POSTCARDS FROM OSLO
My trip to Oslo was a last-minute decision which is most unlike me! Just a few days before a long weekend in spring, I booked tickets with no real plan but to put down my (Google) map and let the city guide me. And boy, was I in for a treat!
To be fair, I had quite a few things working in my favour during this trip: amazing weather (which should not be taken for granted in Scandinavia), great company (one of my best friends in Brussels who has returned home now) and no expectations really. I walked a lot, took countless photos, laughed so hard that my cheeks hurt, had more cinnamon buns that I would care to admit, sunbathed on a fjord, and discovered loads of great foodie spots.
This post is not meant to be a comprehensive guide of Oslo, but there are a few places you shouldn’t miss that I wanted to share over here (there’s more on my Instagram btw in case you fancy a look!). I’ll start with a few of the main sights that impressed me the most: the Opera House at the waterfront (make sure to walk on the roof and take in the views), the Vigeland park (the largest sculpture park in the world by a single artist), the Astrup Fearnley Museet (designed by Renzo Piano, like the SNFCC), the Aker Brygge wharf (perfect for a stroll along the water), the Botanical Garden, the quaint houses on Damstredet and Telthusbakken as well as the Akerselva River (if you take a long walk, you’ll be able to see the Hønse-Lovisas hus, the Aamot bridge and the wonderful Waterfall at Mølla).
If you are a fellow foodie, make sure you try Maemo, Arakataka, The Vandelay, Mathallen (I particularly liked Breddos Tacos and Stange) and Talormade. Oslo is Scandinavia’s coffee mecca, so coffee lovers should not miss a visit to Tim Wendelboe’s roastery and Supreme Roastworks. And if wine or cocktails are your thing, then try Territoriet, Himkok and Svanen. Beware, Oslo is rather expensive when it comes to food and alcohol but these spots are worth the extra quid.