Karl Johans Gate
Karl Johans Gate
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Oslo's bustling main street is filled with shops and cafes.
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The area
Neighborhood: Sentrum
How to get there
  • Stortinget • 1 min walk
  • Nationaltheatret • 7 min walk
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  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India23,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of Life !!
    Karl Johans is to Oslo what Times Square is to New York and Oxford Sreet is to London. This beautiful pedestrian only street goes up to Royal Palace on one side. It is full of shops and restaurants on both sides beside Parliament Building and one small park. It's a great place to sit in a cafe over a drink and watch the world go by. Just don't miss it...
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking street area
    Walking street area with lots of shops and restaurants. Be aware of the uneven pavement and cobblestones in places as it makes for a more difficult time with suitcases or strollers. Otherwise, fine for walking. Keep a close hold on your belongings when there's a crowd though as pickpockets do work the crowd during the busy season.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad5,558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is the main street that leads to the Palace
    I love this street. When I visited there was a theme park or something similar happening here. There a a big ferris wheel and lots of excitement and games. The area is lined with lots no flowers growing in caldrons and is really clean to. If you are looking for the hop on hop off bus it is also on the street opposite the statue of the bike. The street has lots of restaurants, stores, and shops. It is a very lively and beautiful street.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Eddie T
    Calgary, Canada98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oslo's (more enjoyable) version of Drottninggatan
    The best known shopping street in Oslo. I found it to be a toned-down version of Drottninggatan in Stockholm, which in my opinion makes Karl Johans gate more enjoyable than its Stockholm counterpart since it offers a cleaner, less rushed-feeling, less stressful, more "local" experience. We felt more compelled to visit smaller coffee shops and stores along Karl Johans than we did at Drottninggatan. The fact that one end of the street leads right to the Royal Palace and the other end gets you to the train station makes it very useful for the purpose of orientation around the core areas of Oslo.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 22, 2023
  • Vanessa
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom4,095 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant shopping area with bars and restaurants.
    One of the best shopping streets in Oslo. Our hotel was on the next street, so we walked down here several times during our stay. We visited a couple of deli bars to get snacks and sandwiches. Always service with a smile and definitely has a lovely busy vibe. Worth taking a wander up there when visiting.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Honey9992013
    Leeds, United Kingdom78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent location
    Excellent location within walking distance of shops, the pier where you can get a fjord boat trip, floating sauna and museums. We were in the budget section and got a large, clean room which was more than adequate for our 4 night stay. Excellent breakfast - one of the best I have seen where you can try both traditional and Norwegian fare. Loved Oslo in February with lots of snow on the ground. Would definitely stay again.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2024
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Ballantrae, UK404 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Karl Johans hotel is well-positioned in the city centre near the parliament and shops/restaurants. I had a very tiny room, but supplied with all the necessities. No room cleaning due to ongoing Covid rules. Reasonable breakfast buffet. Restaurant closed Sundays and Mondays and then only open after 4pm.
Written February 18, 2022
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Eddie T
Calgary, Canada98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The best known shopping street in Oslo. I found it to be a toned-down version of Drottninggatan in Stockholm, which in my opinion makes Karl Johans gate more enjoyable than its Stockholm counterpart since it offers a cleaner, less rushed-feeling, less stressful, more "local" experience. We felt more compelled to visit smaller coffee shops and stores along Karl Johans than we did at Drottninggatan.

The fact that one end of the street leads right to the Royal Palace and the other end gets you to the train station makes it very useful for the purpose of orientation around the core areas of Oslo.
Written November 22, 2023
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Mark_Dornoch
Dornoch, UK1,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
At the heart of Oslo, connecting the main railway station to the Palace with many interesting shops and cafes on the way. As a huge Jo Nesbo fan it was great to wander in the footsteps of Harry Hole and see Egertorget square, Stortinget etc. I have snuck in a photo of nearby 5 Sophie's Gate.

Highly recommended
Written April 12, 2021
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Walking street area with lots of shops and restaurants. Be aware of the uneven pavement and cobblestones in places as it makes for a more difficult time with suitcases or strollers. Otherwise, fine for walking. Keep a close hold on your belongings when there's a crowd though as pickpockets do work the crowd during the busy season.
Written August 21, 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A central street in Oslo. Some important landmarks can be found along it, starting with the Royal Palace, the University, the National Theater, the Parliament and Oslo Cathedral. It ends (or starts...) in the square in front of the Oslo Central railway station.
Also, there are scores of all kind of shops, restaurants. Pretty crowded.
Written May 23, 2022
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permia
Ireland61,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
During our visit we strolled the entire length of the great avenue from Central Station to the Palace, and some segments almost daily.

Important institutions line it, particularly the great Parliament building and the original University edifice, now deemed the Aula Maxima.

Fine hotels and eateries are numerous along its entirely. The Cathedral borders it, and close by is the grand and historic Oslo Bazaars.

After passing westwards the grand Royal Palace and Parklands are reached.
Written August 20, 2022
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad5,558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I love this street. When I visited there was a theme park or something similar happening here. There a a big ferris wheel and lots of excitement and games. The area is lined with lots no flowers growing in caldrons and is really clean to. If you are looking for the hop on hop off bus it is also on the street opposite the statue of the bike.
The street has lots of restaurants, stores, and shops. It is a very lively and beautiful street.
Written August 26, 2023
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NIKOLAOS T
Euboea Region, Greece220 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beautiful atmosphere, interesting buildings and nice shops in this central street. Not as gorgeous as other capital cities Main Street, but lively and clean. The stores all around are not as expensive as we thought. The cafes were good enough. Too many beggars across the street...
Written January 27, 2020
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Brian R
Horsens, Denmark760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Cozy, decorated for Christmas. Stretches from the central station to the royal palace. Lots of sightseeing on the way, e.g. the building of the parliament (Stortinget), the university and the cathedral. Lots of shops, if that is your scene. Lots of cafes and restaurants, too.
Written January 2, 2022
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Hadrian M
Kettering, UK304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We had a one night stopover at Oslo Airport and decided to take the train into Oslo. The walk along Karl Johansen Street from Central Station to the palace was lovely in the June sunshine. It was busy but felt safe. Nice parks on either side and a water fountain but not a lot else other than shop’s & restaurants. Worth doing once, it was only a 30 minute slow walk each way.
Written June 8, 2023
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