There’s no better souvenir to bring home from Oslo than a beautifully crafted Norwegian sweater. Since the 9th century, locals have used the strong, high-quality wool from Norwegian sheep to make these warm, intricately patterned tops. Cozy and festive, these durable Norwegian sweaters make gifts that will last generations. The Oslo Sweater Shop at Holbergs Plass is a great spot to find these local treasures. Look for quality brands like Dale of Norway.
If you’re in the market for something smaller, consider picking up some Freia Melkesjokolade, the cherished Norwegian milk chocolate, or homemade cloudberry jam, a local delicacy made with light, sweet berries. To pick up these and other culinary souvenirs, stop off at area shops like Fromagerie, Flâneur and Gutta på Haugen.
You’ll find a range of shopping options in Oslo, from vintage spots and touristy souvenir shops to department stores and boutiques. Karl Johans gate is Oslo’s main shopping street, mostly filled with chain stores. For unusual finds in the city center, we suggest you look for smaller boutiques, like Freudian Kicks and Leila Hafzi.
Alternatively, opt for less-trafficked areas like Hegdehaugsveien and Bogstadveien in Majorstuen, which carry many of the same commercial shops as well as upscale brands.
To pick up souvenirs from vintage shops and small local designers, head to trendy Grünerløkka. This hip neighborhood is a local favorite for its cozy cafés and boutique shopping. Check out Shoe Lounge, a glamorous footwear shop known for its friendly, knowledgeable salespeople.
Other highlights include House of Oslo, the country’s best for interior design, and classic department store Steen & Strøm, established in 1797.