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This store is really something out of the ordinary: it sells handmade products made by blind craftsmen. They mainly sell products made of wood, such as baskets and brooms; these items are very popular and are often used as bases the traditional Norwegian floral painting, rosemaling. All products are made of natural materials, including the brooms. This wonderful store also produces its own soaps, in many different colors; some of their most popular products, they are perfect for sensitive skin. Blindes Produkter also sells knitted socks, woolly hats and slippers, all handmade by blind people.
If you want a taste of the Norwegian food culture and buy the specialty food items, then Mathallen Oslo might be a very good option. Located in the neighborhood of Grünerløkka, this massive food court is chic and is a foodie paradise. From specialty shops, cafes, restaurants to food conferences, exhibitions and competitions makes this place vibrant and ambrosial as well. During the food festivals, Mathallen Oslo's gaiety ambiance will enthrall you. You can buy products from small scale producers to get ingredients used only in Norwegian cuisine. Overall it offers a fantastic food experience for those who want to expand their culinary knowledge.
"Bondens Marked" means "Farmers Market," and you'll find this particular brand of Bondens Marked all over Norway. Each market features fresh produce and goods sourced directly from local farms, so you have piece of mind in knowing exactly where your food comes from. The Farmers Market in Oslo typically alternates between several venues: Valkyrie Plass (Vibes gate at Bogstadveien), Birkelunden (Grünerløkka), VikaTerrassen shopping center, Asker sentrum or Bærums Verk; please check the website to see where the market will be held.
If you want to find some real Norwegian tradition, this is the place to come. With over 80 years of experience, this is who to turn to when you need that real piece of Norway. The shop houses everything traditional, from wooden drinking cups to the full national costume (Bunad). It boasts of having everything you need to complete your Bunad and even makes them for you upon order! If you want to try your hand at rosemaling (an old traditional technique for painting on wood) you can pick up all the materials you need in this shop. The prices are high, but for the quality you get, it is worth it.
It is easy to spend hours browsing around this wonderful shop in the heart of Oslo. Norway Designs stocks a fantastic range of modern and traditional Norwegian products including jewelry, rugs, ceramics, kitchen ware, glass items and clothes. Those looking for something a little out of the ordinary should definitely be able to find something. Take your time to look around, even if you don't buy anything you will get a good insight into Scandinavian design.