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Off the beaten path in Oslo – Grünerlokka

Grünerlokka Oslo Norway. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjrod Travel Norway

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.

Olaf Ryes plass square, Grünerlokka Oslo. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Olaf Ryes plass square

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


Blue tram in Oslo. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Blue tram in Oslo

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.


Deichmanske library at Schou's plass, Grünerlokka Oslo. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Deichmanske library at Schou’s plass

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


Photos from Grünerlokka:

Oslo Norway, Tratoria popolare at Grünerlokka. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Trattoria popolare – good Italian restaurant at Grünerlokka

Grünerlokka. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Grünerlokka street view

Coffee shop. Olaf Ryes plass Grünerlokka. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Coffee shop at Olav Ryes plas square

Edvard's Munch's scream, wall decoration in a coffee shop. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Wall in Edvard’s coffee shop at Schous plass

Olaf Ryes plass park. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Olaf Ryes plass park

Olaf Ryes plass Grünerlokka Oslo. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

Olaf Ryes plass square