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10 unmissable places in Oslo

Looking for things to do in Oslo? Here are our top 10 tips for coffee bars, restaurants, bars and things to see and do in Oslo - whether you’re visiting or resident in the capital.

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Things to do in Oslo

1. Oslo Botanical Garden

In summer, enjoy exploring the stunning gardens at Tøyen and discover 45,000 plants, representing 5,500 different species and varieties. Enjoy sun, breezes and refreshments at the Museum Café. 

2. Gimle Kino (cinema)

The heritage cinema building of Gimle kino has a foyer bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or a coffee on a small table in front of you as you watch a quality film. They also show direct-transmission opera and ballet. 

3. Oslo Reptilpark (zoo)

Oslo Reptilpark in the heart of the capital is a small zoo with a difference, housing snakes, lizards, tortoises, crocodiles, tarantulas and marmosets. 

Women at a café in Oslo city centre

Photo:CH - Visitnorway.com

Restaurants

4. Yaya’s

Looking for a restaurant with a difference? Then head for Yaya’s! In Oslo, they have three restaurants to choose from, offering affordable and tasty Thai food amidst colourful décor. 

5. Piscoteket

If you fancy trying something new, then Piscoteket is the place to go. Sample contemporary Peruvian food prepared with Norwegian produce. The menu is intriguing and the drinks are superb.

6. Pizza da Mimmo

Pizza da Mimmo is a classic with the locals. This tiny restaurant is full of friendly ambience and serves authentic thin-based Italian pizza. 

7. Izakaya

Izakaya is a small, understated eatery that accepts no table reservations, but offers excellent Japanese food. Located at St. Olavs gate 7, and also runs a small bar. 

Fresh produce counter at Oslo indoor food market

Photo: VisitOSLO/Finn Ståle Felberg

Coffee bar

8. Tim Wendelboe

Oslo has a Starbucks, Stockfleths and Kaffebrenneriet. But if you’re looking for the best coffee in Norway, head for Tim Wendelboe in Grünerløkka and buy coffee-to-go. This place serves the best coffee in the city, and is a favourite with celebrities and Oslo urbanites.

Bars

9. Himkok

Himkok was named one of the 50 best bars in the world in 2016, and serves drinks in an extraordinary multi-storey establishment with its own distillery. The place has an anonymous entrance, but is on No. 27 Storgata, with an entrance on Youngs gate. Sample at least one of the dreamy drinks! 

10. Oslo Mekaniske Verksted

Oslo Mekaniske Verksted is a large chic and ambient bar with stylishly worn, mismatched furniture, housed in a former industrial building. In summer, the bar has an outdoor serving area in the inner courtyard, right in the centre of the Grønland neighbourhood. 

Photo right-hand side: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

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