Off the beaten path in Oslo – Grünerlokka

Exploring Grünerlokka in Oslo by Sabine Zoller, Visit Oslo

Grünerlokka – a charming former working class area

Oslo offers a lot more than the Karl Johans gate main street. A few minutes walk from the city centre, or a short tram ride, you find the authentic, charming Grünerlokka area.
The scenic Akerselva river runs through the area, even with a cascading waterfall – surrounded by an 8 km park with walking trails along the river.
Grûnerlokka offers charming cafés, coffee shops, tiny boutiques as well as restaurants – a vibrant area!
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Cafe in Grunerlokka by Tord Baklund, Visit Oslo

Cafe in Grünerlokka

Located on the east side of the city, it used to be a typical working class neighbourhood, 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 Schous 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.

Tram in Oslo by Tord Baklund, Visit Oslo

Blue tram in Oslo

How to get to Grünerlokka:

By foot: A 15-20 min. walk from the centre of Oslo.
By tram: Take the tram #11 (marked Kjelsas), #12 (marked Disen) or #13 (marked Grefsen Stasjon) for just a few minutes. They all pass by the Oslo central station area.

Disembark at Schou’s plass for Mathallen food market and the Italian restaurant Trattoria Popolare (informal), with authentic Italian food. Both are located a short walk from the tram stop (in different directions).
Mathallen food market is located close to the Akerselva river, as well as the charming Nedre Foss gard restaurant.
You will also find the charming Deichmanske library branch at Schou’s plass.

Outside Mathallen Food Market by Didrick Stenersen, Visit Oslo

Food truck outside Mathallen in Oslo

Olaf Ryes Plass:
You can also disembark at Olaf Ryes Plass, the next stop after Schou’s plass.
This is a vibrant square with several restaurants & coffee bars, shops and a nice little park.
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