The best guide for a successful relocation
In 2010 Oslo was ranked the most expensive city in the world. Still there are possibilities for getting bargains in Oslo during the big sales. The prices on famous brands are not higher in Oslo than in London or Paris, often lower even if they are not on sale. The big sales are in January and August.
If you are out to shop there's plenty to choose from. The main pedestrian street Karl Johans gate has plenty of shops of dubious quality,. The street Bygdøy allé (which is locally famous for its chestnut trees) (bus 20, 31) has regained its reputation of being a shopping street the past few years by establishments that focuses on kitchens, kitchenware, interior designs, exclusive norwegian furniture, light design and others. The street Møllergata (downtown, public transport from stops Stortorget and Møllerveien at either end of the street) was earlier known as the furniture street. You will still find a few good, but rather expensive shops for Norwegian furniture in this street. You can easily find this street close to the Christiania Glasmagasin and the street Torggata which contains a few home interior shops like KID, Hemtex and Åhlens (with a Muji-department in the basement).
Some popular places for shopping
Aker Brygge, (Tram 12, bus 21, 33 or 54 to Aker Brygge/Bryggetorget/Vika Atrium). A seaside shopping and nightlife centre with high prices, but lots of glam and fun.
Akersgata, (just above Stortinget T-bane, at the rear of the Norwegian parliament.). a few exclusive shops like Louis Vuitton, gold smith David-Andersen, Follestad, Corso Como, Ting. A brand new high-end shopping centre opened recently at Egertorget, called Eger. The most exclusive shopping-centre in Oslo.
Bogstadveien, (Majorstuen metro station (tram 11 runs the length of the street)). A high end shopping street. Good for non-chain stores, focus on clothes and accessorie.
Byporten, (T-bane to Jernbanetorget). The latest addition to the shopping center scene. It's connected to the Central station. This shopping mall is focusing on everything. The travellers' choice! A lot of designers stuff, branded clothing, travel stuff and more.
Glasmagasinet, (tram 10-11-17-18 or bus 37-46 to Stortorvet). dates back to the 18th century, where you can find souvenirs, crystal, china, fashion, kitchenware, interior design and much more. The department store is famous for their large area of cosmetique sales.
House of Oslo, (Bus 32, 33 or 54 to Dokkveien). A shopping center focusing on interior designs with around 20 different shops with their own theme. This may be the most exquisite interior design center in northern Europe. Illum Bolighus is especially worth a visit (this is a subsidiary of a famous Danish department store).
Oslo City, (T-bane to Jernbanetorget), a big shopping center just across the street from the Central station. The shopping center is focused on the young people. edit
Paleet, (T-bane to Nationaltheateret, Close to the National Theatre (Nationalteateret) and Royal Palace.), an upmarket, central shopping centre.
Steen & Strøm, (situated on a side street of KarlJohansgate.). One of Oslo's oldest department stores and is newly renovated and very stylish with a number of clothing shops with famous brands as well as a cosmetique and an interior design floor. On top you will find an outdoor cafe with view all over the city centre and the surroundings.
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