Do not be fooled by its partly French- inspired menu. The Sweet Rain atmosphere is much more inspired by the Nordic forests than it is by macaron-filled Parisian street cafés. A minimalistic aesthetic and colour palette with a wave of summer sky blue meet beautifully cut furniture, made by the owner’s family based on wood from the nearby Fløyen woods. “The idea is that you’ll have an equally relaxing experience here as in the Norwegian woods,” says Krastina Ilkova, manager of Sweet Rain. Together with husband Trayan, Ilkova nurtured the idea of opening Sweet Rain for a year before signing the lease.