Norway is expensive, full stop. There’s no way around it. But you can try to shop at relatively cheaper supermarket chains. Let’s talk about the cheapest supermarket in Norway.
Whether you are an Erasmus student, a seasonal worker, or just hate overpaying for your groceries, knowing where to buy cheap groceries in Oslo will save you a ton of money.
Cheap Supermarkets In Oslo
In Norway the supermarket model is different. Instead of having cheaper supermarket chains (ie hard discounters), there are only regular supermarkets.
So let’s have a look at the most affordable supermarkets in Norway.
REMA 1000REMA 1000
Rema (aka Rema 1000) is generally speaking your best bet if you’re trying to keep a low-cost life in Norway.
While not great in terms of assortment, service, or fruit prices, the supermarket is one of your better available choices.
Also, Rema distributes products created by Kolonihagen, a nice modern approach to branding and product management, offering many eco-products and interesting recipes. (Try their Ethiopian coffee!)
Kiwi is very similar to Rema, and in some cases cheapest supermarket in Norway.
The Kiwi chain has some larger shops with bigger product assortments and some great seasonal promotions, one of the better Kiwi shops is the one in Bjorvika.
One of my buying tips: head to the ‘ethnic‘ section, and find better-priced Greek Olives and seeds/grains.
A Norwegian cooperative, Coop is a nice supermarket, similar to Kiwi and Rema 1000 but slightly shinier and more expensive.
One of the better things about Coop is their own ECO brand called Änglamark that sells a wide range of ecological but affordable products ranging from yoghurt to chips and laundry soap.
Many will agree with me that the cheapest shops in Oslo are actually the so-called ‘ethnic shops’ in the Gronland area.
Especially if you’re trying to buy fruits and vegetables.
In addition to finding your Moroccan olive oil, or Indian spices, these shops tend to carry a good range of food staples, at a surprisingly cheap price.
See below my favorites.
Real! Frukt & GrøntReal! Frukt & Grønt
One of the most popular fruit & veggies supermarkets in Oslo with fantastic seasonal prices in items such as oranges, avocadoes, or melons.
A Food MarketA Food Market
Check out this Asian supermarket, with a good selection of ethnic products and very competitive prices.
Do you just want a good, cheap supermarket? Then Rema is probably the best bet.
Do you want to buy organic products? I’d go with the Änglamark line at Coop.
Do you buy mostly fresh fruits and vegetables? Go to the ‘ethnic shops’ in Grønland.