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.
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
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.