Close to nature with lots of cultural sights and greats places to eat and drink, Oslo is a beautiful stop on your travel itinerary for 2018.
Your first thought might be, that a cucumber costs as much as a beer and that a beer in Oslo is equivalent to a least four everywhere else. But Oslo is also a vibrant city close to nature surrounded by stunning fjords. The city is full of delicious eating experiences and it’s definitely an interesting place to visit if you’re just a little interested in the future of work.
Day One in Oslo:
Comfort Hotel Grand Central is located right next to the central station. The hotel rooms a small, but comfy, the breakfast fulfilling. You can see the Opera from here, and it’s just a ten-minute walk to Akershus festning, the medieval castle built in the 1290s to protect the city. Also, the main shopping street is very near and so are several good places to have coffee or to work. Speaking of work, the hotel has great wi-fi and tables and booths at the reception where you can work alone or with new colleagues! If you look up from the front desk, you’ll see there’s also a tiny fitness room, but if you’re more into biscuits and ice cream, the doorway just behind the counter leads out into a nice, little restaurant and the bustling train station.
What about coffee?
Yes, what about coffee? I think you should head up towards Youngstorget and proceed to Torggata. Here you’ll find several pleasant-smelling cafees. Take for one Peloton on the corner of Torggata and Hanusmannsgate.
So. Much. Good. Food. Walk along the waterfront straight down from Jernbanetorget. At the end, you’ll find Vippa. A warehouse turned street food hub. I had a Koh Tao, a bowl of vegetables, noodles, and meat with savory sauce. If you’re a bunch of people visiting Vippa, order a bit from different booths and share. I can also recommend the Aleppo Bahebek, Mamma Pizza, and the ice cream from Kulinaris. Oh, and bring a bib!
What to see:
It’s mandatory to see the Opera. Even though you can see the white wonder from your hotel, do yourself a favor and walk the few hundred meters over there you lazy skunk. It’s allowed to walk on the roof, and the view is terrific! Going inside is equally impressive, so remember your Insta-phone!
You’ll have plenty of time to go see Akershus Fortress. The building of Akershus was commenced in 1299 to protect Oslo. You can still walk the premises freely and enjoy the presence of history alongside the stunning view of the fjord.
Where to work?
If you have to work, while being in Oslo and kind of want to get out of the hotel, I’ll advise you to head to Oslo House of Innovation in Skippergata close to all sights of the first day. OHOI for short is home to some cool startups worth getting to know, and if you’re in Oslo for a longer period, you can get a flex desk here and enjoy the complimentary services like the event space, free coffee, and phone rooms.
If you’re just visiting for 72 hours, sit in the café on the ground floor and order a cup of coffee and some traditional baked goods.
Where to work?
Wake up early, enjoy the breakfast at the hotel or in the food court adjacent to the restaurant, and pack a light bag for your computer and stuff. You’ll want to walk for a bit today. Head to Tøyen – the T-bane trains go directly to Tøyen station, a cool upcoming neighboorhood and visit Tøyen Startup Village. Get work over with quick. You’ll want to walk around this neighboorhood for a bit! The area is ethnically diverse, the architecture interesting, and there’s a lot of colorful murals.
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Walk to Mathallen Oslo. I say walk because it’s located on the banks of the Akerselva, a river that runs through town, and it a very relaxing stroll. Here you’ll find all sorts of specialties to indulge in before you walk further up the river where older, more industrial buildings line the water on one side which makes for some good photo-ops.
In the evening, I’d recommend going back towards Mathallen but stop at Ingens Gata. You’ll want to get a drink at Ingensteds and Blå, where you can sit outside underneath the trees watching the river.
What to see:
Besides walking the Akerselva and exploring Tøyen, I think you should visit the botanical garden located next to Tøyen. Here you’ll also find the Museum of Natural History and the Munch Museum.
Where to work?
At Tordenskiolds gate, you’ll find Mesh, a hip co-working space, and work lounge. At the work lounge, you can work freely and enjoy baked goods and light meals from the café without having to be a member. The co-working space lies close to Stortinget and Nationaltheatret.
What to see?
When you finish up work, head up to The Royal Palace located at Bellevue-høyden at the end of Karl Johans Gate. You can book tours or just enjoy the view and the gardens surrounding the castle.
Afterwards, I’d recommend taking a ferry around the fjord. For a cheap option go islands hopping with your Oslo pass or a regular public transportation ticket from Aker Brygge to the inner islands.
You can choose from different lines according to how many islands you want to visit or sail by and how much time you’ve got. If you decide to stay onboard and enjoy the trip go for line B1, which takes you to all the inner islands.
Where to eat?
At Aker Brygge, you can find the mall named after the pier. You can do some shopping and choose between eateries ranging from healthy and green to Italian, hip and juicy, gastropubs, and classic burgers.