Oslo’s waterfront location means there’s a scattering of beaches, most of them around half an hour from the city centre. However, one of Oslo’s most popular tourist sites is Sorenga Sjobad, a manmade jetty where people go to swim and sunbathe. This popular waterfront hangout comes with shallow swimming areas and sunbathing spots.
Accessible only on foot or by bike, Paradisbukta is a remote bay on the western edge of the Bygdoy peninsula. Sugar-fine sand, clear water, and handy toilets and seating areas make it worth a visit, especially in the summer. It’s a 20-minute cycle from Oslo city centre.
Skolebrod is a perfect pastry snack to keep you fuelled up when you’re on the go in Oslo. It’s a type of Norwegian sweet roll that’s filled with custard, sloshed with icing, then dunked in grated coconut. The name translates to ‘school bread’, because it was usually put in school lunch boxes as a dessert.
Nothing says summer in Oslo like fresh-from-the-net prawns eaten against views of Oslo Fjord. Lots of the fisherman who catch prawns on this huge expanse of water have got cooking equipment onboard their boats. If you head to the Radhusbrygga dock area during the warmer months, you’ll be able to try the freshest prawns straight from the fjord. It’s worth stopping by a delicatessen for bread and a bit of mayonnaise if you fancy making a real meal of it.
For something traditional, try a lomper – AKA a flat bread, made the Norwegian way with potatoes, flour and a pinch of salt. These flatbreads are the size of dinner plates and can be stuffed with a sweet or savoury filling, a bit like crepes. It’s very popular in Oslo to order a hotdog with a lomper instead of a bun.
Don’t leave Oslo without a round of aquavit. Also known as the spirit of Scandia, this alcoholic beverage is distilled from grain or potatoes and tastes a bit like vodka. It’s typically served unmixed in tulip glasses, and it’s typical to say “skaal!” – or “cheers!” – before you drink it.
Finish off your foodie tour of Oslo with a dessert called tilsorte bondepiker. This traditional Scandinavian sweet treat is a bit like a trifle, made with whipped cream, apples and breadcrumbs. It’s usually served in a glass bowl. Modern takes on this dessert sometimes include caramel or vanilla sauce.
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