WHEN THE BUSINESS DAY ENDS in Oslo, its night spots sparkle, especially during the long winter when the sky darkens in the afternoon and lighted windows line the snowcovered streets. Norway is a new star on the world’s culinary tourism map, one reason for the phenomenal increase in leisure and business travel to Oslo. With its excellent restaurants, seafood markets and regional suppliers, Oslo boasts extraordinary venues for experiencing the city’s culinary offerings during cold winter evenings or soft summer nights.
In late afternoon visit Mathallen, an exciting indoor food hall in the new Vulkan mixed-use development alongside the Aker River in the Grünerløkka neighborhood, not far from downtown. The Scandic Vulkan design hotel, Dansens Hus and Mathallen anchor the project.
Converted from an early-20th-century ironworks factory, Mathallen makes a great place to take local clients to explore more than 30 specialty food shops, cafés, restaurants and produce markets. Stop for wine and tapas at Champagneria Bodega or visit Hopyard to pair American-style sub rolls made with Norwegian ingredients with any of 300 beers on offer. SMELT, focusing on grilled cheese sandwiches, also sells high-quality bread and pastries, fresh juice, smoothies and coffee. You’ll likely see pop-up restaurants, cooking demonstrations or a lively band in the hall as well.
A leisurely 20-minute walk or quick taxi ride gets you downtown for dinner at Maaemo, the only restaurant in Norway — and just one of two within the five Nordic countries — to achieve three Michelin stars. Under head chef Esben Holmboe Bang, Maaemo features an intimate, brightly lit interior and a mezzanine-level kitchen. The fresh, colorful and original seasonal dishes utilize locally sourced ingredients. The pricey 20-course tasting menu (the only option) may include Norwegian langoustines with pine, mackerel with ramson and Røros butter ice cream with brown butter caramel. Reservations are mandatory: The restaurant has just eight tables in the dining room plus a private Test Kitchen table with a view of the chefs at work. Maaemo, meaning Mother Earth, offers dinner Monday–Saturday.
April to early September, The Thief hotel in trendy Tjuvholmen opens the Thief Roof, boasting views across the Oslo Fjord and serving signature cocktails and refreshing summer dishes, often featuring locally caught seafood. When seasons change, move inside to the second floor, where Fru K serves breakfast, lunch and dinner menus featuring Norwegian ingredients. The Nordic atmosphere includes artwork from the nearby Astrup Fearnley Museum.
Thursday–Saturday nights enjoy music and drinks at Astrup Fearnley’s Vingen cocktail and food bar, a five-minute walk from The Thief. Vingen overlooks the sea, a sublime place to spend the last few hours of the evening.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
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