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People visiting Oslo for the first time find that the city – weather permitting, of course – is very conducive to a shopping spree or two. The city center is marked by numerous, pedestrian-friendly areas featuring friendly boutiques with art, jewelry, and handicrafts galore. The greatest concentration of shopping downtown is found along busy Karl Johans gate and its intersecting streets. Here, department stores like Steen and Strøm, the Paléet shopping center, and specialty shops like Tanum – one of the city’s most popular bookshops – are must-dos. Elsewhere, near the familiar façade of the Radisson SAS Plaza, is Oslo City, one of Norway’s largest enclosed shopping centers. A more unique shopping experience is found east of Filipstad at the ever-busy Aker Brygge, once a ship-building yard and now a unique waterfront complex with a wide selection of shops, restaurants, and bars. For a true treat, venture outside the city proper and find the shops and eateries of quaint Bærums Verk, a restored ironworks village located almost an hour west of Oslo. There, among other things, the wares include blown glass, pottery, hand-made soap, and patchwork quilts.

- Oslo Expert Kelly Sigmon