A couple of months ago, I spent the bank
holiday weekend visiting my first ever part of Scandinavia. Oslo is often
thought of as the least cosmopolitan of the Scandi capitals, but found just
outside the centre, Grünerløkka (Oslo’s answer to London’s Shoreditch)
is the epitome of hipster cool. Hip bars and vintage markets make this trendy suburb a must visit on any trip to the Norwegian city.
For any lover of independents, this is also
a great place for a spot of shopping. If fashion’s your thing check out Dapper or Mitt Lille Hjem and for interior lovers be sure to stop by Futura Classics.
If you are staying over the weekend the Birkelunden fleamarket is also a great
way to spend a Sunday and don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful
outdoor space in the area by cycling along the Akerselva river or having a
picnic in the leafy parks of Torshov.
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What to eat
If you are a foodie, Grünerløkka is sure to impress, with plenty of options to choose from. Your
first port of call should be the Mathallen Food Hall, an indoor food market, which
offers a deliciously varied selection of Norwegian and foreign treats from over
30 local suppliers. If you are looking for a great burger head to Dognvill just
opposite and arguably the best tapas in Norway can be found at Delicatessen on Søndre gate. If you
need to refuel, artisan coffee and pastries galore will never be far away, one
of our favourite stops for breakfast was Godt Brød, which is a café come bakery that
makes everything fresh on site.
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Where to sleep
Air BnB offers some stylish and great value
options for this part of town. If there
are less than four of you travelling, you would be hard pressed to find a
better choice than this place. This modern, contemporary and spacious apartment,
found right in the heart of Grünerløkka has a super cool
interior and two balconies where you can enjoy a glass of red and enjoy the
pulse of the busy streets below. The flat also comes with every amenity you
could want and the host Sasja is a dream, on hand for anything and everything
you need and offering a world of hints and tips for the best things to see and
do in the neighbourhood.
When to go
Most people would expect Oslo to be a great
place for a winter getaway, but in actual fact many believe that spring is the
most beautiful time of year, when the weather starts to warm and visitors can
enjoy the beautiful outdoors without freezing their buts off. If you are a beer
lover pay a visit in August, when the Grünerløkka Bryghaus
is home to the Grünerløkka Mikrobryggfestival – a 3 day beer
festival which brings together brewers from all over Europe.
On the map
Grünerløkka is found just to the east of central
Oslo and is easily walkable from the main tourist attractions in around 20
minutes. The tram service is also super slick with the #11 (marked Kjelsas), #12 (marked Disen) or #13
(marked Grefsen stasjon) all stopping at the suburb’s central stop called
Have you ever visited
Grunerlokka? What were your highlights?