There are certain places in the world that, for whatever reason, are unfortunately and unfairly overlooked when one looks to travel. One such area of the world is that of Scandinavia. While it's known for Ikea and Vikings, there are so many hidden gems waiting to be discovered, and those who are in the know, know that Scandinavia holds its own when compared to more obvious destinations. One such city is that of Oslo in Norway. While it can get extremely cold during winter, the capital of Norway is a thriving city full of culture and history. In this latest edition of our City Guide series, rising talent Hayes takes us through the town, giving us the ins and outs of the city.
Words and photos by Hayes
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
ISM* and Radisson Plaza 34th Restaurant and Bar. ISM* is a little hidden gem of a bar serving tasty cocktails. And 34th is the place to go if you want to enjoy a great view of Oslo with your ice-cold Moscow mule.
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
My personal favourite is The Villa. It's a great underground club, where the music never lets me down.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?
The Juicery is my go-to place for juices and bowls. Everything is vegan and tastes almost too good to be healthy (which I'm not really) so this one of my few good habits.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Tex Burger or Bislett Kebab! Tex Burger is an old school Oslo classic that is nothing like the more high-end burger bars. What they lack in class and coolness they make up for in taste. Bislett Kebab House (aka BKH) are all over Oslo now, and it's the most delicious treat at 3 AM!
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
I just walk up the stairs. There's a private roof terrace where I live and I spend a ridiculous amount of time there.
Something that everyone should do when visiting Oslo, but probably hasn't?
Heat up at KOK This sauna concept is located right next to the opera. Book one just for your friends or family, have a quick dip or proper swim in the Oslo fjord depending on your tolerance for cold water and go straight into a nice hot sauna. Bliss!
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
I'm from Asker, about 20 minutes outside of Oslo, and I remember going on a school trip to Oslo. It was one of my very first times there, and it was a bigger deal than you'd think. I only had a few songs on my iPod, so I kept listening to Jay Z Empire State Of Mind over and over for the entire trip.
What are other great exports that come from Oslo?
Varsity headwear. I wear a lot of caps and I think I might have over a hundred different ones, but my favourites are all by the Oslo brand Varsity.
A gift you can’t leave Oslo without taking home for friends?
Chocolate from Freia. Specifically the nutty one; Firkløver!