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Best Shopping Districts in Oslo

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The old workshops on the seafront beneath the town hall, belonging to Akers Mekaniske Verksted, have been converted into one of Oslo's most popular shopping and nightlife areas, Aker Brygge. There are places to eat and shop, art galleries, theaters, an IMAX and a regular cinema. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to spend a fine summer afternoon. Take trams 10 or 15 or walk from Akershus fortress past a children's play area and numerous ice-cream stalls.

Oslo's beautiful people idle away hours in the fashionable Frogner district. Filled with famous name haute couture, art galleries, interior design shops, gourmet food emporiums, stylish modern furniture and antiques, the area is a beacon for the wealthy. This is not the spot for bargain hunting, but high quality Norwegian goods are in abundance. Fish connoisseurs will appreciate the vacuum-sealed smoked salmon and trout for sale in the charming food emporiums. Even if you are not buying, a leisurely walk up the tree lined Bygdoy Allé provides a truly Norwegian experience. While shops offer the best of luxury goods, Oslo's elegantly attired elite provide an interesting display of unruffled chic.

Majorstuen is one of the main shopping districts in Oslo. On the main streets of the area, Bogstadveien and Hegdehaugsveien, hopeful shoppers will find a huge range of stores, ranging from big, international chains like H&M to small, charming local boutiques. This vibrant area, in addition to the shopping, is a main entertainment area in general with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants populating the bustling streets. No trip to Oslo is complete without a visit to Majorstuen.

This is Oslo's main street, a pedestrian area leading from the central station to the palace. Visitors can watch the world go by at one of the street's numerous watering holes or simply follow the crowds down the road, past street vendors and entertainers, past the parliament, national theatre, Grand Hotel and the university. With hundreds of different shops, the street is also a Mecca for shopaholics. The park between the parliament and national theater is turned into an ice-rink in the winter.

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