Nick's top 5 Oslo shopping destinations

Oslo isn't just great for dining out as a vegan, there are a lot of great shops which make the city fun and exciting too. From fresh fruit to face masks, from chia seeds to chewy sweets, Oslo has a lot to offer. Here are some of my favourite places in the city to shop.

1. Aesop

I've had bad skin since I was a teenager, and I always hated it. Some people say going vegan cleared up their acne but that didn't happen for me. What worked for me was finding products that worked for me, and Aesop have lots of really great items, a staff which are attentive and knowledgeable, and shop spaces which are cool and welcoming. My skin isn't perfect, but it has much improved and I feel much more confident in myself now.

I've had bad skin since I was a teenager, and I always hated it. Some people say going vegan cleared up their acne but that didn't happen for me. What worked for me was finding products that worked for me, and Aesop have lots of really great items, a staff which are attentive and knowledgeable, and shop spaces which are cool and welcoming. My skin isn't perfect, but it has much improved and I feel much more confident in myself now.

Perhaps this falls under the "health food store" category, as they sell lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, high quality organic food, and vitamins and supplements. However they also have lots of fancy vegan chocolate, vegan cheeses and burgers, and sweet drinks and freshly made vegan ice cream. It can be a little pricey, but it's a great place to go to get the little luxuries for life, and interesting things you will never see in a regular supermarket.

Perhaps this falls under the "health food store" category, as they sell lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, high quality organic food, and vitamins and supplements. However they also have lots of fancy vegan chocolate, vegan cheeses and burgers, and sweet drinks and freshly made vegan ice cream. It can be a little pricey, but it's a great place to go to get the little luxuries for life, and interesting things you will never see in a regular supermarket.

A shop with equally interesting stock, but which is completely different is A Food.  Full of fantastic foods from around the world, at brilliant prices. Focusing mainly on Asian produce, there are vegetables you won't see in supermarkets, and may never have seen before at all! They have a wide selection of rices and noodles, and a range of vegan mock meats that are interesting and delicious.

A shop with equally interesting stock, but which is completely different is A Food.  Full of fantastic foods from around the world, at brilliant prices. Focusing mainly on Asian produce, there are vegetables you won't see in supermarkets, and may never have seen before at all! They have a wide selection of rices and noodles, and a range of vegan mock meats that are interesting and delicious.

For all the kitchen basics, there is probably nowhere with a cheaper or more comprehensive selection than Grønlands Torg Frukt & Grønt. The front of the shop has a packed wall of fruits and vegetables, and quite often big queues: this is a popular place, so you have to be prepared for the crowds, or plan to go at a quiet time of day. It's no coincidence that it is so popular: for getting the most and best for your money, this is, we think, the best place in town.

For all the kitchen basics, there is probably nowhere with a cheaper or more comprehensive selection than Grønlands Torg Frukt & Grønt. The front of the shop has a packed wall of fruits and vegetables, and quite often big queues: this is a popular place, so you have to be prepared for the crowds, or plan to go at a quiet time of day. It's no coincidence that it is so popular: for getting the most and best for your money, this is, we think, the best place in town.

Veganism isn't all kale and kombucha! Yummy Heaven is a sweet-shop with a huge selection of pick and mix, and all the sweets are labelled for what contains gelatin or milk, making it easy to put a bag of sweets together which will satisfy your sugar craving whilst remaining totally vegan. The back of the store has a large selection imported sweets and drinks from America, so you can stock up on delicious treats at home too.

Veganism isn't all kale and kombucha! Yummy Heaven is a sweet-shop with a huge selection of pick and mix, and all the sweets are labelled for what contains gelatin or milk, making it easy to put a bag of sweets together which will satisfy your sugar craving whilst remaining totally vegan. The back of the store has a large selection imported sweets and drinks from America, so you can stock up on delicious treats at home too.