Oslo districts

Oslo is an extraordinary city where you can find either wooden houses and skyscrapers, classicism and modern architecture. To get a representative picture of the city you should see all the sides. To help you to do this here is the list of different Oslo districts below.


Kvadraturen – is an Oslo historical center. Here you can find buildings from XVI century when the city was founded. There are also a lot of shops and cafes. Tourists usually walk only in the main street – Karl Johans gate, so the surrounding streets are half empty if you want to calmly wander around.

The district is limited by the quay.

Gamle Aker

In this district, you can see wooden houses of the XIX century that are quite rare for Oslo.

The main sightseeing in the Gamle Aker is the church of the XII century which is the oldest building of Oslo.


A century ago it was an industrial district with factories and manufactories. But now they are rebuilt into the cultural centers and Grünerløkka has become a trendy place. All the hipster shops, cafes, and second-hands are situated here. It’s a pleasant place just near the city center – across the Akerselva river.

Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is situated along the Oslo fjord. It was reconstructed from a shipyard named Aker to a district with a lot of shops, cafes and expensive accommodation.

You can see an Akershus Castle from here.

Among elite housing of Aker Brygge you can meet both good and bad examples.


A small district behind Aker Brygge called Tjuvholmen has a modern art museum and some more apartment buildings.

Some of the buildings have a beautiful Oslo fjord view.

In Tjuvholmen and Aker Brygge you can see modern sculptures everywhere.


Barcode – is the newest Oslo district that was finished in 2016. It’s located in the center of the city right behind The Oslo Opera House. The project of Barcode has been widely discussed, a lot of people had thought of it as chaotic and inappropriate for a city center. But the district has been built anyway. Most of the buildings are offices.


Grønland is located near a city center. This is a multicultural district with a lot of ethnic shops and cafes.

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