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Tjuvholmen and the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo from the air
Tjuvholmen in Oslo.
Photo: Benson Kua / CC BY-SA 2.0
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The downtown waterfront area in Oslo is reborn as a neighbourhood blending museums, restaurants and chic urban living.


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The New York Times described Oslo as “ready to shine” on their list of top places to visit in 2013. Why? In part because of the island of Tjuvholmen and the spectacular new Astrup Fearnley Museum. Since it opened in September 2012, praise for the building has been widespread:

“Once a dirty, no-go industrial zone, the island of Tjuvholmen in Oslo has been transformed into an ideal destination for a cultural citybreak.” 
Financial Times, April 2013

Tjuvholmen, Oslo

Tjuvholmen, Oslo.
Photo: VisitOSLO / Thomas Johannessen ©Louise Bourgeois / BONO 2017

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art — art island

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Mathallen – a centre for Norwegian food culture

At the once industry-heavy bank of the river Akerselva, one of Oslo’s most interesting new city development projects, called Vulkan, has come to life. Mathallen’s attraction is that community and culture come together under the common association of food.

Mathallen has a distinctive European market-hall feel with restaurants, cafes, greengrocers, pubs, bakers and fishmongers. Producers of Norwegian homegrown meats, cheeses, seafood and many more delicious foods and drinks are here to tempt your taste buds with the mouth-watering food choices Norway has to offer.

From Mathallen you can cross the bridge over the Akerselva river and visit Smelteverket, a gastropub with Scandinavia’s longest bar and 20 large windows facing the river. Smelteverket’s soulful fusion-sharing menu offers a fascinating variety of tapas-styled food. The ever-changing beer menu is always packed with great craft beers from around the world.

Ekebergparken Sculpture Park

Situated near the Ekebergrestauranten, the Ekeberg Sculpture Park is your opportunity to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, whilst taking in some culture or savouring a good meal.

The park offers a total of 63 forested acres dotted with sculptures by internationally renowned artists, and lies on a small hill just to the south-east of Oslo city centre.

More art and culture in Oslo

Oslo has a lot to offer, so start exploring these listings to find even more things to do.
​Get in-depth travel information on Oslo’s official website.

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