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Meet our social entrepreneurs

Five great spots in Oslo for the socially responsible traveler

Oslo is a city at the forefront of sustainable development, and has received a lot of attention for green efforts in the realms of city planning, architecture and transportation.

But striving for sustainability is, of course, also about making sure that people are well taken care of. This is the mission of the businesses we have come to know as social entrepreneurs: Places that give the most disadvantaged among us a job and a meaningful role in society.

Below are five social entrepreneur initiatives in Oslo that are easy to visit and support when you’re here. We promise that the workers will greet you with first-class products and services – and that you’ll make some very special Oslo memories to bring back home.

PS:hotell – a small hotel with a big heart

PS:hotell employs people with different kinds of challenges who are preparing to enter or reenter the regular workforce. The workers take great pride in providing excellent service, and together they create a very enjoyable hotel experience for their guests.

Chef at PS:hotell
Chef at PS:hotell
Photo: Paul Hughson


The hotel boasts a homely and informal feel, and one of Oslo’s best coffee bars, Hendrix Ibsen, has moved into the lobby. PS: also has its own restaurant with aspiring chefs in training, where you can enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner.

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I Jobb gift shop – souvenirs made in Oslo

If you’re looking for a gift or souvenir to bring back home that says "Oslo", you’ll find a great selection of handcrafted alternatives at the I Jobb ('employed') gift shop

The store sells angels made from crushed glass and one-of-a-kind notebooks and other kinds of stationary decorated with discarded wallpaper

Lønn som fortjent/Wages Earned
Lønn som fortjent/Wages Earned
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen


The products are created in workshops where people are offered work as an alternative to substance abuse, prostitution or crime.

I Jobb is located only a short walk from Oslo Central Station.

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=Kaffe – a very special place for coffee

Right by one of Oslo’s busiest shopping areas you'll find =Kaffe, a coffee shop that offers paid work to people who have a hard time keeping a regular job. They are trained as baristas, and serve an excellent cup of coffee brewed from beans by Oslo roasters Solberg & Hansen.

Barista at =Kaffe
Barista at =Kaffe
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen


=Kaffe also offers a nice selection of pastries and sandwiches, and happy customers tell about an unusually friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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Vippa Oslo – new flavours and new friends

Vippa Oslo street food court was started with a vision to bring cultures together through cuisine. Right from the start, its founders partnered up with organisations that connect youth and immigrants to the Norwegian workforce, offering work experience and training in food entrepreneurship.  

Vippa street food court
Vippa street food court
Photo: Ystad Svorte


Vippa is a popular hangout for both Osloites and visitors, and we recommend everyone to stop by and enjoy new, exciting flavours in an including and sustainable environment.

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International Sandwich Brothers – don't forget dessert!

International Sandwich Brothers first hit the streets of Oslo in 2016, with classy bikes and portable coolers filled with handmade ice cream sandwiches. The brothers are all young adult asylum seekers who have recently been granted residency in Norway.

International Sandwich Brothers Oslo
International Sandwich Brothers Oslo
Photo: Jarli&Jordan


Their ice cream sandwiches are made from exclusive and largely ecological ingredients, with vegan and gluten free options of the menu.

International Sandwich Brothers don’t have a permanent outlet as of yet, but their treats are available at selected cafés (see list below). The Peanut butter and jelly is our favourite  time to figure out which one is yours!

Cafés that serve Sandwich Brothers ice cream: