Shopping in Oslo
Oslo as the capital of Norway belongs belongs to larger towns with plenty of department stores, shopping centres and markets.
However, be aware that Norway is an expensive country and Oslo is the MOST expensive city in the world!
In most shops in Oslo the opening hours are weekdays 10-17, and Sat 09-15. Many shopping centres have extended opening hours from 10-21 on Mon-Fri and 10-18 on Sat.
Most shops are closed on Sundays, but many souvenir shops are open. Thursday is generally the day for evening shopping.
Shops, especially shopping centres and souvenir shops have extended opening hours until 19 or 21.
If you don’t know what you’re looking for or if
you’re into window-shopping, take a stroll in these areas:
Aker Brygge - the wharf next to City Hall.
Expensive designer shops as well as regular shops, cafés,
restaurants, theatres, cinema and bars.
Grønland - popularly called Little
Pakistan. If you’re looking for cheap fabrics, fancy jewellery,
spice, fruit and vegetable markets, this is where you want to
be. From Oslo City, follow Steners gata and Grønlandsleiret,
and within a few minutes you’re right in the middle of
Grønland. Most of the stores are situated in the street
Grønlandsleiret and Tøyengata.
Hegdehaugsveien, Bogstadveien and Majorstua
- between the Royal Palace and the Vigeland Park lays one of
the largest shopping districts in the city. Oslo is the city
in the world with most designer labels relative to the population
and most of them are situated in this area. Several posh little
boutiques, where you should not enter with a backpack and smelly
sandals, lay closely packed in Hegdehaugsveien and Bogstadveien.
Karl Johans gate - the most famous street
in Oslo. Stretches from the Royal Palace to Oslo Central Station.
Here you find hundreds of shops of all kinds and lots of street
artists during summer. Cool your feet in the water fountain
in Studenterlunden on sunny days.
Grünerløkka - the Greenwich Village
of Oslo. Designer boutiques, small cafes, parks, need we say
more? This part of town is certainly worth a visit. Walk from
Use-It to the end of Møllergata, Brenneriveien, up Nordre
gate to Markveien and Thorvald Meyers gate.
Second hand stores:
Clothes, furniture and knick knack of the more trendy kind.
Fretex also has branches in Kirkeveien 32, Ole Deviks vei 20,
Ullevålsveien 12 and Smalgangen 8, but they do not have
the same retro approach as the one in Markveien.
Party clothes from the 60’s and 70’s as well as
Thurs 11-18, Saturday 11-16.
An exiting shop with a more artistic approach. Offers everything
from hats and sunglasses to ball gowns and theatre costumes.
Thurs 12-18, Saturday 12-15.
Here you’ll find clothes, beautiful old jewellery and
Beware, as the old lady running the place might be a little
Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-16.
Sell a mix of real 2nd hand military equipment and crazy helmets
à la Lord of the Rings.
Angel’s Speed Equipment
Rathkes gate 7 (GT)
Mon-Fri 12-18, Sat 12-17.
Not entirely 2nd hand, but still worth a visit! Rockabilly clothes
(even for babies!), gadgets, design and knick-knacks from the
Markveien 58 (G) (entrance from Leirfallsgata)
Mon-Sat 11-18, Thurs 11-19 (flexible opening hours...)
3rd hand is a new concept, making usable clothes from garment
that cannot be sold
as 2nd hand, combining the environmental thinking with a healthy
form of vanity. Expensive, but you are guaranteed a one of a
The following shops will bring Asia to you. Smell the incense,
and buy some not-so-minimalist jewellery, clothes or whatever,
Karl Johans gate 2, just opposite Central Station
Schleppegrells gate 16
Also take a stroll in Torggata and Grønlandsleiret for
that Asian feeling.
Oslo markets and flea markets
A a 150-year refurnished marketplace. This is the place
where street vendors gather. Fruits, vegetables, jewellery,
incense and clothes.
Every Sunday from 12 - 17. Young local artists sell postcards,
ceramics, jewellery, jam, knitted shawls and stockings, bags,
Saturdays 10-17. Go to the main entrance of The Vigeland Park
and ask for Amaldus Nilsens Plass or Vestkanttorget.
Entrance from Sars gate opposite the Botanical Gardens, last
Sunday every month 12-16. Antiques, clothes, records and all
kinds of bits and pieces are sold here.