The Nordic countries are known for being some of the most beautiful and, the most expensive. Whilst cheap flights are always available, staying there for more than a weekend can easily bankrupt you. Of all of them, the city of Oslo is one that is certainly expensive but definitely one to visit. Here’s how to spend a quick £36 hours in the city.
Start breakfast at Gunnars in the centre of town. Just a few minutes from the train station, it is home to one of the only neon signs in the city which is slowly becoming the sign of a cool joint. It is even the only place that does Eggs Benedict, according to the hip waitresses who dance along to the blaring tunes. The extremely generous avocado on toast can’t be missed, but don’t go asking for fancy coffee; it’s simply black or white.
For those wanting a sweet hit, head around the corner to Talor & Josen for the most Instagrammable and sickly doughnuts, as well as another coffee that is ground on the premises.
In need of a long walk after all of that food? Just 1.5km out of the city is Frogners Park, where the view is spectacular as are the famous naked intertwined statures that adorn the top of the hill.
Head back to the city to the architecturally stunning opera house, a sight to behold. Just across is the Nobel Peace Prize museum which is a must see. For just £10, it is easy to lose a few hours. The lightroom is home to every single Nobel Peace Prize winner, with their faces and satires n light up iPads that sense when a person is near, as well as reciting grey speeches from some of the winners - albeit lacking in women.
It also has an ever-changing exhibitions that remain fascinating; currently, it is how why nuclear missiles need to be eradicated, as well as Generation Wealth and America’s need for money and fame.
Oslo is known for being an expensive place, so whilst a number of stunningly designed and delicious restaurants, the food markets are a great place to go. In the south of the city towards the harbour is Vippa, partially indoors and outdoors with a number of choices from gyoza to tacos to huge warming rice bowls.
Shopping in the centre of Oslo is easy, with H&M and Cos in abundance. Paleet and Steen & Strom are two department stores with a few boutique designers for the bets of Scandi chic.
A quick stop at the porridge bar Gryn can’t be avoided; similar to Good in Copenhagen, unlimited tea and coffee, rose gold cutlery and a choice of pimped up bowls, such as poached pears and seeds are a good warmer.
Continuing with the good market theme, go for the upmarket Mathallen with a warehouse designed stalls, as well as alcohol bars encased inside for eating in or taking away.
The next day, head out to the ‘Brooklyn’ of Oslo, Grunerloka. Leiblx is a favourite breakfast spot for the young hipsters with smoother bowls and matcha lattes in an offbeat cafe. A morning shopping is well spent in the boutique interior stores. Stationery lovers head to Dive for a cacophony of brands.
Peloton is a great lunch spot. The bike cum cafe is a 50’s dream with vintage jerseys and caps having whilst a calzone is just £10. Finish by following the Akersella river for stunning artwork and murals and cocktails as the sun goes down.
Stay: Trendy Airbnb are the best way to go to avoid boutique hotels, all affordable yet beautiful. I had one to myself where I had a vinyl player, beautiful interior and very cosy after a cold day for just £70, in the edgy district yet a small walk to the centre of the city.