book stores

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Buying books when you are travelling is like taking pictures or buying postcards. You will forever associate that particular book with that lovely vacation – for instance in Oslo. It also serves a more practical usage such as reading the thing on the way home or whilst in a park.

ordinary book stores

Ark Bokhandel
{ Downtown }
Øvre Slottsgate 23
Ark carries a selection of literature, art books etc. You will find their stores throughout Oslo. 

{ Downtown }
Universitetsgata 20
Also a large chain of bookstores with much the same selection as Ark.

specialized book stores

Bokcafeen Jaap van Huysmanns Minde
{ Majorstuen }
Hjelms gate 3
This is your regular anti authoritarian bookstore, specializing in freedom fighting literature. 

{ Downtown }
Uranienborgsveien 4
Nomaden is specialized in travel literature.

Torpedo Art Book Store
{ Grønland }
Trelastgata 3
Torpedo is an independent book store focusing on contemporary arts and visual arts.

{ Downtown }
Kristian Augusts gate 19
This is a really good alternative bookstore. They have absolutely every possible cultural phenomenon represented here.

second hand literature

Bjørn Ringstrøm Antikvariat
{ St. Hanshaugen }
Wessels gate 2 B
We like Ringstrøms. The staff is friendly and they have a huge selection of lots of stuff. They also carry records. 

Lucky Eddie
{ Grünerløkka }
Trondheimsveien 63
What to say, a few records, lots of comics, books and cds.

Pretty Price Antikvariat
{ Downtown }
Dronningens gate 23
At Pretty Price the owner has an ashtray at the counter. This should give you a certain idea of what shop you’ve just entered. Anyway, at Pretty Price you find used books, comics, records etc. They also have the best selection of second hand porn in Oslo.

Spøk og Spenning
{ Grünerløkka }
Helgesensgate 10
At Spøk og Spenning you find old comics, books, cds and such – at affordable prices.

the house of literature

House of Literature
{ Majorstuen }
Wergelandsveien 29
In the autumn of 2007, Norway’s first House of Literature opened its doors in Oslo’s former teacher college, located in central Oslo directly behind the royal palace. It is now doing service for the greater good of literature and public debate.