Considered one of Oslo’s hippest districts, Grünerløkka sprawls along the Akerselva River north of the city centre. It’s known for its vibrant street art, independent boutiques and fashion stores, as well as its lively weekend markets and one of Norway’s most exciting foodie venues.
Things to do in Grünerløkka
In the heart of Grünerløkka is Birkelunden, a rectangular park that first opened to residents in the 1860s. It centres around a concert pavilion where musical performances and community festivals are held, as well as a weekend flea market. Further south lies Sofienberg Park, which is watched over by the elegant Sofienberg Church, designed by the Danish-born architect Jacob Wilhelm Nordan.
When it’s time to eat, head to the Mathallen, a bustling indoor food market where you’ll find an enticing choice of cafes and restaurants. It was established as a place for small-scale producers to promote their goods, with everything from artisan coffee to fresh seafood, vegetables and pastries for sale. The Mathallen is a hub for Oslo’s foodie culture, with food-related talks and tours on the annual calendar.
If you want to stretch your legs, follow the walking trail that hugs the Akerselva River, which flows right through the city before emptying into the Oslo Fjord. It played an important role in Oslo’s industrialisation, with historic mills and factories still lining the banks today. You can admire the picturesque cascades of the Nedre Foss or rent a kayak to explore the river from the water.
Getting around Grünerløkka
Grünerløkka is just five minutes’ drive from the Oslo Central railway station and 35 minutes from Oslo Airport. Commuter trains stop at Tøyen railway station while both buses and trams travel throughout the district. Most of Grünerløkka’s attractions can be accessed on foot.