Creative & Vibrant


Colorful Ila

A neighborhood where old meets new, where the city meets the fjord and the surrounding woodlands, where vibrant street art decorates both traditional wooden houses and industrial buildings. A cheerful place lined with colorful wooden houses, lush park areas and a tight-knit network of creative minds who are passionate about the local community.

Eat & Drink

Enjoy lunch al fresco or a sunset dinner at Lille Skansen, the restaurant on the waterfront known for their bacalao and fish soup.

Across the street from Ilaparken, you will find the popular neighborhood bar Ila Brainnstasjon. This little red house was once the neighborhood fire station, which is where the bar gets its name. It’s the place to go for drinks with friends, as well as intimate jazz concerts – the tiny house is always buzzing with life and energy.

Go for a stroll and enjoy the great street art from Ila into Ilsvika, and reward yourself with a delicious pastry at Ila 57.

Are you looking for something a little different? Visit Bjørn! Bjørn is a local troubadour and food enthusiast who is the only private home in Trondheim with a restaurant license. In his tiny red house across the street from Ilaparken, he serves up delectable local food and entertainment for you and your group around his kitchen table. Note! No drop ins, reservations need to be made in advance.

Urban Art & Galleries

Check out local galleries Galleri Ismene, and Dropsfabrikken.

Ila is a niche hub for artistic souls in Trondheim. Between the industrial Nedre Ila and Mellomila, you will find large colourful murals brightening up the area. Many of these murals were created during Trondheim Street Art Festival in 2018. Through this event, artists from all over Europe were commissioned to come and add their creative flare to Ila – and literally elevate their art to new heights. Case in point, the iconic mural of the girl with angel wings by Italian artist Millo, which is over 600 square meters in size. Or the colourful bird covering almost an entire block of flats by French artist Pablito Zago.

Parks & Waterfront

With its proximity to the fjord and Bymarka, Ila is one of the best neighbourhoods in Trondheim for recreation and leisure. Located only 1 km from Trondheim city center, Ila is only a hop, skip and a jump away.

As you enter Ila from Midtbyen you arrive in Skansen, a bustling area perfect for leisure and people watching. Bring your friends along and challenge them to a volleyball game, or lounge on the lawn while you admire the boats in the marina coming in and going out on the fjord. If you need to cool down, take a dip in the fjord from the stairs dotted along the harbour promenade.

The largest and most central park in Ila is Ilaparken, surrounded by Ila’s colourful wooden houses. The park is the perfect green pocket on a sunny day, with a wonderful playground making it perfect for families with small children to explore.

If tranquility is your vibe make your way to Iladalen, a small oasis. In old Norse, “Ila” means “source” and it’s said that the neighbourhood may have gotten its name from the lush surroundings the Ila brook provides to the area. See Ilabekken for a scenic hike from here into Bymarka.