Guide to Oslo's west side

Oslo West

The terms east side and west side of Oslo were traditionally used about the economical and social divide between the eastern and the western parts of Oslo. The prices on housing and the general level of income have traditionally been higher in the western part of the city.

Behind the Royal Palace, towards the Vigeland Sculpture Park, lies the neighbourhood Majorstua with the streets Bogstadveien and Hegdehaugsveien – an established area for nightlife and shopping. Here you will find exclusive brands like Hugo Boss, DKNY and Massimo Dutti, but also stores like Zara and H&M. There are also many trendy clubs and bars, especially in Hegdehaugsveien.

Further west you find the areas Frogner, Briskeby and Bygdøy allé. The many luxurious apartment buildings characterise the area, and in Bygdøy allé you will find exclusive and modern stores offering the best in interior design and furniture in addition to several types of specialised stores. This part of town also has a large amount of art galleries and antique stores, and you never have to look far for a place to eat or drink, whether you are looking for a nice gourmet restaurant or a cosy neighbourhood café.

East of Bogstadveien, Bislett and St. Hanshaugen you will find nice areas with a combination of small shops, coffee shops and a pulsating nightlife. Many students hang out in these areas, as the College of Oslo is located here. St. Hanshaugen itself offers a great view over the city and is a popular park for lazy days in summer.