Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Obsessing over Oslo

So to start the year off, Jake (my boyfriend) and I headed off to Oslo for a short city break. It was very cold/icy/snowy but we also had such a wonderful time. First things first before I launch into telling you about our 48 hour whirlwind trip - you HAVE to try Kvikk Lunsj; for my UK readers, it’s a little like a Kit Kat! Oslo is the type of city you could just walk around and not get bored of the architecture but as a massive foodie I had to see what there food scene was like.




On day one after getting our bearings, seeing the Royal Palace we headed for lunch at the Mathallen FoodHall to eat at Ma Poule. This place had endless recommendations online and wow - it really lives up to it. We knew we had to try the Duck Confit so went halves on that and then ordered the Raclette. Both are delicious and it was a great spot for a bite to eat. It is a great foodie spot a bit like Borough Market in London or Torvehallerne in Copenhagen. Now Jake is a massive coffee fan so we headed to the beautiful Tim Wendelboe to get his coffee fix. The space is really cute but very quaint so not too many places to sit but the Italian in Jake sees off his shot of Espresso at the counter and we are off to explore again. Tim Wedelboe Coffee shop has won endless awards as I’m not a coffee drinker I couldn’t give you my take but Jake walked away very impressed! 




After exploring the city with some more, strolling in and out of amazing stationary and book stores, we’d worked up an appetite so went along to see what Creperie de Mari was all about. The pancakes here are amazing. Jake had the classic Nutella and Banana and I went for Oreo, which if I am honest did end up defeating me, it was creamy and rich (all the good things!). After a tiring day which involved lots of walking, trying not to slip over and over indulging – we decided to go bowling! Oslo Bar and Bowl is based centrally and isn’t too pricey. They also have delicious cocktails so you can’t really go wrong.



Day 2 we were up and early and headed to the Opera House, it really isn’t to be missed, the building is beautiful and the walk along the water is beautiful, even on a cold day! We walked all the way along until we got to Vippa – a food court located in the Port of Oslo. This place is a must visit for all foodies. We went to Mr Chows and had Chicken Satay Grilled Chicken and then shared some Gyoza’s from Kinabolle. There are lots to choose from and on a nicer day I can imagine it would be bustling. After enjoying the views from the port and having a wander around some museums, we decided to head up into the mountains.  We jumped on the metro and went up to Frognerseteren where we watched people start on the toboggan run. We didn’t really bring the right clothes to go down the run ourselves but the view from up there was breath-taking and a real nice way to bring out trip to an end. We headed back to the main station and on the NSB back to the airport to catch our evening flight. 48 hours was enough to do a whistle-stop tour of Oslo, but I would be keen to go back eventually to see some more of such a beautiful city.



My 5 tips for visiting Oslo:
1.  Getting from the Airport to the City Centre  - take the NSB, it is cheaper and doesn’t take much longer
2.  If you’re going in the winter make sure you take appropriate footwear and clothing, there is a lot of slipping and sliding
3.  Go hungry! There are some amazing foodie spots you don’t want to miss out on 
4.  Go up in the Mountains, the ride up there is incredible with some unmissable views of Oslo
5.  Save time for the Museums – there are some great ones to visit



Thank you for reading and see you Sunday.
N x 
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