Grünerløkka is a buzzing centre of urban renewal. About 10-minutes from the centre of Oslo, it was a run-down industrial area of unloved 19th-century factories. Today, those factories are home to microbreweries, indie theatres and cafés. Food hotspots include trendy Koloniehagen Grünerløkka, specialising in organic new Nordic cuisine.
Boho art outlets range from Gallery 69, set in a former school, to TM51, a hub of conceptual Norwegian painting. Kunstplass 5 has regular events, screenings and performances showcasing Oslo’s newest talents. Grünerløkka’s retail options are just as exciting; here is our edit of the top boutiques and concept stores:
Dapper is a retro-chic bicycle and barber shop that sells classic city bikes alongside old-school shaving brushes and rucksacks by Brooks England. It even has a booth in which you can test out your shaving cream before you buy it. The members of staff are bike experts and can offer travel tips about cycling in South America and elsewhere.
Dapper, Nordre gate 13, 0551 Oslo, +47 24 07 77 10
After sleek refurbishment, F5 reopened last November and has become a favourite of the design crowd. Carefully curated to keep a fresh look, it offers an eclectic mix including Norwegian labels such as Graa and Christina Ledang and Haik.
F5, Øvre Slottsgate 5, Oslo, +47 469 62 499
This retro furniture store features modern Scandinavian design alongside classic looking Eames-inspired chairs. Designer items from Lightyears and Tom Dixon are shown alongside vintage pieces from the 1920s to the 1970s. The selection of sofas spans the rainbow.
Futura, Olaf Ryes plass 1, Oslo, +47 472 40 681
This Swedish interior design hotspot is filled with stylish items, while storage racks show clever ways to save space. Be sure to browse the stationery section, with alphabet stamps, sketchbooks and luxury fountain pens.
Granit, Bygdøy allé 1, Oslo, +47 22 55 11 22
Med og Uten
This boutique offers crisp design, with womenswear and menswear labels from Danish, Swedish and Norwegian designers. Knitwear is a speciality: brands include Samsøe & Samsøe from Copenhagen, offering simple, chic looks, and Odd Molly from Stockholm, adding a clever touch to traditional Scandinavian patterns.
Meg og Uten, Korsgata 22, Oslo, +47 22 04 66 00