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OSLO Who goes there?

Oslo is a city for the coolest girls around. Filled with quirky cafes and restau­rants, fun places to dance the night away and wicked shops, it’s a hip and hap­pen­ing place with some se­ri­ous Scandi sass. Chan­nel your in­ner Ri­hanna by hit­ting the fjords on a yacht for some chill time, or make like Marykate and Ash­ley Olsen by shop­ping up a storm at trendy Bik Bok. Even in­spi­ra­tional Malala Yousafzai

trav­elled to the city a few years back to pick up her No­bel Peace Prize, mak­ing her the youngest per­son ever to re­ceive one – now that’s im­pres­sive.

What to do…

Once a haven for the city’s artists, in­clud­ing Oslo na­tive Ed­vard Munch, it’s no won­der Grün­er­løkka has be­come the coolest neigh­bour­hood in town. Home to min­i­mal­ist cof­fee joints, in­ter­est­ing shops (hello, Fransk Bazar and En­sem­ble) and cute restau­rants, it’s easy to spend a few hours soak­ing up the sights and sounds, es­pe­cially in sum­mer. If it’s not rain­ing, wan­der over to Vige­landsparken. One of Nor­way’s most vis­ited

at­trac­tions, it’s a sprawl­ing park filled with more than 200 won­der­ful and thought-pro­vok­ing bronze and gran­ite sculp­tures. Later, head over to the univer­sity’s botan­i­cal gar­dens and green­houses.

It’s all very In­sta­grammable with huge lily pads, cacti and palms. To get your art fix and to see many works by Ed­vard Munch, in­clud­ing his uber fa­mous paint­ing, The Scream, visit the Munch Mu­seum (munch museet.no/en), open daily un­til 5pm. There’s cur­rently a great Andy Warhol ex­hibit, show­ing his take on Munch’s work – it’s colour­ful and fun, check it out!

eat this…

Save up for a meal in Enge­bret Cafe, which does in­cred­i­ble au­then­tic Nor­we­gian food and also hap­pens to be the old­est restau­rant in Oslo – if you’re into your food, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed. For a more Scan­di­cool vibe, try Del­i­catessen, a tapas bar with a few branches around the city but with no reser­va­tions, so ar­rive early.

On a bud­get? Oslo is pretty steep when it comes to spend­ing out on food and drink, but there are some great lit­tle sushi shops dot­ted around town. You can usu­ally get a take­away ser­vice if you’re look­ing for some­thing a bit cheaper than the usual.

Drink at…

Fu­glen, in down­town Oslo, caters for all – it’s a trendy cafe dur­ing the day and a slick cock­tail bar by night, with a chang­ing sea­sonal menu. Kul­turhuset (The Cul­ture House) is a place for de­bates, talks, concerts and danc­ing, but it also serves some fab food and drinks, too. Check out its In­sta­gram page for more info @kul­turhuse­tioslo.

Sleep here…

Bou­tique ho­tel The Thief (thethief.com) is great for a mis­chievous week­end. Rooms start at £277 a night and have pri­vate bal­conies, floor-to­ceil­ing

win­dows and comfy beds, and you’ll get a Nordic break­fast to fill you up af­ter a night of fun.

On a bud­get? Oslo has some of the most stylish and beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Airbnbs in the world, start­ing at just £28 a night for a two-bed apart­ment. Check out the site at airbnb.co.uk.

Vige­landsparken has more than 200 sculp­tures by Nor­we­gian artist Gus­tav Vige­land

No­bel Peace Prize win­ner Malala Yousafzai

ri­hanna The city lies at the mouth of the Oslofjord

Mary-kate and ash­ley Olsen A sculp­tural con­crete pipe by the Opera House of­fers a unique view of the fjord

Wa­ter­front Oslo Opera House

Madonna by Ed­vard Munch

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