Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Aker Brygge & the Waterfront

Astrup Fearnley Museet

Recently re-opened in a stunning architectural creation at the centre of Oslo's waterfront, this museum, which contains all manner of zany contemporary art, is Oslo's latest flagship project and the artistic highlig…
Top Choice Cafe in Grünerløkka

Tim Wendelboe

World-renowned barista Tim W has opened his own eponymous Oslo coffee shop, and it really is a must-visit for aficionados of the holy bean. All the coffees are self-sourced and hand-roasted (the roaster takes up hal…
Top Choice Architecture in Aker Brygge & the Waterfront

Oslo Opera House

Hoping to transform the city into a world-class cultural centre, the city leaders have embarked on a massive waterfront redevelopment project (which is scheduled to last until 2020), the centrepiece of which is the …
Top Choice Jazz in Grünerløkka


It would be a pity to leave Oslo without checking out Blå, which features on a global list of 100 great jazz clubs compiled by US jazz magazine Down Beat. As one magazine editor put it, 'To get in this list means th…
Top Choice Books in Grünerløkka

Chillout Travel Centre

This is our kind of shop: good coffee, tasty dishes from around the world (dhal from India, snacks from Italy and cakes from... where else but Norway), loads of travel essentials such as bags and shoes, and a travel…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Northern Oslo


Despite its slightly odd location on a busy thoroughfare, this cool cafe-bar is well worth a visit. It's like a cross between a mid-century antiques shop and a cocktail lounge – and if you're sold on the decor, you …
Top Choice Norwegian in Grünerløkka

Markveien Mat & Vinhus

For cosy Norwegian dining, this lovely spot on the southern edge of Grünerløkka is hard to better. Settle in at one of the candlelit tables and tuck into hearty, traditional dishes such as lamb shank with root veget…
Top Choice Norwegian in Western Oslo

Hos Thea

Krone for Krone, this place, with its creative dishes such as locally caught lobster ravioli with an apple and curry sauce or duck in rosehip sauce, is arguably the best place to eat in Oslo.
Top Choice Indian in Eastern Oslo

Punjab Tandoori

Full of the richness and flavours of the north of the subcontinent, this simple canteen-style affair serves spot-on curries that would stand out in India let alone Oslo. It's a real neighbourhood institution for the…
Gallery in City Centre


One of Oslo's major highlights, the National Gallery houses the nation's largest collection of art. Some of Edvard Munch's best-known creations are on display here, including his most renowned work, The Scream. Ther…