This week’s Spotter in the spotlight is Emily Woodgate from Oslo!
Emily grew up in Hobart, Tasmania and studied law and worked as a TV/radio journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She moved to Oslo in 2013 for love and adventure. She adores going outside into the parks, forests and mountains with friends. Biking during the summer and skiing in the winter. Live music, good food and coffee, a boutique beer and travel plans are some of the things that truly make her happy. She’s been with us for 2 years now and her tips are a great and welcome addition to our blog and app.
Emily loves Oslo because according to her “it has all the conveniences and culture of an international capital, but retains a small-town feel. You can always see the fjord and the sky”.
A small selection of Emily’s favorite spots:
Locals adore going to this spot, which offers customers the most amazing food and a magnificent view. Emily notes “the sprawling cabin-style cafe and restaurant dates back to 1891. It’s all very Norsk, built from logs with detailed wood carvings and dragon figureheads. In summer the views from the terrace over Oslo and the fjord are spectacular. In winter it’s cosy and atmospheric inside, sitting by an open fire under the watchful eye of a stuffed deer over the mantle.” Don’t miss out on this incredible place when in Oslo!
The best place to relax and truly enjoy your time like a real local in Oslo is at this fantastic beach that all locals enjoy going to. Sjøbad is the smallest of the beaches on Bygdøy and is popular with families, it is certainly worth a visit during those hot summer days with family and friends.
This fantastic spot is the most popular restaurant and bar among locals. The space is open-air and the lounge bar is decked out with comfy couches, sun beds and beanbags under sailcloths. Lekter’n encourages up-and-coming talent and the DJs are sure to get the crowds moving. What better way to spend your summer night in Oslo than at this amazing spot with friends?
Tapas are always a good idea! This spot offers locals fried chorizo, Pimientos de Padron, oozing oven-baked chevre, tortilla de patatas, creamy aioli, to name but a few. Emily notes “they do the tapas ‘basics’, and a couple of weekly specials that are usually more innovative, and that’s where Delicatessen really comes into its own.”
Local tip from Emily: It’s often busy so it’s a good idea to book ahead (NB- they don’t take Saturday bookings).
Architecture really helps places stand out from one another and it is no surprise that these oldies stand out in Oslo. These magnificent colorful wooden houses date back to the early to mid 1800s, but the very oldest parts apparently go back to the 1600s writes Emily. If looking at the houses is not enough, Emily suggests going on a nice day, when the friendly locals are enjoying the sun and a cup of coffee on their front steps, greeting you as you pass by. If you are looking for that real local experience then going to see these incredible houses is a must do.
For more tips by Emily and her fellow Spotters check the Oslo blog for tips!
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