Although it's known for being expensive as a city to eat out it in, there are plenty of restaurants where one can eat for under €20 in the centre of Oslo. The most expensive offer sushi, French or traditional cuisine. Traditional Norwegian food is based on different varieties of fish (trout, cod, salmon, herring and mackerel), reindeer meat and lamb and desserts with strawberries, apples and cherries. Also very popular is a sweet cheese, Geitost, served along with coffee. If traditional food doesn't take your fancy, there is also a wide range of international fare on offer, with Italian, Chinese or even Spanish options.
The Akerselva River
This river, which crosses much of northern Oslo, holds the status of protected cultural area. It begins at Maridalsvannet, Oslo's largest lake and is a good point to begin an excursion of some 8 kilometres. The Akerselva was the basis of the city's industrialisation in the 19th century but today it is a green lung and a popular recreational area, with a lively natural environment and modern buildings with impressive architectural designs where previously there were factories. The paths that run alongside the riverbanks are ideal for walking and running, with bathing areas along the upper stretch of the river and plenty of cafés for those who need a break.
This is Oslo's main artery, at almost two kilometres long and also where you'll find the most important buildings, from the Central Station, the 17th century Oslo Cathedral, the Central Market and the Parliament, among others. There are also iconic hotels such as the Hotel Grand (opened in 1874) and the Continental (1860), which preserve their 19th century atmosphere. The first stretch of Karl Johans gate is pedestrianised and is flanked by great buildings and elegant cafés on both sides. Further on, it stretches through gardens before reaching the Palace Square. In the area around the Botanical Garden visitors can find the Natural History Museum and the Munch Museum, which boasts the biggest collection of the Norwegian artist's work.