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Oslo Travel Guide: Grünerløkka

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by Erik Schmuck, 3 months ago
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Grünerløkka is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in Oslo, a hipster paradise a 10 minute walk from Central Station. Surprisingly few tourists visit Grünerløkka, and that's really a pity. Some of the nicest cafes and bars in Oslo are located in Grünerløkka, and it's a foodies paradise.

The main street of Grünerløkka is Thorvald Meyers gate. Thorvald Meyers gate starts where Ankerbrua brigde crosses Akerselva river, and ends at Birkelunden park in the north. Tram lines 11, 12 and 13 have three stops along Thorvald Meyers gate. From south to north:

Schous plass
Olaf Ryes plass
Birkelunden

Most of the shops, bars, restaurants and cafes on Grünerløkka are located around the Birkelunden and Olaf Ryes plass parks, and in the segment of Thorvald Meyers gate that is connecting them.

The street parallel to Thorvald Meyers gate, closer to Akerselva river, is Markveien. The lower parts of Markveien houses many quirky shops and vintage boutiques. There are also a few cafes and bars, like Espresso House and the Brewdog pub.

The area by Akerselva around Blå is a particularly beautiful part of the river. It is known for it's grafitti and industrial style. There are a few bars/cafes here, and Blå is also one of the best nightclubs in Oslo.

Also by Akerselva river is the Oslo Food Court (Mathallen). Unlike other shops in Oslo which must remain closed on Sundays, Mathallen is allowed to stay open.

Other options for Sunday shopping in Oslo are the flee markets at Birkelunden, and the smaller flee market outside of Blå, by the river. They are open mostly every Sunday, all year around.

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