Less is more, they say. And, Oslo proves it. Shopping is easy yet perfect in the Nordic capital as long as you know where to look.
Karl Johan’s Gate
One of the busiest and biggest streets in Oslo, Karl Johan’s Gate reaches from the Central Station to the Royal Palace. Here on this street, there are many stores including lovely Scandinavian brands such as Moods of Norway, Monki, Gina Tricot, Cubus and Bikbok. If that’s not enough, there is the shopping mall, Oslo City just nearby the Central Station. Namely, most of the shopping takes place within this area of the city.
Similar to Karl Johan’s Gate, Majorstuen is also one of the largest shopping districts in Oslo. Located nearby the famous Vigelandsparken, the streets are filled with stores on both sides – as well as nice cafes. The brands are almost the same with those on Karl Johan’s but Majorstuen feels less crowded on a sunny Saturday. Furthermore, there are a few second-hand stores available around.
Aker Brygge is the port area where everything becomes much more fancier. While a limited amount of chain stores are also present, it’s mostly the designer pieces you can discover here.
There are about 60 stores at Aker Brygge, varying in opening hours, most of them closed on Sunday and at earlier hours on Saturday.
Grünerløkka is the neighborhood on the east side of the Akerselva river. Previously known as an industrial area, today it’s the trendiest place in Oslo.
Here, you can find fashionable boutiques and vintage stores, along with third-wave coffee shops. Grünerløkka is a great alternative for a completely different and artsy shopping experience, after all Oslo has everything to offer.