Cooking is one of the most important skills in OSRS, allowing players to turn raw ingredients gathered from other skills, such as Fishing, Farming, and Hunter, into incredibly useful healing food.
Additionally, Cooking is one of the fastest and easiest skills to train in Old School RuneScape. Many, many players choose Cooking as their first skill to level all the way to 99 for these two reasons.
That being said, there is a huge variety of places to cook in the game, and your choice of location has a large impact on experience rates, and even the amount of food you can cook. In this guide, I’ll attempt to answer the question “where’s the best place to cook in OSRS?”
One of the best Cooking spots in OSRS is the Rogue’s Den. It has an everlasting fire (meaning it never goes out, so you don’t have to relight it) directly next to a banker, named Emerald Benedict. Emerald never moves, so he will always be right next to the fire.
You can access the Rogue’s Den by opening the trapdoor in the corner of the Toad and Chicken Pub, located in Burthorpe. If you have a Games Necklace, you can use it to teleport right outside the pub.
Another one of OSRS’s best cooking spots is the Myth’s Guild. Similar to the Rogue’s Den, there is banker directly next to a cooking range. This makes it the closest range to a bank in the game, and better than the Rogue’s Den, since ranges burn your food less often.
You need to have completed the quest “Dragon Slayer II” to access the Myth’s Guild, however. This is a very long, very difficult quest, in fact, it’s one of the longest and most difficult in the whole game.
Myth’s Guild: Dragon Slayer II
You can start “Dragon Slayer II” by talking to Alec Kincade, right outside the Myth’s Guild. You’ll need 200 Quest Points, 75 Magic, 70 Smithing, 68 Mining, 62 Crafting, 60 Agility, 60 Thieving, 50 Construction, and 50 Hitpoints to complete the quest.
You must also have completed the following quests, as well as their prerequisite quests, to start “Dragon Slayer II”: “Legend’s Quest” “Dream Mentor” “A Tail of Two Cats” “Animal Magnetism” “Ghosts Ahoy” “Bone Voyage” and “Client of Kourend.”
A third great cooking spot in OSRS is the Cook’s Guild, which also has a range. The closest bank is two tiles away instead of one at the Myth’s Guild, and you’ll need a chef’s hat to enter, as well as completion of the Varrock Hard Achievement Diary (or 99 Cooking) to use the bank.
The Cook’s Guild is located outside Varrock, just south of the Grand Exchange. You can use a skills necklace to teleport directly to the Cook’s Guild, and simply walk to the Grand Exchange to obtain more raw food.
The clay ovens in Hosidius provide another one of Old School RuneScape’s best cooking spots. When using these ovens, they decrease your chance of burning food by five percent, and they are only 8 spaces away from a bank.
You can find these clay ovens just south of the mess hall in Hosidius, however, you need 100% Hosidius favor to use them. You can gain this favor by pushing plows, digging up saltpetre, and combining it with compost to make sulphurous fertiliser. This favor is also very useful for unlocking the best place to cut yews in OSRS.
Catherby is an additional consideration as the best place to cook in OSRS. While the ranges are in adjacent buildings to the bank, the trips back and forth are still pretty quick. Additionally, you can train Fishing here, then cook the raw fish you’ve caught, or simply pick up fish dropped by others.
Picking up others’ fish allows you to train Cooking with very little cost. You can access Catherby by using the Camelot Teleport spell and running southeast. Alternatively, you can traverse the White Wolf Mountain from Taverly/Burthorpe, or take the tunnel underneath.
While you’re in Catherby, you should consider learning how to unlock Piety, since you’ll be very close to Camelot, as well as the required quests and activities.
Of course, there is a huge variety of best places to cook in OSRS. For example, the Rogue’s Den and Myth’s Guild have cooking spots directly next to their respective banks. Honorable mentions with closer banks include Cook’s Guild, Catherby, and Hosidius.