Café Tekethopa in Oslo is the old state hospital’s apothecary (pharmacy) from 1872 which was converted to a trendy restaurant in 1997. It’s a three-story mansion, originally with the pharmacy on the first floor and two apartments on the two above. Today it also houses Restaurant Ylajali and Bar Babylon in the courtyard (click all pics to enlarge and enjoy!):
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The name Tekethopa comes from the Norwegian word for pharmacy/apothecary which is Apotheket. The first years the café was called Apotheket until the cities pharmacies objected and said that it might confuse people.

Pub Tekehtopa or Cafe Apothecary in Oslo #3Therefore they just twisted the Norwegian word for it, it is simply spelled backwards. In the left photo, you see their logo etched in the window from the inside and it should explain it all :-)

Most of the walls, floor and ceiling are original and retain the stucco, plaster ornamentation, with large windows that let in much light. They have matched the interior with the old style – quite cosy I would say. I was there for Sunday lunch with my wife DianeCA (her favourite Café) some weeks ago, and gladly take you along:

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From the charming and cosy interior.
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To capture the atmosphere and remind you of that you are in an old pharmacy, they have e.g. restored the original ceiling paintings and kept some equipment in glass cases:
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The service and food is both nice and here are some examples from the menu which my wife and I had:
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Left: Chèvre salad with honey, mustard and cashew – Right: Chili marinaded shrimp salad

This is just an example of many cafés or restaurants in old buildings renovated and decorated to take care of and preserve the original architecture. Instead of tearing down these beautiful old buildings Oslo is interested in taking care of the history, culture and traditions. This also makes Oslo a lovely city as many areas are well maintained from the era they were built. That’s also an example of what you can experience together with bloggers from all over the world, if you meet up with us at the Oslo Blog Gathering in August (click to see the official program site!).

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