Join me on a photo tour around one of Oslo’s most popular neighbourhoods.
A short walk from the city centre to the east of the river is the inner city suburb of Grunerløkka, home to many cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques in amongst remnants of Oslo’s industrial history. Many expats call the area home, and many more spend their leisure time here. To reach Grünerløkka, simply walk 15 minutes north of Oslo Central Station along Storgata or Torggata, or take tram lines 11, 12 or 13 towards Grefsen or Kjelsås.
Let’s take a walk!
The buildings of Grünerløkka are some of the most distinctive and easily recognisable in all of Oslo.
Most of Oslo’s independent shops are clustered around Markveien and Thorvald Meyers gate in Grünnerløkka. The area is particularly known for clothing, both new and vintage, while the Chillout Travel Store is great for travel books and gear.
In addition to the parkland along the river, Grünerløkka has several green spaces. Olaf Ryes plass and Birkelunden are two lovely London-style city squares that come to life with market stalls and occasional live music in the summer months.
The Akerselva river slices Oslo in two, north to south. The footpaths around the river are popular with cyclists, runners and dog walkers. When I’m back in Oslo, I always enjoy visiting this part of town.
The renovated riverside industrial area known as Vulkan has been home to Oslo’s Mathallen (food hall) since 2012. Inspired by great European food courts, the venue is a great destination for foodies or to simply spend a long lazy lunch with friends.
Grünerløkka is home to one of Norway’s most famous names in coffee. Tim Wendelboe travels the world to work directly with farmers and source the very best beans for his roastery and espresso bar. When I’m in Oslo, I always make a point of popping in for a cup. (photo: Anders Valde)
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