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1. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 6y

I just booked the first weekend in March in Oslo. Would love to hear any advice/tips. I have read that it rains a lot there...should I expect rain this time of year? Are there any hidden haunts or cheap places to eat that you could recommend?

Open for any/all advice.....

2. Posted by Cypriot86 (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

I am also planning to go there in March but I am scared that it is very cold..
If you can share your travel plan may be I can get idea about Oslo trip..:)

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Quoting Khandilee

I just booked the first weekend in March in Oslo. Would love to hear any advice/tips. I have read that it rains a lot there...should I expect rain this time of year? Are there any hidden haunts or cheap places to eat that you could recommend?

Open for any/all advice.....

This time of year you'll have a bigger chance of snow than rain :) In fact it's been snowing again for the past 48 hours more or less, and there was still plenty left from earlier snowfalls. There aren't many cheap eateries here by most standards but it's relatively easy to avoid the overpriced touristy places along Karl Johan and down at the harbour. Where I live is the part of town that has most restaurants and the prices are more reasonable. It's big with students so the bars and prices are based on that. I'm typing on my phone now so have to keep it short but I'll try and add some recommendations soon if you letme know what you are after? I'm actually away that weekend or I'd try and show you around :(

4. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 6y

Cypriot...right now I really don't know what I am doing. I am staying on the MSInnvk which is a boat and a theater if I understand correctly. Hoping to catch a free show there. I am planning for cold...layers....layers...layers! Getting the Oslo card and seeing as many of the museums as possible (to stay indoors). My personal 'must-see' is the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Hoping for some great photo's.

Sam....

Thanks. I would love any other recommendations that you have. I fear that eating will bust my budget and would yet like to try some of the local food. If you know of places that won't break my bank, that would be great. I have contacted a couple of locals on couchsurfing to see if anyone wants to meet for coffee as well as It would be great to get an insider look at Oslo. Too bad your not going to be in town that weekend, it would be great to meet you.

From what I have read, Oslo is a very multi-cultural city. It would be interesting to find out what the draw of this cold northern European city is. (that almost sounds derogatory, not meant to be). I love finding out what make a place desirable to others.

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6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Quoting Khandilee

I fear that eating will bust my budget and would yet like to try some of the local food. If you know of places that won't break my bank, that would be great.

Most restaurants will serve 'standard restaurant fare', ie. burgers, sandwiches, pizza, wraps etc. That's not to say it isn't great food, but there's not that many places that serve, say, home made fish soup. Off the top of my head, if you find a place like this, a good fish soup will probably be around 10-15 eur. I really like Bugges eftf for example, and their soup of the day is just short of 100 nok. Last year that would have been about 11 eur, but the eur has gone down since then, so probably more like 14 now.

If you want to absorb the multi-cultural side of Oslo, basically there's two main areas you should check out. Grønland and Grünerløkka, although the latter is getting more and more upscale as it's gained in popularity (since I moved to that part of town of course ). I really like Grønland and prices would be way better there than at Karl Johan for example. There's a great Indian restaurant right on the main street there that serves great food for around 60 or 70 nok. It also has a lot more 'soul' in my opinion. I've written a little about both parts of town in our Oslo guide.

The part of town that the Vigeland sculptures are in is more posh, and not really my side of town to put it that way :) It's where traditionally all the rich lived, while the poorer working classes lived in big blocks on the east side of the city (G'løkka, Grønland, Torshov etc). Now a lot of the east side is actually more expensive than the west, mostly just because of the vibe. But in all fairness, there's not really that much difference ;)

If you have the time and are here on a Sunday, you might try and check out the Emanuel Vigeland Museum, which is basically a mausoleum created by the brother of the guy that did the sculptures in Vigelands park. In my opinion it's way more impressive than the sculptures, but for preservation's sake it's only open 2 or 3 hours a week on Sundays, so it's far less known.

Hope that helps!!

7. Posted by Khandilee (Respected Member 99 posts) 6y

Thanks Sam!

I'm taking notes. I did read through the Oslo guide and got some great info there. Guess I'll take what I have and wander around and get lost....one of my favorite things to do!

I will be flying out on Sunday so probably won't be able to get to the museum if it's only open on Sunday....Sad.