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.
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.
Paléet, which is probably Oslo's most exclusive shopping center, is a place for quality. The center has several floors with a glass lift going up and down through the open atrium. A piano is played in the background, there is an original Munch painting on the wall, and lots of green plants create a wonderful atmosphere for your tour around the center. The center over 40 shops and 10 restaurants. In the restaurant area they serve food from around the world, and there is a Continental atmosphere. The fact that the center is situated on Karl Johans Gate means that you can take a break in here from the busy main street.
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.
Byporten is a fantastic modern shopping center. Connected to the Central Station, you just have to step off a bus, train or tram and do your shopping. There are over 70 shops, restaurants and various other services, making it easy to pick up that last-minute item. Byporten offers a combination of expensive, high-quality shops and more ordinary options. The latest in fashion from around the world, children's supplies, restaurants, a hotel, and even a doctor and dentist are located here. If you want it, Byporten probably has it.
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.
William Schmidt really is the Norwegian souvenir shop. Every single one of the most typical Norwegian things is for sale here. Carved wooden trolls, big and glossy books with pictures of all the fjords, knives, knits (especially the traditional Norwegian cardigan), wooden shelves; everything is here. It is very convenient to have all this lined up in one store, particularly for the many tourists off cruise ships who are in Oslo for a few hours only.
Black Cat Kaffe-og Tehus is a specialist in teas. The shop is small and intimate; so small in fact that there is room for no more than three or four customers at a time. They have a large variety of teas, ranging from ordinary Earl Grey varieties to exclusive and very expensive ones. The shop is worth a visit just because of the smell, which you will notice even out on the street. In addition to tea and some types of coffee, they sell different kinds of accessories like percolators, pots, cups and mugs. This is a specialist shop, and the prices reflect that.
Basarhallene was built between 1841-1858 and is situated behind Oslo's Domkirke Cathedral. Basarhallene is renowned for Norwegian handicrafts including the famed Nordic sweaters, as well as glass, ceramics, jewelry, silver and art. Husfliden offers traditional, hand knit Norwegian sweaters, with prices reflecting the care and talent used to create them. During the summer, Basarhallene hosts an outdoor arts and crafts fair that is extremely popular. Many pleasant cafes also fill the area and on warm days, tables surrounding the fountain under shady trees provide a perfect dining spot. Baltazar is one of the most popular restaurants in the area with a focus on Mediterranean style dishes.