From Bank to Culture House - Sentralen
Centered in the heart of Oslo in Øvre Slottsgate 3, you find Sentralen, formerly one of Norways oldest bank building. In 2016 it became a thriving rallying with six scenes for entertainment, a nice café and a restaurant that have gathered some of Norways most exciting chefs. We visited Sentralen and its peaceful atmosphere for a few hours.
When arriving at Sentralen, the first room you enter is Vinterhagen, or “the Winter Garden”. They refer to it as the “heart of Sentralen”. In it’s relaxing atmosphere you can enjoy a cup of coffee in a relaxing atmosphere, either alone or with friends. Bring a book, buy a glass of wine, or have a meeting with your colleagues. Occasionally you can attend different events in Vinterhagen.
Walking around at Sentralen, you’ll arrive in Marmorsalen or “the Hall of Marble”. It’s the largest hall at Sentralen, and is used for different events like concerts, conferences and larger gatherings. In December No.4 and Kammerkoret will play beautiful here. We can warmly recommend a break from all the must-do during December at a beautiful concert in Marmorsalen.
At the second floor you walk into the intimate Hvelvet or “the Strongroom”. Walking through the door is an experience in itself, and might bring back memories from the classic, Norwegian “Olsenbanden” movie. A couple of years ago we attended a performance in this room, it sure is a special experience to stand in the room while the performance is playing. It was also in this room that the duet between Astrid S and dePresno took place during P3gull in 2016.
We warmly recommend trying out a meal or two at Sentralens own restaurant. Their menu changes with the season, they also use sustainable and ecological ingredients. Every Saturday this December you can enjoy a traditional danish Christmas-brunch.
In need of a break during the day, a good cup of coffee or a date, Sentralens own café is the place for you. They serve sandwiches, salads and soups, in addition to great coffee, tea, and their own home-baked goods. For all students who like to study at cafés, this is one to remember. In our opinion, the best part is that you can eat tasteful pizza here, every day. The café also have an event calendar we recommend checking out.
According to Sentralens own website, they aim to be one of Oslos most thriving meeting-points. You will discover that Sentralen culture house is a place both for those who love a great concert, want some cultural input or would like to enjoy a lovely meal, it has it all.
Check out their website sentralen.no for more information and to read the event calendar.
Photos: Lars Petter Pettersen (All photos are Sentralen´s own and published with their permission).