Tronsmo Bookshop: Tin Tin in Oslo
i was walking from the national Gallery to the Palace park and saw Pam's dear friends Tintin and snowy so had to stop. My very first tin tin book was in Norwegian given to me at about age 5 by a sailer on the Norwegian ship were were sailing on to Africa. I go back to Tintin before every journey It's a a huge influence on how I travel and for anyone who wants to tell the story in pictures however since i can not draw I have to use photos.
The bookstore had a notice about the building being torn down and a petition to save it as this is one of only a few independent bookstores in Oslo.
The staff was wonderful and helpful as i looked at all the Norwegian tintins.
What to buy: a Tin Tin book in norwegian of course --
What to pay: 149 NK
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Glas Magasinet: Department Store
This large department store is 1 block north of Karl Johans gate on Stortorvet square. It a good place if you need to pick up clothes. They also have a small souvenir department but the prices are more expensive than the tourist shops.
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Oslo City Mall: Oslo City Mall
It was like in every Mall - luxury shops and cafes, nothing special but warm. It was a real fun as we entered in a man's clothing store buying some clothes for our host ...the retails tried to offer their best but always one of us disagreed for something.
It's close to the railway station and it has a warm connection (a tunnel over the street) between them
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GlasMagasinet.: The oldest department store.
I just love GlasMagasinet, it has such a regal feel to it and reminds me of Denmark and a little bit of Harrods in London, but on a much smaller scale. It is very popular and if you want to buy somebody a present the GlasMagasinet is in the first place in Norway. Here are over 25 stores and restaurants.
GlasMagasinet dates back to 1860 and is one of Norway´s oldest and most famous department stores. It used to be located on what is now Jernbanetorget, but had to move to its current location due to the railway. On a plaque on the building says that Christianias Glasmagasine was established in 1739.
It is on 4 floors.
Opening hours: weekdays 10-19, Saturdays 10-18.
Byporten shopping center.: Shopping in Oslo S train station.
Byporten is in Oslo S central train station and is on 3 floors and contains 70 stores and 13 restaurants and cafés. It opened in 1999.
Byporten got the prize as the best shopping center of the year in the year 2000 "Arets Kjöpesenter 2000" by Norsk Kjöpesenterforening.
Opening hours: weekdays 10-21, Saturdays 10-20.
It is lovely just to roam around there while waiting for the train to arrive.
Gunerius.: Gunerius shopping center down-town.
Gunerius is a small shopping center in the very new center of Oslo. It is on two floors and has got over 30 shops and restaurants. It has got various exits some of which lead you straight into the Grönland district. Right opposite the shopping center is The Spectrum.
Gunerius doesn´t look big from the outside, and to me it was more of a passage where I went to warm up during the cold, rainy Oslo months of April and May in 2012.
Opening hours: weekdays 9:00-20:00 and Saturdays 10:00-18:00
Shopping center.: Oslo City.
There are not many shopping centers in down-town Oslo. But opposite Jernbanetorget Oslo S is one shopping center called Oslo City. Oslo City opened in 1988 and is said to be Norway´s most visited shopping center - maybe because everybody walks through here. I have bought several items here in H&M.
It is on 5 floors and has got all the most popular stores, like H&M, KappAhl, Boys of Europe etc. And several restaurants in the basement. All in all there are 90 stores here.
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00 weekdays and 10:00-20:00 on Saturdays.
On the 4th floor there is a toilet for NOK 5. Seeing that I spend hours and hours on end in Oslo and hardly every go to cafés or restaurants, then I am always on the look-out for toilets. The one at Oslo S is NOK 10. And being an Icelander on a budget in Norway...
What to buy: Clothes and shoes and everything one can find in a shopping center.
What to pay: Like everything in Norway it is not cheap.
Storo shopping center.: The biggest shopping center in Oslo.
There are not many big shopping centers in Oslo, the biggest one being STORO shopping center in the Storo district. It is far up in Oslo, but street-cars go there as well as busses. I took street-car number 13 and it stops right up on a hill next to the shopping center. You just have to take Vitaminveien down to the shopping center - a 3 minutes walk.
The opening hours are: weekdays 10:00-21:00 and Saturdays 10:00-19:00.
Storo shopping center has got 130 stores and restaurants on 4 floors. I went there just out of curiosity as I had read a tip here on VT about this shopping center and kind of thought that it would be cheaper as it is a bit far from the city center. But that was not the case and here are the same clothing shops as in the city center. And as I was staying in Ski next to a big shopping center then I just went in and out, explored the different floors a bit and walked back to the city center. I was more interested in the surrounding area than in buying anything.
Grönland bazaar.: A multicultural bazaar.
In Grönland there is a small shopping center, very small, but cute with 20 stores and restaurants. As inside there is a big beautiful pink chandelier in the middle of the bazaar and small wooden houses "protrude" on one side of the bazaar, where the restaurants are located.
Here you can find a shoesmith, women´s clothing, a bookstore,a pharmacy, buy ready made food like chicken, here is a Vinmonopolet liquor store, Ali Baba restaurant to name a few.
There is also a Bunnpris grocery store which is now open 24/7 every day of the year.
Opening hours: weekdays 10:00-20:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00. Closed on Sundays.
Here the toilets also cost NOK 5 and they are clean and nice.
The narrowest aisles ever.: Bunnpris - bottom prices.
Bunnpris is a grocery store which is a bit cheaper than other grocery stores in Oslo. Bunnpris means "bottom prices". It is open on Sundays as well, but most of the other grocery stores are closed on Sundays.
The aisles in Bunnpris are the narrowest ever, customers cannot meet there without getting up close and personal. And you cannot wear a rucksack in there. But it is ok if there are not a lot of customers in the store. First time I went inside a Bunnpris store the gypsies were there with big bags filled with empty bottles, which they collect, and they were putting them in the machine at the store to get the deposit back. There was no getting around them, so I was stuck there and could not even leave my groceries and get out of the store as there is just no space.
When in Oslo I buy my sodas at Bunnpris at the Oslo S train station.
The opening hours are: Weekdays from 7-23 and Sundays from 9-23. And it is open on public holidays, at least the one at Oslo S. I was looking at their website and some of their stores are open from 8h, some from 9h, and some are closed on public holidays. But the one I am talking about here is at Oslo S.
What to buy: Food and drink.
What to pay: Less than in other food-stores.
Bunnpris: Bunnpris when you really, really need something
This is the shop where I usually end up every Sunday, when I'm out of toilet paper. The shop is open all days, even Sundays. This is not the ideal place to shop groceries. It's a very little shop, and there's not enough place to turn around and pick some other groceries. You should know what items you want to shop before entering this place. you should not carry suitcases and big bags of any kind you'll just block the entrance.
oslo shopping places: shopping in oslo
I'm sure you'll find a lot of nice clothes in Oslo. But like any other thing it's expensive her. Some places to shop:
Oslo City ( if you like shopping in a crowd).
Byporten ( close to Oslo city, more expensive, not so crowded).
Karl Johan: Walk down our main street Karl Johan. A lot of fresh air, but you'll see a beggar on each corner and annoying street sellers.
Bogstadveien: if you prefer quality clothes and are prepared to pay for it. It's more peaceful to shop in Bogstadveien than i the Oslo city mall. I have even seen some of the royal family shopping clothes in Bogstadveien.
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Loppemarked: Flea markets
Two times a year the school corps will arrange flea markets to earn some money . On those Flea markets you'll find secondhand clothes, furniture, books, dvd's etc. And they sell waffles, cakes, hotdogs and coffee. And they will also have an auction. I think it's a nice cozy tradition, even though I often regret my choices when I get home looking at all my new ugly clothes.
If you want to get rid of something, the corps will collect it and sell it again. My parents should be very happy that I never joined the corps, there's a lot of works for parents organizing this market. I hope I get some credits for this one day.
What to buy: whatever you want, but you may not like it when you're back home.
What to pay: a lot, or nothing at all.
Blå: Fashion and antique at Blå (blue)
don't think you'll find this in your tourist guide book. This is a place where you can buy products from different designers and also buy some second hands clothes. The products vary in quality. They also sell some food there It's hidden in deep down in Grünerløkka and it's open every Sunday from 12- 17 pm.
Storo storsenter: Storo storsenter the best place to shop
IF you have a sense of direction. I don't so to me it's a terrible place to linger.
This new mall is the best place to shop. It reminds me of an American shopping mall with wide passages, according to Norwegian standards.
Rest rooms/WC - free of charge
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