This store at the bottom of Grünerløkka has a pretty unassuming exterior, which may be part of the reason I was so blown away when I stepped inside. It is a traveller’s paradise.
On the level where you enter, you’ll find all sorts of clothing, shoes, accessories and general travel paraphernalia. Most importantly, there’s a counter where you can order internationally-inspired coffee, sandwiches or treats – snacks are possibly the most important thing for a solid trip-planning session.
Downstairs there’s couches and cafe seating, but I like to nab one of the tables upstairs in the impressive travel library. If you already know where you’re going, great, there’ll be a travel guide or 12 on it to flick through while you drink your coffee (and then you should probably buy the guide, really). If you and your friends are more up for a travel brainstorming session, you’ll find plenty of inspiration among the gorgeous photography books.
The staff are not just staff. They’re travel gurus. Says so on the website. They have experience ranging from navigating the next suburb to trekking through Antarctica, so just ask if you’re stuck for ideas or need some advice. Chillout regularly hosts different travel presentations and events.
Chillout has opened a second (slightly smaller) store at Bogstadveien 41, on the other side of Oslo.