- Grünerløkka might be thought of as the Greenwich Village of Oslo. A hundred years ago this was a working-class area, where people worked 14 hours a day in the local factories under severe conditions. Today the working-class people have been replaced by models, artists, students and lawyers, and the old shops have given way to fashion boutiques and cafés. Grünerløkka has a lot of charm and is the hottest spot to live outside the centre of Oslo. There are beautifully renovated houses next to run-down, old ones, with plenty of green areas and parks. This is a friendly area with a very relaxed atmosphere. Grünerløkka is like a small town in itself and offers a wide range of services: post office, banking, library, dining, theatre. Everything is close by and at reasonable prices, compared to central Oslo. Places to see are Sofienbergparken, Akerselva and Olaf Ryes plass. Walk along Torggata to get to Markveien/Grünerløkka, or take buses 20 or 30, or trams 11, 12 or 13.
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