City escapes: Discover Oslo’s wonderful backyards

City escapes: Discover Oslo’s wonderful backyards

Wandering the streets of Oslo is just beautiful. But you may need an occasional breather - a perfect opportunity to discover the city's backyards! How about a cosy hiding spot where you can prepare for your next urban adventure? Or would you prefer a backyard party? Let us inspire you to explore these wonderful hidden gems in the heart of Oslo.


1. Prindsen Hage - A charming garden funfair


Address: Storgata 36



Endless chains of little lights, colourful pennants, community tables and hammocks as far as the eye can see. Prindsen Hage is like an eternal good vibe festival with flowers, food trucks and cheerful music.

This magical world is set amongst old buildings in Brugata, and everything is wonderful. It’s almost unconceivable that a 4000 square meter backyard like this lies hidden right in the city centre.

 

Prindsen Hage Oslo bakgård
Prindsen Hage Oslo bakgård
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

In Prindsen Hage you can get something to drink, eat exiting street food, walk barefoot in the grass, play boule and hang out by the greenhouse. Bring your family, friends, your dog, anyone you like to experience this magical garden. This is a place you should not miss!

Prindsen Hage Oslo drivhus
Prindsen Hage Oslo drivhus
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

2. Bare Jazz - French feeling

Address: Grensen 8



If it weren’t for the jazzy tunes seeping onto the streets, you wouldn’t know this place existed. Bare Jazz is a small and cosy spot hidden at Grensen. Walk through a narrow lane to find a sanctuary completely hidden from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Small tables and benches are placed along the walls of this elongated backyard. Lamps, lanterns and green plants create a warm feeling. Have a snack, a glass of red or a coffee and enjoy a moment to yourself.

 

Bare Jazz bakgård Oslo nærbilde
Bare Jazz bakgård Oslo nærbilde
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

They sell records inside and there´s a cafe upstairs. Be warned, though, leaving this place may be hard. After a while you sort of blend in with the walls, while the outside world slowly fades away.

Bare Jazz bakgård Oslo oversikt
Bare Jazz bakgård Oslo oversikt
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

 

3. Angst Bar - Urban treasure

Address: Torggata 11

It’s impossible to spot from the street. You must wander through an alleyway known as Strøget to find it, quite an adventure in itself. When you finally get there, Angst Bar is a tiny but vibrant place to be.

Sitting at the small, round tables, all equipped with candles, feels both cosy and intimate. Little lights and contemporary art fill the space, and the music is urban. Green plants melt into the walls of this colourful backyard, where traffic and everyday problems feel miles away.

 

Angst Bar Oslo entrance
Angst Bar Oslo entrance
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen



Angst bar radiates art, culture and creativity, much like the people who come here. It’s a popular place for backyard partying on weekends. Let time pass in this tiny, lovely treasure.

 

Angst Bar Oslo Backyard
Angst Bar Oslo backyard
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

 

4. Haandslag - Vibrant Oasis

Address: Youngs gate 19

 

 

Youngstorget square hides a secret oasis behind it´s tall buildings. With carpets on the floor, pillows in the chairs and a relaxed lounge vibe, Haandslag is a wonderful place to hang out with friends. Funk, soul and disco music sets the mood, and they serve punch on weekends. The backyard is filled with tall, green plants and lovely lanterns which create a super-cosy vibe.

 

Haandslag bakgård Oslo
Haandslag bakgård Oslo
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

You can enjoy a snack, something to drink, or how about some cake under pennants and chains of lights? The atmosphere is good, it feels like home – only a bit more exotic.

“We want this to be a chill place where people can meet and enjoy each other's company”, the manager says. Haandslag turns into a bar at night, with a DJ in the backyard and room for dancing. Whenever you come here, you won’t regret it.

 

Haandslag utebar Oslo
Haandslag utebar Oslo
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

 

5. Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri - A classic beauty


Address: Grensen 1

 

 

Across from the flower market at Stortorvet square sits an old, enchanting building: Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri. Completely hidden from the outside, it boasts a cosy, yellow backyard with dinner tables and parasols. Enjoy a coffee, beer or a meal outside, rain or shine. Taking a breather in historical surroundings is quite special - this building dates back to the 1700s.

 

Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri Fasade Oslo
Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri Fasade Oslo
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

It´s a popular spot on sunny days, especially among tourists. "A house of many things", the owners say. The weekends are crowded, as they share grounds with concert scene Gamla, the backyard turns festive at night. Make sure to discover this beautiful building and all it has to offer, from the old furniture inside to the feeling of vacation in the backyard.

 

Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri Oslo bakgård oversikt
Stortorvets Gjæstgiveri Oslo bakgård oversikt
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

 

6. Dattera til Hagen - Forever fiesta

Address: Grønland 10

 

Join the backyard party! Dattera til Hagen is a colourful place where everything feels easy. Follow the lights through a passage full of art and enter a world where tall palm trees, fun-coloured chairs and old mopeds give the place a playful and exotic feeling.

 

Dattera til Hagen bakgård Oslo
Dattera til Hagen bakgård Oslo
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

Bring your friends out for food and drinks where the music is happy and old brick buildings surround you. Pay attention to the details, like the tall tree with seating built around it. They have a DJ in the backyard during weekends, and life here is truly lovely.

 

Dattera til Hagen bakgård kunst
Dattera til Hagen bakgård kunst
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

 

7. Asylet - A quiet room in the City 

Address: Grønland 28

 

 

Ready for some time travel? One of Oslo´s oldest treehouses conceal the local gem Café Asylet. Housed in a vast former merchant´s house that dates back to 1730, this cafe offers a traditional menu, soda in glass bottles and beer on tap.

The backyard is lovely, untouched by time. Community tables with benches fills the space, tables decorated with flowers. A tall tree with little lights stands in the centre and looks absolutely stunning at night.

 

Asylet bakgård Oslo
Asylet bakgård Oslo
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

 

"Nice place, bad service", the owner laughs. They host free jazz concerts in the backyard during summertime. Everything is charmingly old, hidden from the city, and the only sounds you hear are birds chirping and people having a good time.