First impressions – I love Scandinavia, although it’s cold, I always arrive and instantly feel the warmth from the genuine people and the cosy interiors.
Oslo was pretty chilly dipping to -10, however, it’s generally a sunny, still and dry climate, which is perfect city break weather.
Oslo exceeded my already high expections, it has an abundance of cafes, restaurants, architecture and independent shops, all carefully considered and beautiful presented.
What I loved most about Oslo was how close you are to the snowy slopes. I was taken aback watching people of all ages hopping on the tram from the city centre fully kitted in ski gear, poised and ready to ski thirty minutes later.
The only down side to Norway is the price of alcohol, but don’t worry, the duty free should be your first point of call when landing.
Air bnb – Marienne was a wonderful host, the apartment was perfectly located next to the best restaurants, cafes and shops.
Tim Wendelboe – The creator of speciality coffee as we know it today. As you can image, the coffee is world class and extremely strong. You can experience each of the blends in the taster package for two people it’s 150. He has a book too, if you’re coffee obsessed.
Mathallen – ‘The food hall’ Perfect if you can’t decided which cuisine you would like. I chose German grilled cheese sandwich and French crepes, a great combo.
Koie Ramen – Considering this is the only ramen in Oslo, it’s pretty on point. There was a queue of people waiting for opening at 4pm. We got the Tonkonshu and the miso ramen, both delicious. I was particularly impressed with the miso because the vegetarian option normally lacks tastes without the meat base, but this one had a huge depth in flavours.
Talor & Jørgen – Coffee and doughnuts hot off the press, this place literally opened the day we arrived and everyone was taking about it. Much like the Koie ramen, Talor & Jørgen is the only place in the city to sell doughnuts. People were going crazy for them. The cafe is pastel pink, pistachio green and copper, very ‘of the now’. I loved all the carefully considered details from the neon lights walls, to the ceramics, to the take away boxes.
Vippa Food Court – Located in the Harbour, this place has a beautiful open water view for both winter and summer.
Bass Oslo – Beautiful setting, wonderful food.
Brutus – Late night eats and bar.
Ett Bord – Gather around a huge table to enjoy seasonal, locally sourced food.
Territoriet – Super cool cocktail joint.
Bar Rouleur – Cafe, cycling and bar.
Design market Christmas – A Scandinavian take on a Christmas market is tasteful and considered, but still very busy, so I would recommend going early to avoid crowds. I stuck it out and bought some stunning hand thrown porcelain ceramics pots which I’m very happy with. They cost 700 for two, so about £70.
Acne Studios – We spent a few hours in here and left happy. Firstly because of the items we bought but mostly because of the people who worked there. The lovely Karina wrote a huge list of recommendations for us. Like I always say, it’s better to get a locals perspective. I’ve listed many of her recommendations in this article.
Luck – We stumbled upon this gem, I wish my apartment was full with all the beautiful objects they sold.
Nature – Take the tram thirty minutes to the end of the line to Frognerseteren – ‘summer farm house’ a huge wooden chalet at the peak with stunning views over Oslo. We walked through the woods in the fresh crunchy snow to reach the Olympic ski jump, an epic sight. We jumped on the tram at Holmenkollen ‘ski slope’ back down to the city.
Vigeland Sculpture Park – Park and museum displaying works of Gustav Vigeland and other contemporary artists.