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
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
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
218 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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) ... 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
134 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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
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
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
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
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
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
179 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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
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
117 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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
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
98 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
90 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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. Its only open for guided tours in the summer, but open all year around for a view from the outside!
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
118 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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
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
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
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
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.
179 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
75 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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.
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.
81 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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
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.
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
78 local Airbnb hosts recommend
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.
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
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
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