Neighbourhood Guide to Kvadraturen, Oslo


The OG Oslo neighbourhood, Kvadraturen is the city’s beating heart that stretches from the famous Central Station in the east to the majestic fjord in the west. The rectangular street pattern that gives Kvadraturen its name has been around since the days it was known as Christiania in the 1600s.

Since then, this area has been a central hub for shopping, culture, and entertainment, so it's no wonder locals love to hang out here. Staying in Kvadraturen will make you feel like a true native while getting access to all the sights and attractions Oslo has to offer. Vibrant, compact, and bursting with Scandi-cool, this neighbourhood will have you head over heels in no time.

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Oslo is a cultural powerhouse, with modern architecture that makes it stand out from the crowd, mediaeval castles that have stood the test of time and statues that tell stories of this city’s incredible past. And if that’s not enough, there are galleries galore, important heritage sites, and an abundance of museums to explore.

The Oslo Opera House, Photo: Helen Killandi

Oslo Opera House

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Oslo Opera House, a Scandinavian architectural gem. Home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, this unique structure was designed to mimic a glacier rising out of the fjord. Visitors are invited to walk on its marble-covered roof and witness different perspectives of the city – talk about an edgy experience.

The Mini Bottle Gallery

Step into the wild world of The Mini Bottle Gallery AS, an unexpectedly entertaining attraction in Oslo. This collection was created as a hobby by the owner of a major brewery who decided to put tens of thousands of mini liquor bottles on display. From cute and quirky to silly and bizarre, the creative exhibits will entertain and inspire you.

Akershus Fortress, Photo: Helen Killandi

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress is a must-visit for anyone looking to get their fill of history. Built centuries ago as a royal residence and protector of Oslo, this imposing castle stands tall with its stunning green surroundings, making it a popular recreational area in the city.

The National Museum

The Oslo National Museum is a bold exploration of Norway's cultural history. Home to the biggest museum in the Nordics, it's a treasure trove of masterpieces from some of Norway's most renowned artists – most notably Edvard Munch's iconic The Scream. When in Oslo, it would be a sin to miss seeing the second most famous painting in the world after Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Oslo Cathedral, Photo: Helen Killandi

Oslo Cathedral

The Oslo Cathedral is a stunning and awe-inspiring monument that towers over the heart of central Oslo. Built in 1697, this beautiful Lutheran church has stood the test of time with its intricate carvings on its exterior walls - some dating back to over 1,000 years ago. Be sure to step inside to admire the vibrant ceiling and ornate stained glass for yourself.

Oslo’s first town hall

This monumental structure is one of the oldest important buildings in Oslo and is a great representation of traditional Nordic architecture. Built in the old marketplace of Christiania, the first City Hall was commissioned by King Christian IV in 1641. Today, the Oslo City Hall houses the Oslo Museum and restaurant Det Gamle Rådhus (Old Town Hall), where you can step back in time and sample traditional Norwegian dishes.

Christiania Torv

Christiania Torv is the epicentre of historic architecture in Oslo. Its majestic centrepiece - a fountain shaped like a hand pointing to the ground - is a reminder of the words of King Christian IV when he declared that the city would be rebuilt in this place after it was ravaged by fire in 1624. This vibrant square offers a glimpse into the past and is home to many modern stores and restaurants.

Christiania Torv


Cinemateket is the premier destination for movie lovers visiting Oslo. From Hollywood blockbusters to obscure classics, they have it all. If you're lucky, you might just be in town to catch one of their film festivals! Cinemateket is an institution in Oslo's movie scene and a must for any cinephile.

Restaurants & Market Halls

In the basement of the Steen og Strøm department store lies a culinary utopia - a food court offering everything from hearty soups and freshly made pizza to mouthwatering burritos and even a speciality licorice shop. It’s the perfect spot for a good, cheap lunch.

A slice of Italy right in the heart of Oslo, Mamma Pizza is the quintessential Italian restaurant. With chequered tablecloths, sidewalk seating, and Italian-speaking guests, it's easy to feel transported to the streets of Rome. Come here to enjoy classic Italian fares like freshly made pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and tasty antipasti.

In the mood for Chinese? Shanghai 2k18  is the best authentic Chinese restaurant you will find in Oslo. Their homestyle Sichuan dishes are high quality and packed with major flavour. Be sure to order the famous eggplant dish, a Bob W. favourite.

If something more exclusive is what you’re after, then adventurous plates and taste-bud-tingling bites await at Sentralen Cafe. On the hunt for perfectly prepared meat? Drop by KöD Oslo, a stylish, urban eatery made for every occasion. From premium steaks to meat plates and an extensive wine selection, this industrial-style locale has something for everyone. 

Engebret Cafe, Photo: Helen Killandi

Embark on a truly global culinary adventure at Savage. Serving up flavours from around the world, this trendy eatery uses only the freshest ingredients. The creative and exciting menu pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s handpicked wines. When you’re feeling fancy, pop over to Restaurant Einer, a Michelin Guide establishment delivering innovative and balanced dishes with a contemporary Nordic touch.

Get your traditional food fix and enjoy classic Norwegian hospitality when you visit the Engebret Café – the oldest cafe in Oslo. Here you can indulge in home cooking and feel the charm of a bygone era while dining in the homey, 18th-century dining room surrounded by rustic decor.

Cafes and breakfast

Bob has partnered up with two local cafes, Baker Hansen Kvadraturen and Spor av Nord, which are just a short walk from the building and offer special breakfast packages. Head to Baker Hansen for all your gluten-free cravings! Bite into a freshly made sandwich or fluffy cinnamon roll or get your morning coffee fix at this intimate brunch spot. Prefer to keep things local during your visit? Enjoy Norwegian comfort food with a twist in a cosy setting that will feel like home when you visit Spor av Nord. See your online booking for more details on how you can get a Bob W Breakfast Pass to these two locations.

Breakfast at Spor av Nord, Photo: Helen Killandi

Other cafes worth checking out include The Cakery and W.B. Samson. If you’re looking for a sweet breakfast, The Cakery is where it’s at. This cute cafe has irresistibly delicious cakes and tasty breakfast options. And if you’re looking for something more substantial, they offer great lunch deals too. Searching for the perfect place to settle in for a midday snack? W.B. Samson has got you covered with its wide selection of pastries and delicious coffee blends.


Whether you’re on the hunt for designer labels or looking to score some pre-loved pieces, Oslo’s shopping scene won’t disappoint. From the upscale boutiques of Karl Johan to thrift shops and hidden gems tucked into the city’s corners, this Scandinavian capital has something for everyone.

The city's main shopping street, Karl Johan, is just a one-minute walk from the hotel. Here you’ll find luxury fashion houses like Gucci, Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry all within a few blocks. If Scandinavian design is more your thing, Glasmagasinet is the place to go. This shopping mecca carries some of Norway’s most beloved labels and everything you need to channel your inner Scandi-cool.

Photo: Helen Killandi

Other Norwegian designer names to look out for include Camilla Pihl, who creates effortlessly cool everyday pieces, and Ganni, the posh and popular label adored by fashion enthusiasts all over. For more of a low-key shopping experience, check out one of Oslo’s many thrift stores like M&E Secondhand Grensen. Here you’ll find pieces from local designers that are anything but ordinary, without the department-store price tags.

In need of some new kicks? Drop into Stress Kirkegata, the original Scandinavian sneaker store featuring one-of-a-kind streetwear designs.

Bars and nightlife

Oslo may be a small capital city, but it offers plenty of opportunities for a big night out. A good starting point is Posthallen Drinkhub, a 150-year-old post office that has been transformed into an amazing spot with lively bars, each specialising in different drinks. Wander through the halls to discover whiskey bars, craft beer bars, wine bars, cocktail bars, and more.

For a swanky night out, head to Einbar. Located beneath the restaurant Einer, this fantastic spot offers small dishes from the restaurant upstairs - perfect for pairing with some of their excellent wines. The atmosphere at Einbar is electric too; dimly lit and speckled with cool vibes.

Photo: Helen Killandi

Esaias Vinbar is another excellent choice for wine lovers. This laid-back bar has an inviting atmosphere and friendly staff that will make you feel right at home. They offer an impressive selection of wines from all over the world, plus a beautiful outdoor patio where you can relax as you savour your favourite vino.

When it comes to great conversation and fun, Telegrafen is the place to be. Located right in the heart of town, this trendy destination offers 5 bars plus game areas where you can play darts and shuffleboard. The atmosphere here is always buzzing with friendly staff and a lively crowd.

Elevate your evening by slipping into Svanen, a stylish old-timey bar offering some of the best drinks in town. From timeless favourites to imaginative cocktails, the mixologists at Svanen will have your tastebuds dancing all night.

Sports and wellness

Everything you need for a great workout in one place, SATS Akersgata is a two-floor training centre in the heart of Oslo. As a guest of Bob’s, you’ll get free access to this gym once per day during your stay.

Or, you could take your workout outside and embrace the natural beauty of Norway like a local! Walk or jog around Slottsparken and take in the scenery of this beautiful green space that surrounds the Royal Palace on all sides. With its vast grassy areas and many trees, Slottsparken is perfect for an outdoor workout.

Other spots where you can get your heart rate up or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll include Kontraskjæret Park and Grev Wedels Plass Park. Besides walking or jogging, you can head to Spikersuppa Ice Skating Rink in the winter and take to the ice with the locals.


Whether you’re coming to Oslo for a night or a month, stay like a local at Bob W Sentralen in the historic heart of the city. Bob W Sentralen is just minutes away from Oslo’s most famous street, Karl Johans gate.

Get complimentary access to SATS Akersgata and enjoy deliciously lazy mornings at our breakfast partners Baker Hansen Kvadraturen or Spor av Nord. For the best rates and perks you won’t get elsewhere, book directly on

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