Best areas to stay in Oslo

Find your favourite area to stay in Oslo

Oslo is one of the most notoriously stylish European cities, with its cosy ‘hygge’-friendly cafes, charming traditional buildings and uber-swish contemporary architecture. It’s all delivered with a seemingly effortless Scandinavian style, making it one of the most desirable places to visit for couples, friends and families alike. Choosing where to stay in this cosmopolitan city is like deciding which present to open first: wherever you start, you won’t be disappointed! So, read on to discover our list of the best areas to stay in Oslo, from Viking-history districts and family-friendly neighbourhoods to swish harbourside offerings and plenty more where that came from...

  1. Aker Brygge
  2. The Old Town
  3. Gronland
  4. Grunerlokka
  5. Kampen
  6. Frogner

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1. Aker Brygge

One of the chicest areas to stay in Oslo is Aker Brygge, which has risen from its humble dockyard origins into a swanky harbourside strip today. Once you’ve located your swish hotel, go for a stroll along the boardwalk promenade before winding your way back through the small streets of shops. There’s a few interesting sights worth making time for here – the Museum of Modern Art, the Tjuvholmen City Beach – but seeing as you’re so close to the water, the best thing to do here is to dive into the seafood scene. You’re spoilt for choice with restaurants lining the waterfront promenade: think shrimps, salmon, cod...

Best for: Chic freaks.

While you’re there: Take a boat trip out on the harbour.

2. The Old Town

Oslo’s Old Town, or Gamlebyen, is replete with historic charm, and one of the best ways to find out more about the area’s long past is on a walking tour. So it might make sense to base yourself here, and save yourself some energy; there is a lot to pack in, after all! It’s the oldest area in the city – it was simply called ‘Oslo’ until the 1920s – so you’ll have more than enough time to check out the 13th-century Akershus fortress, listed 18th-century buildings and old railway huts.

Best for: Vintage lovers.

While you’re there: This is a great area to find out more about Viking heritage, mythology and more.

3. Gronland

The eastern side of Oslo is home to Gronland, one of the more popular areas to stay in Oslo thanks to its multicultural food and drinks scene. There’s also a decent selection of diverse shops too, with prints and textiles on sale from all over the world. If the variety of things to eat, drink and buy wasn’t enough, then its prices are pretty low, making it one of the cheapest places to stay in Oslo, too. For a notoriously expensive city, if you’re browsing cheap holidays to Oslo, then Gronland could be the ideal place for you.

Best for: Budget travellers.

While you’re there: It’s not far from the Oslo Central Station, either, so it makes a good base for venturing further afield.

4. Grunerlokka

Once a working-class district, Grunerlokka has become distinctly bohemian with an array of hipster places to eat, drink and chill out in. Younger couples and groups of friends alike will enjoy basing themselves in this area, which is as laidback or lively as you want. Opt to stay in a suitably stylish hotel or hostel for the ultimate experience, before pounding the streets past wacky street art, colourful buildings and a whole lotta al fresco dining.

Best for: Hipsters.

While you’re there: Discover more about Grunerlokka’s working class past with a visit to Sagveien 8, a recreated period apartment.

5. Kampen

Take it slow in Kampen, not far from the city centre by foot, bus or train. Families might enjoy basing themselves here if they want to spend a bit more time to themselves, or let the kids run wild at Kampen Park. There’s certainly more of a local vibe here, so if walking down quiet streets past wooden buildings and locals-favourite coffee shops sounds like your thing, then pack your bags and head to Kampen!

Best for: Slow travel.

While you’re there: Walk to nearby Toyen Park (close to Kampen Park) which is home to the Munch Museum.

6. Frogner

Well-heeled Frogner has long been a popular area to stay (and live) in Oslo, since at least the 1800s. And it’s this grandiose air that still permeates the atmosphere of this upmarket neighbourhood today, with many embassies and diplomats based here in its ornate buildings. Aside from the high-end restaurants and inviting antique stores on offer, the highlight of staying in Frogner is a visit to Frogner Park, which invites you to chill out, run around, enjoy a picnic; or anything else. There’s also a sculpture park and thousands of beautiful roses to be admired, too.

Best for: Those looking to splurge the budget.

While you’re there: Take a tour around Frogner Manor before (or after) exploring the park.

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