Many Oslo chefs have developed menus based on classic Norwegian recipes but with exciting variations, like Asian or Mediterranean cooking styles and ingredients. You may read about "New Nordic" cuisine on some menus—a culinary style that combines seafood and game from Scandinavia with spices and sauces from elsewhere. Spend at least one sunny summer afternoon harborside at Aker Brygge eating
in one of the many seafood restaurants and watching the world go by. Or buy steamed shrimp off the nearby docked fishing boats and plan a picnic on the Oslofjord or in Vigeland or another of the city's parks. Note that some restaurants close for a week around Easter, the entire month of July, and during the week between Christmas and New Year. Some restaurants are also closed on Sunday. Smoking in indoor public spaces isn't allowed, but is permitted on terraces and other outdoor spaces (colorful blankets and heating lamps are usually provided for such places in winter).
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