Birkelunden is one of the most frequented parks in Oslo. The park is situated in Grünerløkka, a residential area in town mainly consisting of well-maintained apartment buildings from around the 1880s, and newer buildings that are built in the same style. The area is known for its lively nightlife, and there is a wide selection of restaurants and bars.
The park itself is one of my favourite hangouts during summer. It is a big square city park, with lots of benches to sit down, a fountain in the middle and a music pavilion. The park is often used for festivals and different kinds of events.
I love to meet up with friends here to chat and watch people. Well, for now, the warm weather is just a dream, and it’s too cold to enjoy the park for hours on end. Still it is worth taking a stroll through the park, or to sit down and enjoy a glimpse of the sun with a warm drink in your hand.
You should also visit the all-year-around Sunday market in the lower part of the park (every Sunday with few exceptions, check their website for exact dates). It is mainly a market for antique and second-hand items, ranging from kitchen equipment, clothes and jewellery to furniture, but you will also find some people selling crafts and arts.
If you are up for more handicrafts and selected second-hand items, check out the Sunday market at Blå article.