While there are many neighborhoods in and around Oslo, there are four main areas ideal for travelers interested in global art and culture.
Most travelers visiting Oslo are sure to stay near the city center. The historical center is called Kvadraturen and runs between Akershus Fortress and Karl Johans gate. Karl Johans is the main street and is lined with shopping stores, hotels, cafés, nightclubs and bars. Rosenkrantz’ gate is especially filled with bars and shops while parades and outdoor concerts are generally held along Karl Johans street. Big shopping centers worth a look include Oslo City, Byporten, Paléet, Christiania Glasmagasin and Steen & Strøm.
Aker Brygge & Tjuvholmen
What used to consist mainly of a shipyard, Aker Brygge is now a popular borough among Oslo locals and tourists alike. Known for their top-quality seafood, restaurants found here seat up to 5,000 people (2,500 outside). Located along the waterfront, daily boat tours remain as a top attraction. The nearby Tjuvholmen is characterized by impressive architectural designs, art galleries and museums such as The Nobel Peace Prize Museum.
Without a doubt, the Grünerløkka neighborhood is the most bohemian part of Oslo. The area used to be a hub for factory workers and industry buildings but has since evolved into a cultural hangout of young and fashionable locals. Here you will find countless boutiques, quirky coffee shops, international restaurants and a lively bar scene. Shops close on the weekend, making room for the weekly antique market held in the main park.
The best way to find Oslo West is to locate the Royal Palace. While Oslo is an expensive city by anyone’s standards, if you live on the west side, you are particularly well off. Walking along these well-kept streets, particularly in the Frogner, Briskeby and Bygdøy Allé areas, one discovers a quiet borough with fancy apartments and high-end fashion stores. There are also more affordable options in addition to more bohemian-worthy bars. The Vigeland Sculpture Park is not far from here and a major Oslo highlight.