If you haven’t gathered, this country is expensive. Living is expensive, doing things is expensive, going out is expensive, except there are some things to do that aren’t so bad. They mostly involve looking at things outside. If you want through doors it will cost you..
If you’re coming to Oslo just for a weekend, get the Oslo Pass. It includes transit and gives you entry to almost all the museums. We’re planning on getting it one of these weekends and going to every museum and getting all the knowledge.
These things are only really fitting when it’s not raining because no one wants to walk around looking at things outside if it’s not a decent day out.
The Opera House
I was pretty blown away by this building. You can walk on the roof; there’s a nice view of the water, the ferries, and the pier. I think you can look inside for free too, but I didn’t. The architecture is amazing, my only question is how do they keep the roof so goddam white? Phenomenal.
This is where the Starbucks is that I go to and get kind of cheap beers and do homework. It’s on the pier and you can walk around and look at all the boats you can’t afford. The ferry also leaves from here. There are usually food trucks, some fancy looking restaurants, and the Nobel Peace Centre.
GO HERE. It is a must, go read my other post all about it.
Karl Johan’s Gate
The walking/shopping street- only free if you have self control around stores. People watching is always free though. Also, the best kebab place we could find is close by. It’s called Dronningens Kebab. They do this thing with their onions, 10/10 recommend.
This is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, and has also been used as a royal residential palace and as a prison. It’s another place you can walk around and look at things for free. There’s a restaurant and the resistance museum is here; also a good spot to find dogs to pet.
Mathallen Food Hall
We all know how much I enjoy grocery stores, and this place is paradise to me. So many specialty shops and cafes to look at. I can easily go here and spend a while looking at things, all the food looks amazing. Lots of local things are sold, and not just food.
We cook almost every night because it’s cheaper to buy groceries than go out (duh). To go out for a beer you’ll find yourself paying double what you’d pay in Vancouver, and honestly, the cheapest place to get a beer seems to be Starbucks, or the Stargate. But I don’t recommend the Stargate, it’s by far the sketchiest dive bar I’ve ever experienced. If you’re really struggling, just go to IKEA for food. It’s dirt cheap just like Canada, and who doesn’t love hot dogs and froyo?
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