A few weeks ago we fled the city to enjoy the brisk autumnal air in Oslo while catching up with dear relatives. We jotted down some of the highlights of our weekend to share with you.
Green Globe certified, Ø-label (which means that they serve food that is over 90 % organic), perfect location, towels from The Organic Company, eco-friendly complementaries and super cozy balinese inspired beds.
THE PERFECT MEAL
Fantastic food! In the midst of heavy rainfall, we found warmth and a perfectly composed set menu within the walls of the cozy restaurant Smalhans. Norwegian flavors and traditional dishes reimagined with the right amount of invention.
The gelato from Paradis was the perfect companion on a stroll along the trendy waterside of Akers Brygge. One scoop of creamy chocolate fondant lasted just long enough; until we reached the entrance of the Astrup Fearnley-museum.
A pricey but necessary (and delicious) açai-bowl saved a pregnant lady with tired feet. She simply couldn’t bring herself to walk to the restaurant and fell asleep in the hotel room long before dinner.
A clean, simple and quick break - the kind of coffee shop that always show up when you need it the most. A citrus scone and a cup of hot chocolate are just what you’ll need to carry on. We stumbled upon the one behind the Opera house, but there are several scattered around the city.
SALT AND SAVOURY
Gutta på Haugen
The delightful haven of unpasteurized cheese and other delicacies do not agree with the pregnancy diet and will have to wait for our next visit. It was the only thing keeping me from raiding this place. We left the small shop drooling but empty-handed.
WHAT TO SEE
The Opera House designed by Snøhetta is mandatory for obvious reasons. Make sure to walk inside! We were offered a unique opportunity to see it all. As we unintentionally timed our visit with the “Open House Oslo” - all backstage areas were magically uncovered before us.
Along the river of Akerselva in downtown Grünerløkka, you’ll find a quirky place hosting a jazz club, art store, nightclub, and cocktail bar. Think Danish Christiania - graffiti, colorfully painted buildings and peculiar art scattered around the premises.
Enjoy the vibrant Saturday atmosphere and the many restaurants along the watersides of Tjuvholmen. Kick-off the evening with a visit to the contemporary art museum, designed by Renzo Piano. Although the exhibitions didn’t blow our minds away this time, it was still a nice way to spend the afternoon.