IKEA – just ten minutes drive by bus or car

IKEA – just ten minutes drive by bus or car

IKEA – just ten minutes drive by bus or car

IKEA at Slependen is one of the largest stores in Norway.  It can be fun to wander around for inspiration or to buy some items for the home.  This is also where you can enjoy the cheapest meal in the district – and also one inspired by Scandinavian traditional cooking.   Everyone knows that IKEA ice-cream is the cheapest and best, and very many customers recruit their energy by buying a  hot-dog (or two) for just 8 kroner, right opposite the cash desks.  The huge parking house is free of course, as is the frequent IKEA bus which shuttles between the store and the centre of Oslo.
Store Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 – 22 and Saturday 9 – 21  Restaurant: Monday to Friday 9:30 – 21 and Saturday 9:30 – 20

The IKEA fish burger is excellent-  It is made of cod, haddock and pollock and is served on ecological bread bun with salad and  spicy mayonaise.  This is the IKEA flagship dish of 2019!

Children up to 11 years old can order a delicious child’s fish burger for NOK 45,- 

For vegetarians, this is a good choice – vegetarian balls with Nordic grains, vegetables, yoghurt, fresh parsley and a red curry coconut sauce. 
Children’s portions can be ordered.

There is a selection of cakes, pancakes, biscuits, sweets and breads.

There’s nothing more traditionally Scandinavian than this dish of meatballs, served with either mashed or boiled potatoes, creamed sauce, vegetables & cranberry jam. 15 meatballs costs NOK 109,- and 20 meatballs is NOK 129,-  There’s also a very cheap child’s portion (much loved by my grandsons!!)

IKEA pasta with tomato sauce is filling and tasty.  It’s especially very popular with children. 

You can order extras such as meat or veg balls in addition to the basic cost of NOK 49,-

Feta cheese and olive salad

Another Scandinavian favourite is filet of salmon, served with a cabbage, fennel and seaweed-grain mixture and mashed or boiled potatoes. 

If you are specially hungry, you can order a big portion which costs NOK 159,-

IKEA offers very cheap and good child portions, which just cost NOK 29,- for the most popular dishes.  My grandsons have worked out that 3 kids’ portions of meatballs are better value than one adult portion – “and you get lots more potatoes Granny!”  Guests who prefer ketchup to cranberry sauce, can use the sauce vending machines.  My grandsons also enjoy the IKEA soft drinks system which allows them to return to the machine for extra fill-ups or to mix the flavours! 

Prawns and egg on bread

The quick service food kiosk is opposite the check-out desks.  There are tables and chairs just round the corner.  A vegetarian sausage in bread with your choice of topping and also a drink of your choice costs only NOK 12,- and is voted top class by my hot-dog loving, value for money, grandson.  Without the drink the veg hot dog costs only NOK 5,-  Best value soft ice in Norway costs only NOK 10,- and you can add red berry sauce!  A cup of coffee is only NOK 10,-

The IKEA bus

The free IKEA-bus which runs every hour from Monday to Saturday between Fred Olsens gate in Oslo and IKEA at Slependen.
The IKEA-bus does not stop between the warehouse and Fred Olsens gate in Oslo.

From Oslo sentrum:                                                  From IKEA Slependen:
Week days Saturdays Week days Saturdays
09:30 10:10
10:30 10:30 11:10 11:10
11:30 11:30 12:10 12:10
12:30 12:30 13:10 13:10
13:30 13:30 14:10 14:10
14:30 14:30 15:10 15:10
15:30 15:30 16:10 16:10
16:30 16:30 17:10 17:10
17:30 17:30 18:10 18:10
18:30 18:30 19:10 19:10
19:30 19:30 20:10 20:10
20:30 21:10 21:10
22:10 21:45


Cafés and restaurants in Vollen

Cafés and restaurants in Vollen

Kafé Oscar

Oscar café is famous throughout the greater Oslo region – for wonderful views of the fjord right into Oslo. You will find cakes, breads & sandwiches in the traditional building from 1870. So if you don’t want to sail away for a picnic as our local baker is doing in Jordfald’s humorous sign outside, then this is a place for breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack.


Opening times: Mon – Sat: 09:00 – 17.00 hrs, Sunday: 10:00 – 17.00 hrs.

And you might like to save some crumbs for the birds visiting the Piano Bird-table outside! Or take a look round the cafe, to find the statue of a boy throwing a stone towards the fjord…


Little England Tea Rooms

English/ American/Indian/Pakistani food, sandwiches, cream teas and lots more in an old skipper’s house from the beginning of the 19th century.
Opening times: Saturdays: 11:00 – 17:00 hrs & Sundays: 12:00 – 18:00hrs


Oslofjord museum café

Whether or not you want to look round the boat exhibition in the museum, the café is a great place for a snack, coffee or an ice-cream when you are going to walk along the coastal path, look at the boats in the harbour or even have a swim.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday in summer from 11:00 – 15:00  In winter, only Sundays

Eléa Greek grocery store, take-aways and café

This is where we find wonderful products from Greece – figs in brandy and honey, ginger preserves which are delicious with cheeses. Newly baked cake (my favourite is the gorgeous lemon cake) just to name a very few.  You can enjoy a good cup of coffee and piece of pie or cake inside or out, according to the weather and season. And just recently Eléa has been granted a licence to sell wine with a meal at the café.
Opening times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:00 – 17:00; Saturday 11:00 – 16:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 16:00

Vito’s Italian Restaurant

I took this photo on a mid-December day as I was walking down Vollen skog road to the village.  Vito’s Restaurant is the large yellow sunlit building lying in the marina.  This is our favourite eating-out place in Vollen village.  However the Italian family who run the restaurant, take their holidays in winter, so it is open for the spring to autumn season from April.

You will find a translation of Vito’s menu in Sheeps Inn apartment.  Some of the dishes, such as lasagne and pizza are available as take-aways.

Take-aways & delivery services

Take-aways & delivery services

At Vito's restaurant beside the harbour in Vollen

There are several fast food, take-away establishments and delivery services available in and near Vollen.  You will find leaflets and translations in the apartment for pizzas, lasagne, sushi, hamburgers and more.  Apart from these, our local grocery supermarket, REMA 1000 is open until 23:00 on weeknights, 21:00 on Saturdays (but closed on Sundays) and at  REMA you can find a wide selection of easily prepared or microwaved meals, some of which are classical Norwegian dishes.

Smak & SANS sushi take-away

The sushi is really tasty and fresh. It is very popular for “take-aways” and easy to find, just at the entrance to the Vollen supermarket Rema 1000. Smak & Sans is open from 11 a.m. Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It closes at 9 p.m. every evening.

Vito’s Vollen – restaurant and take-away (our menu translation to English is in your apartment.)

The Italian food is great, the staff very friendly and you can sit indoors or out according to the weather. You will enjoy watching the boats on the Oslo fjord and in and around the marina. We love the Scampi in salsa d’aragosta (big scampi in lobster sauce with fresh vegetables and rice) but there are lots of dishes to choose from. My grandchildren adore the children’s cheese and ham pizza, the Pasta alla bolognese, and the Lasagne al forno. Vito’s offers take-away dishes too. At weekends, there is often live music or concerts – even an “Opera evening”

Eléa – Greek restaurant in the centre of the village

Eléa is the place for authentic Greek specialities – delicious salads, pies, cakes and lots more.  You can enjoy a meal, with a glass of Greek wine or cup of coffee or tea, inside or outside the restaurant.  Since I live so close, I often pop in for a lovely take-away to enjoy at home or on our boat.

Namnam – pizza and hamburger take-away and delivery service

Our translation of the menu, and the menu in Norwegian is in your apartment.  Delivery takes about one hour.  Namnam is about 3 km in direction Slemmestad so you can also fetch your order by car.

Peppe’s Pizza restaurant, take-away and delivery

Peppe’s Pizza is probably the oldest Italian style food chain of restaurants in Norway. The closest Peppe’s is in Asker town but the restaurant delivers to Vollen.  You will find both the restaurant, and the take-away/delivery menus in your apartment.  The restaurant menu is in English.