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Top Choice Cocktail Bar in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Fuglen

Fuglen and its crew of merry, young entrepreneurs are part of Oslo's dour-to-dreamily cool reinvention. Since taking over a traditional cafe, they've launched a coffee and Norwegian design mini-empire in Japan, whil…
Top Choice Gastronomic in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Kolonialen

When a venture is led by the ex-Maaemo owner, you can guess the food will be extraordinary, and it is. The short menu is a mix of pan-European dishes done with a contemporary playfulness that stops short of quirky, …
Top Choice Cafe in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Kafe Oslo

Litteraturhuset is one of the state-run organisations dedicated to the arts and here it is all about the promotion of literature, with frequent workshops, talks and debates, not all of them in Norwegian. It's also a…
Top Choice Wine Bar in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Rouleurs of Oslo

An elegant Francophile of a bar that happens also to be part of a bike-repair workshop? Hello St Hanshaugen. Come here for daytime coffees (and bike repairs), or in the evening for a pre-dinner cocktail or Chablis. …
Food & Drinks in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Gutta På Haugen

For picnic or self-catering supplies, head to this well-stocked St Hanshaugen institution. There's a huge cheese selection with both Norwegian and European produce, a lovely array of local sausages and boxes of the …
Area in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Damstredet

The quirky 18th-century wooden homes of the Damstredet district and the nearby Telthusbakken are a nice change of pace from the modern architecture of the city centre. Once an impoverished shanty town, Damstredet ha…
Bar in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Kunstnernes Hus

One of the city's various artist-run cultural institutions, Kunstnernes Hus is set in a spectacular 1929 functionalist building with a broad terrace overlooking the green of Slottsparken. It's a supremely laid-back …
Norwegian in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Smalhans

If you want to really capture the St Hanshaugen spirit, come to this busy restaurant-bar-cafe for its daily early meal – husmannskost – between 4pm and 6pm (175kr, though you can ask for a half portion) or its legen…
Italian in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Tekehtopa

Part of the grand 1872 corner building housing Happolati and the once legendary nightclub, now sushi bar, Babylon, Tekehtopa is a lovely destination for catching evening rays on the summer terrace or cosying up unde…
Cemetery in St Olafs Plass, Bislett & St Hanshaugen

Vår Frelsers

This triangular cemetery dates to the Napoleonic wars, but it's most notable as the final resting place of artist Munch and writer Ibsen. Ibsen's grand obelisk is marked with a hammer, while Munch's grave is graced …