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MAYOR OF OSLO
Welcome to Oslo As the capital of Norway, Oslo is both old and young. Although its history goes back a thousand years, it first became a more modern European city in the early 19th century. Important national institutions and buildings such as the Royal Palace, the Storting (parliament), the University, the National Theatre and the Stock Exchange helped to lay the basis for Norway as an independent nation and for Oslo’s growth. This is a modern city today and has all the facilities associated with a metropolis – even though we are small by international standards. Oslo offers fine opportunities for work, education, living and leisure, and a growing number of people are moving here. Our population has grown by more than 50 000 people over the past five years, and preliminary estimates suggest that it will reach almost 800 000 by 2030. We welcome this expansion. Whether you are a tourist, a business traveller or perhaps curious about Oslo as a place to live, please be assured that you are heartily welcome to the diversity we can offer. That includes fine experiences, fascinating sights and great leisure activities. We have everything in Oslo – a rich and diverse cultural life, attractive cafes, restaurants, bars and night spots, and our fjord and forests as a recreational wonderland close to the city centre. Welcome to Oslo – a city of diversity and opportunity.
Fabian Stang Mayor of Oslo
TABLE OF CONTENT
WELCOME TO OSLO
SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS
YESTERDAY - TODAY - TOMORROW
SENTRUM - INNER WEST - INNER EAST. . .
MUSEUMS - PARKS - ISLANDS - THEATRES. . .
SHOP IN SHOPS - SHOPPING DISCTRICTS
GOURMET - FRENCH - ASIAN - INDIAN. . .
NIGHTCLUBS - BARS & LOUNGES
GENERAL INFORMATION CURRENCY - TIME - WEIGHT MEASURES. . .
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It all started when two young men visited the big apple on a sunny autumn day. The journey had begun and expectations were great. Where to start? Where to go? Where to eat? We didn’t want to look like fish out of water and were reluctant to ask the “man” on the street where to go and what to see. That’s when help came from above, or actually, from our night stand, a NYC bible of things to do and where to go. We were inspired right away and saw the wonderful opportunity of portraying our own city in a unique way. Our intention is to give our readers a unique snapshot of Oslo’s history, sights & attractions and general information. We also want to show our readers fantastic culinary experiences with amazing restaurants in all categories as well as the most popular nightclubs in town. Enjoy!
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Welcome to Oslo We want to warmly welcome you to our capital city, Oslo. For a relatively small city, by population standard, Oslo does really have a lot to offer you. Whether your main interest is museums & culture spots, sports & nature, good food & wine or just walking around feeling the pulse of the city, Oslo have something to offer exactly you. Through this book we hope to inspire you to get the most out of your visit. Oslo is the capital and the largest city in Norway. The city was founded by King Harald Hardråde around the year 1048. The city was largely destroyed by a fire in 1624. The Danish– Norwegian king Christian IV rebuilt the city as Christiania (briefly also spelled Kristiania). In 1925 the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name; Oslo. Oslo’s beautiful location at the mouth of the Oslofjord, surrounded by forested ridges, gives the city qualities that you do not normally expect to find in capital city. Oslo, with its approximately 453 square kilometres, is one of the largest capitals in the world by area. Granted, most of this is forest, making Oslo a city in close contact with nature. Oslo is situated in an amphitheatre-like setting, with the city centre in the bottom close to the Oslofjord, and residential areas stretching uphill in all directions. Behind the residential areas, the forested area of Marka (the forest sorrounding Oslo) extends, with flora and fauna that is quite extraordinary for a city of this size. Oslo is a city that has a lot to offer, from sunbathing and swimming during our beautiful summers (Bygdøy, Huk, Ulveøya) to alpine and cross-country skiing during our winters (Tryvann, Grefsenkollen, Nordmarka).
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#01 Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is also an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of them are amongst the world’s largest shipping companies, ship-brokers and maritime insurance brokers. The population currently increases at a record rate of over 2% annually, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. A large portion of this growth stems from immigration increasingly changing Oslo into a cosmopolitan city. The immigrant share of the population in the city now counts about 25%. The increased share of immigrants has helped in changing Oslo from a small city to a cosmopolitan and buzzing city. Oslo is among two cities in Norway that does not have a formal coat-ofarms, but uses a city seal instead. The seal of Oslo shows the city’s patron saint, St. Hallvard. The seal shows St. Hallvard with his attributes, the millstone and arrows, with a dead woman at his feet. He is seated on a throne with lion decorations, which at the time was also commonly used by the Norwegian Kings. Seating him on such a throne made him equal to the kings. Oslo has a humid continental climate (according to the Köppen climate classification system). Because of the city’s northern latitude, daylight varies greatly from more than 18 hours in midsummer to around 6 hours in midwinter. Despite its northerly location, because of the Gulf Stream, the climate is relatively mild throughout the year. Moose are commonplace (easily spotted in winter), and the whole of the capital is part of Norway’s wolf reserve (even if they rarely come here).
Enjoy your stay and experience all that Oslo has to offer.
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Oslo Yesterday The history of the city can be traced back over 1,000 years, although according to the chronicles of Snorre Sturlasson, Oslo was founded in 1048, by the king Harald Hardråde. It has been regarded as the capital city since the reign of Håkon V (1299–1319), the first king to permanently reside in the city. He also started the construction of the Akershus Fortress. At this point Oslo had about 3000 inhabitants. A century later Norway was the weaker part in a union with Denmark (1348-1814), and Oslo’s role was reduced to that of a provincial administrative centre, with the monarchs residing in Copenhagen. The fact that the University of Oslo was founded as late as 1811 had an adverse effect on the development of the nation. Oslo was destroyed by fire several times, and after the fourteenth calamity in 1624 (a fire that lasted three days), King Christian IV of Denmark (and Norway) ordered it to be rebuilt at a new site across the bay. After being moved a couple of kilometres to the west and now under the protection of the Akershus Fortress, the city was given the name Christiania (after the king himself). But long before this, Christiania had started to establish its stature as a centre of commerce and culture in Norway. The part of the city built from 1624 is now often called Kvadraturen because of its orthogonal layout. In 1814 Denmark had to cede the territory of Norway to the Swedish king, Karl Johan as a consequence of the Napoleonic Wars. This was the year Norway would get its own constitution (signed at Eidsvoll), on May 17th, and Christiania got the official status as the capital of Norway.
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#01 King Karl Johan initiated the building of the Royal Palace in 1825 and it was completed in 1848 under King Oscar. Many landmarks were built in the 19th century, including The Parliament building, The University, The National Theatre and The Stock Exchange. Among the world-famous artists who lived here during this period were Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun (the latter was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature). In 1850, Christiania also overtook Bergen and became the most populous city in the country. In 1878 the city was renamed to Kristiania. The original name of Oslo was restored in 1925. After the 1624 fire, old Oslo (around the mouth of the river Aker) was largely abandoned and the ruins converted to farmland. Today, a few church ruins are still visible under the Ekeberg hill (across the water from The Norwegian Opera, between road E18 and the railway). Beyond these ruins there is virtually nothing remaining of medieval Oslo. Ironically, the new city Christiania was established outside the borders of Oslo, and “Oslo” remained the name of the small, surviving settlement outside the new city borders. During Christiania’s rapid expansion in the 19th century, as the capital of a new state, the site of original Oslo (old Oslo, or “Gamlebyen”) was included in the city. Due to the rapid inclusion of surrounding agricultural areas in the 19th century, a large number of remains from the city’s farming history are still clearly visible in names of places and farm houses. Nice parks like St. Hanshaugen are the remains of original pastures and sources of firewood for the then city’s inhabitants.
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Oslo Today Osloâ€™s centrality in the political, cultural and economical life of Norway continues to be a source of considerable controversy and friction. Numerous attempts at decentralization have not appreciably changed this during the last century. While continuing to be the main cause of the depopulation of the Norwegian countryside, any form of development is almost always opposed by neighbours, and-as a consequence-the growth of a modern urban landscape has all but stopped. Specifically, the construction of high-rises in the city centre has been met with scepticism. It is projected, however, that the city will need some 20,000 additional apartments before 2020, forcing the difficult decision of whether to build tall or the equally unpopular option of sprawling out. A marked reluctance to encourage the growth of the city for fear of causing further depletion of the traditional farming and fishing communities has led to several successive bursts of construction in both infrastructure and building mass, as the authorities kept waiting in vain for the stream of people to diminish. Neoclassical city apartments built in the 1850`s to 1900`s dotted with remnants of Christian IVâ€™s renaissance grid dominate the architecture around the city centre, except where slums were demolished in the 1960`s to construct modernist concrete and glass low-rises, now generally regarded as embarrassing eyesores. The variety in Osloâ€™s architectural cityscape does however provide for some striking and often hauntingly beautiful sights. While most of the forests and lakes surrounding Oslo are in private hands, there is great public support for not developing those areas. Parts of Oslo suffer from congestion, yet it is one of the few
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#01 European capitals where people live with the wilderness literally in their backyard or with access to a suburban train line that allows the city’s many hikers and cross-country skiers to simply step off the train and start walking or skiing. Oslo citizens are very involved in the development of the city and the impact it has on the nature around us. Norwegians are generally outdoor people and nature is a very important concern in the city planning. In Oslo, it is very common to go on cross country skiing in the woods on winter weekends, or to enjoy one of Oslo’s many beaches for swimming in the summer. Today, Oslo is undergoing heavy construction to keep the city up to date in both environmental and architectural standards. City buses and trams together with subways and trains are becoming more energy effective and over the next couple of years most of the city buses will be running on bio-fuel. Our newest addition to the city is the new Holmenkollen ski jump. It was finished in March 2010 and was officially opened on the 12th of March when Oslo hosted the preliminary world cup in anticipation of the 2011 event. Holmenkollen ski jump is the most modern ski jumping arena in the world, and one of the first designer-ski jumps ever. Holmenkollen ski jump is mainly built of steel and concrete. Holmenkollen ski jump is an arena for the future ,with a wonderful light spectre creating the illusion that the jump continues into the never ending skies. Oslo is a modern city today and has all the facilities associated with a metropolis – even though we are small by international standards. Oslo offers fine opportunities for work, education, living and leisure, and a growing number of people are moving here. We have everything in Oslo – a rich and diverse cultural life, attractive cafés, restaurants, bars and night spots, and our fjord and forests as a recreational wonderland close to the city centre.
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Oslo Tomorrow Oslo is currently undergoing the biggest changes this city has seen for decades. With a growing population and thriving businesses the building of new housing, offices and recreational areas are in full progress. In the heart of Oslo, by the beautiful Oslofjord, containers occupy the entire water line. But in a few years time thousands of homes and large parks will be situated here. Vestbanehallen (Western Railway hub) will be a cultural gem, Oslo S a modern and futuristic train station and Grønland will be one of the most modernized places in town. Most of the construction Oslo is undergoing today is confined to the harbour area. Development of Bjørvika will provide Kvadraturen, the city centre, the Old Town and districts north of Oslo Central Station access to excellent recreational areas on the fjord. Bjørvika is the site of the new national opera house and with several museums and the new national library scheduled for relocation to the area, Bjørvika promises to be a cultural and recreational centre of attention for tourists and residents alike. The spectacularly located Sørenga pier will be the site of approx. 80.000m2 of development, of which nearly 90% will be apartment space. Development of the area will run over several years, and will be synchronised with the Port Authority’s phasing out of port operations as a part of the approved Bjørvika development plan. The building of beautiful apartment houses with canals running in between them will create a new buzzing area in town. Bjørvika will amongst others be home to the new Munch museum and the Astrup Fernley museum of modern art. The new PWC building initiates the Barcode development,
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#01 and will be the “face” of Barcode towards down town and the west. With direct access to The Oslo Central Station, the building will be important both as a signal building and connector. The architectural vision for the project is one of lightness, openness and technological sophistication within the framework of a simple form. Key to the realization of the vision for Bjørvika is the rerouting of the motorway in a tunnel below the fjord. The E18 motorway currently acts as a barrier that separates the harbour areas from the city. The new tunnel will move approximately 100,000 vehicles a day underground, releasing the quays and previously trafficked areas to recreational, residential and commercial development, while reducing both noise and air pollution. Rather than being dug into the sediment under Oslofjord, the tunnel rests on the sea bed and relies on gravity and water pressure to keep the elements in place. Finally, Oslo will also exploit the full potential for Vestbanehallen (Western Railway hub) at Aker Brygge. Bjørvika won the race to get the opera, but Vestbanehallen will also be a cultural gem. In the centre of the square you will find a cultural building that will house the new Deichmans Main Library and new the new Stenersen museum. One of the proposals for the area is an underground cinema and conference centre. In the beautiful main building, which is a listed building (protected), you will find a peace centre. It is also proposed that the former rail road area will house cultural, business, entertainment as well as office areas. Oslo is without a doubt focusing on the future. Examples of modern and futuristic architecture can and will be found scattered across the city, with main focus on the harbour area for the next 5-10 years. With environmental concerns taken into account, Oslo’s municipality are constantly reviewing different solutions to keep Oslo as environmentally friendly as possible. Public transportation is definitely prioritized as a measure to keep traffic in the city centre to a minimum. Enjoy Oslo today, and be sure to come back tomorrow.
In this chapter you will be able to find some facts about the largest neighbourhoods in Oslo. To help you get the most out of your stay in Oslo, we want to give you a glimpse of the history of the various districts. We hope to provide useful information about the neighbourhood you will be visiting and perhaps give you some pointers on where to go. Enjoy the diversity Oslo has to offer, ranging from a unique closeness to nature and wildlife to a lively and pulsating capital in rapid growth.
Around the City with Anine Stang
Anine Stang Age
25 years old Known as
Singer and songwriter
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#02 Where in Oslo did you grow up? And what was it like there?
I grew up at Kjelsås. It was very nice. The nature up there is beautiful, close to the woods, right by Maridalsvannet, Oslo’s drinking water, and only 15 minutes from down town Oslo!
A favourite spot from your old neighbourhood?
It`s a hiking trail around Maridalsvannet. If you walk into the woods from “Langsetløkka” you get to a beautiful spot with a little bench, and an incredible view over “Maridalen”. I love to sit there, and just listen to the silence.
You have lived in LA for a couple of years now, where do you think you will settle down now that you are back? I would like to settle down at Frogner, Majorstuen or Grunerløkka.
What are the main differences between LA and Oslo?
The SIZE!!! hahaha.. In Oslo you can walk across town in 30 minutes. In LA it will take you a couple of days!
“In the summer frognerparken is amazing” Where can we find Anine in Oslo?
I just got back, so I don’t have a favourite hang yet... But in the summers I enjoy eating icecream at Aker Brygge. And bbqing in frognerparken.
Your favourite place in the summer?
In the summer Frognerparken is amazing. To get a group of friends together, a bbq, and food to put on it, something good to drink, a blanket, a guitar, a ball, a frisbee and the game called “Kubb”. Makes a perfect summer night in Oslo.
The 5 Neighbourhoods Following the latest reform of January 1, 2004, the city is divided into fifteen boroughs (bydeler) that are to a considerable extent self governed. Each borough is responsible for local services not overseen by the City Council, such as social services, basic healthcare, and kindergartens. For convenience, the city can be divided into five larger districts: - Downtown - Inner West (St. Hanshaugen, Frogner) - Inner East (Sagene, Grünerløkka, Gamle Oslo) - Outer West (Ullern, Vestre Aker, Nordre Aker) - Outer East (Alna, Bjerke, Grorud, Stovner, Nordstrand, Søndre Nordstrand, Østensjø) Not unlike other metropolitan capitals, Oslo offers fantastic food, a sizzling nightlife, great shopping areas and connections to trains, subways, trams and buses. Nordmarka
The neighbourhoods differ quite sharply from each other, and one can easily see both the development and history of the City. The outer areas of Oslo are very popular and this is where you will find most of Oslo’s fantastic nature. The downtown area is dominated by newer buildings and The Norwegian Opera. Inner west is the most prominent area of town, and this is where you will find some of the most spectacular houses and apartments in our city. It is also home to the world famous Vigelands Park. Inner east is a very lively area, buzzing with both culture and nightlife. Each neighbourhood has something unique to offer and we are sure that you will find whatever you need in Oslo.
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Downtown Downtown Oslo stretches from The Royal Palace in the west to Oslo Central Station in the east. Here you can find Christiania which was rebuilt from the City fire in 1624, now known as Kvadraturen. South of Kvadraturen is Akershus Fortress, a fortress that has its origin from late 13th century. Oslo´s Main Street, Karl Johans gate passes through down town Oslo, from south-east to north-west. Along Karl Johans gate you will see many of the capital´s most famous buildings such as Oslo Domkirke, Stortinget (The Parliament), The University and National Theatret. The main shopping district has the usual department stores and chains. South of Karl Johans gate you will find the City Hall and if you decide to take a walk north of the main street you will find among other nice areas amongst them Tullinløkka with its museums.
The eastern part of the downtown area is called Vaterland. It was totally demolished late in the 1950`s. Today this area is the lifeline of Oslo´s skyline with its tall buildings such as Oslo Plaza with its 117 meters and Postgirobygget with 111 meters. As one can see there is a lot of construction going on in this area, and it will surely be home to more high rises and bar code buildings. Enjoy a walk to The Norwegian Opera and see everything dowtown Oslo has to offer.
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Inner West The area became part of the city of Oslo (then Christiania) in 1878. The borough is named after Frogner Manor, a splendid 18th century country estate now housing the Oslo City Museum. The major part of Frogner consists of houses built around 1900. Frogner was then a part of the city for the affluent, a status it has retained. Including the traditional area of Frogner, this large borough also spans over the city districts of Uranienborg and Majorstuen. One of Frogner`s most sought after places is Frognerparken which contains the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Museum, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Oslo. Do not miss this amazing collection of 212 larger-than-life granite and bronze sculptures, representing all stages of life.
Even the park gardens themselves are masterfully sculpted, providing pleasant leisurely walks for visitors amidst always-in-season greens. The larger part of the borough consists of classical buildings with grand apartments and Gimle is considered to be the most exclusive. Parts of the area also have large villas in masonry and wood. One of these areas is the historical Homansbyen, which together with Gimle are listed, meaning no change can be done to buildings unless approved by official preservation body.
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#02 Other areas are Uranienborg and Briskeby and of course the largest of them, Majorstuen with the shopping street Bogstadveien which by far have the highest rent for business enterprises. The area called St. Hanshaugen has its name from the park in the centre of the area and you can find it north-east of The Royal Palace. The area consists mainly of apartment buildings, but you can of course find small cafés and restaurants if you feel like taking a break. To the west of this area you will find Bislett and Bislett stadion, well known in the international area of athletics. Every year the Bislett Games are held here and it has been the venue of some record breaking runs. Gamle Aker Kirke is also in this area. This church is the oldest structure in Oslo. NRKs (The Broadcasting Company) head office is at Marienlyst. Bygdøy is one of Norway’s oldest cultural landscapes with a rich history. Bygdøy has beautiful parks and forests and some of Oslo’s most popular beaches, including the Huk ordinary and nudist beach. In 1885 there were only 111 houses at Bygdøy, today most of the huge gardens have been and are being split into smaller patches of land, making Bygdøy largely a residential zone while retaining a profile of upscale demographics. However, large parts of the area such as The King’s Forest and the Bygdøy Royal Estate are protected from development.
Inner East This area is completely littered with bars, restaurants and nightclubs, providing a social hotspot for those looking for some high energy while in Oslo. Grünerløkka is probably the most modern and hip area of Oslo, definitely the destination point for younger locals and travellers looking for a party night out. But there is an echo of much history here as well, being that Grünerløkka was once the 19th-century working class zone of Oslo. Despite the industrial feel having moved out, there is still a lot of culture to be witnessed here. Paulus Kirke is a major religious sight and feat of Neo-Gothic architecture, which can be found along Grünerløkka’s main boulevard, Thorvald Meyers Gate. You can also stop by Olaf Ryes Plass, a pedestrian park square, before heading over to Norsk Form, a premier institute for design and architecture.
South-east of Grünerløkka you find Grønland – an area of rapid development . Here you can meet all kinds of people from every corner of the world. At Grønland you can choose between traditional neighbourhood cafés and super trendy bars, There are many cheap places to eat there and stores with an exotic selection you cannot find anywhere else in the city. Going north from Grünerløkka you can find many traditional working class areas. This area may not be as exciting as the rest of the city, however you can enjoy great views of the city. Inner east is known to be the centre of modern culture, and you will definitely find exiting shops and cafés scattered around the area.
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Outer West The outer west area is in general symbolised by Holmenkollbakken, Oslo’s world famous ski jumping arena. You have not seen Oslo unless you have been to Holmenkollen. Finish your day enjoying the panoramic views of the modest city of Oslo and the Oslofjord from the famous ski jump tower. It is not advisable for most to exit the tower on a pair of skis, so take the elevator back down and try out the three-dimensional ski simulator to safely experience an Olympic event. In near vicinity of the ski jumping arena lies Holmenkollen Chapel which was built in 1903. Completely destroyed by arson in 1992 it was rebuilt in 1996. Nearby you can also find Frognerseteren restaurant, built in 1891 and 1896. In summer the terrace offers a magnificent view of the down town area while you can sit enjoying their famous apple tart.
Outer west consists of two main areas, Ullern and Vestre Aker. Both areas are dominated by villas and large gardens. Some of the largest private villas can be found here. Many of the houses are in extreme closeness to the vast nature area of Nordmarka. Here you can walk for hours on well marked paths or just take a short breather near Tryvannstårnet or Tryvannsstua. This is the area where ski enthusiasts can enjoy a nice trip in to the wildlife on cross country skis or speed down the hills of Tryvann. If you are in search for great alpine skiing, we strongly advise you to take the trip to Wyllerløypa.
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Tryvannst책rnet Tryvannst책rnet is a 118 meter high television tower in Oslo, and is situated 529 meters above sea level near Holmenkollen. The tower offers a great view of Oslo.
Outer East The outer east area of Oslo consists of Alna, Bjerke, Stovner to the north-east and Nordstrand, Søndre Nordstrand and Østensjø to the east. Alna is an industrial area and probably best known for being the home of the main distribution central in Oslo. Bjerke is by population Oslo’s smallest borough. It has a mix of industrial and residential areas. Grorud is an area where you can find a mix of apartment buildings and villas. You can also find a granite-quarry. The name of the stone is Grorudgranitt or Nordmarkitt. After the fire that destroyed parts of Hamburg in 1842, nordmarkitt was used for piers, bridges and stairs. Nordstrand borough got its official name in 1906 after a property by that name. The villas at Nordstrand, especially those facing the Oslofjord are amongst the most popular in Oslo and the property prices are very high. The view from one of the best known streets, Solveien, is spectacular.
Søndre Nordstrand can be described as satellite towns, mainly built in the 1980’s. The borough has the youngest population in Oslo, where 1/3 is below the age of twenty. Søndre Nordstrand is the borough in Oslo with the largest density of minority groups. 41.2 % of the population are from non western background. Østensjø borough lays south-east in Oslo near Østmarka, a popular recreation area. Østensjø consists of Oppsal, Bøler, Bogerud, Abildsø, Manglerud and Høyenhall. All are situated around Østensjøvannet, which is a nature reserve for birds.
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Sjømannskolen This building in Oslo is still known as Sjømannsskolen (the Seaman School), but today you will find the Norwegian Academy of Nature Medicine inside the walls. Sjømannsskolen was built in 1917.
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Oslo is a city full of art and culture. We will give you some tips of which places you should visit when you are in our beautiful city. Oslo will offer you world class museums, wonderful parks, traditional theatres and exotic islands just a step away. There have been many prominent Norwegian painters and writers over the years, and we suggest you take a look at their respective museums. There are many outdoor events during the spring and summer months in Oslo and Norwegians love a good festival. We will give you the essentials to enjoy Osloâ€™s vibrant culture.
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Jon Bing, an Attraction Himself
Jon Bing Age
65 years old Known as
Norwegian author, law Professor and Chairman of the Norwegian Cultural Council 1993-2000
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#03 Do you have a favourite place in Oslo?
I really have quite a few favourite places in Oslo. I live in one of my favourite areas which I also consider to be an attraction. That is the old wooden houses at Kampen, it’s a nice area to visit and naturally a very nice place to live. There you can see what the city looked like before it was regulated as a city, back when it it sort of just came to by itself.
Are you a festival goer?
No, I don’t normally frequent festivals, but it does happen. When I do it is normally more particular things; like the Ibsen Festival or the Dramatists Festival.
What do you think about the cultural offerings in Oslo? Is it good enough?
I do not know if the cultural spectre ever can be broad enough. But it is more diverse than I can ever get to see or use, so I do not feel that I am missing out. What I find exciting is the times where they manage to make multi cultural events, - which reminds me that the Mela Festival is one of the festivals I regularly visit.
You have written many books in your life. How has Oslo influenced you as a writer? The people in our city have influenced me, but then I am preoccupied with cities, I believe that that the cities themselves tell stories. I believe cities can be compared to a visit to the theatre stage after the show has finished. When you stand there looking at the setting, and wonder which story took place there. This is how I experience cities, like scenes in a drama,that is invisible, but still reflected in the buildings, streets, parks and trees.
“cities can be compared to a visit to the theatre stage after the show has finished” Are there any particular places in Oslo that inspire you? There is actually. My classical place is Ola Narr, the park which is north of the Munch museum. That park offers a fantastic view of the city. It is also very beautiful with the flowing and soft greens. I once lived at Tøyen and I have actually used that landscape as a title of one of my books; Det Myke landskapet (editor’s translation: The Soft landscape).
When you want to enjoy one of the first days of spring in Oslo, where would you go?
I would probably just stay in my own garden, but if I was going to go somewhere, I would go to a place where I could see the flowers starting to bloom. There are especially two places that comes to mind; One is Sognsvann, I do like to see the trees, the ducks and the water. The other is the Botanical Garden because I really do love flowers.
What do you think of the new Opera House?
I’m still waiting for it to fit in. At the moment it’s a bit isolated, but I do think it is a grand building. I am very happy that we have got such a magnificent building and I look forward to the removal of the traffic so that it will blend in to a modern city. I am not worried that Oslo will get a new skyline.
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Eurovision Oslo 2010
Following the victory of the Norwegian Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale” in The European Song Contest in Moscow last year, this year’s contest will take place in Oslo. The contest will be held at the Telenor Arena, in the municipality of Bærum, in Akershus County. The contest starts with semi-finals on the 25th and 27th of May 2010, with the grand finale on the 29th of May 2010. This is the third time Norway has hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1986 and 1996. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that the voting system used in the semi-finals this year will change from previous years to balance the jury and the televoting. 39 countries will take part in the contest, with Georgia returning to the contest. Andorra, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Montenegro have withdrawn their participation. Lithuania originally announced their withdrawal from the competition, but was later among the 39 participants confirmed by the EBU. This year’s running of Europe’s favourite TV-show will be constructed around the theme “Share The Moment”. The coloured spheres represent gathering people and the diversity of emotions surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest. Svante Stockselius, Executive Supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU, told the press that he “never saw a host broadcaster being this well prepared at this time of the year”.
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The Munch Museum
Photo: J. P. Fagerback
When Edvard Munch died in January 1944, it transpired that he had unconditionally bequeathed all his remaining works to the City of Oslo. Edvard Munch’s art are the most significant Norwegian contribution to the history of art, and he is the only Norwegian artist who has exercised a decisive influence on European art trends, above all as a pioneer of Expressionism in Germany and the Nordic countries. The Munch Museum opened in 1963 and was purpose-built to house this unique collection of approximately 1100 paintings, 4500 drawings and 18 000 prints. Major works will always be on display in the museum. The museum’s programme also comprises film screenings, audio guides, guided tours and lectures. Opening hours: -31.05 Tue-Fri 10-16, Sat-Sun 11-17, 01.06- Mon-Sun 10-18 Address: Inner East - Tøyengata 53 Tel: 23 49 35 00
The Kon-Tiki Museum Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) is one of history’s most famous scientists, adventurer and a champion of the environment. The Kon-Tiki Museum houses the original boats and exhibits from Thor Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions. The museum is home to permanent exhibitions about: Ra, Tigris, Fatu-Hiva, Kon-Tiki, and Easter Island. It has a separate area for short-term exhibitions, as well as a 30 meter cave tour and an underwater exhibition containing a life-size 10-metre whale shark. The museum also has a cinema and souvenir shop. The museum is open year round and has special offers for groups in the evenings. The museum is situated at Bygdøy. Opening hours: -31.05 Mon-Sun 10-17, 01.06- Mon-Sun 09.30-17.30 Address: Inner West - Bygdøynesveien 36 Tel: 23 08 67 67
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#03 The Fram Museum The Fram Museum shows the history of the polar explorers. Here you will find the world’s most famous polar ship, the Fram, from 1892. The ship is displayed in its original condition with interior and objects perfectly preserved. The museum tells the story of the Norwegian polar expeditions, which also represent international history in the field of polar exploration: Nansen’s journey across the Polar ocean and his attempt to reach the North Pole, Sverdrup’s expedition to Greenland, a voyage where more than 200 000 square kilometres of uncharted land was discovered, and Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole, the discovery of the north-west Passage and his attempt to reach the North Pole by plane and airship. Opening hours: -31.05 Mon-Sun 10-16, 01.06- Mon-Sun 09-18 Address: Inner West - Bygdøynesveien 36 Tel: 41 67 45 43
The Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensible natural history collection. For almost 200 years, preserved plant specimens, animal specimens, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here. A selection of specimens is on display for the general public, in the Geological Museum and the Zoological Museum. Both are to be found in the beautiful Botanical Garden. Located at Tøyen east of Oslo city centre, the garden is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself. Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11-16 Address: Inner East - Sars gate 1 Tel: 22 85 50 50
Norsk Folkemuseum Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. With collections from around the country, the museum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present. The more than 150 buildings in the OpenAir Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town and country, and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is enlightened through exhibitions and documentation projects focusing especially on children, youth and the multicultural population. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-15, Sat-Sun 11-16 Address: Inner West - Museumsveien 10 Tel: 22 12 37 00
Oslo Reptile Park Norway has only one reptile park and you will find it in the heart of Oslo. Here you can find a wide variety of different snakes, exiting frogs, lizards, beautiful spiders, Junior the Ara parrot, Brutus the Caiman and Charlie the Iguana. Every Tuesday at 17.00 visitors are allowed to take part in the feeding of the animals. The staff is generally very relaxed and you may ask them for permission to hold various snakes. The newest additions to Oslo Reptile Park are two Cotton top Tamarins. The two monkeys are expected to become one of the main attractions and will definitely be a lively addition to the “museum”. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10-18 Address: Downtown - St. Olavs gate 2 Tel: 22 17 05 22
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The Ibsen Museum Henrik Ibsen is recognized as the founder of the modern drama, and alongside William Shakespeare, he is the most performed playwright in the world. The home of the famous playwright Henrik Ibsen, where he lived the last 11 years of his life, is the core of the Ibsen Museum. The apartment is restored to its original splendour, with Ibsen’s own furniture, colours and decorations. The museum also features an exhibition about Ibsen’s life and writing. The Ibsen Museum is run by Norsk Folkemuseum .and is situated in Henrik Ibsen’s gate 26, right across The Royal Palace. Opening hours: -14.5 Tue-Sun 11-16, 15.5- Mon-Sun 11-18 Address: Inner West - Henrik Ibsen’s gate 26 Tel: 22 12 35 50
The National Museum of Science The National Museum of Science was established in 1914, and in 1995 they received the status as a National Museum. The museum’s objective is to demonstrate the implications of progress in Science and Technology, socially and culturally, through the ages. The museum, located in Oslo, contains exhibitions on transport and aviation, Norwegian industrial history, energy and electricity, wood and metal industries, oil, gas and plastics, clocks and watches, calculating machines and computers, as well as the science centre. The galleries offer examples of how objects, through interpretation can be used to provide an understanding of contemporary life. The museum has a library and historical archives, café and museum shop. Opening hours: -19.6 Tue-Fri 09-16, Sat-Sun 11-18 , 20.6- Mon-Tue 10-18 Address: Outer West - Kjelsåsveien 143 Tel: 22 79 60 00
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#03 Astrup Fearnley Museum This is a privately owned museum, which presents temporary exhibitions of international art. First opened in 1993, the museum has since established itself as an important institution for the presentation of contemporary art. Changing exhibitions of Norwegian and foreign art from the post-war period to the present. The items come from the museum’s own collections, as well as objects on loan in connection with special exhibitions. Some of the most famous pieces in Astrup Fearnleys collection are “Mother and Child Divided” by Damien Hearst and Andy Warhols “Multicoloured Retrospective Painting“. Entrance to this museum is free of charge and they even organize public guided tours every Sunday at 13.00. Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12-17 Address: Downtown - Dronningens gate 4 Tel: 22 93 60 60
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design was established on 1st July 2003. It consists of the former Norwegian Museum of Architecture, the former Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the former Museum of Contemporary Art, the former National Gallery, and the former National Touring Exhibitions, Norway. Both the National Gallery and the Art Hall is situated in the Tulinløkka area. The collections are numerous and fall into several different categories. With four, very different museum collections as a basis, the Museum is currently unable to present one unified National Museum Collection. Opening hours: Mon-Wed-Fri 10-18, Thu 10-19, Sat-Sun 11-17 Address: Downtown - Universitetsgata 13 Tel: 21 98 20 00
The Vigeland Museum The Vigeland Museum is the sculpture museum of Oslo. The Museum is dedicated to Gustav Vigeland. The majority of the museum’s exhibition space is a presentation of Vigeland’s oeuvre. In addition to this, the museum’s ambition is to be the most interesting venue for presenting art within the three dimensional field. The Museum has, over the recent years, become more focused on this specific kind of art, i.e. sculpture and installation, and video based art. The Museum puts an emphasis on presenting a variety of these artistic expressions, and striving to keep it on a high qualitative level. Opening hours: -31.5 Tue-Sun 12-16, 1.6- Tue-Sun 10-17 Address: Inner West - Nobels gate 32 Tel: 23 49 37 00
The Viking Ship Museum The Viking Ship Museum and The Historical Museum form the University Museum of Cultural Heritage under the University of Oslo. The museum building was designed especially for the Viking ships by one of the best known Norwegian architects Arnstein Arneberg in 1927. The Viking Ship Museum displays the large Viking ships Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune. The three ships are the best preserved Viking ships known, found in royal burial mounds in the Oslofjord. As burial ships, carrying the dead over to “The Other World”, the ships were equipped with unique treasures such as wagons, horses and especially textiles which are seldom preserved from the Viking age, now on exhibit at the museum. Opening hours: -30.04 Mon-Sun 10-16, 01.05- Mon-Sun 09-18 Address: Inner West - Huk Aveny 35 Tel: 22 13 52 80
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The Frogner Park The Frogner Park is a public park in the west-end borough of Frogner in Oslo. It is part of the Frogner Manor, and belonged to rich families like Anker and Wegner in the 19th century, before being acquired by the city of Oslo. It is famous for housing the Vigeland Sculpture Park, which was created by Gustav Vigeland in the 20th century. The 212 sculptures are, essentially, the adult work of Vigeland. The massive works represent various ages, moods, and stages in lives of people culminating in the famous Monolith (â€œMonolittenâ€?) with its 121 figures struggling to reach the top of the sculpture. The Frogner Park is one of the most used parks in Oslo, mainly because of its large grassy areas, relaxed atmosphere and short distance to the city centre. It is also a favourite destination for tourists visiting the city. Location: Inner West
The Palace Park The Palace Park is a public park sorrounding the Royal Palace in the centre of Oslo. The park is 22 hectares (54 acres). It was built during the 1840`s and was designed by Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow, who was the main architect of the Royal Palace. Two thousand trees were planted in 1848, but since then the park has been redeveloped several times, becoming simpler with larger but fewer paths and fewer creeks. During the 1900`s, the park became home to a few statues such as Gustav Vigeland statues of Niels Henrik Abel from 1908, the Abelhaugen, and of Camilla Collett from 1911, in the park outside the northern wing of the palace. The Palace Park offers a magnificent view over Karl Johans gate and is definitely a great place for a romantic walk. Location: Downtown/Inner West
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#03 The Medieval Park The Medieval Park is situated in the borough of old Oslo. The park was constructed in the year 2000. The park is situated within the so called Medieval Park area which also includes The Memory park and Ladegården, which in itself is worthy of a visit. The main building is from 1720. In this area further development is prohibited due to the multitude of relics underground. In the Medieval Park you will find the ruins of the Clemens church, the Maria church and the previous home of the King. Next to the park lies a water table which by the city people is referred to as Tenerife. Towards the water, half of Oslo’s waterfront has been recontructed the way it was around the 1300`s. Oslo Medieval Festival and the Øya Festival are two of the annual activities taking place in the park. Location: Downtown
St. Hanshaugen St. Hanshaugen is a delightful public park on the highest hill in the inner west area of Oslo. This gives a great view of the city and its surroundings. 1000 meters easy walk from Karl Johans gate along AkersgataUllevålsveien. The park has also given name to this popular neighbourhood as well as to the larger administrative district (borough) that includes major parts of downtown Oslo. Among Oslo’s many parks, St. Hanshaugen is one of the most romantic. Years ago it was regarded worthless, and for a while it was used as graveyard for horses. In the 1840`s the inhabitants of Christiania, the name of Oslo at the time, began to use the park as site for their Midsummer Eve bonfire. This is how the park got its name St. Hanshaugen, which means Midsummer hill. Location: Inner West
The Sofienberg Park The Sofienberg Park is the largest park in the Grünerløkka area, and is a very popular recreational area for locals, especially the younger generations. The Park offers a lot of activities all day long and especially in the weekends. The Sofienberg Park has a great playground area for small children and table tennis opportunities for the older ones. This is also a great park for ball play, pick-nicks and public barbecues. In the middle of the park you will find the Sofienberg church. The park was originally a cemetery, inaugurated in 1858, however this was not a very popular decision. Many people where critical to having a cemetery in a central area, so it was decided to dismantle the cemetery and make a park there instead. In 1972 the construction of the whole park was completed. Location: Inner East
Ekeberg Ekeberg was a popular area and destination already in the 1800`s. In 1937 the area was secured as Oslo’s largest park area. Because Ekebergsletta was used for military purposes by the German occupation during the second world war, the plains and tracks was first built in 1947. Besides the plains, this park includes the Brannfjell Park and Ekeberg forest (local name “Byskauen”). The Park is also home to Ekeberg riding centre, where many locals enjoy the possibility of going horseback riding. Ekeberg sports (Ekeberghallen) was opened in 1973. Norway Cup, the largest youth football tournament in the world is held at Ekebergsletta every year. This tradition has existed since 1972 and was party the reason for Ekeberghallen being built. The plain is a perfect spot for practising various sports. Location: Downtown/Inner West
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Hovedøya Hovedøya or Hovedøen is situated five minutes by ferry from Oslo. Hovedøya offers a botanical and historical haven and is full with animal, bird and plant life. Here you find some of Norway’s rarest flowers and the ruins of a monastery from the 12th century. It is a great place for picnicking and swimming. Hovedøya was for a long a time, a military zone and stills bears the evidence of this today in the form of old military buildings. The most famous feature on Hovedøya is the monastery ruin at its centre which dates from the 1100`s. Note that most of the island is a nature reserve, thus vegetation and animals are protected. The island is quite small, no more than 800 meters across in any direction. In summer time a small cafeteria right by the monastery ruins is open to the general public. Ferry number: 92, 93
Langøyene Langøyene is in fact two islands artificially joined together, northern Langøy and southern Langøy. There is plenty of space here for ball games and walking, fishing, swimming or just plain relaxing are all possibilities. There is a camping area for those wishing to pitch a tent, as well as a pretty beach, a forest and wild scrub. For those naturally inclined, this island has a specially-designated area for nudist bathing. Langøyene is a great spot to get together and have a cosy and charming barbecue. A fun fact is that the beach actually used to be a city dump for garbage. However this was stopped in 1949 and has ever since been a wonderful recreational area. Ferry number: 94
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#03 Nakholmen Nakholmen is an islet situated approximately 600m from Bygdøy. On this beautiful islet you will find 182 charming and small summerhouses. The houses are all restricted by the state when it comes to size and paint. Something that is very special at Nakholmen is the restriction towards fences. At Nakholmen you are only allowed to have hedges. It is impossible to get a building permit here, so the summerhouses are very popular and tend to be sold for very high prices. Today you can easily take a boat trip to Nakholmen and enjoy the amazing Norwegian summer from the fjord. There is a convenience store here as well as public toilets for visitors. Nakholmen is a very popular recreational islet and there tend to be lots of people fishing there. Ferry number: 92, 93, 94
Lindøya Lindøya is a beautiful and tranquil island packed with summerhouses. In 1920, Lindøya was the Oslo base for the pioneer Norwegian airline, Det Norske Luftfartrederi and its seaplanes. The operation only lasted until the autumn of 1920. When regular seaplane routes again was established in 1927, the operation was moved to neighbouring Gressholmen. Due to strict restrictions, the sizes of the houses are regulated to a maximum ground area of 32 sqm for a house with loft, and 40 sqm for the house without loft. The houses have to be constructed of wood and have the specific colours (red, yellow and green). Today Lindøya is one of the most popular Islands in the Oslofjord and is regularly visited by outdoor enthusiasts. It is a really nice recreational area and today you will mostly find Oslo locals there. Ferry number: 92, 93
Gressholmen Mention the island of Gressholmen to anyone who has been there and they will most likely, in return, mention rabbits. Hundreds of these animals, both wild and tame, roam the island providing much amusement for young children and families. As a nature reserve, the island is also home to 160 different species of birds and many other protected animals. It is forbidden to light a fire or camp on the island but Gressholmen Kro serves cold salads, baked potatoes and drinks throughout the summer (except on Mondays). Gressholmen airport was during the years 1927 through 1939 the location of the main airport for Oslo, until the construction of Fornebu airport. The airport was only for seaplanes. At Gressholmen you will usually find some school classes and families enjoying a warm summer day. Ferry number: 92, 93, 94
Ulvøya Like so many other islands in the Oslofjord (and large parts of the mainland around) Ulveøya used to belong to Hovedøya monastery. The island is known for plants that normally grow in the far southern latitudes. The bridge over to Ulveøya is one of the most beautiful in Oslo, and a popular place to fish from. You can even see kids jumping from that very bridge in the summertime. To the south of the island lies Sydstranda; a great swimming area with both a beach, rocks, diving boards, docks, barbecue areas and a kiosk. It is Ulveøya velforening who takes care of the beach so it costs a few kroner to enter. In return, you will have a pleasant day and you can enjoy a clean and tidy beach.
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The Norwegian Opera The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet is the largest stage for music theatre and dance in the country. The Norwegian Opera & Ballet consists of two companies, the National Opera and The National Ballet. The Norwegian Opera was founded in 1957 and gave its opening performance in 1959. The Norwegian Opera & Ballet has approximately 600 employees representing more than 50 trades and professions. On June 15 1999 the National Assembly (Stortinget) approved the building of a new opera house in Oslo. In 2000, the Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta was chosen as winner of the anonymous architectural competition. The groundwork began in 2003. On April 12 2008 the new opera house opened. Address: Downtown - Kirsten Flagstads plass 1 Tel: 21 42 21 00
The Norwegian Theatre The basis for the theatre was 13 happy amateurs from various parts of the country that got together the autumn of 1910. The Norwegian Theatre was founded 22.11.1912. The play list consisted of stories from Norwegian rural life. In the period from 1960 – 1970 the play list was changed to entail classics from Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Brecht and others. What distinguishes this period however was that the theatre was developed to be the leading music theatre in the Nordic area with successes like West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. The theatre got a totally refurbished and modernized building in 1985. Another thing that distinguishes this theatre is that all plays are in New Norwegian (nynorsk). Address: Downtown - Kristian IV’s gate 8 Tel: 22 00 14 00
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#03 The National Theatre The National Theatre is Norway’s largest theatre. Steeped in tradition and pushing the boundaries, it has the express aim of being recognised as one of the leading theatres in Europe. The Theatre is ideally located right in the centre of Oslo - between the Royal Palace and the Storting (the Norwegian Parliament) - in a beautiful building dating back to the turn of the previous century. Since it opened its doors in 1899 The National Theatre has become home to the dramatic arts in Norway and the use of the Norwegian language on stage. The statues of Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson still take pride place in front of the Theatre’s main entrance. Address: Downtown - Johanne Dybwads plass 1 Tel: 22 47 38 00
Oslo Nye Theatre Oslo Nye Theatre was founded by initiative of the authors Johan Bojer and Peter Egge with the goal of presenting new Norwegian dramatists. The process of creating a new theatre took some planning but after three years the new theatre was ready and the first performance could première on 26th of February 1929. This was a play by Hamsun, one of our most famous authors and winner of the Nobel price of literature. The building has been upgraded many times over the years, the last being in 1994/95. At this point they decided to look back at history and implement many of the old design elements. Oslo Nye Theatre stands as modern theatre today and is known to be one of main stages of new drama, both Norwegian and international. Address: Downtown - Rosenkrantz’ gate 10 Tel: 22 34 86 80
Oslo Concert Hall Oslo Concert Hall is located in Vika, inner west. It is the base of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, but it also aims to be one of the premier music venues for the general musical and cultural life of Norway. They offer a broad variety of musical styles from classical, world music, and popular entertainment by both Norwegian and international artists and groups. It presents more than 300 events yearly and receives more than 200,000 visitors. From the opening in 1977 up to today the place has established itself as one of the most important institutions in Norwegian musical and cultural life. The building consists of two concert halls, several meeting and practise rooms, large foyers and bars, a box office and an office wing. Address: Downtown - Munkedamsveien 14 Tel: 23 11 31 00
Christiania Theatre Christiania Theatre has a history dating back to 1918, when the place was opened as a musical comedy theatre under the name “Opera Comique”. Three years later it was followed by “Casino Theatre” and in 1928 it was changed in to a cinema under the name “Casino”. In 1941, the occupying forces took charge of the venue and rebuilt it in order to accommodate the “Deutsche Theatre in Norwegen”. In the years from 1945 to 1985, the theatre went under the name The Norwegian Theatre, and from 1985 to 2006, it has been operated as a cinema under the name “Filmteatret”. The name “Christiania Theatre” was the name of the city’s main stage until 1899. Today, Christiania Theatre has a variety of shows in all categories. Address: Downtown - Stortingsgata 16 Tel: 22 00 77 11
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CitySightseeing Oslo One of the most popular, fun and informative ways to tour Oslo is by hopon, hop-off guided bus tour. Sit on top and enjoy the open air view or ride inside in air-conditioned or heated comfort as their built in guide system points out landmarks and shares Osloâ€™s history with you. Hop-on or hop-off as often as you like to explore, dine and shop at Osloâ€™s major attractions. When you are ready to continue, just hop back on the City Sightseeing bus tour. If you decide to stay on-board the tour bus for a complete tour without getting off at any of the many sights a full route of Oslo lasts around 1 hour and 15 minutes. Tickets can be bought on-board and the bus departs from the Tourist Information by the City Hall. Season start 02.05.10 Tel: 22 78 94 00
HMK Oslo Tour A great way to see the essentials in Oslo is by bus tour. HMK is one of the leading tour operators in Norway. They will definitely give you an experience to remember. A 2,5-hour guided bus sightseeing tour to the Viking Ship Museum and your choice of the Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum or the Norwegian Maritime Museum. Ends with a tour of 17th-century Kvadraturen and The Norwegian Opera roof. Tickets can be bought at your hotel reception or by telephone. The tour starts at the Tourist Information Center by the City Hall and finishes at The Norwegian Opera. The tour is available at 12.30 every day all year except 17 May and 24-25 December. Tel: 22 78 94 00
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#03 KIM Camp City Safari If you want a different view of Oslo, this is the tour for you. A bit untraditional, it will however show you some of the hidden and forgotten parts of Oslo. This is an exciting trip from the waterfront into the forest. The safari will show you Oslo’s wildlife and ends with a nice meal and fairy-tales by the open fire. You will be transported in a charming «safari bus» between locations. Departure at 5 pm. Duration 4 hours. Booking in advance is required. Ideal for groups (up to 25 persons) Tel: 22 29 42 30
Oslo Experience by Boat Experience the beautiful life on the Oslofjord and get a seaside view of the city. This 5 hour guided tour by boat and coach will show more than just the Oslo essentials. The 1 hour mini cruise is fantastic as long as you have a sunny day. The Mini Cruise runs via The Norwegian Opera to the Kon-Tiki museum, the Norwegian Folk museum, the Viking ships, Holmenkollen ski jump with museum and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. It also stops at The Norwegian Opera and Bygdøynes so you will have plenty of time to take pictures. Tickets to museums are included. Tel: 23 35 68 90
Grand Tour of Oslo by Boat This 7.5 hour guided tour with coach and boat will show you most of Oslo’s sights. A Classic fjord sightseeing passing The Norwegian Opera to the polar ship Fram, the Kon-Tiki museum, the Maritime museum with panorama film, the Norwegian Folk museum the Viking ships, the Holmenkollen ski jump with museum and the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The boat tour will arrive at the Fram museum where you will have a wonderful opportunity to take pictures of Oslo and to walk around Bygdøy. Museum tickets are included in the price. Tel: 23 35 68 90
Oslo City and Nature walks Oslo City and Nature walks is the only guiding company in Oslo with walks and hikes as its speciality. They offer many unique and exciting walks. The most popular choice is the City walk. See and learn about the most important sights of the city centre, including Akershus fortress, The Royal Palace, Karl Johan Street, and many more. This walk was the first of its kind in Oslo, and it will show you places and tell you thrilling stories. Don not miss the opportunity to learn about Oslo’s many exciting happenings and history with a two hour walk around the city. Another popular tour is the Nature walk. During this tour you will take the underground train to Vettakollen station, and hike up to the top of “Vettakollen”, where you will experience the most beautiful view of Oslo. Tel: 41 31 87 40
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Festivals and Special Events Our capital has many noticeable special events. We have compiled a list of the most famous festivals and special occasions Oslo has to offer this spring. Throughout the period you can take a trip to the west side square every Sunday. This is Oslo’s oldest market. Here you will find old vintage clothes and jewellery among other antiques. Vestkanttorvet Antiques Market is located next to the well-known shopping street, Bogstadveien. This year, there are two major events in May. 17th of May we will celebrate our country’s National Day. Almost 200 000 people will fill the city centre waving flags and marching towards the Royal Palace. This day you also have the opportunity to see the Royal family as they stand on their terraces waving to everyone that passes. A mere week later, you can experience a much rarer event. As winners of last year`s Eurovision Song Contest, the event will be hosted by Oslo and Bærum. It is expected to be a phenomenal event and Oslo as host city can expect a lot of international travellers. Join the event if you have the possibility. In June, you will find one of Norway’s most remarkable events. The Norwegian Wood rock festival is held for the 19th year in a row. During this year`s event you will be able to see stars like Mark Knopfler and Raga Rockers perform on an open air stage. We strongly recommend that you take a trip to Frognerbadet if the weather is good and the mood is right.
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Vestkanttorvet Antiques Market This is Oslo’s oldest market and it is very popular in both spring and summer. Vestkanttorvet is a great place to find beautiful antiques. It is especially well known as a fantastic place to find vintage clothing. You will find it just by Vigelandsparken, on the corner of Professor Dahls gate and Neubergsgate. Open from 9-17.
Inferno Metal Festival Inferno Metal Festival is a Norwegian heavy metal festival of extreme metal. The festival is held in Oslo each Easter. The concerts will be held at Rockefeller and John Dee. No bands play simultaneously at the festival so everyone have the opportunity to see the bands they like.
Yehudi Menuhin International Competition 2010 The Menuhin Competition is one of the few international violin competitions for young musicians under the age of 22. It will also be a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s great violinist Ole Bull. The competition takes place at the Norwegian Academy of Music and in The Norwegian Opera.
Sentrumsløpet Sentrumsløpet is one of Norway’s largest running events. Each year BUL invites to a folk festival in the streets. This race has been a tradition since 1981 when 1860 people participated. The race peaked in 1988 with almost 18 000 participants. The starting point is just by the University in Karl Johans street.
Grønland 17. mai With a big carnival, car-free shopping street, market stalls, beer garden and a children`s theatre, Grønland invites you to join a folk festival the days before, and through the celebration of our National Day. This is by far Oslo`s largest 17 May event and last year thousands of people from all nations gathered here.
Norway’s Constitution Day Norway’s Constitution, declaring the country to be an independent nation, was signed at Eidsvoll on 17 May, 1814. This date remains Norway’s National Day, and is a national holiday. All over our country, children parade with big Norwegian flags. The Oslo parade is by far the largest in Norway and includes more than 60 000 children from 100 different schools as well as marching bands. 100 000 people travel to the city centre, many are dressed in traditional costumes called Bunad in honour of the day. If you are visiting Oslo this day, we guarantee that you will not miss the celebration.
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Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Following the victory of the Norwegian Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale” in The European Song Contest in Moscow last year, this year’s contest will take place in Oslo. The contest will be held at the Telenor Arena, in the municipality of Bærum, in Akershus County. The contest starts with semi-finals on the 25th and 27th of May 2010, with the grand finale on 29th of May 2010.
Football Norway-Montenegro Friendly match. If you would like tickets call: 815 33 133
Football Norway-Ukraine This match is part of Norway’s preparations for the European Championship qualifications which start in September. The game is played at Ullevaal Stadium, Wednesday June 2nd. If you would like tickets call: 815 33 133
Musikkfest Oslo Norway’s largest one-day festival. Stages are set up in approximately 25 locations in Oslo and all the concerts are free to the public. Rock, pop, blues, folk, jazz, hip hop, metal, punk, folk, electronica and choral singing are just some of what you can experience this day.
Norwegian Wood Rock Festival Norwegian Wood is one of the largest festivals in Norway and has hosted artists like Bob Dylan, Sting, David Bowie and Foo fighters. The festival is held at the open-air bath Frognerbadet, just by the Vigelands park. One of the headliners this year is Mark Knopfler and more stars a lining up. Call 815 33 133 for tickets.
The Grûner Days The Grüner days attracts people from all over the city. These days there are market stalls and entertainment throughout the neighbourhood Grûnerløkka. Local artists show what the district offers in the form of art and theatre.
The Færder Regatta The Færder Regatta is the world’s largest overnight regatta, with more than 1100 boats taking part. From Oslo’s harbour, south to the Færder lighthouse and back to Horten, this most spectacular of Norwegian yacht races involves tlarge parts of the boating population of the country.
The Oslo Medieval Festival Taking place in the Medieval Park. The Oslo Medieval Festival has the great honour and pleasure to once again invite citizens to a rollicking medieval feast. More music, more theatre, more courageous knights, beautiful princesses, better food, in short: A lot more fun. The Oslo Medieval Festival is a great family event.
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A Glimpse of Oslo
The Norwegian Opera roof top There have been many visitors who have wanted to see and walk on the roof of the building and the roof has been the venue for several outdoor events.
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Oslo Port Authourity area Oslo Harbour was founded by a Royal Decree of 16th September 1735 where it was decided that it would create a port commission. Oslo harbour is thus one of Norwayâ€™s oldest, still existing businesses.
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Oslo City Hall Oslo City Hall is a municipal building in Oslo which houses the city council and certain other municipal agencies. Oslo City Hall was built 1931-50 after drawings by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson.
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Oslo Havnelager Oslo Havnelager is a monument to the maritime evolvement under and during the WWI. Designed by Bredo Henrik Berntsen, it was erected in the period 1916-1920. Today it is a commercial building.
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The Oslofjord Inner Oslofjord is the part of the Oslofjord which is north of the 1 km north of the narrow DrĂ¸baksundet. Inner Oslofjord is from 3 to 7 km wide. The Oslofjord has the highest traffic of boats, ferries, and cargo ships in Norway.
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Inside The Norwegian Opera At the anniversary, 12th April 2009 approximately 1.3 million people had visited The Norwegian Opera in BjĂ¸rvika, which made it Osloâ€™s most visited tourist destination.
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Tjuvholmen Tjuvholmen is a connected island in the inner harbour of Oslo, between Pipervika and Filipstad islet. You will reach it from Aker Brygge. Tjuvholmen will until 2012 be developed as a separate district in the Fjord City.
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Statue in Honour of the Merchant Marines BygdĂ¸y 4500 people was killed in the battle for Norwayâ€™s liberation in WWII. Our seafarers` courage and loyalty will always be reminded with deep respect and gratitude.
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Nydalen Subway Station Nydalen subway station has escalators with light, sound and music effects. In connection to the stairs more than 1,800 lamps and 44 speakers are mounted. These react to people passing by.
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The Royal Palace The Royal Palace in Oslo is the Norwegian Kingâ€™s main residence. The palace is surrounded by The Palace Park. From the east runs the parade street Karl Johans gate right towards The Royal Palace main faĂ§ade.
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The Nobel Peace Centre The Nobel Peace Centre was opened by King Harald 11th June 2005. It is located in an old train station building from 1872, close to the Oslo City Hall and overlooking the harbour.
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In this chapter, we want to give you an idea of how fantastic shopping can be in Oslo. Even though we are a small capital by international standards, Oslo has something to offer every taste. Here you will find everything from trendy and modern Norwegian and international design, both in fashion and interior. A few of the most famous fashion brands in the world ( Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Mulberry) has over the last couple of years opened flagship stores in our city. Some areas in Oslo are famous for great vintage and antique shopping and we will of course tell you where to go.
Shopping with Charlotte Thorstvedt
Charlotte Thorstvedt Age
23 years old Known as
Model, dj, tv-hostess, designer and Norwayâ€™s best dressed women 2009
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#04 How is the shopping opportunities in Oslo?
- Although Oslo still has some way to go in matching up to the bigger cities such as London and New York, we are certainly moving in the right direction! In a short while Top Shop will be established in Oslo, and then we´ll have all the biggest highstreet shops the world has to offer. If you know where to go, shopping in Oslo is very good.
What`s your favorite stores?
- Koma, Monki, Acne, Freudian Kicks, and everything at Posthallen. And for the exclusive and expensive; Høyer.
And your best buy ever?
- I just bought a black Alexander McQueen blazer (may he rest in peace) at Høyer, at a 70% discount! It´s timeless and classic. THAT is a bargain!
Where do you find hidden treasures in Oslo?
Koma is an amazing store with a large variety of designer brands, hand picket vintage and a lot of eccentric jewelry. This is where I do all my Christmas shopping for my friends. Flashdance is another vintage store with many fabulous and crazy treasures.
“If you know where to go, shopping in Oslo is very good” Gifts?
If you are a woman: Go to Acne and buy your man a great shirt. The quality and design is impeccable. If you are a business man on a business trip; buy your mrs a beautiful Nina Jarebrink dress at Koma. Interview by: Sarah Elise Falkeid
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Eger Karl Johan Eger Karl Johan is the new high-end department store in Oslo, located at Karl Johan, in the heart of Oslo. They opened in May 2009, in close proximity to luxury shops as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Mulberry. They are offering more that 125 international labels within fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Among their international flagship stores are Nespresso boutique, G-star Raw, Tommy Hilfiger, By Malene Birger. Their multi brand shops carry labels such as Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Hugo Boss. They offer a new and inspiring shopping experience in their recently renovated shopping gallery, with 25 shops, wine bars and cafés. Furthermore they have a concierge service operated by Quintessentially. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-19 Sat: 10-18 Adress: Downtown – Karl Johans gate 23B, 0150 Oslo
Steen & Strøm Since 1797 Steen & Strøm has taken the best of continental urban shopping and gathered well known, attractive Norwegian, Scandinavian and international brands and designers over 6 floors in one department store. The Magazine’s unique architecture blends historical elements with contemporary design and stylish shops in a unique atmosphere. And more stores will be in place. During the last quarter of 2008 the 6th Floor was finished with a SPA, brasserie, bar and nightclub. Steen & Strøm has a tradition of being the city’s meeting place and source of inspiration to the trends and lifestyles. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-19 Sat: 10-18 Adress: Downtown – Nedre slottsgate 8, 0157 Oslo
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Aker Brygge Shopping Aker Brygge has truly become an attraction of itself with its car free areas and a great selection of shopping, dining and nightlife. Over 65 different shops can be found here, from premium clothes at Zenon and Gant to great interior articles at Kremmerhuset and Kitch`n. Aker Brygge has over the last couple of years expanded their territory to include Tjuvholmen as well. This new and exciting area is home to some of Oslo’s finer shops and restaurants. Whatever your need might be, Aker brygge and Tjuvholmen is a great place for a day of shopping and lunch on the pier. For an evening out, try one of Aker Brygges many restaurants and enjoy the relaxed bars and lounges this area has to offer. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-20 Sat: 10-18 Adress: Inner West – Stranden 3, 0250 Oslo
Paleet A walk inside Paleet shopping centre at Karl Johan is a pleasure. With impressive brands, a comfortable atmosphere and a high level of service this is definitely a place you can shop. If you need an outfit for a night out, Paleet has everything, from lingerie to trendy winter coats. On the second floor you will find the exclusive shop, Imperia, here you will find Lord&Ladys garments in cashmere, cord and tweed and even some fur coats. On the bottom floor there is a 650 m2 sports store where they have all the state of the art equipment. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-20 Sat: 10-18 Adress: Downtown – Karl Johans gate 37-43, 0162 Oslo
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#04 GlasMagasinet GlasMagasinet in Oslo is since 1739, one of Norway’s oldest and most famous department stores. Here you can find more than 25 fashion shops in addition to gift articles, souvenirs, knitwear, tax free shopping, pewter, rose painting, crystal, glassware, interior and much more. GlasMagasinet is centrally located right by the Stortorvet square in down town Oslo. On the ground floor they have a wide selection of glass and crystal products from e.g. Hadeland Glassverk, Steninge Slott, Porsgrund Porselen and many small gift shops. On the 1st floor they offer 24 fashion stores. On the 2nd floor they have interior articles and a café. Downstairs is Norway’s largest kitchenware department. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-19 Sat: 10-18 Adress: Downtown – Stortorvet 9, 0155 Oslo
House Of Oslo House of Oslo has gathered nearly 20 interior design shops that sell everything from teaspoons to sofas. An impressive selection you will find no other place in Norway - and perhaps even Scandinavia. House of Oslo can be found in the end of VikaTerrassen, in Ruseløkkveien 26. With the Danish interior shop Illums Bolighus as a flagship store and 19 other interior stores they increased sales in the first quarter with 38.3 percent for Vika Trade Centre. They decided to fully focus on interior design concept after declining revenues in 2005. Together with Vika Terrace, House of Oslo forms Vika Trade Centre. In relation to the profile change the centre expanded with another 1000 square metres. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-20 Sat: 10-18 Adress: Inner West – Ruseløkkveien 26, 0254 Oslo
Byporten Byporten Shopping opened on 11 Mar. 1999 and is the mall with stores you cannot find anywhere else. A visit to Byporten brings the world metropolises a little closer. Here is the latest fashion from London, Paris, Rome and New York, presented in exotic small shops. You can also go explore the exciting speciality shops that include everything from banana-cases and things in a handy small format, to children’s clothes, food and fresh coffee from around the world. They offer 13 different restaurants. Whether you want a quick snack or you want to enjoy a great meal. Or what about a refreshing drink in their pub? The choice is yours. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-21 Sat: 10-20 Adress: Downtown – Jernbanetorget, 0154 Oslo
Oslo City Oslo City was built in 1988 and was Norway’s largest detached building before the Telenor building was built at Fornebu. Oslo City is very well known in Norway and no other shopping centre has so many visitors. In 2008 over 12 million people visited Oslo City. In 2008, Oslo City had a turnover of nearly 1, 8 billion NKR. Compared with other shopping centres in Norway, the centre has the highest turnover per square metre. Oslo’s city centre is in a period of rapid growth. Oslo City is next to The Central Railway Station, where the Airport Express Train arrives from Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Just a block away, you will find the opera building which opened in spring 2007. The centre has 90 shops and places to eat. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10-22 Sat: 10-20 Adress: Downtown – Stenersgata 1D, 0184 Oslo
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Bogstadveien Bogstadveien and Majorstuen - Oslo’s main fashion district. At Majorstuen and Bogstadveien clothing stores are located close together. Here you will find everything from the large, affordable clothing chains to the fashionable fashion houses that you cannot find elsewhere in town. Hegdehaugsveien runs from Pilestredet and cross Parkveien by the restaurant Lorry and immediately after crossing Josefines gate changes the name to Bogstadveien. Between all the shops you will find a number of cosy cafés and bakeries, so if your shopping bags get to heavy you can easily take a break between shopping sessions. Bogstadveien is Oslo’s flagship street when it comes to shopping. Take a trip to Norway’s premier fashion street. Neighbourhood: Inner West
Karl Johans gate This is Oslo’s main street, a pedestrian area leading from The Central Station to the palace . Visitors can watch the world go by at one of the street’s numerous watering holes or simply follow the crowds down the road, past street vendors and entertainers, past the Parliament , National Theatret, Grand Hotel and the University. With hundreds of different shops, the street is also a mecca for shopaholics. Paleet Shopping Centre is the most elegant shopping and food court at the upper part of the main street Karl Johans gate. It includes 45 shops and restaurants with a range you will not find anywhere else. Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Akersgata After the opening of Luis Vuitton in 2006, Akersgata quickly became one of Oslo’s most exclusive shopping streets. One of best stores in this street is the Moods of Norway concept store. This is one of the best known Norwegian brands and has truly put its mark on this street with their inventive and funny looking store. If you are in the search of some of the most exclusive handbags in the world this is definitely the street for you. Akersgata has something to offer most people and is very close to Karl Johans gate. Neighbourhood: Downtown
Grünerløkka Grünerløkka is a fantastic place for shopping, and you will find many exiting and independent shops here. The main streets for shopping in this area are Markveien and Thorvald Meyers gate. To walk around in these streets are truly an inspiration and if you are in search of a new look or style this is definitely the place to go. There are many Norwegian designers situated here and they usually offer the latest in fashion with a Norwegian twist. This area also has a lot of interior design shops where you can take a look at the latest trends in Norwegian interior design. Grünerløkka is also known to be the best place in town to buy vintage clothing. Neighbourhood: Inner East
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Bygdøy Allè Bygdøy Allé is a street in the Frogner area running from Solli plass to Sjølystveien at the exit to Bygdøy. The street is known for the large chestnut trees that adorn the streets, and particularly the lower part with the lavish and elegant brick houses in four floors represents the great city developments that took place in Oslo until the building collapse in 1899. Later, some good examples of Art Nouveau buildings was built. You will find many interesting shops in the interior genre and clothes shops as well. Bygdøy Allé offers many excellent restaurants such as the Village Tandoori and Bygdøy All restaurant (BAR). Location: Inner West
Karenslyst Allè Karenslyst Allè was initially an industrial area situated between Skøyen and Sjølyst. However it has changed dramatically since the mid 90`s, and today Karenslyst Allè is a pulsating shopping area for locals. You will find some of the best interior design stores here, with all the latest news. This area also provides a couple of great fashion shops with both Norwegian and international brands. There are some nice restaurants here too and you can easily take a break after doing some window shopping. Karenslyst Allè is a buzzing business area and many Norwegian companies have their main office here. Location: Inner West
Oslo has some of the best restaurants and chefs in Scandinavia. For years, Norway has done extremely well in the culinary arts and has multiple champions of Bocouse d `Or, in fact 9 medals since its inception in 1987. There is a wide variety of restaurants in this city and we have chosen a few restaurants in each category we think you will enjoy. Our choices are based on quality, atmosphere and service. We want you to have a great culinary experience and to go home with wonderful dining memories. Every single restaurant we mention has been handpicked because they offer something special.
Dine with Ronny Kolvik
Ronny Kolvik Age
27 years old Known as
Member of The Norwegian Culinary Team
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#05 How would you describe Osloâ€™s restaurants compared to London and other big cities?
Oslo offers, like most other cities, a good variety of restaurants with varying quality. You will find restaurants that are of top international standard, restaurants with a distinctive look that you might not find any other place in the world. Now that Bagatelle has closed, we definitely miss a flagship restaurant that can help us put Oslo on the map. It was the only restaurant in Norway with two Michelin stars. I think and hope that someone will open a restaurant in search of two stars or more in Oslo. It is a bit easier to focus on niche restaurants in other major cities, as they have more residents and business people. Norwegian cooking is known to be of high quality, and Norwegian chefs have done well in international competitions. With the Olympics and World Cup gold for the National team and several winners and podiums finishes in Bocouse d`Or.
What do you look for when picking a restaurant?
I am not a fan of walking into an empty restaurant without knowing for sure that the food is good. It is however important to try something new for a change, or you might miss some really good culinary experiences. As a chef, I understand more in regards of composition and if I see a menu that is too particular I might move on to the next place.
What inspires you as a chef?
Everyone I work with, on the National team, and in the restaurant I work. This is a give and take profession. That is also the reason why chefs change their workplace so often, to gain knowledge, technique and taste from different people. To work with food is fantastic, there are no limits on what you can and cannot do and every day is different from another. Competing inspires me to develop my skills and like every other profession you have to keep trying and trying.
â€œTo work with food is fantastic, there are no limitsâ€? Where should one go for lunch and dinner?
To enjoy a quick lunch you can go to Dinner that serves Chinese lunch, and you have Nodee that has sushi and other goodies in their fantastic premises.If you wish to enjoy a good dinner in the middle of the week there is a lot to choose from. Oro restaurant with former Bocouse winner Terje Ness as head chef. Restaurant Cru is a great place to eat good food and drink fine wines. Eik is also a very popular restaurants. For exclusive food on the weekends I would choose Palace Grill, with insanely good food and atmosphere. Another small restaurant is a restaurant Oscarsate. With Bjorn Svensson as head chef, they produce a tasting menu of high international standard! Restaurant Ylajali is also a fantastic restaurant where they have a 3, 5 and 7 course menu. The interior is charming and pleasant, the food is of high quality with top ingredients, well worth a visit.
Where should one bring a date?
There are many restaurants to choose from. Nodee might be a great alternative with some sushi in a cosy Asian environment. The food is in focus and should fit every taste. Interview by: Sarah Elise Falkeid
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The chefs at Restaurant Eik will offer you a delightful culinary experience in a modern and friendly atmosphere. This restaurant has a young clientele with fancy dĂŠcor and exciting details. Restaurant Eik is well known for their great dishes and they guarantee that you will not leave the restaurant on an empty stomach. This is a gourmet restaurant with an informal feel. The restaurant is situated in downtown Oslo on the corner of Universitetsgaten and Kristian Augusts gate. The Michelin guide mentions that Eik is worth a visit and has given the restaurant a fork and knife. If you want a more private atmosphere with friends and colleagues, they have a very elegant room, which is separated from the restaurant with glass doors. The room can accommodate up to 18 people. RestaurantEik arranges a cooking course for groups of 10 to 15 people. The course costs 1900, - NOK Pr. person. This instruction and cooking starts at 16.00 to 18.00 and a five course dinner with five wines suited to the food. Dinner is then served in a Chambre SeparĂŠ from 18.00. Opening hours: Tue-Sat 18-01 Address: Downtown - Universitetsgata 11 Tel: 22 36 07 10
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#05 Restaurant Oscarsgate Restaurant Oscarsgate is truly one of Oslo’s best restaurants. This is gourmet through and through with a new and exciting 8 course menu every day. However, with side dishes, tastings and petites fours included you will easily end up with almost 12 courses. Oscarsgate only use the best ingredients from around the world in their cuisine, and you are in for an exceptional culinary experience. The restaurant is very intimate and only seats about 20 guests. This creates a special atmosphere together with the dark interior and discrete attention from the waiters. This is a highend restaurant and we suggest you call for reservations and availability. Restaurant Oscarsgate has 1 Michelin star. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 10-18 Address: Inner West - Pilestredet 63 Tel: 22 46 59 06
Palace Grill Palace Grill is a tiny gourmet restaurant with a great and well-developed personality. They offer 23 chairs, uncompromising cuisine and a wine cellar that will get your knees shaking. A 10 course menu costs approximately 1025-1080 NOK per person and it will surely fulfil your stomachs desire. The menu changes from day to day and the chefs are known to seek out the best suppliers of raw materials in the respective categories. Under one roof you can find the restaurant Palace BBQ and outdoor serving Skaugum. Their philosophy is the informal. There is total social democracy when it comes to seating, thus, no reservations. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 17Address: Inner West - Solligata 2 Tel: 23 13 11 40
Feinschmecker Feinschmecker is located in the Frogner district of Oslo. The restaurant, which seats 80 guests, including 20 in a chambre separee has a French feel both regarding food and interior. It is cosy and warm, with predominately dark shades of red and brown. Many of Feinschmeckers guests live in the neighbourhood and they have a large and faithful following of regulars, both business people and private individuals. This gives a lot to the atmosphere. They always do their very best to ensure that they have high standard when it comes to service. They serve a full á la carte menu and menus from four to eight courses. They try to take out the best of all seasons and use local products when it is possible. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16.30Address: Inner West - Balchens gate 5 Tel: 22 12 93 80
SW20 SW 20 has an elegant 60`s-70`s-inspired interior in black and white colours. Their menu is simple and includes basic dishes such as lamb with mashed potatoes, grilled chicken and Entrecôtes. Waiters and bartenders are pleasant, friendly, attentive and professional. There is a changing menu with three times three dishes that can be combined however you want. Nevertheless you will also find some best sellers and classics. Music selection seems to be inspired by the American west coast, which contributes to a warm atmosphere. The wine list is short but consistent and they will definitely have a match for your meal. We suspect that they have more bottles in the back, so be sure to ask if you have a special wish. Opening hours: Tue-Sat 17Address: Inner West - Solligata 2 Tel: 22 55 00 60
Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Howell has worked at some of the best restaurants in the world. His kitchen philosophy is based upon the French cuisine with influences from gastronomy all over the world. Jonathan uses top quality Norwegian products at Le Canard. In addition to their Menu Degustation their chef composes a weekly 6-course tasting menu. For parties of 7 people and above they require a pre ordered menu so that they can provide first class food and service. The bar is open for everyone from kl.1800-0030. The bar has a wide selection of traditional and innovative cocktails, drinks and hot coffee drinks. On Le Canards terrace you can sit in the tranquil and beautiful surroundings, and enjoy a gourmet dinner in the fresh air. When the sun shines and you enjoy a delicious, chilled glass of champagne while waiting for the first dish, there are few places that give you the same unique feeling. A meal at Le Canard will give you new, culinary and challenging experience of taste and smell - based on unique ingredients and distinctive cuisine. Le Canard is one of four restaurants in Oslo with a star in the Michelin guide. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit, even though it is a bit pricey. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 18-00.30 Address: Inner West - President Harbitz gate 4 Tel: 22 54 34 00
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#05 Oro Oro was reopened in April 2009 by former Bocuse d`Or winner Terje Ness. There are currently two units; Oro bar and grill is the place for a good lunch, dinner, and bar experience. They go for a simple and honest menu with the best ingredients. Their philosophy is to provide their guests tastes, choices, fast service and quality . In the evening Oro Bar and Grill becomes the place for adults with good music and good atmosphere. Oro Restaurant Rates for excellent food to suit most budgets. Oro Restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere suitable for business dinners or romantic dinner for two. Also in the restaurant prices are moderate. In short, Oro is a place for everyone. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 17-22 Address: Downtown - Tordenskiolds gate 6 Tel: 23 01 02 40
Klosteret When you get down into this beautiful brick cellar you are greeted by hundreds of candles and Gregorian music that seduces you while you read the menu. The rustic style of the room is also reflected in the food. The menu is French / Mediterranean-inspired with a Norwegian touch. The menu follows the seasons and with great ingredients the cooks make everything from scratch. Klosteret is known for putting together great menus, ranging from 3 to 7 dishes with good wine. The wine cellar is impressive with 1,000 titles to choose from. Expert waiters will give you good help in selecting wines to match your food and your wallet. Klosteret has its own separated room for small and large companies. Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12-01, Sun 16-01 Address: Inner West - Josefines gate 23 Tel: 23 20 13 10
Brasserie Blanche Brasserie Blanche opened their doors on the 1st November 2005 and is located in a white country house style building a little pulled back from Hegdehaugsveien. Behind the doors, you will find an excellent restaurant serving French food. Have no doubt; this is truly a French brasserie with an informal and rustic feel. The menu is inspired by the “old” French cuisine. The specialities are French onion soup, oute, Sole Meunier and TarTatin. Even though this is a real French restaurant, the wine list includes wines from other countries as well. Brasserie Blanche seats a total of 125 over two floors. They also offer a Chambrè Separè that seats 20-70.Table reservations is recommended. Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12-01, Sun 16-01 Address: Inner West - Josefines gate 23 Tel: 23 20 13 10
Brasserie Hansken At Brasserie Hansken guests look for an atmosphere suitable for meeting with people. For a meeting place, nothing compares to sharing a meal. Brasserie Hansken takes care of the details, be it a business lunch, an evening for pleasure or your specific meeting. They do it thoroughly, to the point, inventive and with a smile. Over time, this brasserie has proved that their chefs and waiters deliver on a high and consistent level. Everything in the kitchen is made by chefs with high ambitions and with leadership by a member of the National Culinary Team. Brasserie Hansken is situated in kvadraturen, downtown Oslo. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30-22, Sat 13-22 Address: Downtown - Akersgata 2 Tel: 22 42 60 88
DINNER Treat yourself to a quality dining experience at one of Osloâ€™s most wellknown restaurants. Noted by The Michelin Guide as being a comfortable restaurant, DINNER offers a menu with a large variety of traditional Chinese dishes with a modern touch. Enjoy your memorable meal in a setting that is designed to uphold the elegance and calm that is characteristic of Chinese atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in two styles of cooking, Szechuan and Cantonese, styles which are mastered by talented chefs that are truly experts in their field. DINNER is centrally located in the heart of Oslo, directly across the street from National Theatret, close to the famous Karl Johans gate. No matter what the occasion, DINNER is sure to satisfy your every dining desire. For larger parties, whether business or pleasure, they have a delicious selection of dim sum for lunch, a Chinese version of the Spanish Tapas. On request, they have two separate rooms available for larger parties, perfect for lunch meetings or a more private night out with friends. Fall in love with one of the most requested dishes, Crispy Duck, a delicious treat of soy-braised duck breast served with assorted vegetables, Chinese-style pancakes and the home-made Hoi Sin sauce. The staff is prepared to guide you through the menu and select the perfect dish, and complementary wine, and will ensure that all your dining expectations are exceeded. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-23, Sun 15.30-22.30 Address: Downtown - Stortingsgaten 22 Tel: 23 10 04 66
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#05 Rice Bowl Rice Bowl is a place where families can eat a good dinner at a reasonable price. If you have a hunger for exotic food with flavour you can visit Rice Bowl for a great meal. Rice Bowl has 54 seats all together so you have to be early to avoid the queue. The premises are usually crowded and it has been so for years. This is undoubtedly a great sign. The food is good and some people say it is fantastic that there is no alcohol served here. This restaurant is a great place to eat Thai food, and an ideal place for an economic and sober date. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 10-18 Address: Downtown - Youngsgate 4 Tel: 22 41 20 06
Nodee Visit Nodee for a dining experience you will not soon forget, one that will keep you coming back for more. Located across from Frogner Sculpture Park, Nodee Asian Cooking brings you the best of Asian fusion, from the freshest sushi to traditional dim sum to an enticing arrangement of modern east Asian warm dishes. Their Asian warm dishes menu offers an exotic array of dishes from various countries and regions. If you would like to taste it all they have you covered with their specially designed set menus, each of which gives an amazing introduction to the Asian kitchen and are perfect to share. Each of these menus is accompanied by an exquisite recommended wine list, specifically selected to bring the dishes to a whole new level. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-23, Sun 15-22 Address: Inner West - Middelthuns gate 25 Tel: 22 93 34 50
Four Seasons Four Seasons is a new addition to Asian cooking in Oslo. This is a very good restaurant with dishes from Thailand, China, Japan and Vietnam. We recommend that you try the sushi as it is well known throughout the city. The atmosphere is relaxed and the interior tasteful. Four Seasons is situated very close to the ministry of foreign affairs and is on the second floor of VikaTerassen, so the clientĂ¨le varies both in nationalities and ages. This restaurant is very busy at times, so we highly recommend that you book a table in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-23, Sat 13-23, Sun 14-22 Address: Inner West - RuselĂ¸kkaveien 3 Tel: 22 83 95 10
Restaurant Lamson Restaurant Lamson offers a varied and exiting menu, with new specialities when seasons change. The restaurant also boasts a new wine list, so ask your waiter for recommendations to the dishes you have chosen. At Restaurant Lamson they are eager to help in any way they can, so if you see a dish you are missing, do not hesitate to ask. Lamson is the kind of daily restaurant that maintains Frogners status as a privileged district. It is a sort of turf, a lively space stretching out in the lower part of Frogner and slightly up on the surrounding streets. The restaurant is spacious, with room for many satisfied guests. Opening hours: Mon-Thu 15.30-22.30, Fri-Sat 15.30-23, Sun 15-22 Address: Inner West - Skovveien 1 Tel: 22 55 96 95
Village Tandoori Village Tandoori is definitely one of Oslo’s very best Indian restaurants. You can spend some time admiring the paintings,woodcarvings and other exiting details that adorn the walls of this restaurant. A network of small and intimate rooms helps create the feeling that you are enjoying a private dinner. Village Tandoori represents the old India in regards to interior, atmosphere and food. Their main influence is the Punjabi region which is well known for a rich culinary culture. The food is flavourful and extremely good. The exotic cuisine offers a wide variety of dishes to choose from, and there are possibilities both for vegetarians and carnivores. Many of the old recipes have been handed down for generations, like the Lahorestyle lamb marinated in a sizzling chilli sauce. Village Tandoori is of course famous for their many tandoori dishes, and every single one is made in a traditional clay oven over wooden coal. This creates a wonderful taste and the technique has been in use for more than 5000 years. If you are looking for a taste of everything, try the house speciality «village grill» which is a combination of chicken,lamb and prawns. In contrast to many other Indian restaurants, Village Tandoori has a comprehensive and exiting wine list, with options from most of the best know producers in the world. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-23, Sun 15-22 Address: Inner West - Bygdøy alle 65A Tel: 22 56 10 25
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#05 Agra Restaurant This Indian restaurant at Aker Brygge has gained several square meters since the beginning, and stands as spacious and elegant. With an exotic and intimate interior experience, Agra will create that special warm atmosphere. Despite the relatively high prices Agra is probably one of Oslo’s best Indian restaurants. Nice and stylish all at once, with high class food. In short: There is always an excuse to eat at an Indian restaurant, as long as it is good enough. Agra is. The waiters are friendly, welcoming and service-minded. The food is presented in the most delicate way, and water and wine handled is properly. Agra is a great place to start your night out at Aker Brygge. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-23, Sun 15-22 Address: Inner West - Stranden 3 Tel: 22 83 07 12
New Anarkali Do not be fooled by New Anarkali`s modest location, this restaurant is truly a gem and is situated at the bottom end of Grünerløkka. New Anarkali is a great and intimate Indian restaurant where you can find all Indian specialities. The aromas in this restaurant are amazing and the atmosphere pleasant. The clientèle varies a bit, from students and business people to couples and Indian nationals. The service at New Anarkali is impeccable. We recommend that you try the chicken tikka and the mixed grill as these are favourites. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 15-23, Sun 14-22 Address: Inner East - Thorvald Meyers gate 76C Tel: 22 20 04 20
Jewel of India Jewel of India is located in Oscarsgate with entrance from Frognerveien. The restaurant is situated in a intimate and cosy cellar. Jewel of India is one of the steady evergreens, run by an Indian family staying true to Indian style and dishes. Both food and service is highly recommendable and you will definitely have an exciting experience. Be sure to ask for your desired spice level as it may vary. This restaurant is famous for their welcoming waiters and they will surely work hard to make sure you have a great night. The prices are a tad high but it is well worth it. Table reservations are recommended. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 13-23, Sun 14-22 Address: Inner West - Oscars gate 81 Tel: 22 55 39 29
Mehfel Mehfel is Urdu for gathering, and this is truly a key word at this Pakistani restaurant. They offer a variety of Pakistani courses that explodes with taste in your mouth. Mehfel is situated in Kvadraturen (the “old” Oslo) and strive to offer their customers both great food and great entertainment. They occasionally invite musicians, poets, writers and painters to show their work and to entertain the customers. Mehfel has a mixed clientèle, and you will usually find Pakistani people eating here too. We recommend that you try the mango glazed lamb or a fixed menu. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-23 Address: Downtown - Kirkegata 15 Tel: 22 42 37 77
Mares Restaurant Mares is a brasserie in Frognerveien 12 with its main focus being seafood from both near and far. The exception is a varied menu of foie-grasspecialities. The menu is made with a French profile and classic elements. Most guests choose a 4 - or 5-course menu, which varies according to the accessible raw materials and to the seasons. The wine menu is varied and suitable for any occasion and any mood. Wine recommendations adapts to all meals and wishes. Allow yourself to be surprised with new opportunities. At Mares you will find simplified elegance that melts with soft jazz in intimate settings in a bright and informal atmosphere. At Mares the interior is clean and modern with light walls, big black-and-white photographs (signed by Dag Thorenfeldt), chairs in turquoise, grey and green, and tables with crisp, white tablecloths. Still, the food is the important thing here. The menu is short but exciting, and both starters and main courses focus on fish and seafood. Try the amazingly fresh and exciting lobster and orange soup. Mares Brasserie was recently voted best restaurant in Oslo so itÂ´s absolutely worth a visit. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 17Address: Inner West - Frognerveien 12 Tel: 22 54 89 80
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#05 Lofoten Overlooking the harbour, almost at the end of Aker Brygge, you will find the Lofoten Fish Restaurant, where quality, service and expertise matters. The freshest, top quality ingredients mean that they can present a maritime menu of a high international standard. The restaurant has a bar, a chambre séparée and also a large outdoor area during the spring and summer. Dark lobsters swim in an aquarium immediately inside the entrance, and heavenly scents of fish and shellfish wafts out into the diningroom from the surprisingly small kitchen a few steps in. Fish and shellfish are ingredients to be treated with honour and respect. That is why they have chosen to follow the seasons and to harvest when quality is at its best. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-01, Sun 12-24 Address: Inner West - Stranden 75 Tel: 22 83 08 08
Alex Sushi Alex Sushi is without doubt one of the best sushi restaurants in Oslo. This restaurant is very popular and is known to be one of the few places Japanese business people eat when in Oslo. Alex Sushi strives to find the best raw materials and ingredients from around the world to offer their guests. The restaurant has a trendy and clean interior with a main table where you sit right in front of the chef. Alex Sushi is located just by Solli plass. The menu is very tempting and has something for every taste. We recommend that you try one of the fixed menus and that you ask for Alex special sauce. We also recommend that you book a table in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 16-23 Address: Inner West - Cort Adelers gate 2 Tel: 22 43 99 99
Solsiden Restaurant Solsiden Restaurant is a fish and seafood restaurant where they serve the best ingredients our coast has to offer. In addition to most fish varieties, they have always a “plateu des fruits de mer”, consisting of shrimp, mussels, oysters, scallops, crabs, crayfish and lobster from their lobster pool. You will find Solsiden right below Akershus Fortress overlooking the sunset over the Oslofjord. Here you can see the Oslo harbour become a marine painting that changes character from minute to minute. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 16.30Address: Downtown - Søndre Akershus Kai 34 Tel: 22 33 36 30
Restaurant Havsmak Havsmak (”Taste of the Sea”), a small restaurant which – as its name suggests – focuses on products from the sea. The restaurant is pleasant and intimate with excellent cuisine, and is absolutely on par with the best seafood restaurants in the country. The design has been thought through down to the smallest detail, and the location of Havsmak is excellent. The menu always includes one meat dish and one vegetarian dish, but is otherwise entirely dominated by fish and shellfish. Three dishes are offered for lunch. In the evenings, the three- and five- course menus are most in demand. They have a wide variety a la carte both for lunchtime and evenings. “Loving taste of the sea.” Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-01 Address: Inner West - Henrik Ibsens gate 4 Tel: 24 13 38 00
Statholdergaarden Statholdergaarden is Bent Stiansen’s gourmet restaurant. In 1993, Bent Stiansen became the world master of the culinary contest, Bocuse d’Or. He and his team have developed Statholdergaarden into one of Oslo’s and Norway’s best restaurants. Each day Bent Stiansen creates a six-course gourmet menu. The menu varies according to the time of the year and they pride themselves in using Norwegian products when it is at its best. Their cuisine is based on the best European tradition of food, with inspiration from other areas of the world. They have an extensive wine cellar with more than 500 wines to choose from. The wine cellar holds 8,000 bottles in all price ranges. Their waiters and restaurant manager Edvard Skramstad works hard to ensure that guests feel at home and enjoy themselves. They set high standards of professional competence, and will make sure the guests feels comfortable and lower their shoulders in an otherwise busy life. Today, the restaurant consists of five rooms in different sizes. The largest and most impressive is Cleopatrasalen. This is the corner room and the ceiling here is decorated with northern Europe’s finest stucco. It depicts the dramatic death of Cleopatra. As you enter into the restaurant, they have a small lounge for appetizers. Next to the lounge is the “Green Room”. Here, you can find a great kings table for 12-14 people. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11.30-24, Sat 12.30-24 Address: Downtown - Rådhusgata 11 Tel: 22 41 88 00
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#05 Engebret Café Guests enter the low corner building originating from the 1700’s. This is Oslo’s oldest restaurant and both staff and guests celebrated Engebret Café’s 150th anniversary in 2007. When it opened, the restaurant was located right opposite the old Christiania Theatre and was often visited by actors and audience. The menu offers a selection of traditional and new dishes. From January to March it is high season for fresh Cod which is traditionally served with liver and roe, and during the hunting season in autumn, it always contains varieties of game. The restaurant lies right next to Akershus festning in Kvadraturen in Oslo, and has a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant has over 240 seats, including 3 chambre sèparèe. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30-23, Sat 17-23 Address: Downtown - Bankplassen 1 Tel: 22 82 25 25
Det Gamle Raadhus Restaurant The cuisine is inspired by the classics and is run by the very talented chef, Eirik Strøm Lillebø together with former national competition chef and now restaurateur, Jørn Lie. The restaurant celebrates Norwegian food and is well known for its traditional dishes such as lutefisk (dried cod prepared in lye), cod, other fish and game dishes. In Raadhusgaarden you can sit outdoors from May 1st to September 1st. This is a wonderful oasis where you can choose from a delicious lunch menu. From 17 and onwards, they serve a full à la carte menu or light dishes under the evening sky. Start the evening with samples from their wine cellar before finding your table. They offer a varied menu with an impressive collection of wines to suit. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30-22 , Sat 13-22 Address: Downtown - Nedre Slottsgate 1 Tel: 22 42 01 07
Cru Mat & Vinhus Cru mat & vinhus is a modern restaurant and wine bar at Majorstuen. Their passion is the combination of food and wine to create the ultimate meal in an informal environment. Cru`s kitchen creates innovative dishes based on the best raw materials from our Nordic countries according to season and availability. They have a fantastic wine list and you can get a large variety of different wines by glass, so go ahead and try a few. Cru is run by the culinary Olympics winner 2008, Kari Innerå. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-24 Address: Inner West - Ingelbrecht Knudssøns gate 1 Tel: 23 98 98 98
Rorbua Rorbua opened in September 1990 and has since then offered a genuine fishermans environment for its guests. Rorbua has as the name suggests a warm and intimate atmosphere that most people feel very comfortable in, and this is probably one of the reasons why Rorbua have many regular guests. The décor is inspired by the northern Norwegian coastal environments and particularly the Lofoten fishery. Their á la carte menu consists mainly of traditional dishes from the sea, and they are one of the few places with whale meat on the menu. Wednesday to Sunday you can experience Rorbua as a busy and charming restaurant and bar. Monday and Tuesday are somewhat quieter. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12-01 Address: Inner West - Stranden 71 Tel: 22 83 64 84
Bygdøy Allè Restaurant Bygdøy Allé Restaurant (BAR) is located in one of the prominent streets of Oslo, Bygdøy Allé, on the west side of the city. On the weekdays this is a delightful neighbourhood restaurant and bar. In the weekends BAR is one of the few hot spots in Oslo which can offer the total experience of being a restaurant and a bar with a thrilling nightclub downstairs. The place provides a very casual and laid back atmosphere, however the restaurant has a reputation of serving celebrities, bankers and generally a trendy crowd. The kitchen uses the very best of ingredients and offers an exciting à la carte menu with a touch of Norwegian specialities. The bar also provides an impressive cocktail menu and is famous for its signature cocktail, Pornstar Martini. BAR is divided into 4 main areas; the restaurant on the ground level, the bar and nightclub downstairs. Finally, their Chambré separé - which can be booked for larger parties. The soft, retro-modern interior with a fireplace and warm colours gives the restaurant an intimate and ambient atmosphere. Later in the evening, the DJ enters, inviting even more guests into the bar area, creating a nice and cool atmosphere in the restaurant and downstairs the party goes on. Opening hours: Tue-Wed 17-01, Thu-Sat 17-03 Address: Inner West - Bygdøy Allè 18 Tel: 40 00 38 34
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#05 NO. 15 NO. 15 is a trendy and “happening” restaurant situated in Skovveien no 15. At NO. 15 you will find an exciting á la carte menu, however they also serve new and interesting dishes every Tuesday. The restaurant tends to be quite crowded as it is one of the “hang-out” spots of Oslo’s west side. You will find a beautiful mix of people here so be prepared for a lively evening. NO. 15 is a great place for so called “party-dining”, with great music later in the evening. Do try the cocktails; the bartenders are known to make some of the best in town. We recommend that you try NO. 15 on a Wednesday or Thursday. Opening hours: Tue-Sat 16-00.30 Address: Inner West - Skovveien 15 Tel: 22 55 03 15
D/S Louise Restaurant & Bar The spacious restaurant complex facing the sea was once the site for a large mechanical workshop. Nowadays it is the location for D/S Louise Restaurant & Bar perfectly situated with an outdoor terrace on Aker Brygge. This beautiful restaurant, with its huge windows offer a spectacular view of the harbour. People come here for the special interior and marine atmosphere but that is not all – the Scandinavian cuisine is here at its best. You should not visit Oslo without having tasted herring and the one served at D/S Louise Restaurant & Bar is exceptionally tasty: Lightly salted herring fillets, served with beetroot, onion, sour-cream and cooked potatoes. Order a beer with that and enjoy. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-23, Sun 12-22 Address: Inner West - Stranden 3 Tel: 22 83 00 60
Südøst Südøst is situated on the outskirts of the trendy, former working-class district of Grünerløkka, overlooking the river Akerselva. The spectacular premises, which served as a bank between World War I and the late 1970`s, measure six metres from floor to ceiling and have two bare brick walls. At the far end, beyond the centrally positioned bar and the open kitchen, are two open fireplaces. In 2007, Südøst’s sun-soaked terrace by the river Akerselva underwent a renovation. It was subsequently declared Oslo’s best open-air bar and restaurant. Patrons can choose between ordinary tables, long tables and a more relaxed lounge area. All tastes are catered for, without it being inharmonious. Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11-23.30, Wed-Thu 11-00.30, Fri-Sat 11-01.30 Address: Inner East - Trondheimsveien 5 Tel: 23 35 30 70
Argent Argent is The Norwegian Opera’s fine dining restaurant. The interior is an experience in itself, with wonderful lighting in the evening. With a rather minimalistic design, Argent has put some thought into the details such as orchids, lilies, candlelight and open fires to create some colour. They offer a weekly 7 course menu that can be reduced to 4, made by fantastic raw materials from all over the world. Argent offer additions to their dishes such as lemon/lime foam. This is a restaurant where you can easily enjoy business dinners. We recommend that you eat here in the evening, when the beautiful lighting is at its best. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 16-23, Sat 15.30-23 Address: Downtown - Kirsten Flagsads plass 1 Tel: 21 42 21 42
#05 Ekebergrestauranten Ekebergrestauranten is located very nicely at the hill just above Oslo. It has a stunning view of the city including the inner Oslofjord and The Norwegian Opera. The restaurant consists of several dining rooms; the idea is that everyone can find a room they are happy in. In summer, they welcome you to enjoy their different outdoor services. The cuisine at Ekebergrestauranten is a blend of the modern and the classic. What they offer from day to day will always depend on the ingredients and they never compromise when it comes to quality. Like they say; We wish to make your visit a memorable one. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10-01, Sun 12-22 Address: Outer East - Kongsveien 15 Tel: 23 24 23 00
Villa Paradiso Eating breakfast at Villa Paradiso on a Sunday morning is quiet, lovely and a tasteful experience. Friendly waiters serve excellent dishes with beautiful balsamic syrup on top. Dinner is a wonderful experience at Villa Paradisio. It can often be quite crowded here, so book a table in advance. In this restaurant you will probably eat one of Osloâ€™s best pizzas at very reasonable prices. All pizzas are made in stone base ovens for that genuine Italian taste. We highly recommend the Parma and Capricciosa. The wine list includes mainly Italian wines both red and white. It might not be paradise on earth, however this place is surely worth the visit. Opening hours: Sun-Tue 08-22, Wed-Sat 08-23 Address: Inner East - Olaf Ryes Plass 8 Tel: 22 35 40 60
Pizza Da Mimmo Pizza Da Mimmo is a genuine Italian pizzeria. This small and intimate restaurant is situated in a cellar at Frogner and offers a great atmosphere. The pizza is made by an Italian pizzaiolo in an old stone oven. You will definitely find the Italian atmosphere here, and do not hesitate to bring a date. It is said to be one of the best pizzas in Norway and is truly worth the visit. The restaurant only has 7 tables and seats 30 people. The clientĂ¨le is very mixed as you can find students, families, artists and Italians. We recommend that you book a table in advance. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-23, Sun 16-22 Address: Inner West - Behrens gate 2 Tel: 22 44 40 20
Holmenkollen Restaurant With panoramic views of the city and a large cosy fireplace, Holmenkollen Restaurant truly is a great location for a romantic dinner. The restaurant is situated just below the Holmenkollen ski jump and mainly serves traditional Norwegian food with a twist. The restaurant was originally built in 1892 and has through time been restored and rebuilt more than a few times. They have kept the buildings original charm and most of the interior stands as it did in 1982. On a sunny day you can enjoy your meal outside together with an amazing view of Oslo and the Oslofjord. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11-22, Sun 11-22 Address: Outer West - Holmenkollveien 119 Tel: 22 13 92 00
Beach Club Beach Club opened in December 1989. It is modelled after the American diner which had a revival in the 1980`s in the USA. Interior décor and menu are typically American, adjusted to a Norwegian way of life. Every day the restaurant is full for lunch when we find the finance elite of Aker Brygge eating side by side with freelancers, mothers and children. The burgers at Beach Club are renown throughout the capital city. They sell over 50 000 hamburgers a year to a large number of satisfied locals, neighbours and tourists. Day and night, inside and out during the summer months Beach Club is one of the most frequented outdoor restaurants in Oslo. It is perfectly situated for the afternoon sun at Aker Brygge. The idea of a diner took shape at the end of the 1800’s when Samuel Messer Jones built the first mobile lunch wagon in Massachusetts, were you could sit and eat a meal indoors. During the 1930’s and the consequences of the Industrial Age, many products took on the appearance of streamline design, fridges were formed as locomotives, zippo lighters were available and diners took the shape of railway carriages. The interior consisting of a long service counter, a production kitchen area, stationary bar stools, booths and tables. The diner became both a landmark and an important meeting place. Opening hours: Mon-Tue 11-22, Wed-Fri 11-23, Sat 12-23, Sun 12-19 Address: Inner West - Bryggetorget 14 Tel: 22 83 83 82
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#05 Steakers Steakers is a good steakhouse with a wide choice of meats. Enjoy a good piece of meat together with baked potatoes and béarnaise sauce. This is their speciality. The atmosphere is lively and this is a place where you can easily be a larger group. The restaurant is centrally located close to National Theatret. The clientèle may vary a bit as the restaurant is very close to Oslo S, however, do not hesitate if you are in search of a great steak Try the Steaker specialities. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 15-23, Sun 14-22 Address: Inner West - Stortingsgata 20 Tel: 22 11 12 33
Jensens Biffhus Jensens Biffhus was established at Aker Brygge in 1996 and is widely known for its juicy and tender steaks. The restaurant is intimate and informal, with its 45 seats. We have tried to change our choice many times, but usually end up with the same, the tenderloin. The soup is wonderful on cold winter evenings, and the cheese cake is just delicious. The steaks are always tender, tasty and perfectly prepared but this is surely not more than expected of a Steakhouse of this stature. They offer a great atmosphere for a semi-quiet dinner for two or even a larger group. Opening hours: Mon-Sat 16-24, Sun 15-23 Address: Inner West - Bryggegata 5 Tel: 22 83 41 74
Trancher Entrecotè Trancher lives by one motto; Slow food served fast. This is a meat restaurant where they have perfected the technique of slow cooking an entrecôte. This is also the only choice of meat they offer. However, try some different seafood starters like the scampi and scallops. Get ready for one of the best entrecôtes in the world. We recommend that you reserve a table, as this is a small restaurant. Opening hours: Mon-Sun 16-23 Address: Inner East - Thorvald Meyers gate 78 Tel: 22 36 47 60
Hereford Steakhouse You will have a great meat experience at Hereford as they offer a variety of meats. They will serve you the world famous Hereford steak, Angus and even the rare Wagyu-beef from Japan. Hereford Steakhouse is a great place for a hungry group of friends to enjoy both great meat and good atmosphere. The restaurant is situated just by Oslo S. If you are in the mood for the best meat in the world try the Burger of Wagyu fillet (7 oz), made with truffles, king oyster mushrooms, Kashmir salt, saffron and one of the worlds best olive oils; charte Noire from Riviera Ligure, topped with Foie gras. Opening hours: Mon-Thu 16-23, Fri-Sat 15-24, Sun 16-22 Address: Downtown - Jernbanetorget 2 Tel: 22 41 91 00
#06 Oslo has a very exciting and extensive nightlife to offer you. There are bars and clubs scattered around the city and there is something for every occasion. Whether you are out with colleagues or friends, we will give you a tip on where to go. You can have fantastic cocktails, dance the night away in exclusive and trendy clubs, or enjoy a party on the various roof tops around the city. Enjoy the warm and never ending summer nights with a cold Norwegian beer or a tasty drink in one of Osloâ€™s many cocktail bars.
A Night Out with Bo Vivike
Bo Vivike Age
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Owns several nightclubs/restaurants
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#06 Where can our readers find you on a Tuesday night?
On a typical Tuesday night you will find me together with my family at BAR, enjoying the Tuesday steak. Grünerløkka is a great place for a relaxing night out, with many small and intimate bars and restaurants. I would like to recommend Trancher, a small and cosy restaurant that specializes in entrecotes and Delicatessen, probably the best tapas bar in town. In the inner west area I recommend, NO 15, Nobilis and Cru mat og vinhus.
How would you describe the nightlife in Oslo compared to cities like London and New York?
The major cities offer more variety. However, Norwegians are a very social breed and we love to party. In Oslo you can easily get in touch with new people which differs a lot from a city like New York where people are more private. With that said, New York and London offer some of the best drinks, design and nightclub concepts in the world. In a small country like Norway, the nightclub concepts have to fit a much broader audience to make sure you have a lively and pulsating club. Oslo is a safe place for a night out and people are generally friendly. And last but not least, Oslo have the best looking girls in the world!
Where do one grab a beer on a Monday afternoon? To socialize on a Wednesday, or to party in the weekend?
Nobilis is the place to be on Mondays, Grünerløkka is the best area on a Wednesday and you can end the night at Little La Belle Sole. Aker Brygge/ Tjuvholmen is definitely the area to enjoy a nice dinner in the summertime, and to complete the evening I recommend Skaugum or Sollihagen (La Belle Sole). If you are interested in music or in search of a artistic evironment, Internasjonalen, Fisk og Vilt and the places around Youngstorget are the best. For a clubbing experience La Belle Sole, Oak and Barbeint are the poshest places in town.
Do you have a tip for business travellers?
For a business dinner there are many great options at Frogner/Majorstuen; Dinner at Nodee, Dinner, Cru or Aker Brygge/Tjuvholmen in the summer. For a more casual feel try Champagneria or Nobilis. If you want to stay in one place, BAR has a adult business clientèle in a relaxed atmosphere at Frogner.
“Oslo have the best looking girls in the world!” How did you end up in the nightlife business?
I worked for Lóreal, Adidas and in the fashion industry for a couple of years. After a 2 year break studying IT and surfing in Hawaii I discarded the “normal” career choice and bough the nightclub Stravinsky with my partner Morten Grønneberg in 2003. Since then we have moved on and have established numerous nightclubs like Feliz (in Bergen), La Belle Sole and restaurants like Restaurant NO. 15 and BAR - Bygdøy Allé Restaurant. Our latest establishment will be BAR at Tjuvholmen, opening this summer.
Interview by: Sarah Elise Falkeid
La Belle Sole La Belle Sole, a legendary nightclub/bar, with a history from the 1960`s. It was completely redesigned in December 2007 and rises up as the new premium nightclub in Oslo. La Belle Sole is located in one of the finest areas of OsloÂ´s west side, Frogner. It is considered a cut above the rest, with top-notch DJs and outstanding interior design. La Belle sole goes above and beyond the average club experience by offering its patrons a diverse night out with three different experiences in three different areas: Little La Belle is an intimate warm lounge/bar in red velvet, famous for good vibes on weeknights and funky disco music on weekends. The Main area, a crossover between soft and rough interior, gives you a New York vibe. Some of the best DJs in the country are spinning happy and soulful house music in front of a normally packed dance floor. Finally enjoy the exclusive Grey Goose Lounge on the gallery in front of the dance floor, which is considered as the VIP area, - styled in silver/black and soft velvet. You can reserve a table for excellent personal service and a great overview of the main area. So whether your you are looking for relaxing lounging with friends in the Grey Goose Lounge, or in the mood for disco/funk music in the Little La Belle, or wild clubbing in the main area La Belle Sole has what you are looking for. Opening hours: Wed-Sat 10-19 Address: Inner West â€“ Observatoriegaten 2b Tel: 22 55 40 00
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#06 Barbeint This is a classy and stylish cocktail bar lounge and an intimate nightclub with an international standard. Barbeint is very popular and tends to be quite crowded. The interior is white and minimalistic with nice seating areas. It is definitely a great place to celebrate and enjoy a great party. You will see champagne flowing and trendy Norwegians partying the night away. Barbeint won the Oslo award for Club of the year in 2007. We suggest that you go to Barbeint on a Thursday, or a Saturday for a lively evening. Opening hours: Wed-Sat 20-03 Address: Inner West – Henrik Ibsens gate 60a Tel: 95 06 46 86
Oak Oak is a popular and intimate nightclub situated in a basement in Bogstadveien. This nightclub has borrowed their theme from The Oak Room in New York city. The interior is dark and mysterious with a really nice lounge area. Oak offers great drinks in an adult atmosphere. The music is a mixture of jazz and soul mixed with contemporary house music. The best day at Oak is Saturday. The clientèle varies a bit from event to event, but there is usually a quite mature and sophisticated crowd. However some Saturdays may be crowded with youngsters. Opening hours: Fri-Sat 23-03.30 Address: Inner West – Hegdehaugsveien 26 Tel: 22 60 00 90
Suzy Wong Suzy Wong is a new club from night life entrepreneur Dominic Gorham in the basement of restaurant SW20 at Solli Plass. This is simplicity incarnate. Restaurant, bar and club - all under one roof. This time it is not Michael Caine, he has been inspired by, but Hong Kong’s back streets. Neon lights and vibrant night life, the DJ-booth is shaped like a Chinese street kiosk, and the interior is characterized by all kinds of things from China. If you do not want to rub shoulders with ordinary people, the club also has a more private room, where you can retire. They have called it the “Round Room”, and here you will be able to hear what your neighbour says, without having to shout. Opening hours: Thu-Sat 22-03 Address: Inner West – Solligata 2 Tel: 22 55 00 60
Åpen Bar Åpen Bar is located at Aker Brygge, and is a modern and classical establishment over 3 floors. Their café, bar and outdoor seating on the 1st floor is open from 10.00 till late at night, every day of the week. They are inspired by innovative and trendy places around the world, and have worked extensively with interior design and furnishings to create the right atmosphere. They offer fantastic cocktails, quality wines, both by glass and bottle, and a wide range of champagne. Do not miss their regular club concept: “New York Mash up Sessions” on Wednesdays, and “Sundays at Åpen Bar” every Sunday throughout the summer. Opening hours: Wed-Sun 19-03 Address: Inner West – Stranden 1 Tel: 23 11 54 77
Hammertson Hammertson is well known for its super cool and trendy interior as well as a great atmosphere. The thought behind the interior is that you should always find something new, a detail you did not see the last time. In the Sakristi bar you can get heavenly cocktails, and on weekends the nightclub opens at 23.00, with great music from two top DJs Sakristi is a intimate and exciting bar/lounge situated in the very back of Hammertson. We highly recommend that you try one of their tasty cocktails. Every Friday on Hammertson it is “After Work” from 15.00, with Italian pizza buffet and great drinks. This is a upscale bar/nightclub so one should be rather well-dressed coming here. The clientèle is mainly between 26-40, years, so this is definitely a place you can enjoy. The best days to have great fun at Hammertson are Fridays and Saturdays. The premises are usually packed with a sophisticated crowd enjoying a wonderful night out. Hammertson is situated in Bygdøy Allè very close to the notorious night life area at Solli Plass. Opening hours: Wed-Sat 17-03.30, Fri 16-03.30 Address: Inner West – Bygdøy Allè 5 Tel: 22 44 80 44
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#06 Onkel Donald Onkel Donald is the café, restaurant, conference centre and nightclub that never sleep. In the weekdays Onkel Donald is a restaurant & bar with a varied menu, then in the weekend it turns into one of Oslo’s largest nightclubs. From 23.00 Friday and Saturday, up to 7-800 people take to the dance floor for an unforgettable night. The dress code is nice/casual and the people you meet are between 24 - 35 years old. You will find Onkel Donald located in a side street to Karl-Johan next to National Theatret. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 15-24, Thu 15-01, Fri 15-03, Sat 11-03 Address: Downtown – Universitetsgata 26 Tel: 23 35 63 10
Horgan`s Horgan´s opened December 12th 1991. Being one of the first American Bar and Restaurants in Norway, Horgan´s soon became one of Oslo´s most visited and popular places. Still kicking after 19 years, they continue to provide new guests and their regulars with great service, excellent food, premium beverages and sports on their flat screens. Horgan`s is low-key and filled with joy. In addition to the restaurant they also have a nightclub in the basement, and a backyard. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 16-24, Thu-Fri 16-03.30, Sat 12-03.30, Sun 14-22 Address: Inner West – Hegdehaugsveien 24 Tel: 22 60 87 87
VU VU is a cool and intimate nightclub for an adult clientèle. This place is frequented by an international and well dressed crowd. VU has three different arenas; the main room, a separé and a really nice backyard. This is a perfect place to enjoy great drinks and great music. The music at VU is classic soul, funk and disco mixed with modern house music. VU is located in a busy night life area in Hegdehaugsveien at Majorstuen. If you are in search for a great night out, visit VU and their exotic backyard. Opening hours: Fri-Sat 22-03.30 Address: Inner West – hegdehaugsveien 24 Tel: 90 91 33 60
Emil & Samuel With the city’s largest rooftop terrace equipped with a stage and opening hours until 03.00, it should be tailored for many pleasant musical experiences. With its 400 square meter rooftop terrace, it is going to be one of the spring/summer’s most popular outdoor areas in town. Emil & Samuel towers on top of the fashion house Steen & Strøm, with roots dating back to 1797. It has inspired the architects of Anyplace to combine fashion, Scandinavian tradition and modern design. The clientèle is miscellaneous /adult and you have to be at least 25 years old to get in to the club. The nightclub opens at 22.00 and is a popular place to spend the night. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-19, Thu 10-01, Fri-Sat 10-03 Address: Downtown – Kongensgate 23 Tel: 90 75 11 70
Bars & Lounges
Champagneria This glamorous two-storey bar replaced a well known fish and game shop, but however brutal the substitution, Champagneriaâ€™s huge selection of champagne, wine and light meals makes the loss easier to endure. A huge, upscale west side crowd meet to gossip and network in the bar`s hip interior. Champagneria offers a good selection of drinks with and without alcohol. The kitchen serves good tapas dishes in the original and exciting interior, with great atmosphere and a view of the busy shopping in Frognerveien. The wine list is great, with both affordable and exclusive choices, with and without bubbles. The restaurant/bar is on two floors, with outdoor seating on the sidewalk, and a popular terrace on the 2nd floor. Champagneria have experienced being dragged to court by the French Ministry of Agriculture (INAO) over the name of their premises. Since they do not serve only champagne from the Champagne region of Champagne-Ardenne region of northern France on their menu, but also sparkling wines from Spain, the French organization demanded a name change. After three rounds in the courts, the last in the Borgarting Court of Appeal, Champagneria won on all accounts. So, enjoy a nice glass of real Champagne at a real Champagneria. Opening hours: Mon-Tue 16-01, Wed 16-02, Thu 16-03, Fri 15-03, Sat 13-03 Address: Inner West â€“ Frognerveien 2 Tel: 21 94 88 02
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#06 Beer Palace Beer Palace has since 1993 been situated in Aker Brygge’s oldest building, the former payroll office of the Akers Mek, just opposite Peppes Pizza. Beer is in focus,here and it can be enjoyed in Chesterfield sofas, the bar or in their two outdoor seating areas. They have billiards, darts and backgammon, and every Sunday at 19.00 there is the quiz night. If you are interested in learning more about beer, just give them a call. They show football matches on several large screens. Take a look at their menu; they probably have your favourite beer. Through their agreement with Peppes Pizza you can also order pizza that can be eaten at their premises. Opening hours: Sun-Ons 13-01.30, Thu-Sat 13-03.30 Address: Inner West - Holmens gate 3 Tel: 22 83 71 55
Nobilis This is a charming and elegant bar/restaurant in the heart of Majorstuen. Nobilis boasts both an intimate formal dining room and an atmospheric bar area. The interior is romantic and chic and is a great place for a date or after hour drinks. There is a great outdoor area where you can enjoy the long Norwegian summer nights. It is said to be one of the top 100 bars in the world, and Nobilis are famous for amazing drinks. This is a great place to go during the weekend, but do not hesitate to take the trip on a Wednesday or Thursday. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 16-03, Sat 13-03 Address: Inner West - Josefines gate 23 Tel: 22 69 24 99
Bar1 Bar1 has one of the largest selections of cognacs in the world. With more than 440 different types of cognac and at least 120 different whiskeys this is definitely the place for the connoisseurs. This bar is frequented by a mature crowd and is suitable for enjoying a drink with pleasant music and friends. Do not hesitate to ask for drink recommendations in the bar as the employees are more than competent. If you are arriving with a larger group, Bar1 also has a chambré separée ( Max 60) Opening hours: Mon-Sun 16-23. Address: Inner West - Stranden 1B Tel: 22 83 00 02
Barbera This is a small and intimate café/bar offering great atmosphere and good prices. With steady followers in the after work crowd, this is also the place where students enjoy a night out. Café Barbera also offers some light food such as home-made Italian pizzas and tapas buffets. In the warm summer nights Barbera seats up to 60 outside. Café Barbera is the natural “after work” place at Aker Brygge. Barbera is located just by the entrance to the Aker Brygge Parking Garage. Outside or inside, you will always get refreshments to a reasonable price. Opening hours: Tue-Thu 15-22, Fri 12-03, Sat 15-03, Sun 18-02 Address: Inner West - Filipstad Brygge 1 Tel: 22 83 53 70
In Norway, public transport is an important issue and Oslo is one of the very best cities in the country when it comes to this. Oslo has developed the transportation system greatly over the past few years, and can today boast of a well-functioning system. Environmental friendly solutions are very important to Norwegians, and over the next couple of years most of Osloâ€™s buses will run on bio-fuel. We will tell you how to get around by tram, subway, buses and taxis. If you need a chauffeur to drive you to the airport or want to take a bicycle ride through town, we will guide you in the right direction.
Get Around Oslo with Geir Schau
Geir Schau Age
49 years old Known as
Comedian, TV/Radio host
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#07 Where in Oslo did you grow up? And where do you live now? I grew up at Manglerud and I still live there. So you can understand that I really like it there. Manglerud is generous and warm and it doesn’t take long to reach the city by bus or metro. The forest is close by for those who want to go skiing in the winter or fishing in Østensjøvannet.
Do you have any favourite places you like to go to in the summer?
I love to just walk around in the city and I really do enjoy hanging out at Herregaardskroa, a café in the Frogner Park. Other than that I do like to visit one of the hotels in the city on Sunday, enjoy a good brunch. It’s nice when you are struggling with a hangover, some soft music and different food to choose from and just generally relax and watch life.
How do you get around in the city?
The bus and metro network is very good and brings me to the places I want to go. Other than that I do of course drive a car and use taxi cabs. I really used to be rather bad at using public transportation but these days that is what I do most of the time.
You are a funny man, where do you go when you want to have fun?
Hehe, I have sometimes, when I am feeling very sure of my own sexuality, visited the gay-bingo at ”Elsker’n” on the corner by hotel Bristol. I am an entertainer so I really don`t have to go any special places to have fun. Sometimes I go to ”Latter” if someone I know are doing a show.
“Hehe, I have sometimes, when I am feeling very sure of my own sexuality, visited the gay-bingo...” What do you think is special about Oslo compared to other ”metropols”? I have been around the world and I get really excited about both small and large cities. But Oslo; and it could be because I know it so well, is kind of special. The city centre is compressed so it´s easy and quick to get to the places you want to go. At the same time, it is quite openly spaced. The closeness it has to the fjord open up for lots of possibilities. It’s very pleasant to take a boat trip on the fjord. I have a summer place in Drøbak and spend most weekends there. Other than that I have used the beaches around Oslo a lot, we used to have a ball at Vervenbukta in my younger years.
Do you have any tips for someone visiting Oslo?
I really do like to visit the museums and especially at the Astrup Fearnley museum where they often have really great exhibits. Then of course, people do have to visit The Opera House! It’s a phenomenal building. When they finally manage to clean up around there, get rid of all the containers, the Opera will lay there like a big monument. And with the Ekeberg restaurant up in the hill behind it I think it will look great. I have even sung in the opera you know. Together with a male choir I participated in one of the first concerts they had in the new house.
Public Transportation There is a comprehensive public transport system in Oslo, consisting of buses, trams, trains, metro (T-bane) and boats. All run on the same tax scheme, and the same tickets are valid for all types of transport. A single ticket costs 26NOK when bought in advance from a kiosk or a machine, and 40NOK when bought from a bus or tram driver. The ticket is valid for one hour. Cards with 8 coupons, each valid for one hour , costs 190NOK. Tickets can be bought at Trafikanten near Oslo S, any Narvesen, 7-Eleven or Deli de Luca kiosk, as well as on machines on all metro stations and a few of the tram stops. Children under the age of 4 ride for free, including trolley. Trafikanten is the information centre for public transport in Oslo. It is situated just outside Oslo Central Station. They hand out free maps, give information and sell all kinds of tickets. Their website (www.trafikanten.no) has timetables, maps and search engines for all city transport in Oslo, as well as all transport in the nearby counties. The Oslo Tourist Information Centre is in the same office.
Oslo by Bike Except during the winter (approx. Nov-Apr) Oslo has a public bike service. Just get a key card at the tourist Information Centre (80NOK, valid one day) and you can get a bike at a number of places in the city. The bike can be used for up to three hours before you return it to any city bike stall. Once you have returned it, you are immediately eligible for a new one, so you can practically keep the bike all day long provided you check in and check out every three hours. Oslo is a great city to see by bike because of its quite small size. Many of Oslo`s inhabitants uses bikes regularly in the summertime: Enjoy a beautiful bike ride through our city on a warm and sunny summer day:
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Railway, Metro & Tram
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Bus in Inner Oslo
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Car Rental If you are planning to go outside the city, you may want to rent a car. The largest car rental companies are represented in Oslo and we have created a short list of the best providers for you. As in most other countries the rental companies has cars to suit every budget and most of the cars in Oslo are new and of high standard. Provider Europcar Bislet Bilutleie Avis Hertz
Phone number 80 04 14 00 22 60 00 00 81 53 30 44 67 16 80 00
Limousine Service Are you going to an important meeting? Or maybe looking for a comfortable ride to the Airport? Call a car service and get a chauffeur driven car. They offer a wide variety of luxury vehicles, both executive saloons and limousines. We have created a short list of the best and most serious providers for you. Provider Lincoln Limousine Service Oslo Limousine Service Bislet Limousine AS
Phone number 91 55 80 59 22 15 11 41 22 67 22 67
Taxi The minimum charge with most companies is at least 80NOK, increasing to a whopping 150 NOK late at weekend nights. Short central hops cost upwards of 100NOK. Taxis in Oslo as in most of Norway are frequently new, large and comfortable cars like Volvo or Mercedes. Most taxis wait for customers in a line in front of hotels or train stations, or you can order one by phoning one of the handful of taxi companies. You can also flag one from the street. All taxis accept Visa and Master Card. A thing that often disturbs visitors is that the taxi driversâ€™ name and license is not printed in the car itself. If you encounter any problems, ask for a receipt which will help you identify the car later. If you pay by card, the taxi drivers sometimes wish to validate your card before the trip starts. Let them. They will probably keep your card on top of the meter so you can keep an eye on it. Some people tip taxi drivers, or round the bill up to the nearest NOK10, but taxi drivers do not generally expect tip. If you are travelling to or from the airport remember to ask for a fixed price, otherwise it might become an expensive experience. Provider Norgestaxi Oslo Taxi Taxi 2 City-Taxi
Phone number 08000 02323 02202 02322
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#07 Airport Bus Flybussekspressen is a subsidiary company under NOR-WAY Bussekspress AS. It runs a scheduled service to and from Oslo Airport and is part of NOR-WAY Bussekspress` fleet of coaches. The Airport Express Coach stops at more than 114 stops en route within greater Oslo and provides comfortable and direct transport to Oslo Airport. They offer modern, high-standard coaches, all have seats with plenty of legroom and air conditioning. Their service-minded and experienced coach drivers will do their best to make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you are situated far from the airport express train this is definitely the most comfortable way to travel to and from the airport.
Airport Train This is a high-speed train which brings the passengers to and from Oslo Airport - Gardermoen, with Drammen being the end station on the west side. The trains holds a top speed of 210 km/h. It takes 19 minutes from Oslo Central Station to Oslo Airport â€“ Gardermoen. The Oslo Airport Express Train (Flytoget) leaves from inside the Oslo Airport terminal building 70 meters to the right after leaving the custom area in the arrival hall. The train takes you down town to Oslo Central Station and leaves every 10 minutes. The airport train is probably the most comfortable way to travel to and from the airport, and this service is widely used by both tourists and business travellers.
When you arrive in a new country or a new city there may be many differences from your native home. We want to help you with all the practical information you need. What does a 10kr or a 20kr look like? How much do you tip in restaurants? What is the time difference to other major cities? All these questions and more will be answered over the next couple of pages.
half a Norwegian krone
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five Norwegian kroner
ten Norwegian kroner
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Money The monetary system in Norway is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK); it is divided into 100 Ă¸re (decimal system). Norwegian currency comes in denominations of 0,5kr, 1kr, 5kr, 10kr, 20kr, 50kr,100kr, 200kr, 500kr and 1000kr. Most places in Norway will accept 1000kr bills without too much trouble. However, public transportation does not accept bills larger than 500kr.
Weight & Measures In Norway we use the metric system for all weights and measures. Distances are measured in meters, kilometres and miles (metric). Weight 1 kg = 2.2 lb 1 lb = 0.45 kg 1 g = 0.04 oz 1 oz = 28 g
Distance 1 km = 0.62 Miles 1 Mile = 1.6 km 1 Meter = 3.28 feet 1 foot = 0.3048 meters
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Volume 1 litre = 0.26 U.S Gallons 1 U.S Gallon = 3.8 litres
#08 Emergency Numbers There are three different numbers you can call if you encounter an emergency in Oslo. If you are in need of talking to the police about other matters than emergencies you may call 02800 to find the nearest police station. Ambulance
Tipping/Gratuities Tips in Oslo are rarely included on any receipt. Some restaurants will add a 10% - 15% additional charge for groups of six or larger. So be warned not to tip twice if you are with a large group. The general idea is to tip according to service and quality. The following is a general advice for tipping in the city when you are outside of the hotel: Taxis Restaurants Bars/nightclubs
10 % 5-15 % 5-15 %
Electricity In Norway we use 230V and 50Hz. All electrical plugs in Norway will have two â€œpinsâ€?. With the exception of a dual voltage, any foreign-bought appliance will require an adapter. You can easily buy adapters at most electronic stores and all major department stores in the city. Also check with the concierge at your hotel, they may have one you can borrow.
Postal Information Stamp A-Priority, Stamp B-Economy, Smart post envelope, Registered mail, Smart post box Express - over night
8.50 NOK. 8.00 NOK. 13.00 NOK. 110,00 NOK. 120,00 NOK. 210,00 NOK.
The day after. 3 days after. The day after. 2 days after. 2-3 days. 09.00 The day after.
Norgespakke (prepaid packaging, various sizes from 150,00 NOK. 2-3 days. You can buy stamps at postal offices, newspaper stands and convenient stores throughout the city.
Major Holidays If you are in Oslo during a major holiday check for special hours at the attractions you are planning to visit. Most shops have shortened hours on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays. April 1 April 2 April 4 April 5 May 1 May 13 May 17 May 23 May 24
- Maundy Thursday - Good Friday - Easter Sunday - Easter Monday - Labour Day - Ascension Day - Constitution Day - Pentecost - Whit Monday
Lost Property For property lost in the streets, please contact the police. For all of the following locations please contact the phone number given: Oslo police station Lost Property Department
Tel: 22 66 98 65
Airport/Airport Express Train
Tel: 64 81 34 77
Lost on trains
Tel: 23 15 40 47
Lost on buses/subway/trams
Tel: 22 08 53 61
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#08 Messenger Services If you are in need of getting a package or a letter to a business or residence in Oslo in a hurry, a messenger service might be the best solution for you. We have compiled a short list of the best and most reliable providers in Oslo. Toms Budbil
22 79 00 00
0 40 45
22 99 52 99
22 60 10 60
International Newspapers These can be found at selected Narvesen stores throughout the city. You can also ask the hotel reception if they offer international newspapers.
Currency Currency conversions are based on available data from Hegnar Online 09.03.2010. 1 USD 1 EUR 1 GBP 1 SEK 1 DKK 1 JPY
= = = = = =
5.93 NOK 8.05 NOK 8,87 NOK 0.82 NOK 1.08 NOK 0.06 NOK
Visit a local bank for foreign currencies. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays in Norway. You can also exchange at these locations. Forex Bank Norge - www.forex.no Jernbanetorget 1, Oslo - 22 17 60 80 Forex Bank - www.forex.no Egertorget, Øvre Slottsgate 12, Oslo - 22 42 10 02 Forex Bank Norge - www.forex.no Brugata 8, Oslo - 22 17 64 00
Temperatures Spring April–May Average temperatures: 4,5 - 10,8°C Min. temperature: -2,4°C Max. temperature: 25,2°C Summer June–August Average temperatures: 15,2 - 16,4°C Min. temperature: 6,1°C Max. temperature: 30,5°C
Time Oslo is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1). Daylight saving is the first Sunday in April, at which point clocks are turned forward one hour. The last Saturday in October represents the time when the clocks are turned back one hour. When noon (12.00) in Oslo: New York 06.00 Los Angeles 03.00 Sydney 22.00 Tokyo 20.00 London 11.00 Hong Kong 19.00
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Holmenkollen Picture taken on the official opening of the new Holmenkollen ski jump 03.03.2010
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