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Sandvika Storsenter is one of Norway's largest shopping centers. They claim to offer just as much as the entirety of central Oslo when it comes to shops and restaurants. There is a wide range of shops and you can basically get everything you need under one roof. Clothes, gifts, food and hobby items are just a few examples. The center manages to combine a high level of quality with a relaxed atmosphere. There is also a play area for children aged three to eight, and if you want to take the kids with you around the shops, you can hire a cart to push the little ones in. There are different shops and plenty of free parking places, and all this is only ten minutes from Oslo.
This is a house full of Christmas all year round. Norway's largest Christmas shop, this is also Santa's main post office in Norway, with its own official postage stamp. The shop answers letters addressed to Father Christmas by children from all over the world. A collection of 200,000 letters from children is on display in the tourist information office, next to Julehuset ("Christmas House"). A nice day trip can be made from Oslo, here to Drobak. Check out the website for more information.
This is a modern shopping center in a beautiful environment of old buildings and natural scenery. It contains ordinary shops like any shopping arcade, but also workshops for glass-blowing and various other crafts, as well as galleries and museums. It is almost like a park, with a small river running through. There is an exhibition of sculptures that changes as they are sold. There are many places to eat and drink in, and in the summer also an outdoor marketplace. The history of Brums Verk started in 1603 when a promising vein of iron ore was found there. Gradually Brums Verk became the leading ironworks in Akershus. In 1988 the owners received an international architectural prize for building aesthetics for this new development. They also have free parking places.
The Italian house of Benetton is famous for bright and colorful, high-quality garments, especially for children but also for women. Classic and elegant basic clothes such as skirts, jackets and suits come in bright as well as calmer colors. The Sisley collection is designed for younger women, and successfully combines classic and playful styles in funky, original clothes.
Located at CC Vest, Grændsens Skotøimagazin is a massive space filled with shoes. You will find everything from the common everyday shoe to the exclusive designer pump. In addition to having both extra large and extra small sizes, Grndsens Skotimagasin offers all kinds of special products: swimming shoes, slippers, shoes for national costumes, health shoes, Wellington boots, clogs, galoshes, special soles and shoe-treatment products. The staff is highly skilled in their profession and can offer you guidance wherever you may need it.
CC Vest is one of the smaller shopping centers in Oslo, but they still have everything you need. Over 64 shops include services such as a post office, a chemist and Vinmonopol (government-run off-licence). Monthly competitions and weekly offers are run to maintain customers' interest. Even if you do not live in the neighborhood it is easy to get to by motorway, or you can take buses 23, 32 or 43 to Lilleaker. Check out the website for more information.
Located in Frogner, Bamsebua showcases a wide variety of toys that will entertain children and adults alike. You'll find things like remote controlled cars, puzzles, art supplies, figurines, LEGOs and a giant collection of Teddy bears. Additionally, there's also a large section children's clothing, costumes and even knitting supplies. Stop on by and check out this cozy, eclectic store.
At Galleri Gimle you'll find a wide range of antique home furnishings and decor. Furniture, light fixtures, ceramics, mirrors and art are the main items for sale. Many pieces are from the 18th Century, meaning Galleri Gimle is mainly frequented by serious collectors. In particular, their collection of chandeliers is impressive. Visit the website for a snapshot of their inventory - you might find such jewels as a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk from the early 1900s, or a pair of Rocco-style mirrors from the 1700s.
This is a small, nice shop with fish, game and fowl. The shop window is perhaps not a sight for sensitive souls, with its display of fowl with the feathers still on, but all the more inviting for those with a culinary interest. The shop is situated in one of the more expensive parts of the city, Majorstua, so the pheasant you find will not exactly be cheap. You will also find black grouse, wood grouse, ptarmigan, elk, hare, and many more delicacies. So if you have a game stew sauce but nothing to put in it, you may want to stop by here. Check out the website for more.
With its interesting and varied selection, this shop became an immediate success. The keywords at Hassan og Den Dama are originality, fashion consciousness and an eye for innovation in shapes, colors and details. Prices range from reasonable to high; at the expensive end you will find famous, quality brands such as Miss Sixty, Blues, Jean Paul Gaultier, Juco, Energie and Diesel. Den Dama also sells shoes, and accessories such as handbags and costume jewelry.
The old workshops on the seafront beneath the town hall, belonging to Akers Mekaniske Verksted, have been converted into one of Oslo's most popular shopping and nightlife areas, Aker Brygge. There are places to eat and shop, art galleries, theaters, an IMAX and a regular cinema. A walk along the waterfront is a great way to spend a fine summer afternoon. Take trams 10 or 15 or walk from Akershus fortress past a children's play area and numerous ice-cream stalls.
The ICA Gourmet stores trace their history back to 1917 when their first store opened up in Västerås. The Sweden-based chain of supermarkets and grocery stores boasts of over 2,400 outlets in Sweden and Norway itself. These stores offer a huge variety of food products, packaged food items and grocery items such as fresh local produce and ingredients, and lots more. One of their Oslo stores, located in the Aker Brygge area, offers a plethora of fresh fruits, veggies, seafood, poultry and meat along with freshly made dishes and takeaway.