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. There’s a cafe 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’re more up for a travel brainstorming session, you’ll find plenty of inspiration among the gorgeous photography books.
Chillout’s goals are to provide wanderlust inspiration, to be travellers’ first choice one-stop shop, and to contribute to more responsible tourism (roughly translated from the website). To this end, they regularly host free travel presentations and events. The staff members are knowledgeable, friendly and passionate about travel.
Chillout has opened a second (slightly smaller) store at Bogstadveien 41, on the west side of Oslo.