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.
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.
Stockfleth's is the cosy coffee oasis that can be found amidst the hustle and bustle of the shopping center Oslo City; a perfect place for a break from busy shopping. The cafe also offers an opportunity to purchase tea or coffee by weight. They have a large selection of teas and a standard coffee menu, including various tasty syrups, to take away or enjoy on one of the few barstools. Stockfleth's also offers fresh pastries.
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.
Tronsmo is one of the most popular bookstores in Oslo. Independently owned, Tronsmo features books on various subcultures, including gay/lesbian literature, feminism, left-wing politics and social movements. The basement of the shop holds a large collection of comics books, which is perhaps what Tronsmo is most known for. There's also a good selection of titles in English, as well as a variety of movies, and souvenirs such as T-shirts, stickers, pins and postcards.
Since its establishment as Oslo's first bookstore in 1832, Tanum has satiated Oslo's literary needs. Tanum Karl Johan is the chain's primary store with over 70,000 books available on site. While the chain has become popular over time, its quality has never dropped. If the book that you desire is not available on site for some reason, the store will order it and have it in stock fast. There are particularly large sections of art books and English literature. The store also hosts book signings and author visitations on occasion. If you like to read, then you will fall in love with Tanum.
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.
Located in the heart of downtown Oslo's main shopping street, Eger Karl Johan is a trendy department store housed in a historic building. More than just an average department store, Karl Johan carries over 125 high-end international brands with a focus on home goods, beauty and fashion forward garb for both men and women. This cutting edge fashion house is the first department store in Norway to be conceptualized and artfully designed to showcase both the fashion and exquisite interior design. Find exclusive brands such as Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Celine, Alexander McQueen and more.
Norli Universitetsgata is focused on literary breadth, and it shows. Books of all genres: cookbooks, textbooks, foreign volumes, and more are offered. After exploring the first and second floor, you're sure to find something that will grab your attention. If you encounter difficulty in tracking down a single book in this literary emporium, or if you just want a suggestion on reading material, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to help. In addition to literature, Norli has office and educational supplies, computer supplies, and cards for all imaginable occasions. If you like to read, Norli will be waiting for your visit.
Centrally located near the Royal Palace, Norlis is one of Oslo's most beloved used bookstores. The window displays are always interesting, and the interior has a cozy, homey feel to it. You'll find fiction and art literature abundantly featured, but Norlis also specializes in rare books, much to the delight of collectors. Early editions and out of print titles are available for book lovers.