Fashion designer Celine Aagaard’s guide to Oslo

I have usually lived in Oslo and know the town inside of out thanks to my bicycle. Oslo has changed a lot over the past handful of several years but it has been a gradual method, blending the old metropolis with brand-new spots this kind of as Oslobukta. I assume inhabitants normally neglect that Oslo is a metropolis close to h2o, but the Oslobukta reminds us that the sea is aspect of the capital. It is also the place artwork satisfies architecture and fashion. We opened our initial thought shop here final summer time for Envelope1976, a sustainable superior-vogue garments brand. Every little thing is timeless, eco-acutely aware and normal.

Celine Aagaard at Oslo Badstuforening © Renate Torseth
Swimming in the fjord
Swimming in the fjord © Renate Torseth

I’m a morning particular person and like to commence the working day underwater. It does anything for your human body and soul. I like to swim in the fjord by the Munch Brygge elaborate next to my shop, wherever I invest most of my working day. Oslo Badstuforening hires out floating saunas to heat up in right after your swim, but normally I like to just leap again into some warm dresses. The other location I’ll generally swim in is around the new Munch Museum, which opened correct by Oslo’s waterfront in Oct. Many have reported they discover the architecture way too various in contrast with the first building from 1963, but I’m a lover and believe it sits correctly amongst the tall structures and the Opera Property. I’ll fulfill a friend of mine from large university there all around 7am and we’ll follow our dip with a cortado and a biscotto at Munch Deli & Kafé. 

A favourite for lunch is Kumi, where I have the spinach crêpe and the burrata with lentils. For supper I have to propose Feniqia, the ideal Lebanese in town. They even have vegan drinks. But on a night out, it has to be Marlow cafe and bar – I went there with my close friends for my 45th birthday. We rented the chambre séparée wherever you can switch the new music up. They provide the very best halibut tostadas.

The new Munch Museum on Oslo’s waterfront
The new Munch Museum on Oslo’s waterfront © Einar Aslaksen
Aagaard in plant-based eatery Kumi
Aagaard in plant-centered eatery Kumi © Renate Torseth

I’ve visited galleries considering the fact that I was in a stroller. Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private favorite, showing modern art. The museum features is effective by artists these kinds of as Ida Ekblad, Bjarne Melgaard and Jeff Koons. Sorgenfri is run by two artistic females who opened a space to show interesting pieces generally by Norwegian artists. Then there is Kösk, which focuses on advertising young artists. I also like Shoot Gallery, exhibiting high-quality art photography in an outdated gas station in the perfectly-to-do place of Frogner.

Marlow Oslo restaurant and bar
Marlow Oslo cafe and bar © Renate Torseth
The exterior of Kumi restaurant
The exterior of Kumi restaurant © Renate Torseth

Grünerløkka is the other place that has a exclusive area in my coronary heart as it was the to start with position I lived in when I moved out of my childhood house. It’s on the city side of Oslo and normally has improved a large amount because I lived there. But Delicatessen restaurant is however a favorite of mine, serving authentic Spanish tapas (I have been to Spain almost every 12 months because I was a very little female). I go there to feel the personal and real vibe they’ve had since they opened. I can’t leave devoid of obtaining pimientos de padrón and manchego. I also go to Supreme Roastworks to consume coffee, and if I have the time I get their home made ice product to go – they do an espresso delicate-provide.

Monica Flakk’s exhibition On Powdered Ground, on show at Kösk Gallery
Monica Flakk’s exhibition On Powdered Floor, on show at Kösk Gallery © Renate Torseth

Pieces at Velouria Vintage
Parts at Velouria Classic © Johanna Siring
A Sorgenfri perfume vase by Kaja Dahl and stool by Ingrid Bredholt at Sorgenfri gallery
A Sorgenfri fragrance vase by Kaja Dahl and stool by Ingrid Bredholt at Sorgenfri gallery © Sorgenfri

This is also the part of the metropolis with my favorite vintage clothes shop. Velouria Vintage has been there for many years. I have so numerous pieces in my wardrobe from the time when I wore cowboy boots, leather-based jackets and band T-shirts as a new music journalist. They have a rack behind the till with vintage Escada, Louis Vuitton and Fendi that you really don’t want to miss out on. I’m also normally searching for great pre-loved items for my house or my getaway house in a village south of Oslo, so I’ll take a look at Fretex after in a while to look for odd vases, ceramics and other handicrafts.

I dwell by the notion that all the things you love can very easily be completed throughout the year, no subject what the climate forecast tells you. I swim in the sea all year close to and I also cycle, even if there is a snowstorm. 

How to get there… 

Norwegian (norwegian.com) and SAS (flysas.com) fly from London, from €40 return