For the last decade, Grünerløkka has been leading urban renewal in Oslo. Located just to the east of the river
Akerselva, the area has traditionally been right on the border between Oslo’s primarily working class districts to the east and its middle and upper class districts to the west. Home to a large immigrant population, the breakdown of classes and cultures here has created a feeling of excitement somewhat similar to that found in other inner city crossroads such as Shoreditch in London and Kreuzberg in Berlin, and has acted as a catalyst for the gradual appearance of interesting boutique stores, cafés, bars and restaurants in this increasingly dynamic part of the city.