Once you’ve got your culture fix, stretch your legs by walking to Steinmann Lookout. This viewpoint towers over the city and offers panoramic vistas of the archipelago’s glistening waters.
Back to Oslo now, and to Sørenga, a one-time abandoned shipping port on the harbour that has since been turned into a lively, revitalised area, particularly favoured among the locals. The highlights include the sea-water pool complete with beach – the perfect place to take a dip and relax with a book on a summer’s day. There’s also a sauna here if you’re visiting in winter.
Take your pick from a mouth-watering menu of restaurants, from hip cafes to grab an espresso to traditional pizza places. Pick a seat on the terrace to admire views of the sun setting over the Opera House and Akershus Fortress.
If you’re in the mood for a spot of retail therapy, don’t miss Oslo’s riverside Grünerløkka district. The bustling streets are filled with vintage boutiques and independent shops, as well as plenty of cafes when you need to stop for a caffeine fix. Keep active at the Vulkan Climbing Centre, or get competitive at the mini-golf park.
Stay out past sundown to discover the many bars in the area. Don’t miss Parkteatret, which was originally Oslo’s first cinema, dating back to 1907. Today, you can sip on a cocktail or craft beer while enjoying some live music.