Experience Oslo’s multicultural environs by heading east if the center across the Akerselva River to Grønlandsleiret and Smalgangen in Grønland, known as the Greenwich Village of Oslo.
Here a wide variety if shops run by immigrants offer everything from exotic textiles and gold to kebabs, spices and saris.
The Grønland Bazaar at the corner of Tøyengata and Grønlandsleiret is a delight to all senses.
The Intercultural Museum
The newer addition to this lively quarter is the Intercultural Museum. Housed in a converted police station, it produces diverse exhibitions on the history if immigration and cultural changes in Norwegian society. Its aim to promote respect for cultural diversity.
The Greenwich Village of Oslo
Follow Storgata north to explore the neighborhood of Grünerløkka. Known as the Greenwich Village of Oslo, this former working-class area by the Akerselva River has been transformed in the last decade into a trendy quarter with cafés, restaurants, eclectic galleries and independent shops.
Oslo’s hippest bars and nightclubs are in the Grønland and Grünerløkka districts.
The Norwegian Center fort Design and Architecture
Southwest of Grünerløkka across the river the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture (DogA) occupies a restored power-station next to Jakob’s church. The changing exhibitions focus on design and architecture, and there is a shop, café and restaurant.
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The Jewish Museum
Housed in a former synagogue (1921), the Jewish Museum is both a cultural center and museum tracing the history of Jews in Norway.
The Greenwich Village of Oslo, written by Tor Kjolberg