One of my favourite coffee bakeries in Oslo city is Open Bakery Fryenlund. It has that old 19th Century style with bread hanging on the wall, dark wooden panels and even a spiral staircase to a top balcony. And the coffee? Some of the best I have had in the city – dark, rich and flavoursome.
The Aker Brygge docks face the Akershus Fortress. The diners on the cold side of the wharf do not see the sunset, but its reflection on the stone walls of the building across the water.
Karl Johans gate is the street that runs from Oslo station through the centre of the city right up to the Royal Palace. It is rare to find it as vacant, but in these times it is wise to expect the unexpected.
If you wander around St Hanshaugen you’ll find many unique boutique stores in the most unsuspecting of places. One of my favourites is a little art gallery by Mytteriet av demokratiet. These guys make pop culture art pieces for the serious art collector. They are very welcoming and you can watch them create in the gallery.
Below Akershus Fortress along the docks there are various sculptures and street art works. This is one of my favourites – a poster-style formate, it resembles a retro magazine cover.
Sometimes I walked past a Salvation Army homeless hostel in Grønland. The people hanging outside were as vibrant as the streets. The hostel is now gone, hopefully just moved, only the graffiti art remains.
Outdoor Third Spaces are very popular in the summertime in Oslo. Especially on Saturdays, this table tennis park in trendy Grünerløkka, Oslo, is full of activity with people from all over the community coming together to play.