Rated second in the Reader’s Digest ‘world’s greenest, most liveable cities’ and known as the ‘world’s biggest village’, Oslo nestles between stunning Oslofjord and the green hills of Oslomarka. But it’s not just its setting that’s green - it won the European Sustainable City Award in 2003.
by Laura Edgecumbe-Ansdell
Oslo has great fashion stores that live up to the Scandinavian reputation for cool design and sustainability. Henrik Vibskov is a painfully stylish concept store stocking edgy men’s and women’s fashion including Arne & Carlos, the über cool ethical brand that uses organic cotton and alpaca to create tradition-inspired knitwear. Tollbugata 15, 0152 Oslo +47 22 33 28 20, www.henrikvibskovboutique.com Fretex creates stylish unique pieces from used materials including gorgeous up-cycled jewellery, handbags, notebooks, cushions and even bespoke wedding dresses. Its recycled wares have even been snapped up by style emporium, Liberty’s of London. Smalgangen 8, 0188 Oslo, + 47 22 17 05 47 www.fretex.no Go to Nudie Jeans for new organic cotton jeans or recycled jeans made at the Nudie salvage lab. Customers pay less if they exchange their old jeans. Sofienberggata 2, 0551 Oslo +47 22 35 11 40 // www.nudiejeans.com
Travel tips Before you start exploring, pick up an Oslo Pass, giving free entry to over 30 museums and attractions, including the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House. It allows unlimited travel by all modes of public transport and offers discounts at shops and restaurants.
Oslo can satisfy every taste from haute cuisine to the humble burger. Ground-breaking Maaemo has completely redefined Norwegian cuisine. All produce used is either organic or wild and 95 per cent is Norwegian. Try the blueberry and lavender pudding – a delicious aromatic sorbet served on a layer of crumble. Schweigaardsgate 15, 0191 Oslo +47 91 99 48 05 // www.maaemo.no Night Hawk Diner is the authentic diner serving hot pancakes, unlimited coffee and 100 per cent organic beef burgers sourced from Halstenshov Farm, where free-range Hereford cattle graze on pasture just as nature intended. Seilduksgata 15, 0553 Oslo +47 96 62 73 27 // www.nighthawkdiner.com Vegetarian Café Helios Grünerløkka serves organic everything from pizza to salad and from bread to cakes. Hausmannsgate 10, 0182 Oslo +47 46 40 33 10 // www.helios.no
Many Oslo hotels create the perfect fusion of sustainability, style and sumptuousness. Atmospheric boutique Carlton Oslo Hotel Guldsmeden is on a leafy street in Ruseløkka district, a few minutes from the city centre. Its Turkish-inspired hammam spa is perfect for pampering; while its charming roof restaurant serves a variety of organic delights. Parkveien 78, Oslo 0254 +47 23 27 40 00 // www.hotelguldsmeden.com The sleek First Hotel Grims Grenka offers 50 large rooms with Bang & Olufsen TVs and mood lighting. Its rooftop terrace hosts popular organic restaurant MADU. Kongens gate 5, 0153 Oslo +47 23 10 72 00 // www.firsthotels.com
In Oslo, winters are long, dark and cold so it’s no surprise that the city has great venues to chase the blues away. Aku-Aku is a rip-roaring Tiki Bar where skilled mixologists whip up perfect Mai Tais to Polynesian soundtracks. Meyers gate 32, 0555 Oslo +47 41 17 69 66 // www.akuaku.no
No trip to Oslo would be complete without seeing Edvard Munch’s masterpiece The Scream in the National Gallery. National Gallery at the National Museum, Universitetsgata 13, 0164 Oslo +47 21 98 20 00 // www.nasjonalmuseet.no
Oslo Mikrobryggeri is a pub with a microbrewery - for a local delicacy check out its home brew. Oslo Mikrobryggeri, Bogstadveien 6, 0355 Oslo +47 22 56 97 76 // www.omb.no For more information - www.visitoslo.com SIX 155
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