Grünerløkka is an area for alternative shopping. Here you find small, independent shops that sell original clothes, jewelry, ceramics and art - everything from boutiques run by young Norwegian designers to cool vintage shops.
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Shopping at Grünerløkka can easily be combined with a walk along the river Akerselva, or a stop at one of the many cafés in the area. Or what about a cup of hot chocolate at the sweet little chocolate bar Cocoa by Birkelunden?
There are many second-hand shops at Grünerløkka, and Markveien is the vintage street above all, with shops one after another: Lucky Buttons, Trabant, Robot, Fretex Unika e Frk. Dianas Salonger. Velouria Vintage in Thorvald Meyers gate is also worth a visit. Apart from second-hand shops, there are many other small shops here, like Trøye at Olaf Ryes plass that specializes in cool t-shirts with fun print.
Art and design
At Grünerløkka there are several galleries and shops for crafts. BRUDD, Galleri Markveien, the design collective Skaperverket and the jewelry shop Hasla are some of them. At the ceramics café Glazed & Amused in Markveien you can decorate your own pottery.
For the little ones
Despite Grünerløkka being a young and trendy neighbourhood, there are many fun children's shops here. Liten og tøff and Lillemonster sell cool, colourful children's clothing, focusing on Scandinavian design. Sprell, in Markveien, is the perfect place to buy gifts for the youngest, with a range of educational toys, clothing and decor.
Deli and food import
Some gourmet shops in the area are Food Story, Birkelundens lille franske ostebutikk, Vespa and Hotel Havana. These are not only shops, but also cafés - a perfect place to enjoy a snack or a coffee while buying rare, exclusive and exotic food.
Sunday is the day for markets at Grünerløkka, with both the markets around Blå and Birkelunden Bric-a-brac market. At Blå you can find design products, handicrafts and vintage clothes, while at Birkelunden you find mostly used items from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
Note! Most of the small shops have limited opening hours and many are only open a couple of days a week.