Some information and tips about the immediate area and about Oslo in general for all visiting airbnb guests. (image from sukkerbiten cafe)
Updated July 2015.
How to get to the flat from the aiport
Taxis from the airport are notoriously expensive, the bus is the cheapest, but the airport train is by far the most convenient. Take the Airport express train (Flytoget) to Oslo Central Station. You can also take the local train the same route, that is cheaper but more infrequent. Just ask at the station.
From the central station; When you get off the train, exit the central station and find the tramstop for 17, 18 and 11, westbound. It is across the road and to the right from the main central station exit. Take 17 or 18 to tramstop Dalsbergstien. Or Tram 11 to stop Homansbyen. From both stops you have approx 2-300 meters to the flat.
NB. you need tickets so sort that our before you hop on the tram. Use the Ruter app You can also buy tickets in mosts kiosks, or go to the ticket office outside the central station entrance; Trafikanten-
NB: If you plan to use a bike in Oslo, which is a very good idea, this main ticket office is also where you can get the bike cards for the stands with free “Oslo bikes” that you will see all over town.
Recommended restaurants in this area, Homansbyen, Bislett, StHanshaugen
Good quality bistro-type food, rustic.
Modern Norwegian cooking, local ingredients
in the evening you choose between two tasting menus.
Good thai restaurant, not cheap.
Tasty thai, Bislett
Good Thai for takeaway: You can also eat in. Cheap, no alcohol.
Good for outdoor seating in the sun. Kitchen: Thai, Sushi.
(If I was to choose I would prefer Plah to this one)
Classic french dining,
Pizza, + good for outdoor seating. Good for takeaway
Traditional indian restaurant, a bit pricy but the food is good.
One of Oslo´s art institutions. Café has good food.
Recommended restaurants not necessarily in the area
Palace Grill No set menu, no bookings, excellent food (closed in the summer)
Cheap, good food/centre east (an oslo institution. full of locals, cantine-like)
Lokk Small restaurant, small menu but really good food. (closed for summer)
Located in Torggata
If you crave a burger, try one at Munchies, Bernt Ankers Gate. (the best in Oslo). Located off Torggata. Another good burger option in the same area is Illegal burger
Fiskeriet (also Torggata, by the square) has very good for good value seafood takeaway like fish&chips etc.
Article about Oslo food scene
There are three parks in the immediate area:
StHanshaugen park Small park with excellent views, and one of the best places in Oslo for a drink in the sun with a view (go almost to the top of the park)
Stensparken: Also hilly, small and has some nice views.
Slottsparken (The Royal Palace Park): Oslos poshest park, it surrounds the Royal palace and is a nice route to take to Karl Johans Gate and other downtown areas.
A bit futher:
Vigeland Park, one of Oslo´s main attractions (local name Frognerparken) is a 15-20 minute walk up the shopping street Bogstadveien, and then turn left at Kirkeveien to get to the park main entrance. Bogstadveien is the continuation of Hegdehaugsveien, the road at the end of this street (where the 11 tram stops)
The local stadium (Bislet stadium) is open for running all year, entrance at the back.
Mon-Fri: 08:00 – 17:00 og 19:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00
Basket and Soccer. Communal courts next to the stadium.
Local swimming pool, indoor pool with saunas and hot tubs etc.
Best local supermarket: Coop, Dalsbergstien
Closest, but not as good selection: Kiwi, Hegdehaugsveien
Best supermarket, cheap. Rema 1000, sporveisgata
Best local delicatessen: Gutta på Haugen
(NB: they normally stock the best norwegian blue cheese ever made; Kraftkar)
In Norway you can only buy wine/spirits at the shops called Vinmonopolet. (Yes it literally means The wine monopoly) Closest one is Theresegate branch
Mon – Thur: 1000-1800
You can buy regular strength beer in the normal supermarked, but only until 8 pm. Beers with a higher alcohol content you have to get at the ”vinmonopolet”.
If you want wine during your stay and want to save on the ridiculously expensive prices it is in general a good idea to use your wine/spirit duty free quota when you land at gardemoen airport, it is normally always open, or even bring from home.
Some general tips for Oslo visitors
Some museums have free admission on Sundays ; The National Gallery (which has a room with the most famous Munch paintings), The museum of contemporary art. See link for the rest.
Avoid a visit to Holmenkollen if it is foggy. You go there partially for the views.
Visit Oslos new food hall: Mathallen
specialty shops, cafés and small restaurants.
Drink what some claim are the worlds best coffees at Java coffee bar (Next to StHanshaugen) or at Tim Wendelboes
For coffee nerds
Oslos most exotic museum experience is possibly this mausoleum only open on Sundays.
Stay clear of Karl Johans gate for food and drink. Mostly overpriced and bland.
If you plan to do many museums like Munch, Vikingships, National Gallery, Museum of modern Art etc etc – The Oslo Pass is a good deal. It also inlcudes public transportation for the same period.
For Munch fans: you can visit his house and studio, Ekely – just outside Oslo
Take a boat-trip out to the islands for a day out
Just follow the crowds off the boats and explore. Bring you own food, not all the islands have shops/restaurants. YOu use a regular public transport tickets for all the boats.
Go swimming or just hang out at Sørenga, excellent new swimming area in the center of oslo, close to the opera house.
Go for a walk in the forest surrounding Oslo, you can take the tram, bus or local trains and walk straight from there.
The tour of The Royal Palace is not always full in advance, they sell any extra tickets for that day at the door to whoever turns up at the entrance.
Go sledging in korketrekkeren, an old bobsleigh run from the 50s now open to the public. You can rent sledges at the top and you take the tram from the bottom to the top – so no walking required, only sledging.
Akerselva separates the east side of oslo from the west side – and it can be walked in its entirety. You will pass Oslo boroughs Sagene, Grunerløkka (good to stop for lunch) and it ends at Grønland, the east side of central Oslo. You will also pass Mathallen, Oslos new food hall
You can also walk a long distance along the waterfront/harbour. Just look for markers on the ground along the waterfront all over central oslo.
Grunerløkka/Torggata/Youngstorget area area is especially lively and has good bars (and restaurants)
Bar Robinet Classic (tiny) Oslo cocktail bar
Izakaya Small japanese bar, seves bar food. (different area)
Fuglen cocktail bar Vintage furniture, coffees and cockails-
Sukkerbiten for drinks/food in the sun (close tp sørenga area) (summer only)
Next to the opera house.
Some advice about getting around from the flat:
To go to Karl Johan or the seaside by the Town Hall and Aker Brygge I recommend you walk thorugh the palace park. To Grunerløkka you can take bus 21 from next to the stadium. Grunerløkka stop i1 bus the other way, the last stop is Aker brygge/Tjuvholmen. That is ia good starting point for a walk along the seafront all the way to beyond the opera house. Although this area is very touristy I would recommend it on a nice day. There is a new modern art museum at Tjuvholmen, loads of restaurants, shops and a public swimming area (Sørenga is better for a whole day out at the “beach” on a hot day)
Trams/tube/buses normally run to around midnight
The closest subway/tube station is Nationaltheatret or Majorstuen, both at least a 10 minute walk. You can connect also connect wth the subway via tram 17 and 18 at stop Forskingsparken, 5 minutes from the local stop Dalsbergstien.
You can use an app to buy tickets for trams etc. The app is called Ruter
Local train, subway, bus, trams and the boats serving the small islands use the same ticket system
You can also buy tickets at kiosks like 7-11 and Deli de Luca.
You can use Uber in Oslo now but not sure about availability.
NB: Taxis are expensive
Quickest solution to book taxis is via the app Taxifix from Oslo Taxi
Oslo taxi: 02323
Enjoy your stay in Oslo!