Your city guide to Oslo, Norway!
This month we are taking you guys to Oslo, Norway right on the Southern Coast! A city and place that is very close to our hearts from our Norwegian roots. There is an array of amazing places to visit during your time here. Welcome to Oslo!
Two hotels we would hugely recommend for a deluxe stay…
The Grand Hotel – The Grand Hotel is well known for being a luxury landmark in Oslo, therefore is very popular. Its classic décor creates a luxury setting but there is also a very relaxing ambience. With five different rooms to choose from you can guarantee your stay here will be an amazing experience. Enjoy the restaurants signature dishes with an ‘element of surprise’ or have relaxing drinks at the bar in the lobby. In addition to this, the newly refurbished gym and spa offer facilities for you to work out or un-wind with an array of treatments to choose from.
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The Thief Hotel – Being on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List for 2016 the Thief hotel is definitely something special. It is a very hip, contemporary hotel within a trendy, upcoming neighbourhood. Think style and sophistication, which is contributed to by the modern architecture. Located between two canals and the iconic Astrup Fearnley Museum, you will have some magnificent views from your room. Choose between the restaurant and two bars to relax and un-wind. There is also a well equipped fitness center and spa.
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For some memorable dinners with amazing food here we have recommended some of our favourite restaurants that we always go back to!
Solsiden – The best seafood restaurant in Norway! Please be aware it is only open in the Summer. Located on Akershusstranda you can enjoy the views and sunsets over the Oslo Fjord. Their speciality consists of fresh food straight from the ocean; ‘Plateau des Fruits de Mer’ comprising of oysters, clams, crabs, mussels, shrimp, crayfish, lobster and king crab. With 250+ wines to choose from their extensive wine list, enjoy in the restaurant or on the outdoor terrace.
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Alex Sushi – This is a contemporary Japanese restaurant where the amazing chefs will transform your fresh sushi into art! With the bar being right in the middle you can watch it all happen. They are well regarded for their friendly and attentive customer service so you will definitely be well looked after!
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Theatercafeen – This restaurant hosts a great atmosphere that feels even more special at Christmas time as they embrace the festive spirit. Enjoy for lunch or dinner, by yourself or with your friends/family. They are extremely accommodating and will ensure you have a pleasant meal!
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For some new experiences and to explore Norwegians culture, we recommend visiting these places!
Aker Brygge – A neighbourhood in Oslo which is greatly known for shopping, dining and entertainment. People come here to meet, eat and visit everything they have to offer. Here you can find Helmer in Maanesten at Bryggegata 5, Oslo. Here you truly will see it all – there is such a wide variety of things to do for an ultimate Oslo experience.
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Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art – A contemporary art gallery that is located next to The Thief hotel. They have a variety of things to offer. They have a restaurant and a shop – it embodies Oslo culture. There is often a variety of exhibitions going on so check before you visit! The museum and it’s architecture is an art form itself, which has stunning views of the city. There are different activities going on throughout the weekend to take part in if you are interested!
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Our Helmer girl and Fashion & Beauty editor at ELLE Norway Caroline Skjelbred has also recommended her favourite places in Oslo..
Happolati – A new restaurant at St Olavs Plass and it is fusion at its best! The chefs have equipped their skills and techniques from their travels around China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan so you can imagine how amazing the food will taste.
Photo Credit – www.happolati.no (Restaurant website)
Grunerløkka – A traditional district in Oslo, on Sundays they have a huge second-hand market with loads of unique furniture to reach your vintage interior design goals! A MUST-do whilst you’re here is to have a cocktail at Aku aku, a super-cool bar decorated with some décor from Kon-Tiki Museum, hosting a chilled-out vibe. They have a huge range of cocktails to choose from so step outside of your comfort zone and try something different, you won’t regret it.
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Mathallen at vulkan – For the best food court in town this is where you need to go; it is their speciality! There is so many restaurants to choose from that all have unique qualities. For example, they are hosting an ‘Organic Week’, and have previously had ‘Mexican Takeover’ and ‘Picnic Season’.
Do spa in your own City by booking at The Thief spa for a time-out. It is the perfect spot to relax and un-wind after a stressful day, or to simply treat yourself. There is a super-chic new bar in the Grand Hotel which offers tea and cake! The perfect afternoon spot.
Check out how Caroline styles her Helmer bags…
Where to Find Helmer in Oslo
Hoyer Eger – Karl Johansgate 23b, Oslo, Norway
Steen & Strom – Nedre Slottsgate 8, 0157, Oslo, Norway
Tatler – Bogstadveien 2, 0355, Oslo, Norway
Zant – Lilleakerveien 16, 0283, Oslo, Norway
Fine Ting – JERNBANETORGET 6, 0154, Oslo, Norway