As Christmas is approaching people might feel the stress lurking of gift buying and Christmas parties. At Harper and Brooks we want people to find time to relax and explore the different scenes Oslo has to offer. Check out our guide to a day off in Oslo!

START YOUR DAY WITH A COFFEE AT JAVA:

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Java is owned and operated by Robert W. Thoresen, winner of various international and national barista competitions including the first WBC championship. The delicate taste of the coffee is due both to the well-trained baristas in addition to beans supplied by Thoresens own roastery Kaffa. Located in the cosy neighborhood of St. Hanshaugen, it has become a treasured spot for locals and a go-to place for quality coffee in Oslo.

 

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TAKE A TRIP DOWN THE BEAUTIFUL PROMENADE OF TJUVHOLMEN TO GALLERI HAAKEN:

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Established in 1961, Galleri Haaken has during the years become an important gateway for both international and Norwegian artists. Until the 19th of November the gallery will showcase an exhibition by the Norwegian artist Ida Lorentzen called Interior Reflections. Lorentzen explores the mysteries and melancholy of the imaging rooms with a balanced use of colors and light. This lovely little gallery and exhibition is a definite spot to take your mind of the busy city life.



HAVE DINNER AT PJOLTERGEIST:

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 Pjoltergeist is a home away from home, a place where you can lower your shoulder and relax. You have chefs explaining and serving you by the table and dishes served on Moomin plates to get the proper homely vibe. The food is a combination of Norwegian, Icelandic, Japanese and Korean cuisine in a great fusion, designed by former sous chef at Michelin star restaurant Ylajali in Oslo. Walk in and get a simple dish at the bar or sit down and enjoy a 8-course surprise meal at this hidden pearl of a restaurant!




VISIT STANDARD (OSLO) FOR CONTEMPORARY ART:
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With the aim to promote contemporary Norwegian artists in the international field, as well as introducing international artists to the Norwegian audience, STANDARD (OSLO) is a unique spot for art in Oslo. Until the 9th of December the gallery will present a two-person exhibition of Matthew Cerletty and Julia Rommel entitled "Stay-at-Home Dad", organized by Mary Grace Wright. 




FINISH THE EVENING AT KHARTOUM CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTRE:
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 Khartoum Contemporary Art Centre (KCAC) is a non-profit conceptual arts initiative focusing on contemporary art and new media. The place regularly host art exhibitions that stem from Africa and the Middle East as well as events and film nights. What makes Khartoum so special is its relaxing atmosphere and exotic vibe in combination with their weekly jazz-nigh on Tuesdays. Last but not least they serve wonderful cocktails inspired by the fruits and spices from Africa and the Middle East's long traditions of tea and alcohol. We strongly recommend their Camel Beer - the only place in the world you can have a taste of the original Camel Beer! A perfect place to end your getaway day!