Shopping in Oslo: Grünerløkka

January 25, 2017 • 3 min read

Are you on vacation in Oslo, looking for some shopping out of the ordinary? Then you better go to the neighbourhood Grünerløkka! Here you’ll find vintage stores and alternative brands. 

Oslo is an excellent city for shopping. You will find the ‘regular’ Scandinavian brands in the city centre, such as H&M and Gina Tricot. Perfect if you’re into that! If you want to shop some brands out of the ordinary and go bargain hunting at vintage stores, we recommend you walk 10 minutes to the neighbourhood of Grünerløkka.

If you love vintage, start with the street Markveien. Conveniently, it’s one of the first streets that’ll lead you into the area of Grünerløkka, and here the vintage stores line up after each other. For lovely dresses, go to Frøken Dianas Salonger (Markveien 56); next to it, you will see Ny York Vintage & Second Hand (Markveien 58), a perfect store for the ones interested in Scandinavian brands but still want to shop vintage. A vintage store that supposedly has lots of famous brands from all over the world is Fretex Unika, located on Olav Ryes Plass 3. Fretex is a chain that belongs to The Salvation Army of Norway. It’s Fretex’s own trend spotters that have chosen clothes from the central warehouse for this store. It sounds like success!

If you want to shop for Scandinavian clothing and accessories, “Med og Uten” might be your cup of tea. On Korsgata 22, you’ll find a store with clothes from all kinds of brands from Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Do you love knitted clothing? Even better, this store loves it too!

If you want to shop for a little bit of everything, we recommend Skaperverket. It’s a store and an organisation in one, with tributes from illustrators, clothing designers, graphic designers, jewellery designers and ceramists. Together they all sell stuff in the store located on Markveien 60.

On the one hand, furniture might be a little bit harder to take home, but it’s always fun to get inspired in an excellent furniture shop, right? Futura Classics on Olaf Ryes Plass 1 is not an exception. Here you’ll find both new and vintage furniture, everything from lamps to interior details. Fun fact: the store once was a small vintage shop.

Almost made a list: Even though none of the office members at OURWAY Tours like to knit, we couldn’t help but stick our heads into Pickles, a knitting store located on Markveien 56. The amount of yarn that can be found here – in all types of colours and materials – is breathtaking. In a knitting way. (Sorry).