Next, I check back into Hotel Christiana Teater, and my room this time is even nicer, bigger, and has views!
This is my view for a night. I feel like a princess! The Royal Palace is literally a five-minute walk away.
To celebrate my last night, I get dressed up and walk along Karl Johans Gate, the main road that leads to the Royal Palace (above). I love how there is no one around in Oslo, it’s like a balm to my New Yorker soul. My concierge had recommended checking out The Thief Hotel bar for cocktails, so I walk over to the ultra trendy and modern Tjuvholmen area on the water.
Slavo, who created the cocktail program here, doesn’t actually appear in black and white in person. But he may as well, since he’s the most dapper and handsome mixologist ever. Plus he asks if I like chocolate (“Yes, I do!” I squeal with delight) and gives me dark chocolate garnishes to nibble on. <3
After many drinks, I end up at Himkok, an utterly cool speakeasy that’s actually open at 3 am on a Sunday night in Oslo–and filled with beautiful and trendy people. Since I can’t find speakeasies even in NYC, it is one epic night out to be sure.
One more lap around beautiful Oslo. I take a morning walk around the brygge and the medieval Akershus Fortress.
It’s astonishing how just four days can change your perception of a place from cold and unwelcoming, to lovely and incomparable. I find it really hard to leave Oslo–it’s only because I know I’ll return that I can go happily.
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