The Travel Post #20: Spotlight on Grünerløkka

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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. 

Must dos

The arts have a massive influence in this area so be sure to take an afternoon to check out one of the museums or galleries such as TM51 or Kunstplass 5.
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.

©Mathallen Food Hall
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.

©Mathallen Food Hall
©Susanne A. Finnes/VisitOSLO 
©Godt Brød
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.

©VisitOSLO/Sabine Zoller   
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 Nybrua.

Have you ever visited Grunerlokka? What were your highlights?

Charlotte x
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