If you find yourself walking around in the inner city of Oslo, you’ll might stumble upon a little square all of the sudden. This square is called Bankplassen, translating to The Bank Square.
The square got it’s name from the bank Norges Bank, that used to be located at 3 Bankplassen (where you’ll now find the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design). Besides the museum, you will find the famous Engebret Café on this square. In 2007, it celebrated it’s 150th anniversary. Once upon a time both Edvard Munch and Henrik Ibsen had regular tables here. One of the reasons why Bankplassen was such a popular square can be explained by the theatre that used to be located here in the 1800s – Christiania Theatre. It was mainly because of the theatre that the café opened once, the theatre community that bloomed here demanded a café for the actors to hang out at. Today Bankplassen is a fairly calm square, but it’s still worth a visit. Not only for the history that lies on the cobblestones here, but for the beautiful houses that originates from the past.