Collected by Linda Thibodeau
Kongens gate 2, 0153 Oslo, Norway
Kunsthåndverkerne i Kongensgate (Artisans of King street) can best be described as an artistically run centre for the showing and selling of different kinds of art - pottery, textiles, metalworks and glass. Founded in 1979, this centre works as a...
Bærums Verk, Norway
This former ironworks, located west of Oslo, is now a charming little village that still retains the air from its bygone days. Picturesque cottages that used to house workers now house cafés, galleries, and museums, and the foundry itself poses as...
0150 Oslo, Norway
This 700 year old fortress lies nestled by the Oslo fjord, still quite imposing even though lots of modern buildings have shot up all around it. The remains of the Medieval Akershus Castle lies within the fortress walls, once home to Norwegian...
Kongens gate 5, 0153 Oslo, Norway
Sleek and sexy, from the subtle lighting in the lobby to the seven-story central atrium featuring works by contemporary Russian artist Ekaterina (aka Ekaterina Ganchukova), the First Hotel Grims Grenka has an artistic, chic feel that sits nicely...
Karl Johans gate 31, 0159 Oslo, Norway
Landgangen 1, 0252 Oslo, Norway
You’d be forgiven if you stepped into this bold design hotel and thought you’d mistakenly entered one of the many art galleries in the trendy Tjuvholmen neighborhood. At any given time The Thief’s public spaces display works from...
Brynjulf Bulls plass 1, 0250 Oslo, Norway
The Nobel Peace Center was opened in 2005 and is absolutely fascinating…and very humbling. It was established by Alfred Nobel (who was Swedish) in his will. He gave no reason for this but some feel it was to assuage his guilt over being the...
Kongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway
You can’t go to Oslo in the winter without checking out the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. It just so happens that the FIS World Cup occurred the weekend I was there. The ski jump is 60 meters/197 feet high! This is a popular place for not only ski...
Stortingsgata 24-26, 0117 Oslo, Norway
Known in business circles as a good place to ‘see and be seen’, this grande dame of luxury food destinations is set in stately Hotel Continental, smack-dab in the middle of central Oslo. At Theatercaféen, Afternoon Tea is served every Saturday and...
Slottsplassen 1, 0010 Oslo, Norway
His Majesty the King’s Guard have been in charge of the Royal Family’s safety since 1856. Since 1888, they’ve been on duty at all the King’s residences 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some of the duties include ceremonial routines like the...
Karl Johans gate, Oslo, Norway
Kongeveien 26, 0787 Oslo, Norway
One of Oslo’s most recognizable landmarks is a former sanatorium designed in the “dragon style,” an ornate Norwegian variant on Swiss chalet architecture. Next door sits the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, rebuilt for the 2011 Nordic World Ski...
Henrik Ibsens gate 36, 0255 Oslo, Norway
French pastry chef Pascal Dupuy has made a name for himself as the macaroon man du jour in Oslo. His patisserie, Pascal, has several brances in Oslo city centre, the nicest one located in Henrik Ibsens gate. They serve lunch and dinner from 11am...
Rådhusgata 19, 0158 Oslo, Norway
Kafé Celcius is located in one of the older parts of Oslo, not far from Akershus Fortress and Bankplassen. The cheefrul yellow brick building bears witness to a time long gone, and helps to bring a sense of calm to the restaurant. The wide menu...
2, Akersgata, 0158 Oslo, Norway
Since opening their doors in 1997, Brasserie Hansken (The Glove) has been recommended by several foodie guides (Michelin Guide included) and local newspapers. They pride themselves with good solid food made by ambitious chefs who care deeply for...
Bryggetorget 14, 0250 Oslo, Norway
Did it get late last night? Do you need carbs? Don't fancy going to Grünerløkka? Beach Club is your only choice. Located on trendy Aker Brygge, Beach Club serves burgers and melts along with heavenly sandwiches. The boho-surfer style décor mixes...
1, Bankplassen, 0151 Oslo, Norway
Engebret Café is still as popular as when it opened its doors 157 years ago. Back then, it was known as a second home to some of the nation’s most prolific artists, including Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Edvard Munch, Knut Hamsun, and...
Vulkan 5, 0178 Oslo, Norway
The centerpiece of the city's emerging Vulkan neighborhood, Oslo's very first food hall is a culinary utopia. Let your nose guide you to one (or five!) of 27 eateries peddling everything from cupcakes to tapas to bento boxes. Can't decide? Stop at...
Tordenskiolds gate 12, 0160 Oslo, Norway
Brunost (brown cheese) is a staple of Norwegian kitchens, usually cut thin with a cheese slicer to top buttered toast or warm waffles. Despite the name, brunost isn’t technically cheese; it’s the whey of goat’s milk, boiled for hours until...
Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo, Norway
For bookish types, Kafé Oslo is the place to go. This restaurant serves down-to-earth, fuss-free food – everything from appetizers to a full three-course meal. As a literary café, Kafé Oslo offers literary events where authors come to cook their...
Bankplassen 3, 0151 Oslo, Norway
Architecture fiends should make a lunch date at Café Grosch. Located on historic site Bankplassen, the building dates from 1828 and was originally used as – you guessed it – a bank. The café’s namesake was architect Christian Grosch, and even the...
Kristian Augusts gate 14, 0164 Oslo, Norway
At Elias, a quaint little eatery located next to the National Gallery (another afar.com highlight), you’ll find exciting food at competitive prices. The people at Elias focus on fuss-free food: organic drinks, hand-brewed coffee, Norwegian beers,...
Stortingsgata 28, 0161 Oslo, Norway
Norway Designs is a haven for all designer buffs. There are several floors which specialize in different concepts; paper goods, object d'art, women's wear and accessories, furniture, you name it, they've got it covered. The brands are mostly...
Bolteløkka allé 10, 0454 Oslo, Norway
Bryggegata 9, 0250 Oslo, Norway
Aker Brygge Shopping Center is located in the old ironworks at Aker Brygge, and houses a good selection of shops in a moderate price range. Aker Brygge is an old industrial site, and now houses several restaurants, cafés, shopping venues, and a...
Karl Johans gate 13, 0154 Oslo, Norway
Norwegian fashion institution Moods of Norway was born in 2003 and has been creating outrageous clothing ever since. They've even made a checkered suit for Perez Hilton. Moods of Norway aims to showcase the Norwegian nature, spirit, and urban...
Thorvald Meyers gate 52, 0552 Oslo, Norway
No. 52 is a stand-alone fashion shop in trendy area Grünerløkka (close to tram stop "Olaf Ryes Plass"). This area is known for its shopping prowess, both vintage and high-end. No. 52 is an example of the latter, selling men's and women's clothes...
Markveien 42A, 0554 Oslo, Norway
Artisans Guild BRUDD is located in Grünerløkka and consists of 20 artists who run the shop and sell their wares. This way, customers are sure to get help from a qualified professional who really knows their art! BRUDD isn't full of itself and...
Skovveien 29, 0257 Oslo, Norway
A small local jeweler, Skovveien Gull, Sølv & Diamanter is located in Skovveien, right behind the Royal Palace. It prides itself in not being part of a chain, and treating the profession in an old-school manner - the staff are trained jewelers and...
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