Off the beaten path in Oslo – Grünerlokka
Oslo offers a lot more than the Karl Johansgate main street. We recommend the authentic, charming Grünerlokka area, it is well worth a visit.
Located on the east side of the city, it used to be a typical working class neighborhood, due to its proximity to the industry along the Akerselva river. Nowaydays the area has become the “Notting Hill of Oslo”; a vibrant, popular and trendy area, with coffee shops, nice restaurants, tiny, local shops and park areas.
Mathallen indoor food market located close to Schou’s plass, is well worth a visit, with fish, local produce as well as cheese & charcuterie from Italy & France, cafés & restaurants. Mathallen is closed on Mondays
How to get to Grünerlokka:
By foot: A 15-20 minutes walk from the centre of Oslo.
By tram: Take the tram #11 (marked Kjelsas), #12 (marked Disen) or #13 (marked Grefsen stasjon) just a few minutes. They all pass by the Oslo central station area. Get off at Nybrua, where you find the Italian restaurant Trattoria Popolare (informal), with authentic Italian food.
Alternatively get off at Schou’s plass where you find the tiny, authentic Deichmanske library and Edvard’s coffee bar with Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” decorating an entire wall. Good coffee. The new Mathallen indoor food marked is located a short walk from Schou’s plass, also worth a visit.
You can also get off at Olaf Ryes plass, a vibrant square with several restaurants & coffee bars, and a nice little park.
You can easily walk between the three tram stops.
See our travel tips for Oslo