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Norway Shopping

Fam Irvoll
52 Toftesgate
Norway 0552
Tel: 47 91 10 51 44

Who said Scandinavian design was austere? Young Oslo designer Fam Irvoll's fashions for women and children are neither for the faint of heart nor the faint of wallet. But it's well worth popping into this exuberantly decorated Grünerløkka shop for a journey into the designer's creative, colorful universe. Bright-pink walls painted with bows and lollipops reflect the sugary theme of Irvoll's Little Cupcakes line of kids clothing, with bold polka dots, bows, and flower graphics. And it would take a very bold adult, indeed, to don one of the feminine sweaters bulging with 3-D knit flowers or overflowing with faux pearls off the shoulder. Her sweet accessories include cherry and lollipop baubles that look good enough to lick.—Terry Ward

12 Tordenskiolds Gate
Norway 0160
Tel: 47 22 42 34 57

For a fun foray into Norway's culinary traditions, look for the stuffed reindeer in the window and pop into this meat, cheese, and fine-foods shop near the town hall in Oslo's historic center. Always clad in a white apron and eager to share the foodie appeal of his country, owner Eirik Braek happily slices off pieces of geitost (a golden-brown Norwegian mountain cheese) and pulls salted dry lamb shank down from its drying mount on the ceiling to shave off a savory sample for visitors. In one room, stockfish hang to dry, while the drying lambs and hams are relegated to another room that's designed to look like a log cabin. You can put together quite an impromptu authentic Norwegian picnic to enjoy along the nearby waterfront with Braek's selection of rich reindeer sausage, herring, and delicious cheeses. Many of the items are packaged to travel, too, including the cloudberry jam, a Norwegian summertime specialty.—Terry Ward

35 Thorvald Meyers Gate
Norway 0555
Tel: 47 95 99 80 28

Stylish Norwegians need somewhere to outfit their spawn, and this kids' shop in trendy Grünerløkka is the most popular stroller stop. Owner Ida Lill Torbjørnrød is herself a child of the '70s and chooses lines based on their nostalgic appeal. That means lots of adorable terry cloth and corduroy jumpsuits, and onesies with bold retro prints. There are even '70s-inspired pacifiers, though there's no saying whether they work any better at soothing a crying baby (they certainly look cool attempting the task). Swedish kids clothing designer Villervalla makes urban-cool denim jumpsuits for kids, suitable for playing in the snow. And for a unique baby gift from abroad, consider one of the handmade quilts. Other interesting European brands to shop for here include Denmark's Smafolk and Norwegian label Dundelina, a Bergen brand that designs super-girlie dresses.—Terry Ward

Med og Uten
22 Korsgata
Tel: 47 22 04 66 00

"With or without" is how the name of this shop translates from Norwegian. But if you're looking for clean-lined Northern European style, chances are you'll leave this Grünerløkka boutique with a little something (despite the high prices). Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian designers get floor space here, with a few fun-loving labels from Germany in the mix, too. Look for playful blouses with a fairy-tale feel by the Stuttgart label Blutgeschwister and classic knit sweaters by Danish label Samsøe & Samsøe. One of the funkier brands to look for is Sweden's Odd Molly, a Stockholm designer that adds bohemian and travel-inspired touches to classic Scandinavian knits and patterns. If you're set on buying Norwegian, the options are slimmer, but look for ultrafemme dresses with hoods and wool-mix cashmere sweaters by Chill Norway or jewelry-maker Hjerter's heart-themed charms, brooches, and bracelets. While the focus is on women's fashion, there are a few labels targeting men, including Scotch & Soda from the Netherlands.—Terry Ward

Moods of Norway
18 Akersgata
Norway 0158
Tel: 47 46 62 77 96

Three Norwegian men with a penchant for color and kitsch are the designers behind what's probably Norway's most famous fashion brand. And the Moods of Norway flagship store—with its giant fjord murals, changing rooms designed to look like bird's nests (complete with chirping sounds), and signature tractor as a centerpiece—is as much an experience as a store. Bold plaid suits for men and colorful blazers redefine the preppy look with some panache, in keeping with the shop's underlying theme of traditional Norwegian gone wacky. You'll also find odes to the Norwegians' penchant for the outdoors, including billowing down jackets in metallic tones, long underwear with bold tractor prints, and traditional Scandinavian sweaters with unexpected patterns, such as a martini glass. For a small souvenir that will pack well, consider picking up one of the cute ski hats lined with faux fur or socks patterned with, yes, tractors.—Terry Ward

6 Soffienberggata
Norway 0551
Tel: 47 22 37 19 32

Scandinavian style at its most cozy and buttery-leathered is the attraction at this tiny women's boutique in Grünerløkka, which stocks designs by Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish lines. Roomy handbags, small purses, and sleek wallets by Denmark's Maanii by Adax are made from supersoft calfskin in a palette of burnished metallic colors with bold zippers that are at once urban and refined. There's always a good selection of funky boots and ultrafeminine flats. If the chilly Oslo weather catches you off guard, pick up a pair of the hand-knit leg warmers lined with faux fur that you can add above your socks or tights for a cozy extra layer.—Terry Ward

Sørensen Østlyngen
60 Bygdøy Allé
Norway 0265
Tel: 47 22 56 31 02

You'll find this small but well-edited furniture shop on what's arguably Oslo's poshest residential street, Bygdøy Allé. The owners work with small suppliers in Norway and greater Scandinavia, many of whom build the clean-lined tables, chairs, and sofas by hand. So if you're looking for a unique piece of Scandinavian furniture you likely won't find back home, this might be the place. Among the more interesting items to look for include coat tracks that look like trees made by Swedish designer Swedese and simple side tables made from Norwegian birch. The mix-and-match wall édecor hangings called Panel Pieces, in beautiful graphic prints, can be rolled up like a poster inside a tube to bring home and unfurl on your own wall for an abstract Scandinavian feel far from the cold north.—Terry Ward

Velouria Vintage
34 Thorvald Meyers Gate
Norway 0555
Tel: 47 90 97 51 91

Ask the fashionistas working in many an Oslo boutique where they like to shop when they're not using their employee discounts, and chances are Velouria Vintage will be the common response. On Grünerløkka's main shopping drag, this crammed-with-treasures vintage store is the place to find everything from deeply discounted Chanel and Gucci to thick woolen Icelandic sweaters to vintage Abba T-shirts. Owner &#ARING;sa Formark tries to keep a mix of designer items as well as lower-priced clothing to appeal to a wide range of shoppers. You can get lost in the accessories with endless patent-leather purses, Hollywood-style sunglasses, and funky charm necklaces.—Terry Ward

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