Frogner – Grünerløkka – Sentrum – St. Hanshaugen – Old Oslo
The “WHAT’S ON IN OSLO” booklet (published by Visit Oslo) is a great guide to happenings and attractions in Oslo. There is a map in the back which shows you where the different attractions are.
The Bygdøy area is very good for museums. Bus #30 will take you to most of the Bygdøy museums. From the City Hall you can catch a boat which will take you to the museums as well (same price as the bus). If you are planning to visit several attractions I recommend purchasing an Oslo Pass for 24 or 48 hours.
For shopping there are several good areas.
Grünerløkka: Vintage, second-hand, and interior is found in this trendy area.
Bogstadveien: Mix of affordable fashion labels + designer labels. Long street, takes a day if you have the time.
City centre: Affordable and convenient shopping @ Oslo City Shopping Center (Norway’s biggest shopping center) (next building besides is Byporten Shopping Center and here you find more than just clothing, and some nicer (but more expensive) brands than what the stores at Oslo City has to offer, and then on the street of Karl Johan.
Steen & Strøm + Eger Shopping Center: Designer labels (mostly Scandinavian) are found here, and in the area around you also find Tiger of Sweden, Acne, Filippa K, and Samsøe & Samsøe.
Aker Brygge Shopping Center: Mix of affordable fashion labels + designer labels, all conveniently placed in one (actually several) building(s).
If you don’t mind moving a bit then visit Norwegian Outlet for labelfashion.
Rema 1000 is cheapest for grocery shopping, while Meny has the best selection.
My favorite restaurants in Oslo are Bambus (Thai), and Ali Baba (Turkish).
Facts about Oslo
- With its 1000 year old history, Oslo is the oldest of the Nordic capitals.
- Oslo is surrounded by islands and forested hills.
- Oslo has a population of 600,000 inhabitants, as pr. 2013.
- Oslo is the nation’s financial, political and cultural centre.
- Oslo is the city of Munch and Ibsen.