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shopping street oslo norwayShoppers have no shortage of options in Oslo, from well-known international chain stores to funky design boutiques. Norwegian wool sweaters, troll dolls, painted wooden figurines, crystal, glassware, leather and fur jackets are among Oslo's most popular souvenirs. Many souvenir shops -- including those at the cruise ship terminal -- accept U.S. dollars and euros and give change in Norwegian krone.

Prices are high, but keep in mind that you may be entitled to a refund of the 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) when you leave the country. Keep an eye out for the "Tax Free" logo on the door or window of many stores. See GlobalBlue.com for information about tax-free shopping.

Stroll along the harbor in the Aker Brygge district, where shipyard buildings have been transformed into chic shops and restaurants. This is a great spot to shop for the latest fashions.

Pedestrian-only Karl Johans Gate is the heart of Oslo's downtown shopping district. Here you'll find plenty of souvenir shops, big-name international chains and shopping centers.

Grunerlokka is a fun area to browse for second-hand clothes and unique Norwegian design items. Stop by on a Sunday, when a couple of weekly markets offer stalls brimming with handicrafts, vintage clothes and retro goods from the 1940s through the 1980s.


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