Located right in the heart of Scandinavia, the Norwegian capital is surrounded by fjords and forests making it one of the most picturesque and unspoilt cities on the continent.
About Oslo, Norway
Oslo is no stranger to striking scenery, surrounded as it is by fjords and forestry. However, this popular Scandinavian destination has a lot more going for it than just a pretty face. Museums, galleries and green spaces rub shoulders with an animated nightlife comprised of numerous bars, clubs and live music venues, along with numerous cafés and restaurants too.
Located on the Oslofjord, Oslo is Norway’s capital and largest city. The city covers an area of 426.9 square kilometres and is home to almost 580,000 people. It is the world’s most expensive city but travellers can keep costs down by making use of the city’s range of top-class budget accommodation, checking out the city’s great selection of free attractions and looking around for the best value meals offered by a wide array cafés and restaurants.
It’s an easy city to get around, with a variety of public transport options as well as a compact city centre that can be explored on foot. The locals are a friendly bunch and many of them have great English, making it very easy to find out more about the best places to check out in this enticing city.
Eating Out in Oslo, Norway
A city of many culinary delights, Oslo is home to a plethora of restaurants and cafés serving a whole host of local and international favourites.
If you’re looking for a bite, check out the city centre streets of Karl Johans Gate, Torggata and Youngsgate. Here you’ll find a wide range of eateries to try including local favourite the Ricebowl Thai Café and many more. Grünerløkka, one of Oslo’s most popular and lively neighbourhoods, is another area you should definitely head to for a great choice of places to eat. In and around Olaf Ryes Plass, you’ll find a selection of top-notch restaurants including Villa Paradiso. Aker Brygge, one of the city’s more touristy areas, is also full of places to eat, including Olivia which serves a wide variety of Italian dishes.
Eating out in Oslo is expensive but if you are clever you can enjoy superb meals at a reasonable price. Cafés are infinitely cheaper than restaurants and the food is every bit as satisfying. They’re particularly good for lunchtime meals as are the numerous stalls and kiosks scattered throughout the city centre.
Oslo’s Italian stallion
Oslo’s Italian stallion
Restaurants in Oslo
Youngsgate 4, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
A very busy restaurant, Ricebowl Thai Café is exceedingly popular among locals thanks to its selection of reasonably priced Thai dishes. There are plenty of tables so even if you do have to wait for a place, the wait won’t be long and you can occupy yourself by checking out the great collection of decorative pieces hanging on the walls. An English menu is available and it packed full of rice and noodle dishes plus a selection of starts and desserts. No alcohol is served here.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 2pm-9pm.
Olaf Ryes Plass 8, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
As you wait to be seated by the friendly, English-speaking staff of Villa Paradiso your eyes will inevitably be drawn to the numerous curiosities from around the world stored in glass cabinets under the bar. Here they serve a variety of Italian dishes, including great value pizzas, sandwiches and more. A breakfast menu is also available. This is a very popular spot, with both the indoor and outdoor tables completely full at mealtimes.
Open Mon-Tues 8am-10pm, Wed-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
Karl Johans Gate 1, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
One of the less expensive options when it comes to dinnertime in Oslo, Peppes offers a huge selection of pizzas, along with burgers, salads, nachos and much more. Portions are substantial and prices are reasonable. While you enjoy your pizza, make sure to have a look around as you’ll find any number of cool, kitschy decorations around both floors including everything from movie memorabilia to model ships.
Open Mon 11am-10.30pm, Tues-Sat 11am-11.30pm, Sun 1pm-10.30pm.
Brynjulf Bulls Plass 2, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
A great place to start the day, Oslo’s answer to Starbucks offers delicious pastries, freshly squeezed juices and aromatic coffees at great prices. This is a busy spot, thanks to its proximity to both the Town Hall and the Nobel Peace Center, with many people stopping in to get their morning caffeine fix. They also offer sandwiches, cakes, cookies and more. The stools at the window offer cool views out towards Aker Brygge, with lots of other tables also available both inside and outside.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Slottsgate 7, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
A cut above your regular bagel places, Bagel & Juice is a great choice for a quick and tasty lunch that won’t break the bank. Bright and loud, it offers a wide array of fillings for your bagel, along with a choice of pastries and a variety of fresh juices and delicious smoothies. Place your order at the tills and then enjoy your food at one of the window tables complete with tall, colourful stools and tables covered with dictionary text.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun.
Prinsens gate 6, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Featuring a large seating area downstairs as well as plenty of places to perch around the counter, Stockfleth’s is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. It’s especially busy in the mornings with people coming in to get their morning coffees and pastries. Norwegian breads and a selection of sandwiches are also available. Friendly staff and a lively atmosphere make this an even more appealing place to stop for a bite.
Open Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, closed Sun.
Thorvald Meyersgate 40, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Fruhagen is a restaurant and wine bar with a very funky vibe. Along with a breakfast special, the menu also contains salads, sandwiches, burgers and more. Wines are available by the bottle or by the glass. While you eat, you’ll be treated to a mix of great music from the Rolling Stones to Norwegian bands. A variety of old, mismatched pieces of furniture makes up the comfortable seating area inside, with lots of seats also available outside. Decoration is artsy, with a bunch of prints on the walls. Boasting a young clientele and a convivial atmosphere, it’s a great spot to drop into at any time of the day.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-12am, Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-9pm.
Frognerveien 58, Frogner, Oslo, Norway
A short walk from the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Frogner Park, this bakery and café is a popular spot thanks to its tempting selection of cakes, pastries and breads. Sandwiches, coffees, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies round out the appealing menu. You can get your food to go if you want to walk and eat in the park, or you can take advantage of the seating areas both inside and outside the café. The seats inside are pretty funky, consisting of mismatched furniture arranged under dangling light bulbs. Staff here are friendly and efficient even during extremely busy periods, and the prices are very reasonable.
Open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Henrik Ibsensgate 60a, Frogner, Oslo, Norway
Despite its chic interior, this restaurant offers pretty reasonably priced and very tasty meals at both lunch and dinnertime. From sandwiches to salads, burgers to fish dishes, you’ll find a good selection of dishes on the menu. It’s very bright inside, and a seat by one of the huge windows provides a good opportunity for watching people pass along the street outside. There’s also a piano set up just inside the door and the café sometimes hosts free concerts.
Open Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, closed Sun.
Stranden 3, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
Located beside the pier in the busy area of Aker Brygge, Olivia offers top-notch Italian fare at reasonable prices. Seating is available both inside and outside, and it’s generally a pretty busy spot thanks to both its location and the quality of its food. A variety of pizzas and pasta dishes are just a small part of this wide menu.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-11am.
Calmeyersgate 11, Oslo, Norway
A Greek styled taverna serving authentic food from the owner’s native land at a reasonable price for Oslo. Also has bouzouki music nightly from 7.00pm.
Munkedamsveien 3B, Oslo, Norway
The city’s oldest vegetarian restaurant with a smoke free bar downstairs serving a student buffet from Tuesday to Saturday making prices a little more appealing for those on a shoe string budget.
Oyre Slottsgate 12, Oslo, Norway
One of the more popular Italian establishments in Oslo, this restaurant was established by two Italian brothers who have developed an extensive menu which contains no less than fifteen different types of pizza.
Karl Johans gate 45, Oslo, Norway
A menu with forty-five different dishes each priced 45 KR makes this a very popular choice and catering for everyone’s tastes including meat, fish and vegetarian specialties.
Sofienberg gate 6, Oslo, Norway
Serving a selection of the best known and most popular traditional Scandinavian dishes, portions are huge but prices aren’t so check this one out.
Bogata 21, Oslo, Norway
Located in the old working class quarter of the same name, this place is quite something. No two tables and chairs are the same and the menu is just as diverse serving anything from French to Pakistani. Makes for a pretty interesting visit.
Stortorvet 2, Oslo, Norway
Doubling as a pub in the evening, this American style eatery serves simple fare at simple prices and is the perfect place to unwind with a good meal and a beer after a stressful day of sightseeing.
Hegdehaugsvn, Oslo, Norway
Situated in the middle of Oslo’s most popular shopping street and serving an extremely popular all day breakfast this place is always packed so booking in advance comes highly recommended.
Stranden 3, Oslo, Norway
Everything from the host of wooden cactuses to the desert murals make this place stand out but despite the apparent tackiness of the establishment, the food is excellent as is the atmosphere and a brilliant place to begin your night out.
Trondheimsvien 269, Oslo, Norway
Serving an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese and Norwegian specialties (interesting combination) Panda is very popular among younger residents of the city thanks to its bright and airy minimalist interior and its value meals.
Transport in Oslo, Norway
By plane: Oslo Airport, Gardemoen is Norway’s main international airport and is located around 50 kilometres from the city centre. A high speed train operates between the airport terminal and Oslo’s central train station. Services run regularly and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
By train: The main train station is Oslo Sentralstasjon as Jerbanestorget. Services from here travel to all parts of Norway, as well as Stockholm in Sweden.
By bus: Bus services from across Europe terminate in Oslo, with most services provided by Swebus Express, GoByBus or Eurolines.
On foot: You will be able to get to a lot of the city centre attractions on foot; however, you will also need to use public transport during your stay.
By bike: Oslo provides a public bike rental scheme. Bikes can be picked up from over 90 different locations throughout the city. The scheme runs from April to October each year.
By tram/metro: Oslo’s tram system or ‘Oslotrikken’ consists of 6 lines serving both the city centre and the suburban areas. The T-bane is Oslo’s metro system, running underground over 6 different lines.
Things To See in Oslo, Norway
Norway is a truly beautiful country with mountains, forests, fjords and glaciers and its capital is no exception. Surrounded on all sides by nature, and with a rich and varied history, Oslo offers its visitors both a memorable and fascinating stay.
One of the most interesting attractions in the city is the Nobel Peace Center. Filled with interactive and educational exhibits, it tells the stories of the deserving recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. The temporary exhibits highlights some of the pressing issues in the world today.
Head out the Bygdøy area and you’ll come across two of the most popular museums in Oslo. These are the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. In the Viking Ship Museum you’ll see the remains of three Viking ships and the skeletons found in two of them, while the open-air Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is home to buildings from periods throughout Norwegian history. Oslo is also home to some great galleries like the Munch Museum, the National Gallery and the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
Everyone, not just art lovers, will find themselves entranced by the Vigeland Sculpture Park. One of the most stunning sights in the world, it is home to over 200 sculptures of the human form. The park is the brainchild of artist Gustav Vigeland and is visited by huge numbers each year.
Shopaholics will be perfectly at home in Oslo thanks to the abundance of shops, malls and department stores. Karl Johans Gate is the main shopping street, and it runs from the main train station all the way to the Royal Palace.
Heal the world
Attractions in Oslo
Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
Hip and trendy Grünerløkka to the north of the city centre is an alternative haven and one part of Oslo that you really shouldn’t miss. Here you’ll find numerous small boutiques, vintage stores and colourful produce shops. Home to the popular Sofienberg Park, this area is one of Oslo’s most well-loved in terms of bars and restaurants. From tiny coffee shops to busy eateries, you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to suit your appetite. Along with that, there’s a wide array of nightspots to check out too.
Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway
For a taste of the picturesque Norwegian countryside, this is the part of Oslo to check out. As well as hosting some of the area’s premier museums, including the Viking Ship Museum and the open-air Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Bygdøy is also home to the Royal Farm and if you keep your eye out you’ll see the uniformed soldiers guarding its borders. After working up an appetite by walking in the woods or along the pier you’ll find a number of cool cafés where you can relax.
Frogner, Oslo, Norway
A must for visitors to Oslo, Frogner is home to the impressive Frogner Park as well as the unmissable Vigeland Sculpture Park. Green areas, beautiful flowers and stunning works of art make this one of the most picturesque parts of the city. These great attractions are augmented by a number of cosy cafés and a great selection of trendy boutiques and smaller stores.
Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
One of the more touristy areas of Oslo, but still a part of the city with much to offer visitors. You’ll be able to check out the historic Nobel Peace Center, as well as Oslo’s Town Hall. The pier here plays hosts to a lot of cool boats and the ferry to Bygdøy also leaves from here. Shoppers will be happy here too, thanks to the Aker Brygge Shopping mall and its numerous stores. Restaurants and bars are in no short supply in this area, and you’ll have no problem finding somewhere to have a bite or a beer.
Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
From the Royal Palace to the National Gallery, Oslo’s bustling city centre has a vast array of attractions, museums and galleries to occupy culture vultures of all ages. As well as that, you’ll find some of the city’s best shopping in this area including the stores along Karl Johans Gate and large department stores like Steen & Strom and GlasMagasinet. One of the most energetic parts of Oslo in terms of nightlife, Sentrum is teeming with all kinds of restaurants, bars and clubs.
Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Oslo’s main shopping street stretches from the main train station all the way to the Royal Palace. Thronging with shoppers, it is home to a wide array of stores. Both international and international brands are well represented along here including H&M, Vero Moda, Mango and many more. You can also check out the Paleet shopping centre situated along Karl Johans Gate. As you wander from store to store, you’ll be entertained by a number of street performers.
Stranden 3B, Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway
With its funky modern interior and great location in the oft visited Aker Brygge area, this shopping centre is a very popular spot for those looking to spend a few kroner. Lots of top brands have stores here, including Benneton, Bik Bok, Vero Moda, Gant and more. Shoppers here will find everything from men’s and women’s fashion to cosmetics.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun.
Stenersgata 1, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
This behemoth is a must for all shopping enthusiasts who visit Oslo. From electronics to interiors, fashion to gifts, this large mall houses around 100 stores throughout its 5 floors. A busy spot, it is home to international and local brands galore. Some of the more recognisable names include Body Shop, Oasis, Bik Bok and H&M, along with many, many others.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 10am-8m, closed Sun.
Kongensgate 23, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Spread over 6 floors, Steen & Strom and plays host to a huge selection of merchandise. Here shoppers will find women’s and men’s fashion, cosmetics, accessories, furnishings, household items and much more. Internationally renowned brands such as Diesel, Chanel, Burberry, Lacoste, Mexx and Dior are just some of the top-notch brands you’ll have the opportunity to purchase in this bright, airy department store.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun.
Stortorvet 9, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
One of the top department stores in Oslo, GlasMagasinet is a shopper’s paradise filled with local and international brand names. Across its 4 floors, you’ll come across clothing, shoes, cosmetics, accessories, household items and more. Mexx, Dior and Chanel are just some of the brands you’ll encounter in this well-trafficked store.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-6pm, closed Sun.
Sørkedalsveien 66, Hammersborg, Oslo, Norway
This important memorial cemetery houses the resting places of some of Norway’s most notable citizens. A wander through the honorary cemetery area will bring you to the well-kept graves of both Munch and Ibsen, along with many others. Established in 1902, the cemetery is also home to an important war memorial and a chapel.
Universitetsgaten 13, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Housing a collection of over 48,000 works of art, the National Gallery is a mecca for art lovers wishing to see paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and much more. It hosts such eminent works as the iconic ‘Scream’ by Munch, along with paintings by greats like Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso. From the surreal to the sublime, this gallery should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
Open Tues-Wed, Fri 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Mon; admission free.
Sars’ gate/Monrads gate, Tøyen, Oslo, Norway
A beautiful expanse of green, the Botanical Garden was established in 1814 and today is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Tall trees provide shade, while the glasshouses hold a wealth of colourful flowers, prickly cacti and much more. Of all this beautiful garden’s assets, the Scent Garden might be the most enjoyable. A feast for the senses, it provides a veritable smorgasbord of sights and smells to be savoured.
Open Apr-Sept 7am-9pm, Oct-Mar 7am-5pm, gates on at 10am Sat-Sun; admission free.
Bankplassen 4, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Filled with awesome example of modern art, this museum houses a number of temporary exhibits in addition to its comprehensive permanent collection. Exhibits run the gamut from video installations to paintings of the human form. From the creepy to the colourful, all the art works on display across the museum’s two floors are incredibly impressive and well worth a look.
Open Tues-Wed, Fri 10am-6pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm, closed Mon; admission free.
Festnings-Plassen, Oslo, Norway
One of the oldest attractions in the Norwegian capital, this castle was built in 1300 and served as both a fortress and residence for the royal family throughout the centuries. Now used by the government for state occasions.
Toyengate 53, Oslo, Norway
Housing over twenty thousand drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures by Scandinavia’s most famous artist this museum is dedicated entirely to the creator of ‘The Scream’.
Museumsveien 10, Oslo, Norway
An excellent collection of all things Norwegian including recreations of one hundred and forty of the country’s original buildings as well as over two hundred and twenty thousand exhibits including everything from everyday household utensils to fascinating tapestries and carvings.
Voksenkollen, Oslo, Norway
The highest lookout point in all of Scandinavia, Tryvannståtrnet lies almost two thousand feet above sea level and allows breathtaking views of the city which actually reach as far as neighbouring Sweden.
Frogner Park, Nobelsgate 32, Oslo, Norway
Built on a 75-acre park in western Oslo, this is a collection of over 200 sculptures in granite, bronze and iron all of which were created by the renowned Gustav Vigeland. The highlight of the exhibition is a monolith consisting of over one hundred figures which are all carved in one piece of stone and reach over fifty feet in height.
Huk Aveny 35, Bygody, Oslo, Norway
This museum is home to the three Viking burial vessels, the Gokstad, Tune, and Oseberg,which date from between 800 and 900AD and were found preserved in clay. Of the three, the 20 metre long Oseberg is the most impressive containing the burial chamber of a Viking queen whose remains were in the boat when it was discovered.
Stortorvet 1, Oslo, Norway
Well you can’t really visit a city without having at least a quick look at its main cathedral and Oslo’s won’t disappoint. Built in the sixteen hundreds, it was restored in 1950 and currently houses numerous works by Norwegian artists as well as a five story tall organ.
Hokvikodden, Baerum, Oslo, Norway
A museum built with the sole purpose of housing a couple’s private art collection, sickening isn’t it, this is home to the artistic works gathered by former skating champion, Sonja Henie and her shipping tycoon husband, Niels Onstad. With over 1,800 works by Munch, Picasso, Matisse and Miro you can also see Sonja’s collection of trophies which number somewhere around six hundred.
Radhusbrygge 3, Radhusplassen, Oslo, Norway
Batservice Sightseeing run tours around the harbour from mid-May to late August and offer excellent views of the fortress of Akershus as well as the islands in the inner part of the Oslofjord. A brilliant way to spend an hour or take the three and half hour evening cruise which includes a dinner on your return.
Sixty miles outside Oslo, this is the country’s only fully preserved walled town and is an extremely popular day trip among visitors to the capital. The best way to get there is by ferry but you can also take a train or bus from Oslo’s central station. An excellent getaway and only half an hour away.
Entertainment in Oslo, Norway
Vivacious and varied, Oslo’s nightlife runs the gamut from cocktail bars to metal clubs. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink or if you want to dance until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll find something in this cosmopolitan city.
A great selection of bars, pubs and clubs can be found throughout the city. If you have a wander around the city centre, you’ll come across some great places to have a beer such as Doctor Jekylls on Klingenberggata and Internasjonalen on Youngstorget. For a lively night out, check out Z Clubs on Karl Johans Gate. This bar and club is spread out over three levels and offers a great selections of drinks. A little further afield, the Grünerløkka neighbourhood is another great spot to head to for your night out. Home to wine bars and alternative pubs, it’s filled with lots of places that are well-worth a look.
Oslo’s gay scene is very active too, with a great selection of bars and clubs to check out. London on CJ Hambros Plass is Oslo’s most famous gay bar and has been in operation since the 70s. A more recent addition to the scene, BarTini on Dronningens gate is aimed at over 25s and offers a giant selection of cocktails.
For something a bit different, check out the Oslo Opera House. This cultural powerhouse is home to three different stages and hosts ballet, opera, musical performances and much more. An architectural gem, the building is an attraction in itself as you can walk up the side to the roof where you’ll find great views of the surrounding areas.
Entertainments in Oslo
Kirsten Flagstads plass 1, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
With its three stages, Oslo’s spectacular Opera House is the perfect place to enjoy some of the city’s cultural delights including ballet, opera, concerts and more. As well as being a repository for these various events, the building is an attraction in itself. For spectacular views of the area surrounding the Opera House just walk up the side of this architectural marvel before going for a stroll on the roof.
Lobby open Mon-Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-1-pm.
Karl Johans Gate 33, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Spread out over three levels, this bar and club provides all you need for a great night out. The music is a mix of everything, so where you like pop, rock or dance you’ll hear something you fancy. A lively, friendly atmosphere is enhanced by speedy service and a great selection of drinks. Shots, cocktails, wines and beers are all available and at pretty reasonable prices too! Whether you prefer sitting on a comfy couch enjoying a drink by candlelight or if you’re more interested in dancing the night away, make sure to check out Z Clubs.
Open Mon-Tues 11am-1am, Wed-Fri 11am-3am, Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 12pm-12am.
Olaf Ryes Plass 4, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
A cool bar with a young crowd, QBA is a laid back spot for a drink during the day and a lively venue at night too. Especially popular with locals, it boasts lots of tables and couches where you can relax with a drink and enjoy the mix of rock and indie music played over the substantial stereo system. Tasty cocktails like the ever popular Long Island Ice Tea are available at reasonable prices, along with shots, beers and wines. The balance between laid back atmosphere and chatty punters make this an especially enjoyable bar to spend an evening in.
Open Mon-Fri 8am-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am; free WiFi available.
Youngstorget 2a, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
Especially popular at the weekends when live DJs spin the tunes, this is a large bar spread out over two floors. Lots of tables are punctuated with open spaces perfect for a bit of dancing. The leather seats have a battered, well-loved look and the chic lighting gives it a cool atmosphere. Drinks-wise, you’ll find a great selection of cocktails, along with a number of specialist beers from across Europe.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 4pm-12.30pm.
Klingenberggata 4, Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
This busy spot boasts a huge selection of whiskeys for you to sample while sitting in one of the comfortable booths. Monster movie fans will love the decor from the pictures of Frankenstein and Dracula to the stuffed ravens, dusty old books and unusual experiment jars. Downstairs you’ll find the sports bar, which is home to a number of big TV screen as well as pool tables and more. The music’s mostly rock and pop, with the in-house DJ providing the soundtrack at the weekends.
Open Mon-Fri 3pm-3am, Sat 1pm-3am, Sun 3pm-3am.
Universitetsgata 23, Oslo, Norway
One of the busiest nightclubs in Oslo at the moment, you’ll have trouble finding your way around Dixie thanks to the multitude of hallways, dance floors and bars. Should make for a pretty interesting visit.
Bristol Hotel, Kristian IV’s gate 7, Oslo, Norway
A quirky little bar with shelves of leather bound books which you can read as you sip on the rather delicious cocktails on offer or listen to the live lunchtime piano music.
Christian Krohgsgt 43, Oslo, Norway
The brainchild of a Norwegian Elvis fanatic, this is a good spot for cheap beer and an excellent atmosphere. With loudspeakers constantly belting out hits of ‘the King’, if you’re not a fan, steer well clear.
Parkveien 12, Oslo, Norway
Lorry has been serving natives of the capital for over two centuries and with over two hundred brands of beer and an excellent and reasonably priced menu it’s easy to see why. Attracts artists, musicians, and the like so all you backpackers will fit right in.
Stranden 3, Oslo, Norway
If you’re visiting Oslo from April to September forget about getting a seat at this popular sea front drinking hole which attracts musicians from all over the world. But after a few drinks you won’t even care as you’ll be swept up in the warm and friendly atmosphere which takes over the venue.
Karl Johans gate 45, Oslo, Norway
Located very near where the old university resided, ‘the Student’ has maintained its youthful clientele who come to enjoy the piano bar located in the basement. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not any cheaper than any of the city’s other bars, it’s just really popular.
Keysers gate 5, Oslo, Norway
It may not look like much during the day but at night it becomes an up to the minute music club with an eclectic mix of tunes from throughout the decades. Not as busy as some of the other clubs and a little bit cheaper too making it the perfect location for a good night out.
St. Olays gate 23, Oslo, Norway
Located in a dark, smoky cellar, multi coloured hair and numerous body piercings appear to be a prerequisite among the clientele but once again prices make this place very popular as does the moody atmosphere.
Brenneriveien 113, Oslo, Norway
The name translates as ‘blue’ offering a good indication of exactly what type of establishment this place is but unlike your average Blues crowd, this place is extremely popular among the younger residents of the city.
Industrigaten 36, Oslo, Norway
Run by a native North African this is currently one of the most important venues on Oslo’s live music scene where you can expect to hear a variety which includes native Scandinavian, African, Asian and American. Check listings before you go to put you in the know.
Hegdehaugsveien 22, Oslo, Norway
Spanish theme bars are always an excellent venue for a good night out and Tapas is no exception. Plenty of salsa music and tequila drinking and on summer nights the doors are opened and the party moves outside.
General Info about Oslo, Norway
Australian, Canadian, EU, New Zealand or US citizens do not require a visa for stays which will not exceed ninety days but it’s worth noting that this period begins when they arrive in any of the Scandinavian countries – Norway, Iceland, Finland or Sweden. Residents of all other countries, or those of you from the aforementioned who intend staying for longer than three months or working while you are there are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy in your home country.
The currency used is the Norwegian Kroner (KR) which is made up of one hundred ore. Notes in use are KR 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and coins are in denominations of 50 ore and KR 1, 5, 10 and 20.
Oslo has a humid continental climate. This tends to lead to warm summers and snowy winters, while spring and autumn tend to see chilly to mild weather. July and August are generally the warmest months in the city, with average temperatures reaching around 18ºC. Minus figures are not unusual in winter temperatures, with January and February usually seeing the lowest temperatures of the year. Thanks to its northern latitude, Oslo experiences a wide variation in daylight hours between the summer and winter months.
Shops in Oslo are generally open between 9.00am and 5.00pm from Monday to Friday and between 9.00am and 1.00pm on Saturdays but this varies quite regularly. Some shops including larger department stores and supermarkets open later, particularly on Thursdays as well as opening for a full day on Saturday. Office hours are between 8.00am and 4.00pm from Monday to Friday and banks are open between 8.15am and 3.00pm from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays and from 8.15am until 5.00pm on Thursdays.
Travellers’ cheques are widely accepted, particularly in the more popular tourist areas of the city. For all currency exchange, banks are generally the most reliable and offer the best rates but the main post office mentioned below also offers competitive rates. There are also exchange offices at all major airports and train stations whose opening hours are usually more convenient but the commission is more expensive.
All major credit cards are also widely accepted and if you have the PIN you can use these to receive cash in compatible bank machines. The same applies to bankcards which are members of any of the international banking networks or Eurocard.
A service charge is already included in the prices of meals, tipping is entirely at your discretion. If the service you receive is particularly good, however, you can leave a small additional amount. Where a service charge is not included a tip of between 10% and 15% is sufficient. Taxi drivers are usually given a couple of Kroner.
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel to a country as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In Norway they take place on January 1st, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May 1st and 17th, Whit Monday and December 25th and 26th. It is a good idea to check the particular area too as certain towns and cities also shut down during special events.