One of the main reason that could lead you to Oslo is the incredibly wide cultural scene that the capital of Norway offers to its visitors: classical concerts, jazz concerts, plays and musicals are just some of the attractions you can enjoy during your trip there.
The citizens of Oslo are also famous for being great coffee drinkers. It is particularly common seeing them walking around pretty much anywhere and at any time with a hot cup of coffee in their hands.
Let’s find a unique spot where you can enjoy both an high cultural offer and a quality cup of coffee!
Enter "The Bare Jazz" inside a nice courtyard of the city center
Located at Grensen street 8, near the Cathedral of Oslo you will find one of the nicest spot to enjoy a coffee and music break: “The Bare Jazz”. “Bare Jazz” means “Jazz Bar” in Norwegian. The concept of this coffee bar is deeply bounded to Jazz music.
Once you get at Grensen street 8 you will find a gate with a “Bare Jazz” sign, its courtyard and main entrance are right after this gate. The building is dating back to the 19th century, and it used to be station for horses. From 1928 until 2000 it was used for a very famous cobbler business. Bare Jazz started its activity after some renovation works aiming to reveal the original brick look of the building.
Especially during a sunny day, this tiny nice courtyard will be the perfect spot to relax on a bench and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
Explore a very well-stocked jazz music store
“Bare Jazz” consists in a two-floor building divided in a music store area and a coffee bar. Right after the main entrance you will get into a very well-stocked jazz music store where you can start a journey into the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis and even Norma Winston, Cassandra Wilson and Ralph Towner, the old traditional and the contemporary jazz music masters.
Moreover if you look up you will be astonished by a beautiful early 20th century chandelier, given to the owners by a friendly customer. This crystal chandelier was located at the Oslo Castle and then sold at auction since the changing from candles to electric energy. In this area you can also find some comfortable couches where you can sit and have a nice conversation with the friendly staff of Bare Jazz.
Go upstairs and experience a refined coffee bar
At the second floor of Bare Jazz, you will find its pulsing heart: a refined coffee bar. Here you can try one of the several meals they serve: sandwiches, muffins, cakes, coffee - obviously-, and many others. You can sit at a table and have a break listening to a beautiful jazz music selection.
Sometimes Bare Jazz hosts live jazz music performances, which inevitably enchant the audience: near the tables you can see a permanent vertical piano and a drum-set!
Enjoy fine music sipping a quality coffee are
Bare Jazz could be defined an oasis for who wants to experience a picturesque spot right in the city center, at a two-minute walk from the Cathedral of Oslo (Domkirke).
Here you can have lunch, drink a coffee or buy a jazz record. At Bare Jazz you will be surrounded by the pictures of all the jazz music heroes, the great masters that have had a radical influence on the evolutions in the sound of jazz, from the swing to the free jazz era.
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