Not all too long ago, we took a trip to Oslo with Hayes for one of our City Guide installments. We now return to the land of Vikings with CLMD, an artist who's funky and eclectic sound has received praise from top artists in a wide variety of genres and has even remixed none other than Bruno Mars. Below, he takes us on a journey of Norway's capital, with a fine selection of eating and drinking establishments, as well as zip-lining suggestions.
Words and photos by CLMD
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
Oslo is really good for cocktail bars, and more than once I've met up with friends for a drink before a night out, and then just stayed at the cocktail bar the entire night instead of going out. I would really recommend Andre til høyre (directly translates as "Second on the right") and Pigalle for anyone who'd appreciate a cocktail bar that is as aesthetically pleasing as it serves great drinks.
Where can you find the best clubs / late-night venues in town?
While Oslo is great at bars, we're a little behind on the good dancefloors. However, I really like Storgata 26, the basement of BA3 and of course The Villa if you're into house and techno.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?
Brunch is the best! It's something I got really into while living in the US, but it took a while before we got some really good brunches in Norway. If you're the dancing-on-the-table kind of person, I'd say the champagne brunch at Bølgen & Moi at Frogner would be your go-to event.
BA3 also offers a brunch event called Brunch and Vinyl, which is a great combo in my opinion. Outside the official brunch events, I like to enjoy my brunches at Palmen Restaurant at the Grand Hotel in Oslo.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Real Norwegians get kebabs on their way home after a night out, Bislett Kebab being the number one spot. I'm also a sucker for McDonald's, I have to admit. Other than that, there are not many places open after 10 PM. If you're in the Frogner area, I would recommend you stop by Grills Ville burgers, they're open late and the burgers are divine, although on the slightly more expensive side.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Oslo?
Norway is actually one of the most tech-forward countries in the world, effectively killing off the traditional shops in the city center, as everyone shops online. However, there are still a couple of gems left in the city. Filter Musikk is my absolute favorite and of course Big Dipper. You won’t go wrong with these two!
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
A walk around Bygdøy, a park area close to where I live. I grew up with the sea as my closest neighbor, and all I need to get my zen back is a fresh sea breeze. The Viking museum is also located at Bygdøy, and I like going to museums in my home town, just to gain some perspective.
Something everyone should do when visiting Oslo, but probably hasn’t?
I've been talking about zip-lining down our iconic ski jump for years and never gotten around to do it, so I would recommend anyone to try that, just because it looks like so much fun. Also, a lot of people don't realize how close you can get to nature when in Oslo. You can hike like 30 minutes from the metro station, and book a really cheap sleepover at one of the tourist cabins. There's usually no electricity or water there, but it's an easy way to get a really genuine arch-Norwegian experience. Especially if you cross country ski there.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city? (If not originally from this city, a song that reminds you of when you first moved here)
Feel The Vibe by Axwell. I played it all the time when I first started out DJ'ing at the clubs in Oslo, clubs that I was way too young to even be in by the way. I felt like the track really embodied how I was feeling at the time, being that young, but playing my favourite music to a crowd way older than me, in a club too cool for me.
What are other great exports that come from Oslo?
I had to google this one because all I could think of was oil and paperclips. But the Norwegian chocolate (from Freia) is the best in the world. We're apparently also world champions of take-away coffee, and we do have the most impressive ski jump.
A gift you can’t leave Oslo without taking home for friends?
You should bring chocolate home, but other than that I'd steer clear of anything food-related items, as most Norwegian food is really smelly. Christmas is a terrible time, smell-wise, in Norway. Everything just stinks of rotten fish and dried up meats. That's when I leave the city for a secluded cabin in the mountains!
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