ven though I don’t like to tell about historical sketches of the city, in this case I’ll make an exeption, talking selfishly about the street where I live, Thorvald Meyers Gate, named after one of the most influential persons of Oslo, who lived between 1818 and 1909. A businessman, so rich that he could buy in 1861 a large part of the Grünerløkka, the north-east district of the city.
A timber’s merchant and person much appreciated for his kindness in protecting and supporting artists, he lived for many years at Karl Johans Gate 37, in a farm destroyed by fire in 1867, magnificently rebuilt two years later and now home to one of the most elegant shopping centers in the city, the Paléet.
Thorvald Meyers Gate stands out today for the multitude of shops, cafes, restaurants. Among all the eateries, I like to mention Godt Brød where you can breathe (in every way) an atmosphere of another time, the excellent Ostebutikken, a tiny French gem where you can taste the best cheeses, an excellent Bouillabaisse or Moules Frites, the classic of French Cuisine. If you prefer good music and quality entertainment, Django Bar is the right destination, with its program of live performances always enjoyable and followed by large audience of fans.
Furthermore, the presence of three small parks, Olaf Ryes, Birkelunden and the small green space Schous Plass make Thorvald Meyers Gate even more suggestive.
Especially during the sunny and long days of spring and summer when these green areas are full of life, people, picnics, markets and every kind of concert. Particularly in Birkelunden where every Sunday you can visit a traditional small flea market, once a month the organic food market and where periodically you can enjoy excellent outdoor music concerts with the cheerful music of the marching bands of the city.
LITTLE BIT MORE
Edvard Munch lived for many years in Grünerløkka and for a short period of time in Thorvald Meyers Gate. More specifically at number 48.