St. Hanshaugen/Bislett are popular neighborhoods centrally located between East and West Oslo. The neighborhood, although not quite as hip and trendy as Grünerløkka is nevertheless an attractive location. This area has many cozy cafes and restaurants and if you choose to stay here you can enjoy a coffee and fresh baked goods without leaving the building. The charming Åpent Bakeri Frydelund is located on the first floor.
The most popular restaurant in Bislet is Kolonialen and L’ardoise. There are several popular bakeries in the neighborhood including Godt Brød, Kaffebakeriet and Baker Hansen. The Bislett Kebab house is a well-known stop for party goers on their way home from a night on the town.
In just a few minutes you can walk to the historical Bislett bad & Trening built in 1920. You can exercise and swim here in beautiful surroundings. In the street parallel to Frydenlundsgate you will find Gallery Ramfjord, a well-known art gallery with frequent vernisages and top-notch contemporary art. In the well-preserved functionalist street just below Frydenlundsgate you will find the niche boutique Frøken Flood Blomster, Haavarstein Couture and the charming Bokstua bookstore. The popular interior shop called Eske (Box) is just on the opposite side of the street and is one of Oslo’s most exclusive shoe stores, Skomaker Dagestad (shoemaker) is just five minutes by foot from your apartment. If you walk just a few more minutes you will end up on the lively shopping street Bogstadveien.
This area is also home to the Bislett Stadium which is one of Norway’s most famous sporting arenas after Holmenkollen. Concerts and sporting events take place here regularly. It is also possible to work out on the indoor running track at Bislett Stadium.
At St. Hanshaugen you will find the Pascal pâtisserie and bistro, the simple restaurant Smalhans which holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand. The well-known Java Espressobar & Kaffeforretning and the wonderful Gutta På Haugen delicatessen is located just near the park in Ullevålsveien.
St. Hanshaugen is a promenade park in English style with winding pathways, park benches, sculptures and ponds. On warm sunny days Tårnhuset at the top of the park is open where you can enjoy a fantastic view over the city. During the summer months there are a lot of concerts and events in the park. Just a few bus stops from Bislett and St. Hanshaugen you will find the University of Oslo, Ullevaal Hospital and the College of Dentistry. You can bike to the city centre in 10 minutes, walk in 20 minutes, or take the bus or streetcar.