr, CC License..)

Liker du å gå på kafé? (Do you like going to cafés?) Although Norway is not Italia (Italy), you can find koselige kaféer in most byer (towns and cities). Even in very small bygder (Norwegian-style villages), there often is a place where you can buy kaffi med noko attåt. Yes, that is usually written in Nynorsk. In everyday-ish Bokmål Norwegian (which this blog is trying to teach), you’d probably get ”kaffe med noe i tillegg” – coffee with something extra. The ”extra” might be a kake (cake) or a lefse. Norwegians generally love søtsaker (”sweet stuff”)! 🙂

A Norwegian café meny [menEE] is often easy to read for an English-speaker, as many words are international and (almost) the same in both languages. Can you guess what you get if you order a kaffe latte? 🙂 Here are some other menu items:

Varme drikker – Hot beverages

kaffe – coffee

te – tea

melk, sukker – milk, sugar

kakao m/ krem – cocoa w/ cream

dobbel espresso – double espresso

Kalde drikker – Cold beverages

glass juice [yooce] – glass of juice

brus – fizzy lemonade, mineral water

vann m/ isterninger – water w/ ice-cubes

lettøl – ”light” beer (with little alcohol)

Mat – food

sjokoladekake – chocolate cake

vaffel m/ syltetøy – waffle w/ jam

lefse m/ smør & sukker – lefse w/ butter & sugar

muffins [mooffins] – muffin(s)

bolle – bun

is – ice-cream

pølse i brød – hotdog

smørbrød (or blings) – open sandwich

And a bit of dialogue to place your order:

Ekspedient: Hei!

Du: Hei! Jeg vil gjerne ha … to kakao med krem. (Hi! I’d like … two cups of hot chocolate with cream.)

Ekspedient: Noe å spise til? (Something to eat with it?)

Du: Ja takk, gjerne. Da tar jeg … ei lefse med smør og en muffins. (Yes, please, I’d love to. Then I’ll take… a lefse with butter and a muffin.)

Ekspedient: Værsågod. To kakao, ei lefse og en muffins… Det blir 125 kroner, takk. (Here you are. Two chocolates, one lefse and one muffin… That’s 125 Kroner, please.)

Globally speaking, Norwegian cafés are quite expensive. Some places an ordinary cup of black coffee may cost three US dollars or even four, so save a little extra before you embark on your great Norwegian adventure. 🙂

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. Jaamac:

    To kakao med krem, ei lefse og en muffins for 125 kroner? Å hen ædde så billig? 😀 Her i Kristiansand får du aldri alt dette for 125 kroner! 😀 Norge æ et dyrt land 😉

    Two chocolates with cream, one lefse and one muffin for 125 kroners? Where do you get all this so cheap? Here in Kristiansand do you not even have the chance to buy all this for that price 😀 Norway is a expencive place 😉

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Jaamac @Jaamac

      Hehe, I got some of the prices from a fjellstue price list, then invented the last ones. 🙂 Yes, Norway is quite expensive. 😉