The difference between Oslo’s east side and west side is not as obvious as before, but the east side is still usually cheaper when it comes to eating and drinking.
A stone’s throw east of the central station you find Grønland with both old traditional pubs and modern bars, many cheap restaurants with food from all over the world, cheap fruit and vegetable markets and textile stores. From Grønland you can walk up to Tøyen with the Munch Museum and Kampen with its charming wooden houses.
Gamlebyen and Ekeberg are important historical areas. Archeological findings at Ekeberg indicate that people have lived here for ten thousand years, and in Gamlebyen you can see ruins of medieval Oslo. At Ekeberg you can visit the place where Edvard Munch painted The Scream, and enjoy the wonderful view of the city.