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!



Opening hours

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.

Shopping areas

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:

Markveien 51
Monday-Friday 10-18,
Saturday 10-16.
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.

Underground Fashion
Storgata 1
Monday-Friday 11-19,
Saturday 10-17.
Party clothes from the 60’s and 70’s as well as other items.

Mitt Skattkammer
Trondheimsveien 10
Mon-Fri 11-17.30,
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.

Brugata 12
Mon-Fri 12-17,
Thurs 12-18, Saturday 12-15.
Here you’ll find clothes, beautiful old jewellery and antiques.
Beware, as the old lady running the place might be a little snappish...

Storgata 37
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 50’s.

3rd Hand
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 kind item!

The following shops will bring Asia to you. Smell the incense, and buy some not-so-minimalist jewellery, clothes or whatever, you hippie:

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.

Brenneriveien 3
Every Sunday from 12 - 17. Young local artists sell postcards, ceramics, jewellery, jam, knitted shawls and stockings, bags, paintings etc.

Flea Markets:
Saturdays 10-17. Go to the main entrance of The Vigeland Park and ask for Amaldus Nilsens Plass or Vestkanttorget.

Birkelunden, Grünerløkka
Sundays 12-18.

Grønland bruktmarked

Grønland 1
Saturdays 12-18

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.

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