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Helene Westbye: My Oslo


Helene Westbye is a Norwegian footwear designer who launched her first collection for spring/summer 2011; her shoes are now stocked in 21 stores across Norway.

Sally McIlhone,

Which are your favourite stores in Oslo?
Voga, Munthe Plus Simonsen, Eger Karl Johan luxury shopping centre and Freudian Kicks.

Where do you like to eat?
Hanami serves Japanese fusion, and is the hottest place in town at the moment; also Plah (Thai fusion) and Restaurant Ni & Tyve. More casual options are Trancher, an amazing steakhouse, and Delicatessen, an old-style tapas place with great ambience and food.

Do you have a favourite local café of bar?
Aku-Aku is a great place; it’s small, but has some of the best cocktails in town.

Where do you take friends who are visiting Oslo?
The most popular place to take visitors is Ekebergrestauranten because it is chic and on top of a hill, so has an amazing sea view, However, my number one spot is a restaurant called Grefenskollen which is not so well known and more secluded, with incredible sea and city views, food and Norwegian décor.

Where do you like to celebrate?
The Restaurant Eik Annen Etage, on the second floor of the Hotel Continental.

Do you have a favourite walk in your city?
I’m from the east side of Oslo, and during spring I love to walk from there all the way down to the sea on the west side.

What’s the best building in Oslo?
The opera house.

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