Interesting place; a combination of a Persian Carpet gallery and a Silk Road travel agency.
They'll show you carpets while you negotiate your travel to Turkmenistan.
What to buy: Carpets, old and new.
Tickets and package deals to the travel destinations along the old Silk Road.
What to pay: Ooouchhhh....!
Every year Lions Club in Asker organises an autumn used book market to rise money for humanitarian causes. It runs over 5 days in late October every year and is located at Holmen Shopping centre. Here you can both get rid of your old books and get your hands on more books to read. Information giving details is published in Budstikka newspaper and by a hand-out brochure.
What to buy: Books of antiquarian value, or out of print books.
or any that you fancy....
What to pay: Depends on the book in question. Not much anyway as these are 2nd hands.
A small, but excellent sea food shop near Sandvika Railway station. A super place to sample fish cakes/burgers, otherwise, I do not expect this to be an intensely interesting place for tourists...
What to buy: The daily supply of fish varies; but I noticed the quality is excellent. These guys know how to handle sea food.
Crayfish, lobster, crabs, shellfish, mussels, salt water fish, trout, salmon etc.
Processed fish, salted, dried, ground.
Very good fish burgers/cakes. A lunch in itself, two of these!
Some top notch type fish - various flounders, halibut, wild salmon etc.
What to pay: The best value for money is the redfish "uer". Very similar to tropical red snapper both in looks and taste. Spiny and scaly, so squemish Norwegians do not buy it too often. However, it is a very cheap and tasty fish. Bake it whole in the oven with onions, peppers, veggies; and spice it up.
More expensive, but a taste of the Arctic is the Steinbit - wolf fish. Extremely versatile in the pan, extremely tasty.
Elite Foto in Asker (Trekanten and Holmen senteret) is a branch of a photo shop chain with the same name. They occasionally have very good offers, especially on development.
What to buy: Everything rtelated to photography. However, the stores are small and will not have a full range of services and goods, so expect things to be ordered for you.
A local Asker sewing shop that is open upon appointment. Bunad works is veryt standard, so you really have to find out what you want in discussion with Astrid before you can expect to decide and order. These things are not laying around on shelves waiting to be bought, but is made by order.
What to pay: Ouch, this is very expensive! But consider all the hours of labour that goes into it.
I ticked off mainly on "womens clothes", but it really is a store that sells all sorts of clothes and accessories for ladies who never got out of the "princess age" of 5-11.
All sorts of pinkish gear that constitue a would-be princess' dreams. Funny kind of place, good for gifts, too.
The whole range locally made and imported stuff includes clothing, jewelry, handbags, gifts, accessories.
What to buy: Depends on the age of your princess? Plastic tiara and pink nail polish to a fleeting adult nightgown? Some self-styled, self-made things also. I bought a beach straw bag for my flippers there recently, so men also have access there...
What to pay: Not over the top expensive.
A Turkish/Kurdish fruit and vegetable shop with ethnic bakery goods, dairy products, coffee, treas, spices, oils and nuts. Nobody does this better than Anatolia in Asker. Your green groceries done here will save you money and health! ;-)).
Open Mon-Fri 10-21, Sat 10-18.
What to buy: Fresh veggies and fruits, Mediterranean condiments.
What to pay: Beats any "cheap" chain supermarket here.
What to buy:
This jewelry store sells a range of stuff, and has a lot of accessories for Norwegian, including the local bunad folk costume.
The female and male knives from Asker are quite nice and worth considering as gifts. Women's silver bunad accessories may go well with the suitable lady even without the said clothes!
What to pay: Spring sales during early spring to gear up for the folk costume "season".
A vegetable and fruit grocery downtown Asker. A very professional and convenient place to pick up fresh veggies, fruits, flowers, nuts, oils, spices, coffee, teas and herbs. And a cozy store at that. If there is something missing they will do special orders for you. Petra has been here for 20 years, so chance is that she will remain in business a while more.
What to buy: All your veggie and fruit needs. maybe not fresh mangosteen... but just about all the rest.
A little bit of everything, but cannot place its own identity? That must be this shopping centre at the Holmen exit of the E18 highway just short of Asker town centre east.
Several different shops here, but none of them really distinguish themselves here - definitely for a local market where the specialties are either in Oslo itself or in small, outlying boutiques (as it's called these days in a non-EU country in the vain hope of that European feel).
The liquor store ("Vinmonopolet") is always good, and brings in a lot of other shoppers, too. The other part of the centre (walkbridge across the Slemmestad road/No. 165) houses the post office of eastern Asker municipality as well as the DIY shop Maxbo. Useful knowledge for newly immigrated people like myself, but nothing for tourists, really.
What to buy: But surely, if you need groceries, you'll find it at the ground level, the liquor store at the first, and a decent sports goods store at the third level. The bakery (an outlet, not a bakery, really) is barely passable for the title, more like a simple cafe. You may get a good loaf of bread. However, pass your bakery goods purchases until at Vollen or Asker town centre.
Funny name for the place, but never mind - it's always in the mind...
This is an outlet for the artsy folks of Vollen and Blakstad artists who produce, exhibit and sell through this gallery. Lots of nice stuff, and they hold seasonal exhibitions (paintings, other visual arts).
What to buy: Anything that fancies you and catches your imagination.
In Asker's neigbouring town, Sandvika you will find Bull Ski & Kajakk. The shop has a very good selection of outdoor equipment and in particular cross-country skiing and sea, canoe and kayak sports. It is a focussed shop with specialists helping you, not the regular run-of-the-mill a little-of-everything shop.
What to buy: Good quality/selection of tents, hiking boots, skis, kayaks and accessories. A good place to start your outdoor expedition here in Norway.
What to pay: Costly, as all Norwegian sports shops, but you get quality. Among all sports shop Bull is not known to be particularily expensive.
Byggmakker is a chain of stores with individual shops that vary widely in quality and service levels. They are one of Norway's several DIY chains. Generally useful if you come here to settle for shorter or longer time, and the price level is quite good.
What to buy: After repeated uses and attempts at using the Asker branch store Byggmakker Sem Bruk AS at Semsveien up past the town centre and near Semsvannet lake, I can no longer recommend this store. Their service levels is abysmal and response time veeery long and rather negative. They refuse to show you goods that they offer for sale through catalogues or advertisements. You can only decide if you like the thing after you have bought it, put it together and then see what it looks like. There are also several things that they put on offer but actually do not have and just try to bait you to come visit their shop. Better go to Maxbo in Asker or some other Byggmakker store elsewhere.
Sandvika Veveri produces homegrown weavings; decorations, curtains, pieces of clothing, table cloth, bed covers etc. You can also have your own stuff made based on their fabrics. They will do the sewing for you. Genuine local craft - never seen them do anything special for the tourist market.
Open: Mon,Tue, Thu Fri 10-15:30, Wed 10-18, Sat 10-14.
What to buy: As a visitor I'd probably go for a traditional pattern table cloth, napkin set etc.
What to pay: Well, they do have a special January sales when prices are down...
The list of galleries is becoming long...
This one is also really nice, located in an old storage house at the grounds of Blakstad Mental Hospital. Local artists in the Vettre-Blakstad area use this as their HQ. Come, look, drink coffee and have some snacks in the gallery cafe, and buy if you like. Looking is free...
Open Sat-Sun 12-15.
What to buy: Visual arts.