Gabrielle’s best Oslo tips
Join Gabrielle and explore the hidden gems around the Sofienberg Park.
Welcome to Sofienberg! I’m Gabrielle (27), currently writing a master thesis in history, living at Sofienberg, Grünerløkka with my boyfriend and our foster cat Kaktus. My neighbourhood is packed with hidden gems, from fancy Peruvian cocktails, to endless seas of flowers in the Botanical Garden.
Don´t stay at the street Markveien your whole time exploring Grünerløkka, with me you’ll definitely find something else you´re gonna love.
Pro tip: combine my tips with the East Walk you´ll find in the USE-IT Oslo free map.
Oslo has a beautiful Botanical Garden with plants and trees from the whole world. Lucky for me it is located right in my neighbourhood! The garden was established in 1812, and has since then been a place for leisure and learning for us Osloites (except during WW2, when we had to cultivate potatoes there instead…). Wander around and discover all the different parts of the garden, and check out the two greenhouses for that tropical feeling. Entrance is free! Bonus: Try the delicious pastries in the garden café Handwerk.
Guided tour in the Botanical Garden (photo: Amanda Schei)
The vintage shop Tidsrommet is worth a visit if you want to take a look at the olden, golden Norwegian days. You can by fancy dining plates, teak furniture, frames, vases and boxes, all in great condition – or you can just look around and dream about how things were back then. Next door there is a childrens book store, and around the corner you’ll find a women’s fashion store with beautiful shirts and dresses.
When I want to treat myself with some really good food, I drag my boyfriend across the Sofienberg park and over to Olaf Ryes plass to Bistro Brocante. This beautifully furnished French restaurant serves delicious food to affordable prices. Get a table by the window and watch all the people walk by while you enjoy a glass of wine and des moules, du poulet confit or une truite panée.
I always tend to come back to the neighbourhood café Egget at Rathkes plass for a cup of coffee, some lunch or a beer. If it’s sunny you should definitely sit outside under the trees, if it’s raining you should go sit on their super comfy blue sofas. Egget serves breakfast-müsli, salads (one with octopus!), burgers (meat and veg) and a delicious bratwurst mit sauerkraut. I also recommend going here just for a beer in the evening!
One of my favourite neighbourhood gems is definitely the Peruvian cocktail bar Perla! This small, down to earth bar has a nice atmosphere, friendly bartenders and a menu list you are going to want to work your way through. Great place – both for popping in for a drink, or hanging out for hours.
Tipsy pic from Perla (photo: Amanda Schei)