Welcome to Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Oslo is home to museums and galleries, a royal palace, parks and public institutions, all of which are in walking distance apart
The city enjoys an unsurpassed location. Within it's boundaries, it is possible to swim in Oslofjorden in summer and ski
on well-mantained ski trails in winter. Oslo as the capital of Norway belongs belongs to larger towns with plenty of department stores, shopping centres and markets. However, be aware that Norway is an expensive country and Oslo is the MOST expensive city in the world!
In most shops in Oslo the opening hours are weekdays 10-17, and Sat 09-15. Many shopping centres have extended opening hours from 10-21 on Mon-Fri and 10-18 on Sat. Most shops are closed on Sundays, but many souvenir shops are open. Thursday is generally the day for evening shopping. Shops, especially shopping centres and souvenir shops have extended opening hours until 19 or 21.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for or if you’re into window-shopping, take a stroll in these areas:
Aker Brygge - the wharf next to City Hall. Expensive designer shops as well as regular shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres, cinema and bars.
Grønland - popularly called Little Pakistan. If you’re looking for cheap fabrics, fancy jewellery, spice, fruit and vegetable markets, this is where you want to be. From Oslo City, follow Steners gata and Grønlandsleiret, and within a few minutes you’re right in the middle of Grønland. Most of the stores are situated in the street Grønlandsleiret and Tøyengata.
Hegdehaugsveien, Bogstadveien and Majorstua - between the Royal Palace and the Vigeland Park lays one of the largest shopping districts in the city. Oslo is the city in the world with most designer labels relative to the population and most of them are situated in this area. Several posh little boutiques, where you should not enter with a backpack and smelly sandals, lay closely packed in Hegdehaugsveien and Bogstadveien.
Karl Johans gate - the most famous street in Oslo. Stretches from the Royal Palace to Oslo Central Station. Here you find hundreds of shops of all kinds and lots of street artists during summer. Cool your feet in the water fountain in Studenterlunden on sunny days.
Grünerløkka - the Greenwich Village of Oslo. Designer boutiques, small cafes, parks, need we say more? This part of town is certainly worth a visit. Walk from Use-It to the end of Møllergata, Brenneriveien, up Nordre gate to Markveien and Thorvald Meyers gate.