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Shopping and Eating in Oslo, Norway

Shopping and Eating in Oslo, Norway

Oslo is one of the largest cities in the country of Norway.

Shopping in Oslo

Few people will conclude that Oslo, the capital of Norway described on Countryaah is a shopping paradise, unless you come from another Scandinavian small town. Everyone else will probably find that most of the goods you can get at cheaper prices in your home country, and especially in the areas around Karl Johan and Aker Brygge, many will probably get a price shock if you have not been to Norway before.

On the other hand, it should be said that no other cities have a larger selection than in Oslo defined by AbbreviationFinder. Here are the biggest centers, the most exclusive shops and also the most exciting, if you bother to walk a little outside the tourist strip.

Souvenirs in Oslo

The most common tourist souvenirs include small trolls, knitted sweaters and lice, and craftsmanship with Norse or Sami design. But this is generally very expensive, and if you find, for example, a lice scarf for a couple of hundred patches, a machine-made copy product is guaranteed.

Oslo’s shopping areas

Oslo’s shopping mainly takes place in and around three streets. Most central is Karl Johans gate. The pedestrian zone from Egertorget and down to the Jernbanetorget has close with stores on both sides, including well-known clothing chains such as H&M and Vero Moda. At the Railway Square, at the end of Karl Johan, is Oslo’s largest shopping center, Oslo City.

Just east of Egertorget you will find the old venerable and well-known department store Sten & Strøm (Nedre Slottsgate 8). Between Egertorget and the Castle you will find modern large shopping centers such as the Palèet, with the mega-large bookstore Tanum. Tverrgaten Universitetsgaten houses Norway’s largest Norli bookstore, perhaps even bigger than Tanum on Karl Johan.

Karl Johan’s parallel street, Stortingsgaten, also has several good shops, including famous Ferner Jacobsen in Stortingsgaten 14. Akersgaten which crosses Karl Johan at Egertorget (upper side of the Storting). Here you will find some very exclusive brand stores. Probably most for window shopping.

The other popular shopping area is located on Majorstua, in Bogstadveien which eventually changes its name to Hegdehaugsveien. This is considered a more exclusive and trendy area, and most stores also reflect the price level.

The third area is Markveien on Grünerløkka, where design shops have emerged as mushrooms in recent years.

Eating in Oslo

Food in Oslo, Norway

Oslo has gained a reputation for being an extremely expensive restaurant city. Although this is somewhat true, much of this rumor is due to the fact that most tourists arrive at Oslo Central Station, stroll up Karl Johan and end up at Aker Brygge or Holmenkollen. And those who sit here and order dinner or a pint will often get a little shock when they get the bill. They also do not want so many local Oslo citizens around, they usually go to less expensive places.

Traditional Norwegian food

Although traditional Norwegian food is fish dishes such as smoked salmon and lutefisk, and meat dishes such as mutton cabbage and smalahove, the few Norwegians go to a restaurant to serve this. Not least because of the high price level, this is usually limited to Christmas and holiday.

The most popular eateries are still Italian restaurants serving pizza and pasta, and Indian and Chinese restaurants. On Karl Johans gate are the American chains such as Hard Rock Cafe and TGI Fridays, where it is almost always full.

Some selected restaurants in Oslo

If you want to try traditional Norwegian food, you can set the course for the fish restaurant Lofoten on Aker Brygge for the upper price scale or Stortorvets Gjestgiveri right in the center, which is located in a listed farm from the 18th century. Stortorvets Gjestgiveri has a slightly cheaper price level. The restaurant at Holmenkollen undoubtedly has the best view, but the prices do not necessarily match the quality of the food. Here you go as much for the nature experience as for the dinner.

A local favorite with good prices is the Thai restaurant YaYas, located in Munkedamsveien just behind Aker Brygge, and in Industrigata on Majorstua. This is like traveling to a beach restaurant in Thailand, with aluminum cutlery and menus in plastic bags, speakers on the reggae and regular 20-second power outages and thunderous noise.

Another restaurant that is also recommended by many Oslo residents is the Chinese Dinner restaurant in Stortingsgata 22 at the National Theater. And finally, we have to mention the traditional Justice in Møllergata 15 in one of Oslo’s oldest farms. This is a favorite of both the politicians who are around the corner on Youngstorget and the government quarters, and for artists like David Bowie.

Shopping and Eating in Kristiansand, Norway

Shopping and Eating in Kristiansand, Norway

Kristiansand is one of the largest cities in the country of Norway.

Shopping in Kristiansand

In Kristiansand defined by AbbreviationFinder you will find all the shops you need. There are also different markets, from food and fish markets on Fiskebrygga to the urban market in Posebyen. The latter is held on Saturdays during the summer.

A city of Kristansand’s size, of course, also has some major shopping centers. The most famous shopping centers are:

  • Sørlandssenteret, located in Barstølveien 31-34
  • Sandens i Tollbodgata 16.
  • AMFI Vågsbygd in Kirsten Flagstadsvei 32.

But probably it’s more interesting to look at the many cozy specialty shops located on or near Markens. Markens is a pedestrian street which you will find at the end of the main square in the center, about 300 meters from the Cathedral, towards the harbor. One such store is Della Donna Vintage & Second Hand. Bella Donna is located in Tordenskjolds gate 47.

Eating in Kristiansand

Food in Kristiansand, Norway

There are several restaurants and eateries to choose from in Kristiansand. Not a few of the restaurants in Kristiansand are located on Markens gate.

In the summer there are few cities that are just as good to sit down and have a glass of wine and eat shrimp. Seafood in general is probably served at more restaurants in Kristiansand than most other cities in Norway. But there are plenty of meat restaurants too.

Some selected restaurants in Kristiansand are:

Fish bazaar Enok Nilsen

This is an outdoor restaurant you will find at Fiskebrygga in Kristiansand. The nice thing here is that it is sunny from morning to evening. The Fish Bazaar and Restaurant Enok Nilsen offer alat from simple dishes such as hamburgers and fish soup to delicious shellfish dishes.

Enok Nilsen also offers high season entertainment, e.g. live music and songs.

Bakgården Restaurant & Bar, Tollbodgt 5.

Looking for a beer or a good whiskey? Or a well-mixed cocktail? Or simply a huge hamburger or more sophisticated dishes? Then Bakgården in Kristiansand is the place. Here there are high ceilings and nice people.

The address is Tollbodgata 5 and Bakgården is open until late. NB! Closed Sundays. Read review and get maps to Bakgården here!

Butcher Sørensen

Butcher Sørensen is located at Markens gate 8b, centrally in Kristiansand. The restaurant is open every day of the week and delivers consistent quality all year round.

From the name you realize that the menu consists of meat dishes and a juicy steak at Sørensen always tastes good.

Sjøhuset Restaurant

Down by the docks towards Odderøya you will find Sjøhuset Restaurant. With its pleasant patios, Sjøhuset is a very pleasant place on warm summer evenings.

Sjøhuset Restaurant has classic seafood on the menu, as well as regular meat dishes and salads. During the summer season, you must expect that Sjøhuset Restaurant is closed on Sundays. Otherwise during the week the opening hours are from 1500 to 2200.

The address of Sjøhuset Restaurant is Østre Strandgate. Click here to read reviews and get maps for Sjøhuset Restaurant.

Restaurant Luihn

Restaurant Luihn has long origins in Kristiansand. The restaurant was long regarded as one of the very best, but got a break in quality in the early 2010’s. Fortunately, quality has picked up again with new owners and newly renovated premises (2019).

Restaurant Luihn is top-rated and suitable for everyone, whether you have children or are part of a larger group. The interior is cozy and you get good food that gives value for money.

The address is Rådhusgata 15, right by the Wergeland Park. Closed Sundays, but otherwise open from 1800 to 2300. Click here to read reviews and get maps for the restaurant.

Restaurant Mother India

Of course, all cities of a certain size have their share of Indian restaurants. Kristiansand is no exception. The best of the Indian restaurants in Kristiansand is called Restaurant Mother India and is located at Markens gate 6.

Mother India is open every day of the week and the opening hours are usually from 1500 to 2300. The address of Mother India is Markens gate 6, which is a cross street to Queen’s gate almost down at Kristiansand Kino. Click here to read reviews and get maps for Mother India.

Shopping and Eating in Bergen, Norway

Shopping and Eating in Bergen, Norway

Bergen is one of the largest cities in the country of Norway.

Eating in Bergen

Eating in Bergen, Norway

Bergen has many restaurants and night spots. Most eateries are simple and straightforward, and include all the well-known “fast food chains” you know. Fortunately, the selection is more diverse than that. Bergen has a share of art and book cafes, and small “hip” eating / snacking places. If you are looking for gourmet restaurants, it is immediately more difficult to find many options. But they exist and they are expensive! But this is the case in most cities in Norway.

Often fish and sea delicacies are prominent at the famous restaurants in Bergen. But also remember that Bergen’s magnificent nature provides many other good ingredients for the kitchen as well. Many eateries in Bergen have a long history and offer distinctive interiors.

The eateries are scattered around the city, but naturally, most are centered. Some good restaurants, like the Radisson Blu restaurant near the city park, are closed on Sundays for dinner, so check the opening hours in advance where you plan to eat.

A selection of places to eat in Bergen defined by AbbreviationFinder:

Fløien Folkerestaurant

If you take the Fløibanen trip you can dine on site with Bergen’s best views. Fløien Folkerestaurant is the place for a good lunch. It’s simple food served, but the food is good enough. You can also grab a coffee cup and a waffle, or enjoy a beer. From mid-May to late August there is a popular outdoor restaurant here as well.

Bryggen Tracteursted

Few restaurants have the same history as Bryggen Tracteursted at Bryggen in Bergen. Back in the farms at Bryggen once lay the Schøtstuene, which was the Hanseatic gathering place. Today you will find an intimate restaurant with everything from tasty light dishes to large (and good) main courses. Bryggen Tracteursted is one of Bergen’s quality restaurants, with similar prices. The address is Bryggestredet 2.

Unicorn Fish Restaurant

Bergen Quarter in Bergen is a place tourist frequents and Enhjørningen restaurants are located here. The fish restaurant Enhjørningen has hundreds of years of traditions and although the name Enhjørningen does not necessarily have anything to do with fish, it was mentioned in Hansa time in Bergen from the year 1304. Table bookings are made by phone (+47) 55 30 69 50. The address is Bryggen 29.

Grand Hotel Terminus Hotels

This historic hotel has more to offer in good accommodation. Their small restaurant with stone oven for good pizzas also has Norway’s best whiskey bar with more than 1000 drops! This is as far as we know (at the time of writing) the only bar in the Nordic countries that is on the official “Great Whiskey Bars of the World” list. Here, too, there are plenty of beers. be in Norway, and most importantly, the food is good.

The address is Zander Kaaes gate 6, which is basically in the middle of Bergen city center. You spend about 4 minutes walking to the city park.


Everyone in Bergen, and then we all know, knows the Colonial. They have their main restaurant at Kong Oscars gate 44 and a brasserie at the Literature House. A place we recommend.

Nightlife in Bergen

If you are someone who appreciates the nightlife in the evening and night time, then Bergen is the place for you. There are plenty of pubs and music venues. And the atmosphere is mostly very nice and relaxed. Pubs, music bars with live music and small intimate pubs can be found all over Bergen. Garage is a “rock pub” which is an institution in itself in Bergen. There are still concerts here. You will find Garage in Christiesgate 14 and the pub is the place where all music lovers find themselves. However, we make a reservation for you who like the type of classical music more, and recommend that you check out the program in the Grieg Hall.

The nightlife in Bergen is naturally characterized by the fact that Bergen is a university town, but there are plenty of people from the older guard who take a trip out as well.

Some well-known night spots in Bergen are:

  • Scruffy Murphys on Square 15.
  • Grand Whiskey Bar, Hotel Grand Terminus, Zander Kaaesgt. 6
  • Dyvekes wine cellar, Hollendergt 7
  • Dickensand the Office Bar, King Olav V’s place 4

If you are visiting a nightclub, we suggest Bryggen Nightclub or Metro. Both nightclubs can be found in each Radisson Blu hotel. One at Bryggen and the other at Nedre Ole Bulls place 4.