Norway

NEW SPOT: KOLONIHAGEN FROGNER OSLO

January 19th, 2013

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. During the day it’s a cafe, at night it’s a restaurant. 
  2. They use local products in all their dishes. You can Read more…

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NEW SPOT: BIT OSLO

September 12th, 2012

3 reasons to go there:

  1. Because you can order good sandwiches, salads and baked goods in here.
  2. Because of the interior: natural elements combined with Read more…

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NEW SPOT: GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL OSLO

July 17th, 2012

3 reasons to go there:

  1. A new breed of affordable design hotels is arriving in Oslo. Last year Scandic Vulkan opened, and now we can stay at the cool Comfort Hotel Grand Central – around the Central Station of Oslo.
  2. The rooms vary in design. So everytime Read more…

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NEW SPOT: NORWEGIAN WILD REINDEER CENTRE

December 29th, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you love nature.
  2. If you want Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: ILLEGAL BURGER OSLO

November 3rd, 2011

(Press Images)

Most striking feature:

Illegal Burger is a burger joint in Oslo. I’ve seen the images on The Coolhunter and had to experience it by myself. Sometimes it happens that photos look way prettier than the real version of a spot. That’s why my goal is to visit all the new spots I write about, to give you the ‘real version’. So spot the differences – without daylight (it wasn’t open during lunch, so I had to go there for dinner), without a food stylist presenting the burgers. I love the typography, but the burgers were expensive (for the dish pictured I paid 25 euro) and I still had the feeling of being in a fast food chain instead of a high end burger joint. I love to hear your comments, because I can be wrong. But I’ve only been there one night.

No website, located at: Mollergata 23, Oslo

(My own photos) 


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TRIED & TESTED: BUILDING BLOCKS OSLO

November 1st, 2011

Most striking feature:

The funny thing is that I always happen to end up to a children’s exhibition when I decide to go to a museum. Last time in Paris at the Keith Haring overview, now, in Oslo, at the Building Blocks expo at the DogA. This exhibition invited kids to work as architects. If they were the architect, how would we live? One house had a huge bed on the ground floor (very cosy), another a huge staircase to enter the house. Very inspiring! The DogA is the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture and worth a visit. You can visit this exhibition till November 27.

Check out: www.doga.no


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TRIED & TESTED: UNITED BAKERIES OSLO

October 31st, 2011

Most striking feature:

I hate to tell you that it was very crowded when I went to the United Bakeries for lunch. Good for them, but not so much for my photo policy (no people in it, because they kill the interior effect ;)). So I grabbed some professional photos from the website of this popular bakery in Oslo. There are several outposts in the city, but I visited the one on Valkyriegata. The sandwich I tried was delicious. In Oslo they are very kids-friendly. I saw a woman breast feeding her baby in the middle of the cafe and Bugaboos are standing in the way between all the small tables. When new, young parents enter, other parents smile directly at the baby or child in it. Funny!

Check out: www.united-bakeries.no


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TRIED & TESTED: BOLIVAR OSLO

October 31st, 2011

Most striking feature:

A fantastic, and very crowded, lunch spot nearby the Bogstadveien (a big shopping street in Oslo). You’ll find the cool crowd of Oslo sitting there eating delicious dishes. The interior is rough where concrete comes together with design chairs. Downstairs there’s an interior shop – and some tables to eat as well (all occupied because it was so busy, I can’t even sit there).

Check out: www.bolivar.no


 


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TRIED & TESTED: TRATTORIA POPOLARE OSLO

October 30th, 2011

Most striking feature:

This new opened Italian (May 2011) restaurant in Grunerlokka is already famous for their wines upstairs. If you’re after good wines and want to be inspired by a huge wine cellar you have to reserve a table upstairs. Personally I like the brasserie at the ground floor. It’s not that the interior screams ‘classic Italy’ because they’ve turned it into a modern place. No pizza’s on the menu, but dishes like spaghetti, risotto and tagliatelle.

Check out: www.popolare.no


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TRIED & TESTED: GRANIT OSLO

October 29th, 2011

Most striking feature:

Muji of Scandinavia. In the most expensive city of Europa (I’ve paid 25 euro for a burger and a cola at Illegal Burger, where the same dish costs 11 euro in Bruxelles at Ellis Gourmet Burger), Granit is really affordable. You can find everything in here: from Christmas ornaments to calendars and from clothing to storage boxes. And you can easily spend an hour browsing though all their stuff. Happily they have baskets so you can collect all of your finds. I bought a stamp, a postcard and tape with hearts on it for 10 euro. They also have stores in Stockholm and Malmo in Sweden.

Check out: www.granit.se


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