Quality Hotel Olavsgaard
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Okernsenteret has five floors of exciting and high-quality shops. There are prices for everyone and their special sales, called elleville dager, are especially popular. Everything is offered here: restaurants, a post office, hairdressers, clothing stores, and even car repair. Once you set foot inside this shopping center, you won't have to leave until you have everything you desire. The venue is managed by Steen & Strøm, which is one of the largest chain of shopping centers in Scandinavia, and they know what they're doing.
Located in the charming and pleasant Grunnerlokka area of Oslo, the Birkelunden park hosts a popular gem of a flea market every Sunday. Head to the park and wander among the many stalls that sell and trade almost anything you can think of. Everything from lampshades to DVDs and LPs and in between can be found at this flea market.
Grünerløkka might be thought of as the Greenwich Village of Oslo. A hundred years ago this was a working-class area, where people worked 14 hours a day in the local factories under severe conditions. Today the working-class people have been replaced by models, artists, students and lawyers, and the old shops have given way to fashion boutiques of the newest and hippest Norwegian designers, cafés and restaurants. Grünerløkka has a lot of charm and is the hottest spot to live outside the center of Oslo. There are beautifully renovated houses next to run-down, old ones, with plenty of green areas and parks. This is a friendly area with a very relaxed atmosphere. Grünerløkka is like a small town in itself and offers a wide range of services: post office, banking, library, dining, theater. Everything is close by and at reasonable prices, compared to central Oslo. Places to see are Sofienbergparken, Akerselva and Olaf Ryes plass. Walk along Torggata to get to Markveien/Grünerløkka.
Sjarm, which means "charm" in Norwegian, is a cute little boutique in Grünerløkka. Sjarm carries all kinds of fun girlie things, ranging from home decoration accessories like candles and dishes to clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. The boutique is well known for carrying quality leather clothes items as well. If you're looking for something to perk up your home or wardrobe, or need to find the perfect gift for someone, head to Sjarm.
Selling a wide variety of sporting goods, Anton Sport is the place to go to find whatever you need. The shop stocks a wide variety of biking gear, skiing equipment, swimming apparel and sport shoes. The staff is very knowledgeable and willing to help you find what you are looking for. The shop also carries a selection of stationary exercise equipment.
Established in 1995, Sprell is a chain of charming shops dedicated to providing high quality toys (and other items) for children. Emphasis is placed on toys that are not only fun, but provide educational value as well. In addition, you'll find children's clothing with cute colors and patterns, as well as home decor and books. There are five Sprell locations in Oslo, which is a testament to the brand's popularity.
Wanna go hip? Trabant Vintage has everything for you. This fashion store in Grünerløkka brings you the trendiest clothes and accessories at prices which are most affordable. Head to this store for the original fashion of the 1950s to 1980s. The place is great if you're looking for the coolest and funkiest of t-shirts. So, next time you go on a shopping spree, drop by Trabant and create your own fashion statement.
This large food hall features gourmet fare sourced from local farms. In addition to things like cheeses, meats, breads and even specialty drinks, you'll also find a wide range of prepared dishes, with each stall offering something different. It is easy to spend an hour wandering from stall to stall, sampling delicious offerings one after another.
If you want a taste of the Norwegian food culture and buy the specialty food items, then Mathallen Oslo might be a very good option. Located in the neighborhood of Grünerløkka, this massive food court is chic and is a foodie paradise. From specialty shops, cafes, restaurants to food conferences, exhibitions and competitions makes this place vibrant and ambrosial as well. During the food festivals, Mathallen Oslo's gaiety ambiance will enthrall you. You can buy products from small scale producers to get ingredients used only in Norwegian cuisine. Overall it offers a fantastic food experience for those who want to expand their culinary knowledge.
Evita is a tiny place with just a few high stools, where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee at your leisure. A varied menu of coffees is available also for take-away. Homemade cakes, fresh bagels, ciabattas, panini and other light meals should satisfy your hunger. Tea and coffee beans are sold by weight as well.
Since 1930, Oslo Sportslager has sold sporting goods to locals who love to spend their time in the great outdoors. Whether it be equipment for winter sports such as skiing or warmer weather pursuits such as biking and hiking, Oslo Sportslager carries everything you will need for very reasonable prices. Their friendly and helpful staff is also very willing to help you find exactly what you need.
Gunerius is a shopping center aims for a friendly, stress-free atmosphere. It has over 40 shops ranging from regular fashion to health-food. There are no shocks price-wise, which is an attraction in itself. There is a lot of parking space, handy considering the very central location. A larger shopping center, Oslo City, is situated nearby.