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Shops, bars and eateries
that only exist in Oslo

Our insider lists places where you will find one-of-a-kind products and uncompromising service.

Håvard Schei is the man behind the book Mitt Oslo (My Oslo), an homage and a guide to the alternative scene, in a city that is basically quite offbeat. “Many of us are fed up with generic shops that can be found in any city. We embrace small, independent places run by true enthusiasts. This is what creates the city culture”, states Schei.

“Our aim with the Mitt Oslo project is to highlight the dedicated and hard-working people who make it great to live here”. Areas like Gamlebyen, Grønland, Markveien, Torshov and Torggata have recently developed into 24 hour feasts.

Håvard Schei recommends the following one-of-a-kind joints for an offbeat Oslo experience.

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Håvard Schei.
Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

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Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo
Oslo’s offbeat shops
Dapper, Oslo
Dapper
A cyclist-oriented shop offering city ride equipment and clothes.
Dapper
Embla keramikk, Oslo
Embla keramikk
A workshop community and outlet, and a supplier of ceramic crockery to three-star restaurant Maaemo. You can see the artist work through the window at…
Embla keramikk
Kollekted by, Oslo
Kollekted by
Handpicked furniture and design objects signed by both up-and-coming and established Scandinavian designers.
Kollekted by
Naturens mangfold, Oslo
Naturens mangfold
Shop the oldest trends in nature: fossils, minerals, meteorites, insects, explorer outfits and other conversations pieces, and learn about nature,…
Naturens mangfold
Neseblod, Oslo
Neseblod records
A cult shop and museum for heavy metal. Fans come from all around the world only to visit this place.
Neseblod records
Pentagon, Oslo
Pentagon
A kind of battle supply supermarket with an unmatched mix of Viking outfits, film effects, uniforms, knives, sabres, masks, armour, and almost…
Pentagon
Ruth 66
Ruth 66
A shop specialising in Americana and other curiosities.
Ruth 66
Råkk & Rålls, Oslo
Råkk & Rålls
A less genre specific record shop and music café, and the country’s biggest market for vintage records.
Råkk & Rålls
Brukthall Sinsen, Oslo
Sinsen brukthall
A permanent flea market where you can find all elements of Norwegian daily life from the past hundred years.
Sinsen brukthall
Cafés, eateries and hang-outs
All-jazz specialty record store and café in a delightful little back yard in the centre of Oslo. Bare Jazz (="Only Jazz") is also a place to hear good… Read more
Bare Jazz
Bigboy, Grünerløkka
Bigboy
A gay-oriented hair salon, coffee bar, and adult shop.
Bigboy
Blå is an independent club for live, contemporary jazz, hip-hop, r&b and related sounds; a professional venue dedicated to up-and-coming acts from all… Read more
Blå
Café Brasil, Oslo
Café Brasil
A little piece of Brazil on a square filled with numerous cafés and restaurants that are increasingly popular night-time hang-outs.
Café Brasil
Focacceria
Small Italian eatery and food shop located next door to the popular pizza restaurant Villa Paradiso.
Focacceria
Indre Oslofjord fiskerlag, Oslo
Fresh fish by the Oslo City Hall
Buy freshly caught and cooked shrimps and enjoy it right there, on the huge square in front of Oslo City Hall.
Fresh fish by the Oslo City Hall
Laksen fisk & vilt, Oslo
Laksen fisk & vilt
Proud chefs who are widely respected for their simple, locally prepared seafood.
Laksen fisk & vilt
Lille Herber’n, Oslo
Lille Herber’n
This highly charming restaurant is situated on a tiny island. A boat will pick you up at the mainland.
Lille Herber’n
Lille Kampen, Oslo
Lille Kampen
A popular local hang-out and eatery that has developed into a sort of a cultural hub, with both planned and spontaneous musical surprises.
Lille Kampen
Orlando’s pub, Oslo
Orlando’s pub
A cosy neighbourhood establishment that attracts people from all over the city. The location on a quiet corner gives room for spontaneous musical…
Orlando’s pub
Ostebutikken, Birkelunden
Ostebutikken
This tiny but high quality cheese shop and eatery is squeezed in between popular bars in the Grünerløkka area.
Ostebutikken
Retrolykke kaffebar
Nostalgic café where everything you sit on and see of vintage, desirable objects are for sale.
Retrolykke kaffebar
Syverkiosken, Oslo
Syverkiosken
The red-painted Syverkiosken is considered the last small, wooden sausage outlet in the city. It subsequently enjoys credibility for the quality of…
Syverkiosken
Micro roastery, coffee training centre and espresso bar with a goal of being among the best in the world. The place is run by Tim Wendelboe, World… Read more
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    Oslo’s offbeat shops

    Dapper

    Address: Nordre gate 13, 0551 Oslo

    Dapper is a cyclist-oriented parlour offering clothing and other city ride equipment. Its closely connected to the next door Krankenhaus, a chic vendor of the iconic Brompton folding bike.

    Embla Keramikk

    Address: Hegdehaugsveien 14, 0167 Oslo

    A workshop community and outlet, Embla is also a supplier of ceramic crockery to, among others, Oslo’s three-star restaurant Maaemo. You can observe the working ceramists through the window at street level, before pulling the entrance door.

    Ruth 66

    Address: Torshovgata 3, 0476 Oslo

    Ruth is an old-school Norwegian female first name and Route 66 is a legendary American road stretch. Hege Nylund runs this shop specialising in Americana and other curiosities.

    Kollekted by

    Address: Rathkes gate 4, 0558 Oslo

    Handpicked furniture and design objects signed by both up-and-coming and established Scandinavian designers.

    Ruth 66
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    Ruth 66.
    Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

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    Ruth 66.
    Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

    Neseblod Records

    Address: Schweigaards gate 56, 0656 Oslo

    A cult shop for heavy metal that is also a museum. Fans come to Oslo from afar only to visit this joint with a name that in English means nosebleed.

    Råkk & Rålls

    Address: Akersgata 39, 0158 Oslo

    A less genre specific record shop and music café alternative is Råkk & Rålls Brukthandel, the country’s biggest market for vintage records.

    Sinsen Bruktkhall

    Address: Sinsenveien 11, 0572 Oslo

    Norway’s major permanent flea market. Here you will find all elements from Norwegian daily life of the past hundred years. A cheap and joyful alternative to the usual tourist souvenirs.

    Naturens mangfold

    Address: Hagegata 1, 0577 Oslo

    A shop with the oldest trends in nature: Fossils, minerals, meteorites, insects, explorer outfits and other conversations pieces. The creator of this universe, Rune Frøyland, shares his passion and knowledge of nature, environment and science. While you’re here, you might as well spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the relevant, nearby Museum of Natural History and Oslo Botanical Garden.

    Pentagon

    Address: Storgata 37, 0182 Oslo

    A truly weird place, a kind of battle supply supermarket, with an unmatched mix of Viking outfits, film effects, uniforms, knives, sabres, masks, armour and almost everything else you never knew you needed. A playground for adults who are into all kinds of vintage relics.

    Cafés, eateries and other entertaining hang-outs

    The fishermen at the quay by Oslo City Hall

    Address: Rådhusbrygge 1, 0037 Oslo

    Buy freshly caught and cooked shrimps. Enjoy it all while relaxing on one the many benches around the huge square facing the Oslo City Hall. A meet-up with the fishermen who arrive early with their boats is an old tradition in the epicentre of the capital of the fjords.

    Laksen Fisk & Vilt

    Address: Maridalsveien 188, 0469 Oslo

    Proud chefs who are widely respected for their simple, locally prepared seafood. Cheap and cheerful in a city area that is increasingly popular amongst hipsters and the rest of us.

    Laksen Fisk og Vilt, Bjølsen
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    Laksen Fisk og Vilt, Bjølsen.
    Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

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    Laksen Fisk og Vilt, Bjølsen.
    Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

    Bare Jazz

    Address: Grensen 8, 0159 Oslo

    Join the distinct concert and café crowd who are more or less residing permanently inside this colourful courtyard.

    Lille Kampen

    Address: Bøgata 25C, 0655 Oslo

    A popular local hang-out and eatery that has developed into a sort of a cultural hub, with both planned and spontaneous musical surprises.

    Retrolykke kaffebar

    Address: Markveien 33, 0554 Oslo

    Memory lane-friendly café where everything you sit on and see of vintage, desirable objects are for sale.

    Café Brasil

    Address: Møllergata 12, 0179 Oslo

    A little piece of Brazil on a square filled with numerous cafés and restaurants that are increasingly popular night-time hang-outs.

    Bigboy

    Address: Schæffers gate 1, 0558 Oslo

    This gay-oriented hair salon is a local landmark that also houses a coffee bar, plus an adult shop in the basement.

    Ostebutikken

    Address: Thorvald Meyers gate 27

    This tiny, but high quality cheese shop and eatery is squeezed in between popular bars in the Grünerløkka area. The proof that Norwegian cheese is now much more than the traditional brunost.

    Syverkiosken

    Address: Maridalsveien 45b, 0175 Oslo

    Small, wooden outlets selling sausages have long been a typical Norwegian phenomenon, but with new food trends moving in, few of these remain inside the city of Oslo.

    The red-painted Syverkiosken is considered the only one still evolving around this culture. It subsequently enjoys credibility for the quality of its services.

    The many loyal customers vary from the man in the street to notabilities. Apart from a myriad of choices in ketchup and mustard, one of their specialities is a shotgun, a double barrelled sausage wrapped in white bread.

    Orlando’s Pub

    Address: Rostedsgate 7, 0178 Oslo

    A cosy neighbourhood establishment that attracts followers from all over the city. The location on a quiet corner gives room for spontaneous musical events.

    Tim Wendelboe

    Address: Grüners gate 1, 0552 Oslo

    This espresso bar, coffee roaster and bean community spins around its creator and owner. Tim Wendelboe is considered an international guru in the field of squeezing the best out of every bean.

    Lille Herber’n

    Address: Herbernveien 1, 0286 Oslo

    This highly charming restaurant is situated on a tiny island. Since 1929 food has been served continuously in this building that formerly serviced ship crews queuing to unload and load in the Oslo harbour.

    The menu mainly consists of fresh seafood with very good reviews.

    Ostebutikken, Birkelunden
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    Ostebutikken, Birkelunden.
    Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

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    Ostebutikken, Birkelunden.
    Photo: Håvard Schei / Mitt Oslo

    Focacceria

    Address: Markveien 34, 0554 Oslo

    Barstool-based eatery in this Italian food shop, located next door to the popular pizza restaurant Villa Paradiso, which is also among entrepreneur Jan Vardøen’s numerous places. Located just a side-kick from the main street in eastern Oslo’s most frequented area, Grünerløkka.

    Blå

    Address: Brenneriveien 9, 0182 Oslo

    A concert joint and a local hang-out that has a strong international touch with the help of notable artist who come to perform here. Idyllic location by the river of Akerselva that separates the west of Oslo from the east.

    Oslo also offers …