“Oslo is a paradise, but let’s keep that between you and me,” is what I was told by an English jazz singer/bar owner who now lives in Oslo.
On the surface Oslo is very much tied into history; walk down Akker Brygge, watch the changing of the guards at the royal palace, and get your fill of medieval churches. However, underneath all the history is a young vibrant scene that is moving in its own direction. The neighbourhood of Grunnerløkka is filled with beautiful street art, live music, and open-air markets, and just minutes away is Majorstua where all the fashionable trendy residents shop and go for brunch. You can discover a lot just by wandering around, but if you want to find the best hidden gems of Oslo befriend the locals — they will show you places that aren’t in any tourist guide.