Oslo’s the Place to be next Summer

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This year all it takes is one up-and-coming neighborhood to make a city feel reborn, but in booming, forward-thinking Oslo, two areas are alive with everything new in art, food and design according to Condé Nast June issue. Oslo’s the place to be!

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The first is Thief Island, or Tjuvholmen, a former prison islet that’s now filled with glittering glass art galleries and restaurants – and the crown jewel, the Renzo Piano-designed Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, a beautifully mod vessel for works by contemporary all-stars including Jeff Koons and Olafur Eliasson. The Astrup has loaned some Richard Princes and Andy Warhols to The Thief, the sleek, granite- and-glass hotel next door that’s cozy inside thanks to its big fireplace and Marimekko-esque upholstery designed by young Norwegians.

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A 20 minuteswalk from Thief Island is the Vulkan neighborhood, whose industrial edge has made it the center of the city’s young creative scene. At its heart is Mathallen Oslo – a new food hall with stalls selling pies and fabulously fibrous Scandinavian bread.

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But the area’s flash factor started with the opening of Bar Vulkan, an indoor-outdoor restaurant/club where the stylish eat burgers and drink rosé. Today Vulkan is so loaded with snob-approved clothing stores that on weekends it’s swarming with locals – they’re all looking for a hit of the city’s new brand of cool. Oslo’s the place to be.

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