Among the many large shopping malls Oslo can brag, the Steen and Strøm mall stands alone as one of the largest shopping malls in all of Norway. This six-storey shopping mall located in the center of Oslo offers high quality brands and promotes Norwegian as well as international designers. Some of the shops you can visit there include: Hugo Boss, Balenciaga, Emporio Armani, Filippa K, Gucci, Polo R.r, S&S Denim, S&S British Designers, Steen&Strøm etc. You can visit the full shop list at their web site.
The shopping mall also has restaurants and cafes, including the Nordic cafeteria chain Espresso House, the Joe & The Juice cafeteria, the Mexican-American restaurant chain Burrito Project, Mamma pizzeria, Jonathan Sushi and many more. Apart from the wide choice of fashion clothes for children and adults alike, the history of this now most famous shopping site also makes it interesting.
The story of this shopping mall dates back to 1797, when The Samuel Strøm was opened at the corner of Prinsens Gate and Kongens Gate streets, and back then the small business offered wine, wool and cotton. As business was progressing, and the market became increasingly challenging, Strøm and his new partner family, the Steens, bought the adjacent buildings and the Prinsens Gate street, opening the then-modern Norvais shopping mall in 1874, which boasted 4 levels of shops selling clothing, tech, but also containing beauty salons and cafes. Norvais quickly became the default meeting place for businesses and friends alike, but also for following the latest trends. Unfortunately, in the midst of its expansion, a fire started and Steen & Strøm burned down as a consequence. However, Steen & Strøm, taking this as a chance for a redesign, hired an architect, rebuilt the mall, adding to it the largest LCD screen, which still shows varying motifs depending on the season and time of the year. Additional building made the mall modern and suited for the XXI century.
The building is a fusion of historical elements with modern design, and the tradition was carried on, still making Steen and Strøm the meeting place of choice.