WELCOME TO OSLO
Welcome to Oslo! We are thrilled to welcome you to celebrate launch of Louise on 13th of September 2023.
This link will provide you with all necessary information. We start with logistics - travels, accommodation, actual event, dinner and last, but not least, our Oslo guide.
Oslo has been my home since January 4th, 2010. I moved here to follow the love of my life but, at the start, it was everything but easy. I will never forget those daily commutes to work, when I had to take the bus out of the city every morning to the L’Oréal Norge offices along the highway, spending my days by a desk with a view of Ikea. During my first winter, it was 20 minus degrees outside for an entire month, which neither I nor my wardrobe were prepared for. For months it was dark outside when I left for work in the morning, as well as when I returned home in the afternoon. And I f hated everything about it.
Fast forward 14 years, and it has been a strenuous journey to call this place my home. I have changed everything I knew in my life. My life, my career, my lifestyle. But Oslo has changed as well. In the past 14 years, Oslo has become a city full of great art and restaurants, yet funnily enough, that is not why I love it now. I love Oslo because of its proximity to nature, the sea, and the quality of life I have here. I have become an avid nature lover, and not a day passes without a walk in the nature surrounding the city – or a trip cross-country skiing in the winter. I don’t use a car, and I can focus on the two most important things in my life – my kids and creativity. Oslo does not have a big creative community like for instance Copenhagen does, and I missed this during my first years here. In the long run, it has also allowed me to look deeper into myself. Instead of imitating, I can be my authentic self in my life and work. Last but not least, the solitude! I increasingly enjoy the headspace of spending time by myself.
I hope you will enjoy your time here in Oslo, and see the beauty of it. At least I hope this guide can provide you a dip into the Oslo I have learned to love over the past 14 years.
I recommend focusing on
Nature and outdoor activities, rather than shopping and restaurants. This is really where the beauty of the city lies, so bring your running or tracking shoes to visit the beaches (don’t forget swimsuits, and don’t fear the cold water! It brings you alive like nothing else) and hilltops around the city. Bring warm clothes, too. Even in September, the weather can be cold (~15 c).
World-class art. It is incredible how much has been invested in culture in the city since I first moved here. We have a new Munch museum, a National Museum, and the new National Library – which are all architectural sites as well as collections worth exploring. They are all located in the city center, and almost needless of another mention. That is why this guide is mainly focused on outdoor activities and culture.
To bring you all here after all these years is a true celebration of life and art! Join me and enjoy:)Love,
SEPTEMBER 12 2023
SEPTEMBER 13 2023 / EVENT
SEPTEMBER 14 2023
SEPTEMBER 15 2023
When arriving to Oslo take the airport express train called “Flytoget". Make sure to take Flytoget and no other train (those are slower and less convenient). Flytoget is the fastest and most convenient way of transport, much better than taxi. Please take the train to Oslo Central. From there are taxis that can take you to your hotel. If you have only carry on luggage you can take the train to stop called Nationaltheatret and walk. When you get off the train on Nationaltheatret - take the exit Henrik Ibsen if you stay at the Sommerro hotel, take the exist Karl Johan, if you stay at Continental. Flytoget costs 230 NOK one way and does not operate between 0:50-5:30am. It goes every 10-20 minutes.
Hotels are trying in Oslo (do not get us wrong;), but please do not expect the service of big 5 star hotel chains. The best two possible options are hotel Continental or newly open Hotel Sommerro. Both hotels are walking distance to the event. Sommerro is located in the residential area called Frogner, close to the Oslo’s biggest park and one of the oldest areas in Oslo. It is also area where Zuzana lives. Hotel Continental is located in the city centre. The walking distance between those two hotels is 850m.
Over four generations, the same family has built up and developed Hotel Continental into one of Norway’s finest five-star hotels, and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. In addition to our 151 rooms and suites, we offer five restaurants and bars with world-class food and drinks as well as a number of meeting and function rooms. Visitors from all over the world and local regulars create a lively and international ambience. Our unique art collection, history and atmosphere help to ensure that a stay with us becomes a memorable five-star experience.
Hotel Continental is a natural choice for overnight accommodation in central Oslo. Businesses large and small use us for their conferences and meetings, and many private individuals celebrate anniversaries and other occasions here. We provide a five-star service at all times in order to retain our position as Oslo’s finest luxury hotel. Hotel Continental’s vision is “to be one of the stars that make Continental shine”.
Occupying the former headquarters for Oslo Lysverker - the city's electrical company - Sommerro marks the rebirth of a 1930s landmark in one of Oslo's loveliest neighbourhoods. The latest venture from Nordic Hotels & Resorts, Oslo’s first neighbourhood hotel is a gamechanger. Redefining the hospitality industry, with a strong focus on culture-hungry locals, Sommerro will stand as a community in its own right, an open house and the neighbourhood’s with a hub of restaurants and bars, a library, a small private cinema, and the city’s first rooftop pool, sauna and terrace – a year-round destination with sweeping views over Frogner and the Norwegian capital.
For Hotel Sommerro House we'd like to offer you a friendly discount with code: NEGPEDERLUND
III. EVENT AND DINNER
Louise event will be held at Peder Lund gallery at Tjuvholmen. Tjuvholmen area is located on a peninsula sticking out from Aker Brygge into the Oslo fjord. At the tip of the peninsula, next to the sculpture park, is an outdoor bathing area. It is a big honour and privilege for us to be able to show our universe at such place.
After a twenty-year period of art dealership, Peder Lund’s extensive work with institutions and collectors in Norway and Scandinavia has enabled him to foster lasting relationships between his clients and internationally acclaimed artists. In November 2009, the decision was made to establish an exhibition program intending to broaden the dialogue with the Norwegian and Scandinavian public and enhance Oslo’s position in the global art consciousness, while keeping a close relationship with internationally acclaimed institutions and collectors. The exhibition program reflects our longtime focus on internationally esteemed artists working within modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions are planned and executed in direct collaboration with the artists, artist estates, and their primary galleries. Recent exhibitions have featured work by Mike Kelley, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sadamasa Motonaga, Ida Ekblad, Isa Genzken, Liz Larner, Ellsworth Kelly, Sturtevant, Dennis Oppenheim, Sergej Jensen, Dan Flavin, Yoshishige Saito, Richard Serra, Joe Bradley, James Lee Byars, Doug Aitken, Lucas Samaras, Jay DeFeo, Martin Creed, Louise Bourgeois, Catherine Opie, Philip Guston, Roni Horn,Robert Irwin, Constantin Brâncuși, Kazuo Shiraga, Fischli & Weiss, Bruce Conner, Franz West, André Kertész, Diane Arbus, Ugo Rondinone, Howard Hodgkin, William Eggleston, Paul McCarthy, Ed Ruscha, Terry Winters, Jonathan Lasker, and David Reed.
Selected guests (specified in your invitation) will be transferred to restaurant Maaemo for private dinner at 7:30pm from the gallery. Please let us know about your preference of alcohol or juice pairing. Dinner starts at 8 pm, lasting for at least 4 hours. The restaurant closes at 1 pm.
Maaemo is unfortunately not able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. If the dietary requirements dictate comprehensive changes in the menu that will result in a compromise of standards we unfortunately might not be able to accommodate your request.
Is a three-Michelin-star restaurant Oslo, Norway. The name Maaemo derives from the Finnish language, meaning "Mother earth". The restaurant works in the New Nordic Cuisine genre, and focuses on local food and only uses organic, biodynamic, or wild produce. Head chef is Danish Esben Holmboe Bang.
The restaurant was, together with Danish Geranium, the first Nordic restaurant to be awarded three stars in the Michelin guide in February 2016.
In June 2016, Maaemo was voted 61st best restaurant in the world at awards. In 2018, it was placed 35th. In December 2019, the restaurant closed to move to another location. This resulted in the loss of all of its three Michelin stars in February 2020. In September 2021 Maaemo won back the three stars.
IV. ADDITIONAL COMMON PROGRAMME
In addition to our Oslo guide, we have prepared a common programme for international guests.
12 SEPTEMBER 2023 7:20 PM
SUNSET SESSION – JAMES TURRELL
There will be a private tour of the sunset session inside Ganzfeld: Double Vision; James Turrell’s magical light installation in Ekebergparken. We will meet in front of Sommerro hotel at 5pm and take a tram to Ekkebergparken. Tram tickets are taken care of.
Ekebergparken Sculpture Park is located in the hills of the city with one of the most beautiful views over the city, and the installation is located inside an old water reservoir from the 1920s. Being a room filled with light and color, it is a both visual and physical experience.
The visit to Ganzfeld: Double Vision includes a guided tour thorugh the installation, where you will be told about the artist and the artwork. You will also experience Skyspace, another piece by Turrell, only to be experienced during sunrise or sunset. Unfortunately, there are only 15 spaces available, so please book with Alice as soon as possible. The sunset session will be finished at 8:33 pm. Drinks will be served during the sunset session, but we recommend you book a restaurant before or after.
James Turrell (1943-) is an American artist working with perception, color, light, and space. His artworks engage with the observer’s senses, and let the viewer experience visual impressions we have not seen the like of. Skyspace is Turrell's most famous work and has become his lifelong project. Today there are more than 80 completely different Skyspaces around the world. There are two Skyspaces in Norway; one in Ekebergparken in Oslo, and one close to the west coast, surrounded by mountains and fjords.
13 SEPTEMBER 2023 9:00 AM
MORNING SWIM TJUVHOLMEN
Meeting at Hotel Sommerro 8:45 AM
13 SEPTEMBER 2023 12:00 PM
GUIDED TOUR AT MUNCH MUSEUM
Meeting at Munch Museum 11:45 AM
13 SEPTEMBER 2023 MIDNIGHT
DANCING AFTER MAAEMO DINNER - TO BE CONFIRMED
14 SEPTEMBER 2023
No common programme. Enjoy Oslo or safe travels home!
V. SPUSTOVA OSLO GUIDE
The new National Museum was opened in the center of Oslo in 2022, gathering several museums under one roof. From the National Gallery to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the museum holds the most extensive collection of art in the country, with over 400.000 pieces. You can go for historical Norwegian paintings by Christian Krogh and Harriet Backer, or contemporary classics by Ida Ekblad and Gardar Eide Einarsson. The museum also has a library with a calm atmosphere and an impressive collection of art books.
ZS: I could not wait until the new National museums opened, and was super proud to be invited for opening in June 2022. The architecture somehow really reminds me of my communist past, including the interior and my childhood memories always reappear when entering the building. The architecture has been wildly criticized for looking like a prison, but for me, it is just my past. My absolute favorite is the Munch Room – I have to admit I almost liked it more than Munch Museum itself. An absolute highlight was to see the Louise Bourgeois show this spring. It was one of the most magnificent shows I have seen, and visited it several times. It is a show I will never forget.
Oltre Terra, Why Wool Matters
Queer folk dress
Brynjulf Bulls plass 3
0250 Oslo, Norway
Located in the peninsula 15 minutes outside Oslo, Henie Onstad is one of the leading arenas for modern art in Norway. The building, designed by Eikvar and Engebretsen in 1968, is a special piece of Nordic modernist architecture, constructed with close attention to the surrounding areas and nature. Henie Onstad also hosts a permanent room by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
ZS: This is one of my favourite museums in Oslo. Located a short drive outside, and surrounded by nature, it really reminds me of Louisiana outside Copenhagen – one of my absolute favorite museums in the world!
Designed by Jon Eikvar + Svein-Erik Engebretsen
Sonja Henies v. 31
1311 Høvikodden, Norway
The award-winning opera house designed by Snøhetta Architects was finalised in 2008 and has since been housing great ballet dancers, opera singers, and cultural experiences. The opera house is, in fact, Norway’s very first opera house. The house, with its characteristic white Carrara marble and sloped roof, has become one of Oslo’s main attractions.
ZS: For me, the Opera House is one of the strongest symbols of Oslo, and something I strongly associate with my move to Oslo as it was buildt around that time in 2007. I absolutely love the building, and its inviting character. In many ways, it is the opposite of most opera houses, which feels very exclusive. Despite being an inclusive building, it nonetheless feels like a very special occasion every time I enter the doors. We also try to follow the ballet program and go as often as possible. I have seen so many performances within years in Oslo, and I truly cherish it. Part of the opera experience is ‘She Lies’, the sculpture by Monica Bonvicini floating on the fjord outside the Opera House, which I personally love.
Designed by Snøhetta
An architectural attraction as well as a magnificent public library, Deichman Bjørvika opened in 2020. While most libraries are associated with old wooden furniture and signs telling you to keep quiet, the new public library in the city center of Oslo is a cultural hub, housing a cinema, an award-winning restaurant, festivals, and debates, in addition to a collection of over 1.4 million books. It is a great spot to reset, read, or watch the sunset over the Oslo Fjord.
ZS: Being one of my kids’ favourite places to visit, this library is – in my eyes – a true achievement. If a kid thinks a library is this cool, something must be right! The building is beautiful, interactive, and with an amazing view of the Opera House. You can spend a day working, reading, marveling in its many hidden nooks or with a view of the fjord. It has even been awarded the best public library in the world.
Anne-Cath, Vestlys plass 1
0150 Oslo, Norway
A brand new Munch museum opened by the waterside in central Oslo in 2021, built to house the largest collection of works by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in the world. With its 13 floors, the museum also hosts the Stenersen collection of modernist art, and exhibitions of emerging contemporary artists.
ZS: When I moved to Oslo back in 2010 I did not like Edvard Munch at all. I thought his works were pretty depressive – they simply did not talk to me. After many years in Oslo, observing nature – the changing of the seasons, bright summer nights, and dark winters – something has shifted in me. Today, Edvard Munch is one of my absolute favourite artists. I adore his works. His use of colours, the mood. I was once in the old Munch Museum, standing before the painting ‘Madonna’, and I started to cry. It has never happened to me, neither before nor after. Munch was not understood during his lifetime, and he spent the last years of his life lobbying for a museum of his own at Frogner, an area in Oslo. He never got it, and a rather modest museum was eventually built on the East side of Oslo after his death. I hope he sees the new one from above, and feels really proud. Finally, he got something as monumental as he is :) The new Much Museum opened in October 2021. In addition, the whole area around the Munch Museum is becoming increasingly trendy, replacing other hip areas such as Grünerløkka or St. Hanshaugen.
Edvard Munch Infinite
Edvard Munch Monumental
Edvard Munch Shadows
Edvard Munch Up Close
Alice Neel: Every Person Is A New Universe
Edvard Munchs Plass 1
0194 Oslo, Norway
The museum was founded in 1993 and is one of Scandinavia’s most prominent collections of contemporary art. Originally located in an old bank, the museum moved to a new location by the Oslo harbour in 2012, designed by Renzo Piano. The museum holds a gallery for contemporary exhibitions as well as a private collection of works by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, and Trisha Donnelly.
ZS: I have been going to the Astrup Fearnley Museum since my move to Oslo, and have dragged my children along to almost every show. We have some incredible memories and funny stories from this museum, and it will always be the place I think of reminiscing when my boys were really young. Their exhibitions always impress me but it is also worth visiting their permanent collection – I love their Damien Hirst pieces. The outside area is another favourite. The Franz West papier-mâché outdoor sculptures were a big inspiration for me when designing my collection for Arket. It is also a fantastic area to take a morning swim. It is Oslo summers at their best – the combination of art and bathing! The Louise Bourgeois sculpture ‘Eyes’ is also a must.
Designed by Renzo Piano
0252 Oslo, Norway
Peder Lund is a commercial gallery based at Tjuvholmen, Oslo, focusing on international, well-established modern and contemporary artists. Peder Lund founded his namesake gallery in 2009 after working as an art dealer for two decades, aiming to expand the conversation with the Norwegian and Scandinavian public and elevate Oslo’s standing in the worldwide art scene. The gallery represents artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Isa Genzken, Ida Ekblad, Ellsworth Kelley, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
ZS: The best gallery in Oslo for sure, and the venue of our event. Located next to the Astrup Fearnley Museum, I don’t think I have missed a single show in this gallery, and it is an absolute privilege and thrill to be able to use this incredible space for my work.
0010 Oslo, Norway
The Palace Park, surrounding the Norwegian Royal Palace, is a public park and garden located in the centre of Oslo. Built during the 1840s, shortly after the Royal Palace was finalised, the park marks the beginning of Norway as a country independent from Danish influence. Today, the park is considered part of the Norwegian cultural heritage.
ZS: This park is very close to the French school in Oslo, where my children go, and naturally becomes a place where they spend lots of time. For me, it will forever be remembered as a place where I saw the Louise Bourgeois ‘Maman’ sculpture being installed. Truly a Once-in-a-lifetime experience! The opening ceremony was very emotional, it was raining as hell, and her Majesty Queen Sonja, an avid art enthusiast herself, held a very beautiful speech. I also like how the park has its own sculpture park made by children.
0010 Oslo, Norway
Frognerparken is the largest park in Central Oslo, located in the western part of the city. It is also known as Vigelandsparken after its extensive collection of over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, one of Norway’s most famous sculptors. There is also a Gustav Vigeland museum located next to the park, holding an extended collection of the artist's work and life.
ZS: This is the largest park in Oslo and I am lucky enough to live close by. The park is my happy place, and where I go for relaxation and reflection. There isn’t a day when I don't walk here, and many of the ideas come to me while walking here. I observe how nature changes and enjoy looking at the statues of Gustav Vigeland. I especially love the area where all the statues of babies are. Please look at the map, and don’t miss those sculptures – they are very womb-like!
0268 Oslo, Norway
Located in the hills along the city center, the Ekeberg Sculpture Park consists of classical and contemporary sculptures from 19th to 21st-century artists, including everything from Auguste Rodin to Damien Hirst. Since it opened in 2013, it has become an important contribution to the public art scene in Oslo and Norway.
ZS: A sculpture park that we will have a chance to visit together on the 12th of September for a sunset in James Turrell Skyspace. Ekebergparken is a short tram ride from the city center with a beautiful view of the city. We go there very often, and it is the perfect weekend activity when you want to be in nature and look at art at the same time. Don’t miss the Louise Bourgeois sculpture ‘The Couple’, which is a tightly embracing couple hovering between the trees. It is about the relationship between people, just like couples can stay together throughout life – for better or for worse.
0252 Oslo, Norway
Continue beyond the central area of Frogner, followed by Skøyen, and you suddenly find yourself by the peaceful peninsula of Oslo. Surrounded by fields and forests, and is close to the farm belonging to the Royal Family, there is a coastline of modest yet beautiful beaches. Bygdøy Sjøbad is one of the less famous ones, nevertheless, a perfect spot if you want to have the beach more to yourself. A forest path leads to the sandy crescent and a beautiful spot for early morning dips and sunset walks. If you are visiting in the daytime, a lunch break at the local greenhouse café ‘Gartneriet’ should be on the list!
ZS: My absolute favourite area in Oslo is Bygdøy! I usually walk in Frognerparken, but when I have more time and want to clear my head even more, I head to Bygdøy. Located in the Oslo peninsula, only a 30-minute walk from my home, it is the home of a forest, many beaches, and a fantastic view of the sea. The closest beach to my home is Bygdøy Sjøbad where I go swimming as often as possible – some people even swim there from April to October.
With its sandy beaches and proximity to the city, Huk is one of the most popular spots in Oslo on a sunny day. Located along the peninsula at the tip of the residential area of Bygdøy, it can also be a quiet getaway for walks and runs off-season. Here, you can also find the large bronze sculpture ‘Large Arch’ (1963-69) by Henry Moore, which is considered one of his most dramatic works.
ZS: Is the second most visited beach on Frogner for us. I prefer Bygdøy Sjøbad, as it is less windy. The bus 31 takes you to Huk directly, so it is more easily accessible than the Sjøbad, which is only accessible by foot or car. It is definitely worth visiting when the sun is out of you want to understand what Oslo people do on sunny days.
Holmenkollen is a neighbourhood located along one of the hillsides of Oslo. Reaching up to 500 meters, it goes without saying you will have the most panoramic view in the city. Holmenkollen is not an area limited to its residents, as it offers beautiful forests, ski slopes, and viewpoints, and is a common favorite area for weekend hikes. Although the area is well known for its ski jump hill in Holmenkollenbakken, the houses designed by modernist architects Arne Korsmo in Planetveien 12 and by Sverre Fehn in Skådalen are hidden gems worth a visit.
ZS: Oslo has the perk of having ski slopes only a 15 min drive away from the city centre. We go here all the time in winter. Even on weekdays, as it is super easy to access after work, either for an evening of cross country or alpine skiing. In the springtime it is a perfect place for hikes!
0787 Oslo, Norway
Kistefos has been in the Sveaas family since it once operated as a woodworking mill between 1889 and 1955. Today, the Sveaas legacy has transformed the former mill outside Hønefoss into an impressive museum and sculpture park. The founding director of Kistefos Museum, Christen Sveaas, is an avid art collector, and the artists displayed on the site range from Anish Kapoor to Elmgreen + Dragset. In 2021, the museum extended their collection with a new – and literally twisted – building, ‘The Twist’, designed by BIG Architects.
ZS: I believe the true beauty of Norway lies in the nature, and at Kistefoss you will find world-class art in beautiful surroundings. Located an hour from Oslo, it requires more time and planning than the other museums on my list. At the same time, it is so worth visiting. I was lucky enough to recently visit it on a private occasion, and will never forget dancing in the museum surrounded by sculptures.
3520 Jevnaker, Norway
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
RESTAURANTS & COFFEE
I absolutely love my coffee. I am down to one cup per day but it takes a great effort not to drink more. (I cannot - will have problems sleeping then:) Coffee in Oslo is great and take great pride in it.
Mocca is a local coffee bar in the Briskeby area. They have been serving high-quality coffee since the year 2000, and is still a go-to spot in the area. The café may be small, but the atmosphere is relaxed, and the charm lies in squeezing up next to a local on the bar in the window or the pavement outside.
ZS: Mocca is the closest coffee bar to where I live, and very close to the Sommerro hotel. Located in a central neighbourhood, close to two schools, it is always full of locals. Even the Majesty Princess of Norway can be spotted there sometimes! They serve a small selection of pastries but don’t expect anything big. If the weather allows for it, try their iced coffee, sit on the benches outside, and enjoy the noise of kids playing in the schoolyard across the street!
Niels Juels gate 70,
0259 Oslo, Norway
This is a local coffee chain which does not feel like a chain, which I also like a lot. They have cafés all over the city, and the first one opened at Adamstuen in 1994, inspired by the coffee bars of the American West Coast.
ZS: My local KB is located at a corner in Skovveien, so it is perfect to spot the locals in my neighbourhood. I usually don’t eat there but I love their sweet, pink chia pudding called “kald grøt”. It is a favorite of Sakura and I.
0257 Oslo, Norway
Java is another neighbourhood coffee bar and the sister café of Mocca. Located in the hip and charming area of St. Hanshaugen, it is literally a coffee bar in the sense that you either have your coffee by the counter or at the high tables along the window. Or, if the weather allows for it, try to get one of the spots outside. A perfect spot for people-watching or for eavesdropping on local gossip over a drip coffee. You can also buy a bag of coffee to bring home or take your coffee to the top of the park next door for an amazing view over the city.
0171 Oslo, Norway
The spot, located at Grünerløkka, is simultaneously a coffee roaster, a barista training center, and an espresso bar.
ZS:This is an institution I believe, I always take my guests there. The high-end spot is led by the namesake world-champion barista, Tim Wendelboe, and going here for coffee always feels like a special treat. Until I visited Tim Wendelboe, I did not know one did coffee tastings. I love the decor and the staff uniforms of the baristas and how they serve it. The cappuccino alfredo, an unusually chic iced coffee, is worth trying. It is a true must for every coffee lover! Don’t forget to buy coffee for home or as a gift.
Grüners gate 1,
0552 Oslo, Norway
0164 Oslo, Norway
Norwegians love their breads and baked goods, and it is a big part of their food culture. You have probably already picked up the cinnamon bun craze from following Scandinavian influencers – people are crazy about them! There are bakeries all around Oslo, from more traditional bakeries like Baker Hansen and Samson to more fancy ones, like Ille Brød (if you want to pick up a loaf of the city’s best sourdough) and Farine, a cozy lunch spot in the eastern area of Gamlebyen.
ZS: My go-to bakery is Åpent Bakeri, located on a quiet street close to my children’s school. Try their ‘bolle’, which is the favourite of every child in Norway, and people often bake it at home. As Norwegian as it gets.
0655 Oslo, Norway
Inkognito Terrasse 1
0256 Oslo, Norway
Weekend breakfast place, with spots at both Frogner and Grünerløkka. It is great for food and coffee and is also open in the evenings.
0254 Oslo, Norway
This is the more relaxed sister café of the Michelin star restaurant Maaemo and feels like a high-end American diner. Go for breakfast, lunch, or a drink after a day at the Munch Museum next door.
0194 Oslo, Norway
ZS: I get my Matcha here and go to look at the Munch museum from the back. It has a fantastic view and reminds me a bit of Japan, which is always a bonus.
0194 Oslo, Norway
ZS: Magnus’ favourite place! They make amazing ramen with homemade noodles and local ingredients. It is also a nice place to go after visiting the Munch Museum.
0194 Oslo, Norway
ZS: Johann’s favourite. A Californian-Mexican spot, serving simple and delicious tacos and chilis.
Niels Juels gate 31
The oldest sushi place in town, and a great place to go for quality sushi. It is mainly a restaurant but you can order their takeout, which is just as good. If you want something even more high-end, try the Michelin-star spot Sabi Omakase at Victoria Terrasse.
Cort Adelers gate 2
0254 Oslo, Norway
The perfect spot for every oyster lover! Norwegians have a rich seafood culture but the appreciation for oysters is relatively new. Eff eff is trying to change that! They also have a great selection of natural wines.
0177 Oslo, Norway
Another spot for amazing seafood in Oslo. Solsiden is located along the idyllic Oslo harbour, and is only open in the summer, which makes it my number one summer restaurant. Get the seafood platter and enjoy the view of the Oslo fjord.
Akershusstranda 13, Skur 34
0150 Oslo, Norway
A former sex shop turned into a one-star Michelin restaurant. It serves fantastic, Nordic food and the wine list is amazing. Get a table if you can, but the waiting list might be long.
0566 Oslo, Norway
A relaxed yet modern restaurant in the Grünerløkka area, serving small dishes to share.
Thorvald Meyers gate 26C
0555 Oslo, Norway
An institution! Theatercaféen is a traditional place that has been around since 1900. The classic art nouveau interior and white tablecloths make the place somehow remind me of the Savoy in Prague. It is a classic restaurant next to the National Theatre. With a chambre séparée and a bar, it is the perfect place for a drink in Central Oslo or a dinner on a special occasion.
ZS: I always take my mom for lunch there when she is in town.
Stortingsgata 24 - 26
0117 Oslo, Norway
Time has stopped here! If you like classic French food, it is a must. Endless ephemera and French art nouveau details will keep you busy while waiting for your moules frites, and keep an eye out for the cheese or dessert trolley if you are in the mood for a treat.
Øvre Slottsgate 16
0157 Oslo, Norway
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 - 15:45
Saturday: 12:00 - 15:45
ZS: This Indian spot is our favourite family restaurant, and it is close to where we live. It is a place where we go most often to talk, to celebrate small victories – we even celebrated that Sakura was going to be a girl in this place. Needless to say, it has a special place in our hearts.
Oscars gate 81
0256 Oslo, Norway
BARS IN OSLO
An intimate wine bar with cognac leather armchairs and an endless wine list (and knowledge), close to the river at Grünerløkka. They serve cheese platters and do wine tastings.
0550 Oslo, Norway
Located in a cozy backyard in central Oslo, this bar has been a trendy spot since it opened a couple of years ago. Serving natural wines in a spacious, two-floor bar. You might even spot the ‘Worst Person in the World’ director Joachim Trier playing tunes on a weekend!
Kristian Augusts gate 11
0164 Oslo, Norway
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Perhaps it comes as no surprise but Oslo loves their saunas. Most of them are located on the water, floating along the Oslo harbour. Kok is a floating sauna located opposite the Opera House and has one of the city’s best views of the fjord. Warm up in the saunas with big windows over the fjord before dipping into it to cool water (after 15 minutes inside, all you want is a freezing dip in the fjord). A perfect detox after a long weekend, or as a calm break from a busy schedule.Instagram
RUNNING AT BYGDØY OR FROGNERPARKEN
The park and the peninsula are scenic spots in each their way and quite closely connected if you aim for a longer run. Finish off with a dip in the sea at Bygdøy, it is always worth it!
BATHING AT BYGDØY OR TJUVHOLMEN
Bring your swimsuit to the Astrup Fearnley Museum and take a quick swim outside their sculpture park.
ZS: Personally, I would choose a hike at Holmenkollen to shop for big brands in Oslo :)!
The city has a growing luxury district, with Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Hermes, and Bottega Veneta, in addition to newly opened Chanel and Dior stores. The oldest department store in Oslo is Steen and Strøm, founded in 1874, and YME Universe has a beautiful store designed by Snøhetta.
ZS: ACNE STUDIOS is, however, where you are most likely to find me occupying the changing rooms. Their pieces are always on point, and I rarely leave the shop empty-handed. The shop design itself is worth a visit, too, with its futuristic, mellow interiors and custom-made pieces of furniture by artist Max Lamb.
For furniture shopping, visit Illums Bolighus at Glassmagasinet for the big designer brands or Kollekted By for a more curated selection of design pieces, including Artek, Frama, and Muller Van Severen.
For small independent shops are Juels 33 my go-to for fresh fruits and vegetables, Gutta på Haugen for specialty produce, and Fjelberg Fisk & Vilt in Bygdøy Allé for the best fishmonger in the city.
Heaven Scent is a perfume shop with high-end brands like Santa Maria Novella and Diptyque, while Gimle Parfymeri at Frogner is the oldest perfume shop in the city.
See you soon, we can't wait!