Norway, the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ has a lot to offer when it comes to leaving a piece of itself in the hearts of its visitors. Shopping in Norway is a delightful affair, not only because of the variety of markets it promises, but also for the unique Norwegian products that it is famous for. Products like Linje Aquavit, a popular Norwegian drink also known as ‘Firewater’, authentic Norwegian sweaters from the Dale of Norway, liquorice chocolates, Viking drinking bowls, troll figurines, reindeer sausages, solje jewellery, the Rosemaling folk paintings and more are famous among all travelers.
12 Places For Shopping In Norway
What would help you now, is a list of popular centres for shopping in Norway where you can find the best deals and pocket some awesome Norwegian souvenirs!
1. Oslo City Shopping Center
In the capital city of Norway, the Oslo City Shopping Center is one of the largest and most popular shopping centers in Norway. Built in 1988, this shopping center is home to about 93 shops and restaurants today, and is conveniently located within walking distance from the Central Station. A wide assortment of speciality shops, fast food restaurants and ultra-sleek retail venues bring over 16 million shoppers here every year.
Timings: 10 Am – 9 Pm
2. Karl Johans Gate Shopping Area
If you’re looking for some fun time shopping at a pedestrian street, the Karl Johans Gate Shopping Area would be just the place for you. Running from east to west from the Oslo Central station to the Royal Palace, this street hosts several street entertainers, good eateries as well as numerous fashion chains including H&M, Benetton, etc. Considering the location, this shopping street demands reasonable prices, making it popular as a destination for cheap shopping in Norway. The enormous Tanum bookstore and the Paleet shopping complex are the most frequently visited spots here.
3. Aker Brygge
With a collection of the city’s finest restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries, pubs and cultural diversions, the Aker Brygge is one of the most popular destinations for shopping in Oslo. The unique waterfront complex sits near the mouth of a former ship building yard – the Oslofjord. The gorgeously renovated buildings in the region as well as the waterside view with boats tied to the dock makes for a great ambience for those flocking for the best shopping in Norway.
Timings: 10 Am – 8 Pm
4. Lagunen Storsenter
This is the biggest shopping mall in Bergen and is probably just the place to find the clothes of your dreams. The 160 connected shops and the 50 fashion stores would help you fill your closet with clothes that make you feel million dollars worth. The best part? This destination for shopping in Bergen as well as its neighbours offer services like that of a personal shopper, who would join you on your shopping spree, pointing you in the right direction for your shopping interests!
Mall Timings: 9 Am – 9 Pm
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Located in the center of the Bergen City, the Galleriet is another popular spot for shopping in Bergen with over 70 shops that include great coffee shops, cafes and lunch bars. It is located just 12 km from the airport and makes for a great place to enjoy the crowds, visit chocolate shops, browse the gift shops or snag a free croissant along with your coffee if you happen to reach before 10:00 am.
Timings: 9 Am – 9 Pm
6. Stavanger Storsenter
The third largest city in Norway, Stavanger is also popular when it comes to listing the destinations for shopping in Norway. Stavanger Storsenter is the largest center for shopping in Stavanger, which has around 70 shops that are divided among four buildings. One would find almost everything, from furniture to electronic equipment, fashion to books, and music to games at this shopping center.
Timing: 10 Am – 5 Pm
7. Bryggerekka Flea Market
If you happen to be in Norway during the summer months of May – September, the Sunday flea market in Trondheim would give you an opportunity to pick a unique local souvenir or tantalize your taste buds with some Norwegian delicacies at the food stalls. The Bryggerekka Flea Market is filled with stalls selling used books, bikes, clothes and LPs.
Timing: 9 Am onwards
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8. Roros Christmas Market
During the season when the entire country resembles a Christmas Card, Norway hosts a splendid Christmas Market where one can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, shop in unique stalls selling the local beer or reindeer meat, feed Santa’s reindeer, or simply stroll along the streets enjoying the festive vibe.
Timing: The first weekend of December
9. Farmer’s Market
A casual Saturday in Oslo can turn exceptional with a visit to this Farmer’s Market in Valkyrie Plass where the local produce are on the exhibit, ready to be tried, purchased and enjoyed. Norway’s famous blueberries, sausages, cheeses and the Norwegian homemade waffles can be found in plenty here.
Timing: Every Saturday
10. Viking Market
Take back with you mementos of Norway’s Viking past with the traditional crafts that you can purchase at the Viking Market in Hovag. A tour of this market can be fascinating with market stalls and local craftsmen displaying the expertise and intricate skills of the erstwhile Vikings. There are traditional Viking delicacies to sample to your heart’s content as well.
Timing: Starts early July
11. Villvin Market
Three days in July sees this large market attracting a huge crowd to Risor for the handicrafts extravaganza it has to sell. It is known that over 100 craftsmen from Denmark, Sweden and Norway fly over to sell their products of ceramic, textile, glass, wood, leather, paper and wicker at the Villvin Market.
12. Old Market
Dig into the treasure trove of Norwegian goods as you bustle into the Old Market of Fredrikstad – an old town close to the Swedish border. The beautiful historical town and the local community makes for a pleasant day of exploring and shopping in Norway. A perfect spot for shopping and relishing food, Old Market won’t disappoint you.
Timing: Every Saturday starting April until winter
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Frequently Asked Questions About Shopping In Norway
A. You must visit a knit shop to buy an authentic Norwegian sweater. They are made of original wool. You will get all types of hand-knit woolen fabrics to beat the cold weather in your Norway tour.
A. Most of the shops, boutiques, shopping malls, and local markets are open in Norway from 09:00 Am to 10:00 PM. On Saturdays, the shops will close an hour before the usual time.
A. Yes, most of the big shopping malls have kids shops, kids play stations and kids area. They are the best place to go with your children to shop, eat, and get entertainment in one place.
A. The flea markets are the best place to bargain and buy Norwegian souvenirs, crafts, and authentic products. You must visit in the evening to the night to buy your desired goods at an affordable price.
A. The shopaholics must go shopping in Norway during Christmas Eve. You can buy gifts, souvenirs, and authentic Norwegian products at a discounted price.
A. Yes, most of the shopping malls in Norway accept Traveler’ Cheques. It will be better to inquire first before going to shop from a particular shopping center.
A. Yes, the majority of the shops in Norway accept credit card payment. You must enter those shops, which are having a MasterCard logo on its storefront.
A. Yes, there are branded and multi-branded clothing stores in Norway. They are the best to buy fashion clothing for kids, men, and women.
A. Most of the cloth stores in Norway have Nordic collections. You can also buy them at an affordable price from flea markets.
A. You must visit Hovag to buy authentic Viking products in Norway. The shopping place itself is called Viking Market.
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