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Bars & Cafes
Vålerenga Vertshus was originally built as a bakery and confectioner's shop, which the old black-and-white pictures on the walls bear witness to. The pictures are all of the neighborhood, and show what Oslo used to be like as a small and peaceful town. Until recently the Vertshus was used as a base by the supporters of Vålerenga soccer team, but they have moved elsewhere now. Even so, some members of the club still stick to their old home field, and when the team plays away matches the pub is packed. Vålerenga Vertshus serves Pizza, it is not a delicacy but it is cheap and goes well with the beer.
Kampen Bistro is an informal, cozy and cheap café-restaurant in the old working-class area of Kampen. The interior is as diverse as the menu: all chairs and tables are different, and the food is Norwegian, Pakistani and continental. You can have everything from beef or cod to chicken dabo and all kinds of soups and salads. In the summer, people from all over town come here to enjoy a cold beer on the terrace. This place is within walking distance of the Munch museum that shows the work of famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch; or if you like, you could go for a swim at the great Tyenbadet outdoor baths, nearby.
This is a regular hangout for many of the people who are lucky to live near the idyllic Sofienberg park in Grünerlkka. This restaurant is young, but already very popular among the locals. The place is painted in bright colors and looks pretty modern and fresh. Quite a few of the guests are closer to 50 than to 25. Many of them are regulars and the atmosphere is friendly and informal. The food served here is very traditional Norwegian. The menu offers many different dishes.
Soria Moria Bar & Bistro serves as one of the most entertaining bistros in the neighborhood since 1928. The bistro food inspired from the local flavors is delicious. This place also features a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 300 guests for private parties, celebrations and concerts. in addition, another little hall is also utilized for small gatherings, baptisms and private dinners. An all in one place, check out the website for more information.
Taking pride in being Oslo's first eatery dedicated to serving guests the delights of cocoa bean in various forms, Cocoa is the best place to drop by for a dose of sweet delights. The cups offered are loaded with chocolate and topped with whipped cream. Nestled in Grunerlokka neighborhood, this place offers refreshing drinks like hot and cold chocolate, frappe, cold coffee and smoothie. Sandwiches, salads and cakes are also available here, which make for a wonderful breakfast meal. This cafe, located on the fringes of the Birkelunden park, is an ideal place to enjoy a steaming hot cup of cocoa after a morning jog.
Café Tamara is in Oslo's trendiest neighborhood, Grünerlkka. Founded in 1990, Tamara has managed to survive through rapidly shifting trends. Tamara can seat 70 people on two floors. Local bands perform on the stage upstairs on Fridays; most of them play rock and acoustic music. Upstairs, you will also find a gallery with exhibitions by well-known and lesser-known artists. On Fridays, this concert venue is frequently visited by students (aged over 20). The bar downstairs is a popular hangout for friends from the neighborhood, for artists and intellectuals (aged 20-40). Enjoy a glass of red wine in front of the fireplace.
Mir is the bar connected to the cultural center called Grünerlkka Lufthavn. They put on concerts (mostly techno, punk and underground), various kinds of workshops, and exhibitions. A small record company is based here, and several bands use the location for rehearsals. Mir is by many regarded as the heart of all this activity, with its rough, airport-like interior. They serve small dishes like bacon and eggs and different kinds of toasted sandwiches, coffee and tea, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Prices are low. In the evenings and at night the clientèle consists mainly of people in their twenties and thirties (many connected to the underground music movement), artists and students. Mir is well hidden. Look for a sign for Grünerlkka Lufthavn on Toftes gate, then turn right into the backyard.
Aku Aku is the Polynesian belief that ancestral spirits thrive amidst humans. But, worry not! Aku-Aku Tiki Bar offers guests nothing more than the sheer pleasure of the tropics in the landlocked area of Oslo. This tiki bar is a vibrant place that serves guests delectable concoctions in its casual atmosphere. Apart from the staple of Mai Tai and Zombie Cocktail, this place offers cocktails that were invented by Don the Beachcomber, the founder of tiki bar. Hula girls and tropical music add the spark to this place. Locals and tourists throng to this bar for the little bit of escapade it offers, so make sure to book your seats well in advance; especially during weekends.
This is probably one of Oslo's most intimate bars, with enough room only for five small tables. The atmosphere is warm, kept in a subtle 1950s style. Its main attraction is actually its owner, Jan Varden. He is one of Norway's few enthusiasts when it comes to mixing cocktails, and his skills have made him a minor celebrity in the region. If you want the best in concoctions, this is one of the places you should definitely visit.
Tea Lounge is a chic tea cafe and bar which takes you on a delightful journey from Marrakesh to Cuba. It is one of the finest tea rooms in Grünerløkka and has a retro vibe to it. During daytime you'll find many locals relaxing with a steaming cuppa and other beverages by the fireplace and some playing chess or backgammon. The nights witness an amazing nightlife in the Tea Lounge with popular local DJ's setting the lounge on fire and fascinating cocktails doing the rounds.
If you're in the vicinity of Grünerløkka and wish to enjoy a relaxed meal, Fru Hagen is a good place to visit. The regulars at this cafe are mostly students, giving the place a young vibe. At this laid back establishment, you can sit back and enjoy some tasty salads, sandwiches, burgers and cakes. The drinks menu is made up mostly of wine.
This is a small, stylish Mexican restaurant with a white, yellow and black interior. All kinds of people come here, celebrities as well as good old east enders who want a great, cheap meal, or perhaps just a few beers. A few years ago this was voted Oslo's best hangout, because it is so much more than just a restaurant. People often stand at the bar and wait half an hour for a free table. In such a narrow, crowded and hectic place you don't do that unless the food and atmosphere make it worthwhile: and they do here. The food is traditional Californian-Mexican and all dishes come with vegetarian versions. You can choose from well-known dishes such as burritos, tacos, quesadillas and chili con carne to name but a few.