Vulkan has flourished into one of Oslo’s most innovative and happening areas, located on the west side of the Akerselva River between Grünerløkka and Oslo’s city center. Several new restaurants, hotels, and office spaces have opened with this green initiative in mind, and together they are working to create a new ‘fusion of culture and creative industry’ in the area.
Mathallen Food Hall
Inspired by majestic old European food halls, the Mathallen Food Hall in Vulkan is the very first food hall in Norway. They offer a fresh food market with an exclusive stock of organic, local produce and game. Their main market and a series of pop-up shops can be found on the ground floor, where you can get a full supply of groceries and stock up on quality fish, meats, fruits, vegetables, and sauces. Afterward, you can head upstairs to one of their many restaurants and bars, and take a break to enjoy a leisurely bite or a beer. They offer a variety of American and European cuisine, from Italian to New York style fast food, as well as snacks like gourmet cheeses. The Mathallen is a great hub for small businesses, farmers, and customers seeking healthy foodstuffs. If you come at the right time of year, you may even stumble onto one of their food festivals.
Mathallen Oslo, Vulkan 5, Oslo, Norway, +47 400 01 209
The Dansens Hus in Vulkan is Norway’s national stage for dance. Found on the same street as Mathallen, this building is one of the finest and most modern stage venues in all of Oslo, featuring top quality state-of-the-art technical equipment. The main stage can seat an audience of 334, and the studio stage has a maximum capacity of 150. Their productions cover a broad spectrum of dance genres, from productions choreographed for babies to appearances by major international touring companies. You’ll find a healthy mix of new emerging local talent sharing the schedule with well-established Oslo greats. The dance house also organizes the Urban Moves street dance festival, and hip hop courses for children and teens.
(Price and hours vary by performance)
Dansen Hus, Møllerveien 2, Oslo, Norway +47 23 70 94 00
Døgnvill Bar & Burger
Døgnvill Bar & Burger serves the most delicious burgers in Vulkan, and perhaps in all of Oslo. The cattle they use are raised in Jæren (Norway’s largest flat lowland area), minced at Albert Idsøe in Stavanger, cooked in tasty sauces made in-house at the restaurant, and finally served at your table with bread from the nearby Kolonihagen Bakery. Their well-stocked bar offers plenty of options to find the perfect beer, wine, or cocktail to complete your scrumptious meal.
Watch out for: the high-quality ingredients
Døgnvill Bar & Burger, Vulkan 12, Oslo, Norway +47 21 38 50 10
It’s not every day that you come across two massive beehives strolling around an urban area, but Vulkan’s not an everyday neighborhood. The Vulkan Bigård project was initiated in 2014 to raise awareness of the importance of bees in our ecosystem and educate the public on the ways that bees contribute to the environment. The two beehives are appropriately placed next to Mathallen Hall, on the rooftop of Dansens Hus. Created by Snøhetta, the design of this honey-colored wooden structure was inspired directly by the geometry of natural honeycombs. Two hexagonal volumes were intersected to create the form, and from there they adjusted the width and height to match the beekeeper’s needs. This installation is a great example of Vulkan’s passion for creative, eco-sustainable partnerships in local industries.
Vulkan 5, Oslo, Norway +47 400 01 209
Smelteverket can be found along the banks of the Akerselva river, in what was once an old train track production plant. The basic structure of the plant was preserved in the creation of what is now Scandinavia’s longest bar on record. Smelteverket boasts a strong selection of craft beers on tap, as well as an impressive list of imported and local bottled beers. Their food menu is fun and exciting, as is their schedule of weekly activities, featuring pub quizzes, concerts, stand-up comedy, and much more. This is a must-see stop in Oslo for atmosphere, food, drinks and entertainment.
Watch out for: the fun activities held every week
Smelteverket, Maridalsveien 17, Oslo, Norway +47 21 39 80 59
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