"My hometown rocks" Oslo by glamourprincess

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Girl in Oslo

Oslo is my hometown, and I've lived here my whole life, expect from one (in MD, USA). It is a great city to live in as it has everything you need and also so close to the nature, forest and the sea. Even though I've lived here for so many years, there are still so many things left that I haven't seen or done yet! I love Nordstrand Bad in the summer, and walking around in the Grünerlokka district and Aker Brygge. Akerselven is nice for a walk, and it only takes 15 minutes to get away from the city and enter the wilderness.. perfect for walking, skiing, hiking..etc
Also it's smoke-free (all of Norway is!) and it's fantastic!

COOL OSLO : some of my personal favorites..

Best places...

For shopping:
Like many other cities Oslo is dominated by international chainstores such as H&M and Zara but you will find small and unique boutiques in the more exclusive areas of Frogner and Majorstuen, and in the trendy district of Grünerlökka. There are several shopping centers in the city of Oslo; Oslo City and Byporten Shopping are both located downtown by the train station. Other options; Aker Brygge Shopping (it's quiet and peaceful most of the year so it's a good place to go), Eger (newly opened brand stores in old building at Stortinget) and Paleet (near Nasjonalteateret).
There are also some great indoor malls a short train ride from the city center. I would recommend Sandvika Storsenter, just outside Oslo. It's a 15 min ride by train, about 40 NOK one way. It's huge, and you'll find all of the popular chain stores and some unique, in addition to big warehouses like XXL (sports), Toys'r'Us, Elkjop (electronics) and Barnas Verden (kids store).

Steen&Ström is an elegant departement store, and Tatler in Bogstadveien has a large selection of designer labels as well. Check out sale on Tatler in Bogstadveien. Lots of designer clothes. UFF is popular among second-hand lovers (Storgaten). Best place for jeans is BikBok, they carry several brands, my favorite is Miss Sixty. Try Soul in Bygdöy Allee. Expensive but fashionable and lots of labels. Kamikaze in Bogstadveien is also exclusive and designer heaven. Rafens has lots of cool stuff to decorate your home and room. Cute frames, kitchen ware, pet stuff, candles...

Eating:
Lots of great restaurants; Ekeberg Restauranten has the best view over the city and fantastic food, but it's pricey! Egon is a family restaurant chain with a large menu including spicy and fatty dishes - perfect for hang-overs! The restaurants and bars at the pier of Aker Brygge are perfect for people-watching. Its especially buzzing in the summertime.

Nightlife:
If you want the regular nightclub Luux and Circus have several floors and bars with different kinds of music. The Villa is popular among the cool kids and there are always different local DJs (the music is techno, so beware if that's not your thing). Cosmo in Vika used to be the hotspot where the champagne floated, but it is probably closing in near future.

My rock-chick friends love Mono and Garage! Summit 21 is a bar located on top of the Radisson SAS hotel. Great view. Cocktails are affordable at Kuba located at Grönland. Parkteateret at Grünerlökka is very popular and the music is varied and people the dance away. Another place where people seem to have a lot of fun is BTIZ.

Cafes:
My favorite café is Aapent Bakeri ('open bakery') and United Bakeries. They have freshly made bread, croissants, cakes.. etc.. and serve coffeedrinks as well. If you want to mingle with the hip and trendy international crowd of Oslo, go to Café Sør (Cafe South), they have a live DJ, serve drinks and coffee + and some food. It can be a bit noisy at times, but it's a great urban spot to hang out with friends.
Unfortunately for me, there's no Starbucks in Norway (they say we're too small to be an interesting market!) If you want great coffee go to Stockfleths (in Lille Grensen close to Stortinget, at Oslo City mall or at Tinghuset) They have the best coffee in my opinion. Too bad there's no place to sit down and enjoy your coffee, it's more a coffee-to-go kind of place!

Activities:
Tusenfryd is an amusement park located right outside Oslo and have some really good rollercoasters. Frognerparken is the best, the beautiful Vigelandsparken with all of the fantastic statues, lots of green, grassy areas and if you fancy a swim you can in Frognerbadet (pool-area, you have to pay an entrance fee though) You can also take one of the ferries out to one of the many islands in the Oslofjord. A stroll along Akerselven is peaceful, there are even some miniature waterfalls along the way. Also, 15 minutes with the subway, and you're soon in the middle of wilderness (almost..)

"But it's so expensive!!?" Is it really?

Oslo is rated as one of the world's most expensive cities, but it really isn't that bad. Avoiding Oslo because of its high prices is stupid as you can easily enjoy yourself without getting bankrupt. Water in kiosk is totally overpriced, not even Norwegians buy water from kiosks such as Narvesen and 7-eleven, most people bring tap water from home as the tap water is even better than bottle-water and because of that, you get excellent water for free at restaurants! Money saved:) Drinks and beer are very pricey at bars and clubs.. therefore most of us have a few drinks at home before going out, and Cafe Sör and Barbera are both cool bars that sell cheap beer. Shopping is not particularly expensive in Oslo.. same prices as in other cities and lots of bargain-stores. Yes it is possible to suffer from bankrupcty if you come to Oslo, but that's if you choose a luxury lifestyle!

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2009 at 6:19 AM

    So many wonderful places to enjoy...

  • Feb 20, 2008 at 1:37 AM

    Thanks for the wonderful tips, Kathrine. We have a scheduled weekend trip to Oslo in the coming month and the tips will surely help me make my short itinerary.

  • rcsparty's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2006 at 2:35 PM

    Great nightlife tips. Thinking about a weekend trip in February, is a trip worth it during the winter?

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2006 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks a lot for your useful infos. I'll try to keep them in mind when visiting!

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2006 at 4:09 AM

    Loved your home town, we went in the winter time it was great!

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