Oslo in six stops
Lizzie Frainier puts her best foot fjord in a city bursting with eye-catching architecture and top-quality cuisine
1 If you’re looking to make the most of your money, the back end of April is the best time to visit the Norwegian capital. The city’s room rates stay low in early spring and the weather starts to warm up. Begin any trip with a walk to the
2 majestic Mølla waterfall along the Akerselva river. On the waterfront, spot the opera house with its glass architecture designed to resemble a glacier floating in the fjords. Step inside for guided tours of the costume workshop and tread the boards yourself. Home to The Norwegian National Ballet and Opera, booking tickets to masterpiece
3 Carmen is a must. operaen.no Pjoltergeist should be at the top of your dining hit list. A favourite after hours haunt of local chefs, it serves up decadent Asian dishes with a Scandi twist. Down by the harbour, Louise excels in simple seafood dishes like roasted wild halibut and creamy fish soup with catfish, salmon and mussels.
4 pjoltergeis.blogspot.co.uk restaurantlouise.no Spend an afternoon testing out Oslo’s microbreweries and pubs. Try one of the house ales on tap at Grünerløkka Brygghus or opt for Schouskjelleren where they serve more than 60 varieties of beer such as the excellent
5 Cannonball on draft. brygghus.no schouskjelleren.no To indulge your inner historian, check out Fram Museum where you’ll climb aboard the original boat from Roald Amundsen’s polar expeditions. Over at the open-air Norsk Folkemuseum there are more than 140 full-size buildings rebuilt from important periods in Norwegian
6 history. frammuseum.no norskfolkemuseum.no Lay your head down at The Thief for quirky, bold design and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Your room key gets you free entry to nearby Astrup Fearnley Museum but keep your eyes peeled for the original art in your room by the likes of Andy Warhol and Peter Blake. thethief.com afmuseet.no