Slice of Norge: Butcher King

There’s more to life than buying packaged meats in grocery stores. That should be a new proverb that we all live by. I understand that it’s sometimes necessary to walk the shopping aisles, but finding your local butcher is one of the interesting things about moving to a new town.


There are two main butchers close to the centre of Stavanger and A.Idsøe happens to be a short walk from my office. You cannot miss the big writing on the shop front and the long counter holding every and any type of meat (and cheese) you can think of. Don’t forget to take a number from the ticket machine because it’s a busy establishment.

The people at A.Idsøe always give their advice on the meat of the week.

The first few times I went there, I would ask “Kan du snakke Engelsk?” and of course their reply would be in English. The staff are friendly, so now I just launch into English and find out what cut of steak is the tastiest for the week. The marbled rib eye is absolutely fanatstic! Pork chops, lamb shanks and chicken also feature heavily in the shop. The lean mince is used to make a delicious bolognese sauce that Andrea, in my opinion, is famous for.

Mmm…steak. Need I say more?

It’s true that sausages and bacon make the world go 'round. In bacon, here you have the choice of pre-packaged or ‘free range.’ It’s the same bacon just that the loose strips are exposed to the air and hence make for a crispier fry; we always go for these.


And then there are the sausages: the local ones curled in a circle, bratwurst, chorizo (yum!), lamb, ham and rosemary and of course hot ones. The local variety are often referred to as ‘Gladmat’ because they’ve become famous in the region and are always showcased in the annual Gladmat Festival. They do not disappoint – the only choice you have to make is what size circle to purchase!

gladmat sausages

The local sausages are delectable and feature in the annual Gladmat Festival.

The butcher also doubles as a delicatessen with many cold cuts and cheeses to choose from. I always look forward to each visit because even though I usually know what to get, I never tire of the visual meat overload on display.

A.Idsøe was established in 1828 and is located on Verksgaten 3-5 in downtown Stavanger.


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Shopping at the local butcher seems to be a lost art. When did we stop caring about where our food comes from? I’m glad to hear your supporting the local economy 🙂

9 years ago

We definitely haven’t stopped caring. In Norway you have to be pretty conscientious shopping as many things are imported – I’m always weary of eating things that are shipped long distances. -Andrea

9 years ago

That looks pretty amazing. I was wondering how you were doing since the early summer. I haven’t read your posts for a bit as I made my own move to Budapest. I love it, but you are right on, the move and adjustment take alot of energy. I loved your beach weekend photos.

9 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Wow, Lisa – we loved Budapest – congrats on your move! What brings you there?

9 years ago

One should never underestimate the importance of finding a good butcher. Given the high prices in Norway in general, do you find that meat is more of a luxury item than it has been in the past?

9 years ago

You had me at bacon! 🙂

Cool that it’s so close to your office and is a place you can frequent often.

9 years ago
Reply to  cheryl

Bacon tastes good, pork chops taste good 🙂

9 years ago

Being a proud carnivore, this all looks delicious. My vegetarian husband might disagree.

9 years ago
Reply to  Cathy Sweeney

Go Carnivores!!

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