Oslo. Sunshine, walking, eating, drinking and of course spending! This is our guide to a weekend in Oslo. We only had 2 nights here, so of course we didn't get to experience everything that Oslo has to offer, but hopefully it will be useful for anyone visiting for a weekend to make sure you eat some great food, see some great sights and make the most of Norway's capital city.
Where to eat
Vegan food is just about starting to take hold in Oslo so there are definitely places to be found but the variety is still slightly limited. Having said that there was certainly enough for us to try a different place for every meal over the weekend. It was also very easy to find little places to grab a snack from, with cafes and interesting one-off places all around the city.
Harald's Waffle is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They offer savoury and sweet waffles cooked to order right in front of you with a variety of delicious toppings. It's a small place and always popular which is a great sign but does mean you can struggle to get a seat (unless you are like us and arrive before it opens!).
The Salt Cafe is a great little place to escape the cold and enjoy a warm drink and some food while overlooking the Opera house. It also has a sauna and music venue attached which makes it a great place to go for an early evening drink.
The large open area in front of the Nobel Peace Center has a small number of street food vans parked up outside. This may well be a seasonal thing so if you are visiting in winter you might not be able to grab some crispy sweet potato fries or even greek and asian street food as we were able to in August but it's definitely worth investigating if you are visiting the Nobel Center.
The best places we sampled and would recommend you trying if you are visiting Oslo any time soon are listed below:
Where to sleep
We stayed in Citybox Oslo. It was in a great location in the center of the city and very close to the main station so no long walks with our bags trying to find it. It was great value in a city where accommodation for the weekend could cost more than a whole weekend including flights in other cities. The room wasn't massive but had everything you need for a weekend break and within walking distance of all the best sights and restaurants in Oslo.
Where to look
We started off by exploring the Akershus Fortress which offered amazing views down onto the harbor with the August sun shining. Definitely worth the walk up there if you want to get some great shots of the city and out over the Oslo fjord. A walk around the city center allows you to visit many of the main attractions that Oslo has to offer including the Royal Palace, the Parliament buildings and the Nobel Peace Center as well as the Oslo sign, perfect for the classic tourist shot!
The Ekebergparken was the highlight of the trip for views and photo opportunities. The park is full of some rather strange sculptures but the views of the city with the opera house in the foreground are spectacular. There are also a number of walks through the park varying in length and difficulty which is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Oslo. We went for the easy walk by the way and we almost got lost on that! You can get to the park with a short tram ride up the hill and then walk back down to the city if you have some time to spare.
Prices - It is well known that Oslo is expensive. However it doesn't have to be. That doesn't mean we cut corners and missed out on the best experiences because we wanted to save money but we planned where we went and managed to spend not much more than you would on a weekend in most other major European cities. Apart from the alcohol that is! Lucky for us it isn't a major thing, we like to sample locals beers and ciders but at £6.40 for a half pint we didn't do too much sampling!