“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, the capital of Norway, 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.

Christiana Torv
The historic square of Chrisitana Torv.
Oslo Pride
After the recent bombing, street art like this started appearing all over the city.
This is the Parlament building.
The Palace
This is the royal palace, which is currently being renovated.
Changing of the guards.
The guards put on a show every day at 1:30.
Oslo at night
The city from the roof.
Akker Brygge at dusk
Akker Brygge at dusk.
Shopping for rings at an open air market in Grunnerløkka
Shopping for rings at an open-air market in Grunnerløkka.
Rakk and Roll
This is the inside of a second-hand store called Råkk and Råll. It was like walking into a party.
Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Vigeland Sculpture Park.
A store in the neighborhood Grunnerløkka.
Another open-air market, called Youngstorget.

Your thoughts on "Oslo, Norway photo essay"

  • I'm going in May - can't wait! Rakk and Rall looks cool, I'll definitely have to check that one out. Thanks for the tips!

    on March 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm Reply
  • This is amazing! I was very happy to be your local friend in Oslo ;D

    on March 27, 2012 at 2:28 am Reply
  • Your photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I particularly like the "shopping for rings" one.

    on April 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm Reply

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