The glass-roofed Palmen tea room, located just behind the reception, is an old-fashioned, red-carpeted haven of tranquillity built in 1930, and the perfect place to enjoy a quiet drink any time of the day, but if you really want the true tourist experience, head for the Grand Café, where novelist Henrik Ibsen had his regular table. Along with his painter friends such as Munch, Ibsen has been immortalised in a giant fresco on one of the walls in the cafe. This bygone setting is also where the hotel's very generous buffet breakfast of salmon, cheeses, jams, pastries and various other equally delicious delights is served, and its terrace overlooking the street is perfect for watching the comings and goings of Oslo's main avenue. At lunchtime, guests can choose between the buffet option and an 'à la carte' dish, bearing in mind that lunch in Norway is rarely more than a sandwich or a salad and a dessert. A live jazz brunch is organised every Sunday and is very popular with the locals.
The best spot in the hotel, though, is undoubtedly the glass-roofed bar-restaurant on the top floor, complete with a terrace where you can enjoy a sunny day away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Inside, it is stylishly decorated and has a lively ambience. The light lunches served here consist mainly of sandwiches and salads, whilst carefully-prepared dishes making good use of local produce feature on the evening menu. The views across the city from the restaurant are spectacular, whilst the bar, which is open until 1:00am during the week and 2:00am on the weekend, is very popular with the local jet set.