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Food & Drink

Villa Paradiso

Villa Paradiso

Perpetually busy, due to both its prominent location in the heart of Grünerløkka and the quality of its food, this large family friendly restaurant serves up authentic Italian fare, pizza, pasta and antipasti and now a continental... More Read More

Tim Wendleboe

Tim Wendleboe

Along with newspapers, bread and skiing, coffee is definitely a Norwegian obsession and Oslo is home to a frankly ridiculous number of quality coffee shops, but one currently reigns supreme. Former World Barista champion Tim... More Read More

Punjab Tandoori

Punjab Tandoori

A stalwart of Grønland’s busy restaurant scene and arguably the most recommended ‘budget’ place to eat by guidebooks and travel blogs, this hectic, no frills curry house’s enduring popularity is based on the unwavering quality... More Read More

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Kids

TusenFryd

TusenFryd

This is a large amusement park located in Vinterbro, approximately 20km from Oslo, along with the rides and rollercoasters you’d expect, in summer there’s also a water park, swimming pool and even beach volleyball. More Read More

Popsenteret

Popsenteret

A welcome refuge for your restless teenagers the pop centre in Grünerløkka charts the history of Norwegian popular music. Packed with interactive displays, memorabilia and regular workshops it should keep older kids occupied as they... More Read More

Oslo Reptile Park

Oslo Reptile Park

Host to more than 100 animals, including boa constrictors, geckos, chameleons, tarantulas and turtles and right in the city centre the absolute best time to visit the Reptile Park is late on Tuesdays as that’s feeding time for the... More Read More

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Shops

Underground (UFF)

Underground (UFF)

Buried below street level right in the city centre and just a short stroll from the central station, Underground is the cavernous carefully dressed home of many of the clothes that Oslo’s recycling obsessed residents place in the... More Read More

Tonica Vintage

Tonica Vintage

Situated in Majorstuen this high-end vintage store stocks hand picked items from the likes of Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Givenchy and YSL among others and is the favoured destination for many a fashion stylist. Adored by its sartorially savvy... More Read More

Sole Service

Sole Service

Situated just a couple of hundred meters from Oslo central station, Sole Service is perfectly placed to catch the wandering eyes of the numerous hip young things hurrying past its elegant window displays on their way to and from work or... More Read More

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Day Trips

Norefjell

Norefjell

Offering an impressive collection of downhill ski runs, a snowboard park and a 120km network of cross-country tracks Norefjell ski resort is just an hour and a half away from Oslo by car. The resort enjoys good snow between December and... More Read More

Kongsberg

Kongsberg

An hour to the west of Oslo, Kongsberg offers winter sports fanatics and slope novices alike the perfect playground with an all new snowboard area along with a separate dedicated children’s slope as part of their set-up. With day... More Read More

Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter

Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter

West of the city at Høvikodden, close to Sandvika you’ll find the Henie-Onstad Art Centre. Founded in the 1960s by former Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie and located on a headland poking out into the fjord it’s home to one of... More Read More

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Nightlife

Taxi Take Away

Taxi Take Away

Hidden in plain sight, but masked by layers of graffiti and bill posters and with no real frontage there’s a reason that this fiercely unique bar remains one of Oslo’s best-kept secrets. Matching radical left-wing political thought... More Read More

Stratos

Stratos

Perched in arguably one of the most glamorous locations in which to have an expensive drink of any description and definitely offering one of the finest views of the city, Stratos is to be found at the very top of the Folketeateret... More Read More

Stargate

Stargate

This is and always has been Oslo’s quintessential dive bar, but in a good way. Situated in the busy Grønland area, as an added bonus Stargate does offer prompt service, a well-stocked jukebox, a relaxed atmosphere and ample covered... More Read More

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Art & Entertainment

The National Gallery

The National Gallery

A short walk away from Nationaltheatret station, the gallery houses Norway’s largest collection of art works with a heavy bias towards art from Norway. Though home to work by Manet and Cézanne the big draw here is of course Edvard... More Read More

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Close to Stortinget station, this beautiful venue is a bank’s former HQ, it showcases new and challenging work in its permanent collections and the upcoming Kjartan Slettemark retrospective in particular is a real highlight. More Read More

Standard Oslo

Standard Oslo

Moving to a 500 square metre location last year, Standard is without doubt Oslo’s most exciting gallery. It now offers two exhibition spaces in which to show the best contemporary Norwegian artists, along with international leading... More Read More

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