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Originally an industrial area down by the river, Grünerløkka has become one of the trendiest districts of Oslo. As home to many of the country’s top art schools, this part of Oslo has naturally become a hub for independent art galleries, cool bars, and trendy restaurants. With beautiful greenery and a vibrant cultural scene, Grünerløkka is bound to remain the artsy center of Oslo for years to come. Check out the best things to see and do in this cool area of town.
As expected, when in such close proximity to more than one art school, independent art galleries flourish in Grünerløkka. Showcasing the art of local as well as international contemporary art, the large market encourages and promotes an interest and favorability for the innovative and creative. Check out one of many art galleries in the area to get your cultural fill of the day. For example, there’s Galleri Markveien owned by the artists themselves, or Galleri 69, a non-profit gallery showcasing works from a variety of artists.
Galleri Markveien: Markveien 28, Oslo, Norway, +47 408 71 212
Galleri 69: Toftesgate 69, Oslo, Norway, +47 22 38 00 28
Flowing through Oslo, right down into the city center, is Akerselva. The walkway along the river can take you a total of eight kilometers, from the woodland of Maridalen in the North, down towards Bjørvika in the south. While this river today serves as a central recreational area, and green lung in the city, with waterfalls, small parks, and bridges, it was once an important part of the industrialisation of Oslo. Walk along the river and see the old mills and factories, stop for a bite to eat, or do the entire two hour hike through the city.
If you find yourself in Oslo on a rainy day, or perhaps only harbor an interest or curiosity for reptiles and amphibians, Oslo Reptile Park, Norway’s only of its kind, is located in the outskirts of Grünerløkka. With more than 80 different animals, the Reptile Park’s collection includes snakes, frogs, chameleons, spiders, monkeys, turtles and fish. Visit Oslo Reptile Park to learn more, watch the feeding of the animals every Tuesday, try to hold a snake, and experience the fascinating display of species normally not found in the Norwegian cityscape. St. Olavsgate 2, Oslo, Norway
The Deichman Library, or Oslo Public Library, is Norway’s first and largest library. Founded in 1785, the library today employs more than 300 people throughout 16 branches in the city, two of which are located in Grünerløkka. Browse meters upon meters of shelved books, or participate in reading circles, watch films, see exhibitions, listen to talks and debates, or search through the specialised comic book section of the Grünerløkka branch. The Deichman Library will be among the cultural establishments to be moved down to Bjørvika, and a new building is currently under construction behind the Opera.
Arne Garborgs plass 4, Oslo, Norway, +47 22 35 65 83
As the trendiest food in Oslo, this is reflected in the wide array of burger joints popping up in every part of the city. Some of the most raved about burger restaurants in Oslo find their home in Grünerløkka, such as Illegal Burger, Døgnvill and Munchies. Popular among all ages, these three burger joints serve delicious burgers and fries in rustic environments, feeding people of all ages. Listen to the locals and satisfy your hunger in one of the hugely popular restaurants.
Illegal Burger: Møllergata 23, Oslo, Norway, +47 22 20 33 02
Døgnvill: Maridalsveien 13h, Oslo, Norway, +47 21 38 50 10
Munchies: Thorvald Meyers gate 36a, Oslo, Norway, +47 97 01 97 87