Shopping and Dining in Oslo Norway
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Oslo is renowned for high-quality fashions, accessories, jewelry and even superb teas. The city center, just north of City Hall, is an excellent area to peruse alluring shops for stylish Nordic fashions or just some unique Norwegian souvenirs.
Another great area for shopping is Bogstadveien Street in the district of Frogner in Oslo. Bogstadveien proffers many of the city's wide selections of exclusive shops, as well as entertainment and restaurants.
For top-quality tea, stop by Le Palais des Thes, located on Hegdehaugsveien 32. Although the company is French with their main office located in Paris, this splendid shop offers some of the best tea in Norway. Try their outstanding Earl Grey with a delicate and almost floral aroma. To find chic fashions, visit the trendy and global Moods Of Norway, located on Hegdehaugsveien 34. This shop excels in men and women's chic designs with a unique Nordic flare. You'll find a must-have outfit to bring back with you from your travels in Oslo.
Dining in OsloThe restaurants in Oslo are some of the best cuisine you will find globally with creative and cutting-edge food fusions to delight all palates. Three excellent suggestions for dining in Oslo from casual to fine dining are: Cafe Skansen, Sjomagasin and Ekebergrestauranten.
Cafe Skansen, located on Radhusgata 32, is only a quarter mile from the Oslo Harbour and a perfect place to dine outside during warm weather. The atmosphere is casual but their halibut is delicious and the mussels fresh and tender.
Sjomagasin, located in the Tjuvholmen neighborhood by the harbour, specializes in fish and seafood cuisine with exciting and surprising gourmet flourishes. Sjomagasin's interior design is prevailing and their outside seating area offers great harbour views. The menu ranges from grilled lobster to Charcoal grilled filet of beef in three-to six-course pairings; their wine menu astonishes with over 670 selections. The most sought-after restaurant in the city reveals breath-taking views from atop the hill overlooking Oslo and its scenic fjords, the renowned Ekebergrestauranten, located on Kongsveien 15.
The Ekeberg, the largest house/restaurant in Oslo, was a tobacco company pavilion built in 1916 in the exquisite art deco design. And, from its official opening as a restaurant in 1929, the Ekeberg drew crowds of Norwegians for its impressive design and gastronomic fare. Moreover, the adjacent path next to the restaurant is where the artist Munch got his inspiration for the painting The Scream. In 2005, the restaurant underwent a complete renovation and today, is Oslo's preeminent place to dine.
The Ekeberg presents fine dining with a chef's menu or ala carte and uses as much local produce and meat as possible. In addition to the stunning views inside and on the patio terrace, guests will revel in the elegant surroundings and find an exceptional dining experience. While the menu changes on a frequent basis, the cuisine includes such delicacies as seafood cream bisque, tender veal grilled with Bordeaux and young green beans with new cabbage in a sublime onion cream sauce.
Lodging with Style at Norway's Thon HotelsFor accommodations, Norway's Thon Hotels are located all across Oslo and provide style, comfort and great locations situated close to main attractions and venues. The Thon Hotel Oslo Panorama is located on Radhusgata 7 B, in the city center. The staff are genuinely friendly and wonderful about taking care of guests; they can find any address in Oslo you require. Rooms (and bathrooms) are spacious and comfortable with five room categories to suit every traveler whether it is for business or pleasure.
Panorama's beds are totally blissful and the window views are excellent as well. The buffet breakfast included with your room is enticing with a large selection of hot and savory dishes to scrumptious pastries and even a special children's section just for them. The Thon Panorama is our top pick for value, location and comfort.
Oslo, Norway has a great deal to offer visitors with attractions, sites, museums, cultural venues, and history. The enchanting Nordic city of Oslo will provide you an amazing experience and fantastic memories that will inspire you to explore more of this intriguing country. For great deals on museums, public transport and numerous discounts, check out the Oslo Pass.
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Patrice Raplee is an experienced travel photojournalist and editor of Travel Excursion and Seattle Spotlight for Positively Entertainment magazine. In addition, she writes a monthly travel column for the award-wining site OffbeatTravel.com and is a regular contributor on travel radio shows. She is a member of North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA), International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and the Recording Academy. Her articles and photographs have appeared in numerous international publications, as well as NW newspapers such as the Seattle Times, the Stranger and Seattle Weekly. Patrice travels the globe to cover destinations that feature fascinating culture, art, culinary, history and soft adventure.
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