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Karl Johans gate

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Neighbourhood: Sentrum
As featured in 3 Days in Oslo
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Address: Karl Johans Gate, Oslo, Norway

Oslo's bustling main street is filled with shops and cafes.

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Typical tourist high street, lots of choice for pubs, cafes and restaurants, although more expensive than alternatives on the outskirts of Oslo city. Authentic Christmas market... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Typical tourist high street, lots of choice for pubs, cafes and restaurants, although more expensive than alternatives on the outskirts of Oslo city. Authentic Christmas market experience.

Thank Clare M
Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's christmas now. So there are christmas markets and the decorations all down the street. Otherwise it's a tourist trap. Avoid this street at the weekend

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great path to make your way through the center of Oslo. It was a nice time with our three kids.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It starts from the Palace, passes by buildings which were the University of Oslo and Nathionaltheateret, Further Down one passes restaurants like HRC and one of the best shoppingmalls in the centre of Oslo, Paleet, and later on the Norwegian Parliament Building and then Egertorget With more expensive shopping opportunities. But then the street changes character, and one passes fastfood... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Given the amount of things to do near Karl Johans Gate, and proximity to two main train stations (mainly Oslo S), staying at a hotel near Karl Johans gate is highly recommended. The street itself is full of hotels, restaurants, and many clothing shops.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Along this road you will find a diverse set of restaurants and shops. You can work from the castle to the tiger at Oslo Central Station. Great if you like going for a walk and enjoy window shopping (or actually buying something). The National Theater and many museums are also, naturally, close by this main street. Wide walkways, so easily... More 

1 Thank Alex M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is your classic First World city shopping promenade–currently jam packed with Stan Smiths and Warby Parker sunglasses. I’m not a shopper, so my opinion of this street is pretty blah. Check it off your list just because you can, but if you are squeezed for time, there is nothing here that you haven’t seen in any other urban sprawl…unless... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a first time visitor to Oslo this is a good place to start. A long street that stretches from Oslo Station through to a large square behind the parliament building with lots of cafes and restaurants. There are lots of shops along the way.

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though it's the main street in the capital it isn't very special. You find diffent kinds of shop, a lot of places to eat or drink and a small park just in front on the parliment and the national theater.The street stretches all the way from the kings castle and down to the central station.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Strolling down this street is always a pleasure. Whether you are a tourist or just have some hours off, you'll always enjoy this central street. Looking up to the king's palace is nice, and passing by the National Theater or the Parliament building (Stortinget) gives a good impression of the city.

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