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Oslo’s shopping scene may not be as sexy as other Scandinavian cities, with their innovative design products and sleek contemporary furniture, yet Oslo’s specialties have their own quaint homegrown charms. Look out for rustic handicrafts, hand-painted wooden bowls, hand-knit woolen sweaters, traditional souvenirs, and pewter, silver, enamel, and glass house wares.

Shopping in Oslo

Aker Brygge

Pleasantly sprawled along the waterfront of Oslo’s former shipyards, in a series of interconnected, postmodern buildings, this small shopping mall is a local favorite for its 65 shops, including chic boutiques, cafés, bars, and a cinema complex.

Aker Brygge, www.akerbrygge.no
Tags: shopping | bar | shopping mall | cafe | cinema | designer | clothing

Los Lobos

This quirky music store-cum-boutique is filled to the brim with retro frocks, rockabilly-style shirts, vintage accessories, and collectables from the 1950s, such as Hawaiian-girl bedside lamps, and an eclectic collection of vinyl records.

Thorvald Meyers Gate 30, 011-47-22-382440
Tags: shopping | trendy | live entertainment | clothing | vintage

Norway Designs

Established in 1957 following a hugely successful Norwegian arts and crafts expo that had toured the world, this is Oslo’s best folk art and handicraft store, with the work of local artists and artisans for sale.

Stortings Gate 28, 011-47-23-114510, www.norwaydesigns.no
Tags: shopping | design | souvenirs | crafts

Steen & Strøm

Oslo’s swankiest department store, the largest in Norway, is the place to head for stylish fashion and cosmetics, as well as Nordic specialties like chunky handmade woolen sweaters, seal skin boots, and traditional costumed dolls.

Kongens Gate 23; Stortinget, 011-47-22-004000, www.steenstrom.com
Tags: shopping | souvenirs | crafts | clothing | department store


This neighborhood vintage clothing boutique is one of Oslo’s hippest, specializing in vintage fashion from the 1950s through to the 1980s, along with funky, locally produced, printed T-shirts.

Markveien 56, 011-47-22-385555, www.trabantclothing.com
Tags: shopping | clothing | vintage

William Schmidt

If you only have time for one souvenir shop, make it William Schmidt, around since 1853. Here you’ll find some of the city’s finest gifts and souvenirs, from stylish, hand-knit, Dale of Norway woollies to carved-wooden-model Viking ships.

Karl Johans Gate 37-43, 011-47-22-420288
Tags: shopping | souvenirs | crafts | clothing

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