Things to do in Oslo

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

382 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The converted factory halls that make up the Food Hall at Vulkan consists of over 30 specialty shops, cafes and eateries offering food and beverage quality, with emphasis on special items not found... read more

Mathallen Oslo is inspired by the great European food courts. Here you can find specialty shops, kafés, restaurants and bars. Try Vulkan Fisk Sjømatbar for great fish dishes, or visit Oslo's longes... read more

Food hall & cafes: closed on Mondays, super sales & tastings on Tuesdays. Saturdays Smelteverket (the pub downstairs with lovely river views which has the longest bar in Scandanavia) has free food ... read more

218 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best pizza in town! Or go through the restaurant and in to Bar Bellini, the best kept secret Italian vine bar in town. Live music in the bar every Tuesday at 19-ish.

Favorite pizza restaurant in Oslo (Italian), at the heart of Grünerløkka, with lots of bars and other restaurant surrounding. Always very popular, be prepared to wait a few minutes to get a table i... read more

More of a family restaurant. Serves great pizza. One of Jan Vardøens many good places in Oslo. For take away, try the neighbouring focacceria. Mouthwatering stuff.

360 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo a... read more

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its r... read more

One of the finest pieces of architecture projects in Oslo! It is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. A design that of Snøhetta was chosen... read more

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Frogner Park (Frognerparken) is the biggest park in central parts of Oslo and a popular recreational area for people from all over the city. On a nice summer day, Frogner Park is full of people; ... read more

The Vigeland Park / Frognerparken is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round... read more

Frogner Park contains, in its present centre, the world famous Vigeland installation. Frogner Park is the largest park in the city and covers 45 hectares, the sculpture installation is the world's ... read more

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sunday arts & crafts market, large graffiti murals, live music, and a cafe sometimes. A lovely place to stop by during a walk along the river or on a Sunday. Blå is the funky artsy "underground" s... read more

For this great place! I´ve borrowed the description at www.visitoslo.com (see below). Want to add that going for a walk/workout upstream along the Akerselva is also worth doing. "Blå is an indepe... read more

Really good club with live music everything contemporary jazz, hip-hop, r&b and related sounds. Often up-and-coming artists from all over the country, but also established international artists. Co... read more

352 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist, consists of paintings... read more

One of the must sees in Oslo is the collection of Edvard Munch at the Munch museum. Situated in the East of Oslo, in a vibrant and up-coming area called Tøyen, the museum looks over the park right ... read more

Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist, consists of paintings... read more

340 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vigelandsparken is one of Norway's most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year.  The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) w... read more

The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round. The unique sc... read more

Vigelandsparken is one of Norway's most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year. The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) ... read more

134 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Walking alongside the Akerselva is a beautiful and very Oslo thing to do. Go west from Grünerløkka and start following the river from the bar Blå, for example and follow it going north. Stop at "Ma... read more

The river Akerselva is more like a urban park. The river strolls from Kjelsås, through Torsion and Grünerløkka and all the way down to Grønland and The Opera Building. Perfect for a Sunday walk! Ma... read more

Follow the Akerselva (river) from Maridalsvannet (lake) to Vaterland Park in the centre of Oslo. The riverwalk is eight kilometres long, and takes you past forested areas, historical buildings, fi... read more

126 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Aku-Aku is very nice and small tiki bar. Furnitures and decor are vintage. Some of the decor is on loan from the Kon-Tiki Museum , including a large canoe hanging from the ceiling. Th... read more

Aku-Aku are the spirits of our ancestors. Some of them are mischievous, but they are mainly friendly. Everyone has their own Aku-Aku, who will give you advice when you need it. They are invisible a... read more

After Bar Boca, why not head over to the neighbour; Aku-Aku? Aku-Aku does not make as good classics as Bar Boca, but what it lacks in finesse it makes up in fun and experimentation. Tropical and bi... read more

132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Micro roastery, coffee training centre and espresso bar with a goal of being among the best coffee roasters and espresso bars in the world. Tim Wendelboe is run by World Barista Champion and World ... read more

Norwegians are obsessed with coffee. This espresso bar and rostery run by World Barista Champion Tim Wendelboe aims to be among the best espresso bars in the world. Highly acclaimed - and bit on th... read more

Tim Wendelboe is a coffee roastery, an espresso bar and a coffee resource and training centre located in Grünersgate 1, Oslo, Norway. Our goal is to be among the best coffee roasters and espresso b... read more

214 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Aker Brygge is a melting pot where people meet, mingle and visit. Oslo´s residents come to shop, eat and drink, perhaps hop on a boat to one of the islands, or just enjoy fresh seafood from the boa... read more

Aker Brygge is known for its strip of restaurants along the boardwalk, with plenty of opportunities for al fresco wining and dining. There's also a wide selection of fashion shops, if you want to r... read more

Location, beautiful and interesting, lively, seaside, shopping, art and architecture, food & drink, icecream, seagulls, view, ferries, marina, lots and lots to see :) Try the waffle-food-truck, ita... read more

208 local Airbnb hosts recommend

"Through Oslo, from north to south, runs the river Akerselva. Along the river there are parklands and walking trails, but also remains of Oslo’s industrial history. Grünerløkka lies on the east s... read more

Grünerløkka lies on the east side of the river, behind the old industrial buildings. Here you will discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping distr... read more

Sightseeing, shopping and some park-life - Many different shops: everything from second hand to modern high cost shops. Grunerløkka doesnt containthe typical big city shopping malls. - Parks: Kubap... read more

179 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ekebergparken Sculpture Park Sculpture and national heritage park with a strong international art collection surrounded by beautiful scenery with many spectacular lookout points. Ekebergparken is... read more

Ekeberg Park is a large park with several touches of art . The park has many beautiful sculptures created by different artists . In addition , it is a great walking area with authentic forest and a... read more

Sculpture and national heritage park with a strong international art collection surrounded by beautiful scenery with many spectacular lookout points. Ekebergparken is always open, and is free to vi... read more

117 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Possibly the longest living and most famous restaurant at Grünerløkka. Very loud, informal setting, serving really great tapas. No booking ahead, but expect to wait a bit for seating, though you ca... read more

The best tapas restaurant in town :) Not possible to make reservations, but if you´re not that many you can wait in the bar or outside with a glass of wine and you´ll get a table within half an hou... read more

Great tapas restaurant, very popular in a trendy area. Reservations required for weekends, or pop by and wait for an opening. Sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine in the meantime. Also nice for lu... read more

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mainly a restaurant decorated like a 50s American diner, but in the evenings the patrons come for the drinks. Try the milkshake - Cookies and Creme and Strawberry might be the best you can have in ... read more

American diner that serves excellent pancakes for breakfast. Breakfast is served all day, as well as the typical American diner dishes. Cocktails in the evening.

Authentic American Diner, and you even get served early breakfast. Quite popular and crowded during lunch. An alternative is to go for the milkshake after the lunch peak is over.

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Holmenkollen is the hill you see on the north western side of Oslo. It takes 20-30 minutes to get here from the city centre – the view from the subway on the way up the hill is worth the trip alone... read more

A historic landmark in the Norwegian consciousness, Holmenkollen embodies more than a century of skiing competitions. Inside the ski jump is the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, the oldest of its kind in... read more

I strongly recommend you this one. Ski-jump stadium "Holmenkollen". You can see it on the hill from the gallery outside your room. Nice walking possibilities and amazing nature and view. I recom... read more

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This super pleasant cafe-bar is a great place to bring crowds, but also to work og relax alone or as a couple. Indoors it is decorated with old posters, maps and globes, outside is a leafy backyard... read more

Relaxed, living rooom-like bar w/ bare brick walls, fireplace, mismatched furniture and board games. No food, but you can order from different restaurant around the square. Great outside sitting area!

Interesting bar concept, play board games for free or have a chat on in a cosy renovated old mechanic warehouse. You can order your own takeaway food and bring into the bar there.

99 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A popular spot in Oslo, close to the beautiful park St. Hanshaugen. This restaurant has a knife and fork in the Michelin guide. It serves traditional Norwegian home cooked meals to a reasonable pri... read more

A local restaurant in our St. Hanshaugen neighbourhood, run by four reknowned chefs. They serve traditional Norwegian home cooking, with a master chef twist. They are mentioned in the Michelin Bib ... read more

Smalhans is a casual neighborhood restaurant at St. Hanshaugen. Go here for simple lunch dishes in the morning, the daily special in the afternoon or the full tasting menu in the evening. You can a... read more

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A 500-L brewpub in the center of Oslo that provides it's own beers and beers from around the world. They also sell what they refer to as a "real kebab" by pork knuckles which is inspired by well kn... read more

Crow is a popular brewery in a pedestrian area with lots of bars, cafes & restaurants. It has a good selection of beers downstairs as well as a pretty decent kebab bar upstairs. Folks are pretty fr... read more

A cool little microbrewery with a great atmosphere. They brew all their excellent craft beer on-site. Try their homemade pork Crow kebab from their bbq-zone on the 2nd floor, highly recommended!

264 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The royal residence at the top of Karl Johans gate is home to King Harald V and Queen Sonja. The building is in neo-classical style with a facade of stuccoed brick, and was completed in 1849. The... read more

The royal residence at the top of Karl Johans gate is home to HM King Harald V and HM Queen Sonja. The building is in neo-classical style with a facade of stuccoed brick, and was completed in 1849.... read more

The royal residence at the top of Karl Johans gate is home to King Harald V and Queen Sonja. Its only open for guided tours in the summer, but open all year around for a view from the outside!

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ekebergrestauranten is located in the hills just above Oslo, with a stunning view of the inner Oslo fjord, the city and the Operahouse. The Ekeberg Park close by is a very popular hiking area. Fro... read more

Ekebergrestauranten is located in the hills just above Oslo, with a stunning view of the inner Oslo fjord, the city and the Operahouse. The restaurant itself is a must-see if you are interested in ... read more

A nice strawl up the hill or tram 18/19 will take you up to Ekeberg that offers a very nice view of Oslo. Strawl into the park and discover the sculptures spread around, or just enjoy the view of Oslo

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kulturhuset is a great place both day and night, in conjunction with, concerts, lectures, presentations, dance, exhibitions or simply just like friends or colleagues over a beer or a friendly game.... read more

Quite big and friendly bar with a big selection of drinks and games like pool, ping pong and shuffle boards. It has a coffee bar in the daytime.

Simpel food, raw food cakes, coffee and tea at day time, beers and drinks at night time and heavy visited late night weekends. Somestimes it is comedy shows or live music. Nice and attractive plac... read more

179 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favourite place to go shopping. H&M, Zara, Monki, Ganni, Filippa K, Hay, Kähler. A more relaxing shopping experience compared to Karl Johan, because of fewer people in the shops and streets.

One of Oslo's major shopping streets, a short walk from the flat! On this 1 km strip, you'll find clothing, food, sportswear, furniture and design, pharmacies, as well as bar and restaurants.

A main shopping street starting from Hegdehaugsveien by the edge of the Slottsparken and goes all the way up to Majorstuen. Find famous brands or more local shops in the streets between.

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite coffee shop in Oslo. They have a great selection of beans and tea (if you're a tea person like me, try the oolong!) The mid-century modern decor makes it a really cozy place to sit. Sea... read more

The place where I work - Fuglen. One of Oslo's best known cocktail bars. Mid century modern design and relaxed atmosphere! Great coffee bar in the daytime, with our own roastery in Japan.

Still one of Oslos hidden gems. During the day it is one of Oslos best coffee bars, at night (after 21:00) it changes to one of Oslos best cocktails bars. All sirups are home made, menu varies.

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Munchies is my favorite burger bar in Oslo. The reason I like it so much is because the burger is juicy, really tasty, the bread doesn't get soggy, and the fries are crispy.

Coolest burger joint in the town - fat and juicy burgers made on the house. Relatively cheap. Open until 03 in the weekends - almost always packed with people.

Need I say more. I get the muchies just by thinking of these burgers. It's is upgradet fast food, and open all night if you also get the munchies after a night out at youngstorget and torggata.

81 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the place to go for swimming (if fresh water is preferred). Moderne in- and outdoor swimming . Indoor: Pool 1: 12.5 m pool. Temperature: 32 degrees Pool 2: 50m pool. Temperature: 28 degree... read more

Norway's most popular public pool is located near the centre of Oslo. Tøyenbadet features two indoor pools (open year-round) and two outdoor pools (open only in summer)

Tøyenbadet is Norway's busiest swimming facility, with indoor and outdoor pools - and a waterslide. On sunny days, bring a book and lie on the lawn by the pool.

155 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The main boulevard of Oslo is the "Karl Johans gate", a straight line from the Royal Castle to the Central Station. On a nice day, I recommend taking that walk. There are a lot of shops and resta... read more

Oslo's main street. Oslo Central Station in the lower end, the Royal Palace in the other. The lower end can be a bit shabby, but the top half is rather nice if you like to be part of the crowds. Al... read more

Oslo`s main street (shops, bars, the King`s Castle in the end of it, "Stortinget"). Walking street with no car traffic. Karl Johan starts outside Oslo S (Jernbanetorget) and ends at the castle.

78 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The pioneer of the "Tøyen wave", this former post office ('Postkontoret' litteraly means the post office) has a good community vibe and a wide selection of beers. Check out the more secluded seatin... read more

A trendy, new bar in the new and improved Tøyentorget (Tøyen Square). Real quiet and a nice atmosphere during the day (and with a of mommies/daddies with their trolleys), but can become packed by t... read more

Bar, cafe, pizza, shuffle board, (concerts), sit inside/ outside. Popular, nice, new place in Oslo, I think main audience is 25-40, but people of all age go there. Open 11-01. To Wasabi: 30 sek.

145 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This wonderful park is an excellent spot for a walk or just chilling on a sunny day. Located just down the street from the appartment, it display a wide array of flowers and plants from around the ... read more

Stunning plants, peaceful and cleansing atmosphere. Spacious and gorgeous throughout the year. A pearl within the city, and a stones throw away- We´ve labeled the park "our garden." Picnic in sprin... read more

This is a beautiful botanical park with almost all the plants you can imagine, and it is so beautiful. It is also a really nice and old cafe in the middle of this place. This is not so full of tour... read more

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Ryes Bar

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73 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ryes is a fun place popular with the rock-a-billy / Tattoo set. But if that is not you, don't let that put you off from visiting this fun friendly bar which has dancing in the back in the evenings.... read more

60's, surfer, rockabilly bar/restaurant. Great homemade burgers and shakes! Lindy Hop swing, and Pulp Fiction style dancing in the weekends (if that's your thing!)

A great 60's inspired bar with nice coctails and 3 beers for 111kr before 19.00 on weekdays. Fancy dressing up as rockabilly, dance to some swing, or simply grab beer and some coctails? Go here