Travel Like A Celeb
Stylish holiday inspiration even on a budget
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!
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.
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.
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