The less travelled roads of Oslo – a budget guide

You don’t have to empty your pockets to enjoy a nice vacation in Oslo. Have a look at our budget guide to some of the trendiest parts of the Norwegian capital.

City tour on a bike

Going on vacation to the second richest country in the world might sound like something reserved for people with their pockets full, interested in fjords, mountains and expensive restaurants. But, Oslo has a lot more to offer than beautiful nature and Michelin stars. Though it can be nice to see some of the famous sights, a more hip, young and authentic experience awaits if you go off the beaten track. It probably doesn’t hurt that it ́s also much more affordable and exotic, if you just know where to look.

Although Oslo is considered a major city in Norway, it is small enough for you to easily get around by bicycle. Tourists can rent city bikes for a reasonable price, and thus experience the capital in a more cost-effective and intimate manner.

Oslo on a budget - two men o a bicycle crossing a road in the night

Indulge in vintage fashion

Many people enjoy shopping when on city breaks, and luckily there are good, just as hip, alternatives to the priciest stores. In fact, vintage shopping and redesign are currently one of the most popular fashion trends in Norway. Even our own Crown Princess chooses redesign and second-hand shopping over high-end fashion. Therefore, you are much more likely to find some treasures if you visit one of the many vintage shops or markets, than if you trawl the many international stores.

oslo on a budget - racks with clothes in a vintage store.

On Saturdays, visit Birkelunden Marked, localized in the urban district of Grünerløkka . Here you will find everything from used antiques to books and records, in addition to vintage and redesigned clothing, all at a very good price. Once you are in the neighbourhood, you should also visit the second hand-shops Frøken Dianas Salonger and Velouria Vintage. With its vibrant lifestyle, Grünerløkka is popular amongst the locals and has a wide range of cosy cafés, restaurants and nightspots, surrounded by colourful street art.

Oslo on a buget - vintage store with racks of t-shirts

Eat local

Just as redesign has become the new fashion, trendy people consider beer as the new wine. Riding your bike just a few blocks from Grünerløkka, you’ll find Crowbar & Bryggeri, a microbrewery serving over 20 types of home-brewed Norwegian beer.

The bar also offers homemade food at great value. If you ́re planning on a September trip to Oslo catch the annual Matstreif Festival, a food festival that focuses on local commodities and unique taste sensations. You will also get the opportunity to taste and learn most of what there is to know about real homebrew. But don’t worry if you’re not visiting during September, you can taste local treats at the farmers market almost every weekend during the year. This market moves around Oslo, but is most often located in the area of Majorstuen.

Oslo on a budget - Matstreif Festival

Catchy tunes

If you ́re a music enthusiast make sure you don ́t miss Granitt Rock, which is also held in September every year. It is a two-day music festival and a great opportunity to catch up on some Norwegian bands and artists, and best of all it is completely free. Across the city, there are many cafés and bars with live music so you don’t need to plan ahead or buy tickets, such as Bare Jazz, which is both a café and record store.

Whether you have several days in the city or are just passing through on an airport stopover, it is easy to experience the city in a nice, yet affordable manner. Stay at Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Airport, Gardermoen Hotel, within close proximity to the airport and only a 20 minutes train ride downtown. Use our guide to make the most out of your visit. Alternatively, you can discover the place on your own, whilst continuing to explore the city on your bike.

Find the places mentioned above by looking at this map.