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Trendy hang outs in City Guide Oslo

Oslo is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. Bold new architecture, world–class restaurants and a vibrant art scene are just a few of the reasons to visit the Norwegian capital.

New Nordic

Restaurant Maaemo received two stars in the Michelin Guide 2012. Chef Esben Holmboe Bang’s continued ambition to develop New Nordic cuisine centered on organic and wild Norwegian ingredients was awarded a third Michelin star in 2016.

Maaemo

Schweigaards gate 15B, Oslo

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Rejuvenated street

Torggata in downtown Oslo used to be one of the city’s most rundown streets. There were a couple of curtain stores and half a dozen kebab shops, which provided drunken revelers with the carbs and fat they were looking for after a night out. But then the City of Oslo and the building owners got together to knock the street into shape. It has been completely renovated and re-imagined with shiny new pavements and many new restaurants and stores. The Crow microbrewery on Torggata 32 , Munchies (down Bernt Ankers gate 8, a nearby side street), which serves decent burgers, and Angst bar on Torggata 11 (entrance in Strøget passage) are just a few of the places now at Torggata.

Torggata

Torggata, Oslo

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Oslo’s new swimming spot

Rivers snake through Oslo and green spaces abound. As if that’s not enough, last summer a brand new swimming area called Sørenga Sjøbad opened in Oslo. Now, as soon as the temperature climbs high enough, people tear off their clothes and dive into the water from the pier at Sørenga. While you swim, you can watch all of the people as they walk along the gleaming white surfaces of the Opera House to Akershus Fortress.

Sørenga Sjøbad

Sørenga Sjøbad, Oslo

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A bar with a past

Olympen, or Lompa as it’s known to the locals, opened in 1892 and was once one of Oslo’s booziest beer halls. Working people came here to drink away their wages – if they had jobs. But Olympen closed for redevelopment in 2006, and when it reopened it was hardly recognizable, with light now glistening down from the chandeliers on the ceiling. But they’ve preserved the old pub feeling.

Olympen

Grønlandsleiret 15

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Celebrity hangout

When hotel magnate Petter Stordalen opened the Thief at Tjuvholmen, right by Aker Brygge, in 2013, A-listers suddenly had a new place to spend the night in Oslo. The beds and pillows are as lovely and large as the cocktails that are served on the roof in the summer. Your dog is also looked after. If you’d rather lie in bed than walk your furry friend, the staff will do it for you.

The Thief

Landgangen 1, Oslo

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Splendor on the grass

Oslo climate is somewhat unpredictable, so people here make the most of the sunshine when it comes. This is what brings them out to the city’s many green spaces, such as Sofienberg Park. When the sun shines, the locals stretch out on the grass. Oslo’s Latinos reminisce about Havana’s Parque Central over the sound of the conga drums, while others practice tightrope walking. You should also check out Tøyen Park, which hosts the annual Øyafestivalen music festival, and Frogner Park.

Sofienberg Park

Sofienberggata 14, 0558 Oslo

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Ekebergparken

Artistic perspective

There are many great vistas around Oslo, but Ekebergparken and the restaurant there offer more than just a nice view. Not only can you see almost all the way to Denmark, you can also enjoy viewing sculptures by artists such as Fernando Botero, Salvador Dali and Norwegian Per Ung. Ekebergrestauranten is housed in a functional yet stylish building designed in 1927 by ­architect Lars Thalian Backer.

Kongsveien 23, Oslo

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Where Nobel laureates stay

The Grand Hotel is almost as much a cultural institution as it is a hotel, perched in a supreme location at the top of the city’s main street, Karl Johans gate. It’s also home to the Grand Café, where in the late 19th century Kristiania’s Bohemians fought, drank, and ate, whether they had money or not. The hotel is also famous as the place where the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize stay. They come out onto one of the balconies and wave to the torchlight parade that winds through the city on the day of the awards ceremony.

Grand Hotel

Karl Johans gate 31, Oslo

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Nostalgia with every stroke

Many apartments in Oslo didn’t have bathrooms right up into the 1990s, so the city’s bathing houses have always been important facilities. Bislet bad, designed by the architects Harald Aars and Lorentz Harboe Ree, was considered the most beautiful and modern facility in the whole of the Nordic region when it was completed in 1920. It is still beautiful, thanks to a degree of renovation and preservation. The curved lines turn a trip to the bathing houses into an aesthetic experience. Children are not allowed on weekdays.

Bislet bad

Pilestredet 60, Oslo

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The locals’ favorite

When the bloggers, critics and gourmets really want to relax and enjoy some good food, they head to Pjoltergeist. “Almost every dish rolled out from this kitchen is a treat for your senses – smell, taste and looks,” food blogger Anders Husa writes. The food that is served up on the restaurant’s flea-market-bought plates is a surprising fusion of Norwegian, Japanese, Icelandic and Korean flavors and techniques.

Pjoltergeist

Rosteds gate 15 b, Oslo

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Last edited: November 5, 2017

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