Grünerløkka, or simply “Løkka” among friends, is Oslo’s equivalent to New York’s Greenwich Village.
100 years ago this was a working class area. Today the working class has been replaced by people who hardly know anything about manual labour: Artists, lawyers, students and stock brokers have moved in. The sweet spot of gentrification has passed, but Løkka has kept its charm. Løkka is a small town in itself and offers a wide range of services. You’ll find everything from post offices, grocery stores and libraries, to fashion boutiques, restaurants and theatres.
how to get there?
You can take the tram, number 11, 12 or 13 going towards Kjelsås/Disen/Grefsen stasjon, and get off at Olav Ryes plass.
Walking, it will take you only 20 minutes. From downtown Oslo you can follow the street Torggata. After crossing a bridge you are on the bottom of Markveien. When walking through Markveien you will see what Løkka has to offer you: small shops, unique cafees and green parks.
what to do at grünerløkka
- Discover small designer boutiques and second hand stores.
- Get a coffee at one of the cafés surrounding Parkteateret and enjoy the sun.
- Visit Sofienbergparken. One of Grünerløkka’s most popular parks.
- Drink local beer at Grünerløkka brygghus or at Schouskjelleren micro brewery.
- Go back to America in the fifties with pancakes for breakfast at Nighthawk Diner.
- More of America in the fifties? Grab a milkshake at Ryes.
- Drink hot chocolate at Cocoa. The variety of chocolate drinks are countless.
- Don’t miss the Birkelunden marked. It’s there every Sunday.
- Play some basketball at Kubabanen not far from Parkteateret, just ask a local for the way.