Oslo tips, highlights & hotspots

Oslo is the starting point of my train journey to Bergen. The route is called Norway in a Nutshell and is the perfect way to visit a lot of highlights in Norway in a short amount of time. First stop: Oslo, where I spend the night in a beautiful hotel! These are my Oslo tips for an exciting city trip!

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Hotel Amerikalinjen, is located in the heart of Oslo and is one of the best hotels I ever stayed at. This is comfortable luxury. The reception is spontaneous and friendly and my room looks like the perfect Pinterest interior photo. My bed is huge and there is a Chromecast connected to the TV. Hotel Amerikalinjen is right next to Oslo Central Station. The perfect place to start the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ route!

Breakfast at Hotel Amerikalinjen is a food fest with homemade granola, fresh red fruits, superfoods, smoothies and baristas who make the perfect oat milk latte. One night at this lovely hotel is too short! I hope to be back some day…
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Sights in Oslo:
Vigelandsparken: sculpture park with art work by the most famous Norwegian artist: Gustav Vigeland.
Karl Johan’s Gate: boulevard created by king Karel Johan, with lots of high end restaurants, shops and hotels.
Munch Museet: museum with art by Edvard Munch. Known for ‘The Scream’.
The National Museum: Norway’s largest collection of art, architecture and design. The new National Museum will open in 2020.
Akershus Festning: learn more about the history of 800 years of Oslo.
Opera House: this impressive building made from glass and marble looks like a giant iceberg!
Walk along the Akerselva river. We discovered the creative Ingens Gate, full of street art, where a lot of art schools and cafés are located. On sunday there is an art market from 12:00 ’till 17:00.

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Restaurants in Oslo:
Oslo Street Food! Amazing street food from all over the world! Love the vibe here! There is free drinking water available. The quality of the water from the tap in Norway is extremely good. They export their tapwater to foreign countries. We try the Okonomiyaki: a delicious savoury Japanese pancake, the famous Thai noodles at Tunco and a spicy bao bun with kimchi, asparagus, keffir lime mayo and togarashi. Everything is so fresh! We stopped by for lunch, but this is an excellent spot for dinner and drinks too. Love the fact that it is all about sustainability here. The plates are made from cardboard.


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Bistronomi Fyr. This romantic restaurant opened in 2017. The beautiful celler is lit by candlelight. All the available bottles of wine are presented in the middle of the cellar on a large table. Great idea! We loved our dinner here and the oysters with apple and elderflower sorbet were the highlight of the evening. The butter is whipped, fluffy and dangerously good… I couldn’t contain myself…

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These are other great culinary spots, that we couldn’t visit anymore:
Kumi: vegetarian restaurant
Le Benjamin Bar & Bistro
Bokbacka Restaurant Frogner
Maaemo. This restaurant won 2 Michelin Stars in 2012!
Mattenhallen Oslo: great food halls!
Restaurant Kontrast
Hos Thea
Bass Oslo
Restaurant Fjord
Vippa Food Court
Statholderens Mat og Vin Kjeller

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Coffee in Oslo:
There are so many great coffee spots in Oslo, but the best coffee is served at Tim Wendelboe. Famous in Norway.
The Brenneriet cafés are great too!

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My Ugly Baby: I mean, with a name like this, you have to be curious right? Delicious doughnuts and coffee!
The seats outside at Café Cathedral are perfect for people watching, while enjoying your shot of caffeine.
Kulturhuset. Great spot for a Latte & Laptop session. Check the calendar for events and performances.
Liebling. Inspired by Berlin cafés. Serves a delicious brunch!
Fuglen. Coffee spot during the day, cocktail bar by night!

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Shops in Oslo:
Fransk Bazar. Cool vintage store, with unique finds for your home, shoes and clothing.
Lush Dive: special paper shop.
Tanum Karl Johan: beautiful book store.
Grünerløkka is an area in Oslo that is famous for authentic shops. Tim Wendelboe and Fransk Bazar are located here.
Fancy and high end shops at Karl Johan’s Gate.

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Cocktails and drinks in Oslo:
Himkok. MUST VISIT cocktail bar! Step back in time, while you listen to soothing jazz music and sip on a delicious and creative cocktail. The best place to crash after a long day of exploring the city. Reservations are required. Try the Aronia Svartsurbaer…
Torggata Botaniske: a botanical garden in a café. Very photogenic. The cocktail menu is inspired by the seasons!
Bortenfor. Cocktail bar at the funky Ingens Gate. In the summer months you can enjoy the large terrace here, right next to the Akerselva river.
Café Sør: cosy and colorful living room in the heart of the city.
Syng Mer: pink karaoke bar! Book a studio for your squad and enjoy a private karaoke party, without having to go on stage in front of strangers….

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The next morning we have to leave our beloved Hotel Amerikalinjen and it is time to roll our suitcases to Oslo Central Station. The station has a lot of coffee places and shops. Spend some time here before you board your train!

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