For anyone with a sweet tooth, the corner of Dronningens gate and Tollbugata is a very dangerous place. This is where tempting pastries have been made since 1895. On weekdays, at around 2pm, you might see one of the regulars from the Directorate for Cultural Heritage cross the road for a pastry. Jorun’s office, housed in the white Neo-Renaissance building from the second half of the 19th century, sits diagonally across from Pascal’s pastry paradise.

It depends how busy I am at work but their cake and coffee are very good and I need both for a little pick-me-up sometimes.

Jorun grew up on a small island called Nordmøre in the in northwestern Norway as the second oldest of many siblings and worked in Telemark county before relocating to Oslo three years ago. She works as the senior councillor at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, where she is the person to speak to not only about cakes, but matters of cultural heritage. To be more specific, Jorun works in the protection of the cultural heritage according to the Cultural Heritage Act. As a cake councillor, the recommendation might have to be the thoroughly enjoyable pound cake with pistachios.

Quite often when I come here now, they look at me and chuckle - ‘oh hello, it’s me, and yes, I am going for that same cake again!

It’s just past lunchtime and the busiest time at the coffee bar is over. Jorun is sitting by the big windows looking out to Dronningens gate and wiping dollops of cream off her shoulders after a rather unusual afternoon visit.