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Judith reporting from the Nordics, today .. Norway

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 by Irene Hoofs

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This report is written by Judith de Graaff from Joelix and all images are by Judith.

 After a week of Swedish countryside and Norwegian fjords, we reached Oslo where we stayed in theComfort Xpress Hotel. A so called "Social Media Hotel"... which meant so much as: cool lobby & brekkie hangout, with super fast internet. And nice staff too!

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Oslo is a big city with quite a compact city center. Some of my favorite stores were Elm Design(Icelandic fashion design, in the same street as Acne and Filippa K) and Clas Ohlsen. The latter is a part of chain store where you can buy everything from a lightbulb to a fridge. They mainly sell electrical stuff, hardware, everything for your home, leisure and multimedia. Not a very special store, but it's so complete that I liked it. 

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The area we explored outside the city center is called Grünerløkka. Here you'll find small shops and lots of great vintage stores as well.

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I simply LOVE the Granit stores. We already visited a big Granit shop in Stockholm, but again the Granit Grünerløkka store didn't let me down. Granit sells basic storage solutions and other functional products for home, office and garden. There is nearly any branding on the products (which reminds a bit of Muji) which makes it super easy to personalize the products in your own way.

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In the Grünerløkka area we stumbled upon a fromagerie, a French cheese shop selling not only very nice A.O.C. cheeses, but also French crêpes and many other french farmhouse products. Yummy!

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If you're ever hungry in Oslo (and not a vegetarian) you should definitely try Illegal Burger(Møllergata 23). As the names says, it's a small burger restaurant, but one of the finest I know. Forget the tasteless burgers of McDonalds, here you can choose between a Bluecheesebacon - Vive le fromage!, a Hot Mama - Come to Daddy or a Fish - Sleep With the Fish burger. Order them with grilled potatoes (med aioli) and a homemade blåbær smoothie. Very delicious indeed!

Thank you for joining me on this trip! As you can read&see the 3 Nordic capitals are all very different. My personal favorite for shopping was definitely Copenhagen. But as we had very limited time to visit, we only saw a tip of the iceberg, so we will definitely go back soon!

 

Thank you Judith! Please visit Judith's website Joelix to learn more about her, her work andStudio Sapique.

 

 

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