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Shopping and Eating in Oslo

Shopping in Oslo

Few people will conclude that Oslo is a shopping paradise, unless you come from another Scandinavian small town. Everyone else will probably find that most of the goods you can get at cheaper prices in your home country, and especially in the areas around Karl Johan and Aker Brygge, many will probably get a price shock if you have not been to Norway before.

Shopping in Oslo

On the other hand, it should be said that no other cities have a larger selection than in Oslo. Here are the biggest centers, the most exclusive shops and also the most exciting, if you bother to walk a little outside the tourist strip.

Souvenirs in Oslo

The most common tourist souvenirs include small trolls, knitted sweaters and lice, and craftsmanship with Norse or Sami design. But this is generally very expensive, and if you find, for example, a lice scarf for a couple of hundred patches, a machine-made copy product is guaranteed.

Oslo's shopping areas

Oslo's shopping mainly takes place in and around three streets. Most central is Karl Johans gate. The pedestrian zone from Egertorget and down to the Jernbanetorget has close with stores on both sides, including well-known clothing chains such as H&M and Vero Moda. At the Railway Square, at the end of Karl Johan, is Oslo's largest shopping center, Oslo City.

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Just east of Egertorget you will find the old venerable and well-known department store Sten & Strøm (Nedre Slottsgate 8). Between Egertorget and the Castle you will find modern large shopping centers such as the Palèet, with the mega-large bookstore Tanum. Tverrgaten Universitetsgaten houses Norway's largest Norli bookstore, perhaps even bigger than Tanum on Karl Johan.

Karl Johan's parallel street, Stortingsgaten, also has several good shops, including famous Ferner Jacobsen in Stortingsgaten 14. Akersgaten which crosses Karl Johan at Egertorget (upper side of the Storting). Here you will find some very exclusive brand stores. Probably most for window shopping.

The other popular shopping area is located on Majorstua, in Bogstadveien which eventually changes its name to Hegdehaugsveien. This is considered a more exclusive and trendy area, and most stores also reflect the price level.

The third area is Markveien on Grünerløkka, where design shops have emerged as mushrooms in recent years.

Eating in Oslo

Oslo has gained a reputation for being an extremely expensive restaurant city. Although this is somewhat true, much of this rumor is due to the fact that most tourists arrive at Oslo Central Station, stroll up Karl Johan and end up at Aker Brygge or Holmenkollen. And those who sit here and order dinner or a pint will often get a little shock when they get the bill. They also do not want so many local Oslo citizens around, they usually go to less expensive places.

Traditional Norwegian food

Although traditional Norwegian food is fish dishes such as smoked salmon and lutefisk, and meat dishes such as mutton cabbage and smalahove, the few Norwegians go to a restaurant to serve this. Not least because of the high price level, this is usually limited to Christmas and holiday.

The most popular eateries are still Italian restaurants serving pizza and pasta, and Indian and Chinese restaurants. On Karl Johans gate are the American chains such as Hard Rock Cafe and TGI Fridays, where it is almost always full.

Some selected restaurants in Oslo

If you want to try traditional Norwegian food, you can set the course for the fish restaurant Lofoten on Aker Brygge for the upper price scale or Stortorvets Gjestgiveri right in the center, which is located in a listed farm from the 18th century. Stortorvets Gjestgiveri has a slightly cheaper price level. The restaurant at Holmenkollen undoubtedly has the best view, but the prices do not necessarily match the quality of the food. Here you go as much for the nature experience as for the dinner.

A local favorite with good prices is the Thai restaurant YaYas, located in Munkedamsveien just behind Aker Brygge, and in Industrigata on Majorstua. This is like traveling to a beach restaurant in Thailand, with aluminum cutlery and menus in plastic bags, speakers on the reggae and regular 20-second power outages and thunderous noise.

Another restaurant that is also recommended by many Oslo residents is the Chinese Dinner restaurant in Stortingsgata 22 at the National Theater. And finally, we have to mention the traditional Justice in Møllergata 15 in one of Oslo's oldest farms. This is a favorite of both the politicians who are around the corner on Youngstorget and the government quarters, and for artists like David Bowie.


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