GUIDE / OSLO

”The ’new’ Oslo city makes me proud”

STINE BIRKELAND
On the city’s transformation, including an eager interest in organic and sustainable cuisine.
November 20, 2020

Design company Northern’s Head of PR & Marketing highlights a new innovation for paper-lovers, the best coffee places, where to find the best local fashion, and much more.

My favourite thing that makes me proud of Oslo: 
The ”new” Oslo city! The city has transformed in just a few years now, not only by the look but also the mood. The eager new interest in organic, sustainable, and local food and drinks has led to the birth of several new restaurants, bars, and hangouts. The city frontline harbor has transformed into a new district with new and contemporary architecture. Casual meets business. New meets old. A rare mix that I embrace and makes me proud of my city.

My favourite weekend routine: 
A good brewed coffee Saturday morning in one of Oslo’s many coffee places, such as Tim Wendelboe and Fuglen.

Fuglen

My favourite cultural spot: 
Deichmanske library. This amazing building is located next to the Opera House in Bjørvika in the center of Oslo. I am not so fond of the outside, but when you come inside, you can immerse yourself in all kinds of books and discover the amazing architecture and light together with its interior. Try the fifth floor where you can relax in a lounge with one of the best views in Oslo.

My favourite place for dining out: 
Wow, it’s not one answer here, there are so many nice places in Oslo. I am waiting for a table at The Vandelay, the new restaurant is famous Maaemo’s little sister, so I have big expectations. I love when restaurants use sustainable ingredients and take responsibility for our future, Brutus bar is still a favorite, among others.

Deichmanske library. Photo: Jo Straube

My favourite place for a creative or business meeting: 
Sentralen Kafé is open from early on and offers lots of good things for breakfast. Here you can get a good start to the day, hold a meeting and sit down to work in the spacious café.

My favourite breakfast place: 
Oslo Raw fresh and colourful vegan food or Kumi — also with organic and plant-based food, but with a perfect fusion of Scandinavian and Japanese design.

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My favourite city escape: 
My hometown Alta, in the far north of Norway. I love the beautiful light — both summer and winter and the landscape, the powerful sea in the coastline — all together make me calm and a perfect city escape.

My favourite local entrepreneur or creative I want to promote: 
Sorgenfri, a new multi-level shop space and concept gallery in Oslo, curating art, design, and culture.

sorgenfri.store

My favourite hotel for a staycation: 
The Thief, a nice view of the Oslofjord, a spa, a comfy bed, and a really nice breakfast.

My favourite route for a run or walk: 
To run the harbour promenade is a great way of exploring Oslo. It’s 9 kilometers long and will take you along all of the city’s seafront from one side of the city to the other.

My favourite place for fashion: 
Take a look at Kvadraturen in the city centre with a lot of nice concept stores and high-end brands. I like to shop for Norwegian design, so stop by Prinsensgate 6 at F5 Concept store.

My favourite space for great design:
— I love Northern.

My favourite example of tech innovation in Oslo: 
Remarkable tablet, which is designed to replace paper. So now you can replace your notebooks and sketches with this tablet that feels like paper — perfect for designers and paper-lovers.

My favourite local media: 
— Dagens Næringsliv’s D2. A nice combination of good and interesting story’s, architecture, design, and fashion every Friday.

My favourite thing at home: 
— My coffee dripper — I love coffee!

Wendelboe