I may not be the first person who came up with this title. But I haven’t seen it before – so I use it 🙂 Devoting this post to my favorite neighborhood in the whole Oslo (and, let’s be honest, in the whole of Norway). Grunerløkka which we locals call shortly and affectionately “Løkka”.
Hipster, trendy, full of life. Barber shops and concept stores, coffee chains pressing out the local small shops – all as it should be in the gentrified neighborhood. Once a messy and cheap neighborhood that attracted students and artists, and as it often happens, those people contributed to the new coolness of the place. Which became popular, modern, full of fancy places to hang out and quirky stores. And when the whole city had discovered its coolness, the prices started crawling up, the quirky stores – disappearing, the new big brands popping up.
But whatever happens, I still love Løkka and will keep it in my heart. Because it has the best vibes in the whole city of Oslo, in my opinion. As my man says, “it is the most Latino hood in this city – no, in the whole country”. There are bakeries and cafes, always full of people, even on the weekday afternoons – packed with students and their laptops. So many young people here. Young parents, also hip, strolling with their prams and takeaway coffees. A flea market in the park on Sundays, keeping its lights until the desolate evening.
If you look at these photos and observe the lifestyle, remember: it is not how the usual Norway looks like. It is how the hip and young Norway looks like. How it spends it days, sipping espresso in the coffeeshop run by the Norwegian barista champion (“Supreme Roastworks” is the name). Biking with the modern backpacks attached.
These photos were taken on some random weekday in early September. Here it is sunny and almost summer. It is not usual autumn here, just so you know 😉 But when the sun pops out, everything springs to life. Even if it was an early afternoon of a usual workday.
Come, walk with me those colorful streets! Meet the side of Norway which is not all about the snowy landscapes, fjords and mountains :)) This is also Norway! Though quite a unique one. An exception confirming the rule, one could say. Living la vida Løkka, I would say 🙂
What is your favorite part/thing in your city?