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Best things to do in Oslo

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Food Court
“Mathallen Oslo is a foodie's paradise: an indoor food market with more than 30 specialty shops, cafés and eateries that offer high-quality products and dishes from Norway and abroad. Here you will find items that you can not find elsewhere in the city, and you will meet staff who are proud of their products and who will gladly talk food and give you good recommendations. Several of the shops and eateries have their own serving areas, but it is also possible to buy food from several different places and enjoy it in the common serving area in the centre, Torget.”
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Art Museum
“The most famous artist from Norway where you can see the iconic paiting "Scream". ”
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Opera House
“You may not be a fan of the Opera, but a visit to - or rather up ON - the Oslo Opera house is a good idea. Wether as a stop on a walk along the seafront, which I really recommend, or as a single destination. It is a nice walk on the roof there, with good view to both older an newer parts of the city. How to get there? Just take the bus down to the railway station (Oslo S) and walk through the station. ”
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Park
“Beautiful park with amazing sculptures. You can have sun, do bbq, visit the Frognerbadet to have a swim. Anne på landet is a very nice cafe with delicious homemade cakes.”
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Palace
“The Royal Palace in the end of Karl Johan Street, you can walk all the way up to the castle, or take a walk in the garden”
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Art Gallery
“They have two buildings, one for their permanent exhibition, the other for changing exhibitions.”
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Pub
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“Hip and trendy neighbourhood with lots of bars and restaurants. Grünerløkka lies on the east side of the river, behind the old industrial buildings. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores. ”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Popular Italian restaurant in the urban area Grünerløkka. Villa Paradiso serves authentic Italian pizza and other Italian dishes throughout the day. In the summer they open up the seating area outside where you get a view of the city life on Grünerløkka while eating great pizza. “A great choice of authentic Italian dishes in premises that will make you dream like you are in a Italian village. Perfect for dinner or lunch!””
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Car Wash
“Waterfront area in central Oslo with loads of restaurants, cafes and people watching. ”
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Park
“Large garden at Tøyen with ample botanical variety and diversity. Most of the area is designed as an Arboretum, with approximately 1800 different plants. The garden holds a large and varied collection of trees and shrubs planted in a systematic fashion after plant family. The Scent Garden is arranged as an experience for all, but especially the blind, mentally handicapped and wheelchair-bound. ​​​​​​​You will also find large, woven sculptures by the British artist Tom Hare around in the park. The greenhouses The Palm House from 1868 and The Victoria House from 1876 present exotic plants from other parts of the world. The greenhouses are open daily 10 am–8 pm between 15 March and 30 September, and 10 am–4 pm the rest of the year. Norwegian name: Botanisk hage”
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Bar
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“Blå is an independent club for live, contemporary jazz, hip-hop, r&b and related sounds; a professional venue dedicated to up-and-coming acts from all over the country, as well as established international artists. Concerts are often held early in the evening, before the venue turns into a vibrant club with Djs from Norway and abroad. The club presents live performances for body, mind and sound system, and in the summer season Blå offers the finest in outdoor café leisure on the banks of the river Akerselva.”
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Cosmetics Shop
“Lots of stores like H&M, Zara, but also some other smaller stores further down”
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Spa
“Take the Subway to either Holmenkollen or Frognerseteren. Unlimited areas for outdoor activities.”
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Museum
“Incredible view into how the Vikings migrated and moved around the arctic waters. To understand most of the other history I would suggest starting here. ”
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Cinema
“Standard movie theatre with the latest releases, if you're in the mood for a movie. Try the Supreme screening room for the best sound and vid. If you're in for more of an indie movie experience, try Gimle Kino in Frogner. Old school theatre with interesting releases and pre-premieres. ”
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Restaurant
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“Highclass yet casual restaurant with a top view over Oslo city, located by the entrance of a forest if you would like to take a walk in our beautiful Norwegian woods. At the other end of the forest (15 minutes) its a popular farm for visits with all kind of animals and horseriding. ”
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