From tequilas and ceviche in a quaint backyard to sinful seductiveness in the city center, here is a list of the six best restaurants in Gothenburg.
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You see, it is about time you give Stockholm and Copenhagen a miss and head west for the vibrant and hipster-y Gothenburg instead.
But why, I hear you ask. Well, Gothenburg is in fact the second largest city in Sweden, but, more importantly, it’s also a paradise for hungry food lovers just like me. And there’s no need to worry, I have of course eaten my way through the city in the attempt of luring out the best eats in Gothenburg. And oh boy, did I succeed…
So without further ado, let’s get down to business (and defeat the cinnamon buns)!
Where to Find the Best Eats in Gothenburg
With 7 Michelin restaurants, charming Gothenburg suddenly – and quite surprisingly – launched itself as the new foodie Capital of Scandinavia.
I’ll be honest with you – I love food. And trust me, this girl can eat. When choosing a weekend destination, I do indeed have a tendency to choose with my tummy rather than my head. As a self-declared foodie, I must admit that the quality of the food is incredibly important to the overall experience of a trip. However, I know first hand how challenging it can be to find good restaurants and bars in a completely new city, Hence why I decided to write up this foodie guide to Gothenburg!
From Fish Churches to Cinnamon Buns – discovering the Gothenburg food scene
First things first: in case you are not too familiar with Swedish geography, Gothenburg is located on the west coast of Sweden. Furthermore, it’s in close proximity to the wild sea that link the Scandi countries together. Quite naturally, sea food plays a vital role in the Scandinavian diet.
Due to this, you can be sure that the sea food served in Gothenburg is always fresh and from the local area. If you want a real taste of Scandinavian sea food, you should head straight for the oysters at Restaurant Gabriel, a quaint place located at the heart of the Gothenburg fish market from 1874 – today it’s simply known as the “Fish Church”.
If seafood is not your thing, you should give the fish market a miss and head straight towards Haga. The area was built on request by Queen Kristina in the 1600s, and it got its name (Haga meaning gardens) because it used to be beautiful, well-kept gardens.
Furthermore, Haga is the obvious place to go for any budget traveller looking for cheap food around Gothenburg. Today, Haga is an old working class neighbourhood with cosy cobbled streets, lots of vintage and artsy shops, and a vast selection of food trucks.
Quite astonishingly, Gothenburg has around 150-200 food trucks at various destinations throughout the city, and two of the most famous – Jinx and Korv United – are permanently located not far from Haga. I don’t think it’s possible to discover the Gothenburg food scene without paying a visit to some of the food trucks.
Yum, this is definitely worth a visit (or two!).
In cosy Haga, you can also indulge in Sweden’s biggest cinnamon buns at Café Husaren! And if one bite isn’t enough to quench your hunger for Gothenburg, you can always venture out on a 3hrs food tour with Matvandringen.se. By upgrading the food tour with an extra drink package, you will also get to try locally produced beer and perhaps even a glass or two of the Scandinavian national drink – aquavit.
Still confused and looking for an excellent food experience in the vibrant city? Well wonder no more, here is a list of my top 6 eats in Gothenburg.
Extravagance. Black lace. Champagne. Not to mention one of the best rooftop bars in Gothenburg, Bar Amuse. Does this sound like your thing? Then head straight to centrally located Hotel Pigalle, a fascinating building that will seduce you with its sexy rooms, an amazing restaurant and a bar filled with classy drinks and live bands. This is a concept that will take you back to the dark and sinful alleys of Pigalle in Paris at the turn of the century. Let the champagne flow!
I get it, flowing champagne and heavy velvet curtains isn’t really your thing.
Instead, you should head to the more laid-back and hipster friendly Språkcafeet at Esperantoplassen. This place serves good drinks and good food – at budget friendly prices.
However, this place is one of my favourites restaurants in Gothenburg due to the fact that it is solo traveler-friendly. Språkcafeet – meaning the language café – offers language exchange evenings! Come on a Wednesday and practice your Portuguese with a native speaker. Or perhaps Japanese on a Thursday would suit you better? This is a great way of making friends in a new city – and to keep your tummy happy at the same time.
Puta Madre and Basque
I don’t think it’s possible to properly explore Gothenburg without visiting Puta Madre.
This is undoubtedly a very interesting food experience in Gothenburg – and the food isn’t the only thing that makes it memorable. The interior design at Puta Madre is inspired by a brothel in Tijuana, that used to be owned by a distant relative of the restaurant owners. Unusual perhaps, but definitely delicious food. This is one of the best restaurants in Gothenburg, and it is located right next to another gastronomical gem – Basque. Here you can sip your cava while indulging in Basque delicacies. Sign me up for both!
Located in a hidden alley in the hipster area Masthugget, you will find the super cool restaurant and bar Kafé Magasinet. Here you will be served everything from pizza to salads, and they have a delicious drink menu too! I definitely recommend that you try out their Martini ala Magget – their very own take on espresso martinis.
This place is chill, laid-back and super cool. Just as perfect for a Wednesday lunch with your mum as AW drinks.
Tacos & Tequilas
Sharing the same outdoor area as Kafé Magasinet, Tacos & Tequilas is a legend amongst Gothenburg’s best bars and restaurants. It’s a Mexican-American restaurant that opened in the fall of 2014, and it’s perhaps not too surprising that they mostly deal with tacos and tequila. Delicious. Cool. No regrets.
Bee Bar & Kitchen
Centrally located at the vibrant Kungstorget, you will find the quaint bistro Bee Kitchen. With modern design and an undeniable Scandinavian vibe and atmosphere, Bee will surprise you with its simplicity. Their delicious house wine is best paired with their veggie pasta – and remember to look out for their secret ingredient!
Never underestimate the power of simplicity – Bee Kitchen is undoubtedly one of the best eats in Gothenburg.
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The Gothenburg Food Scene – The Final words
A city with such a vast and varied food scene as Gothenburg, can please even the most picky eater. Are you looking for cheap food around Gothenburg, then the excellent food trucks should be your first option. Here you get value for money – and extra hipster points (if that is something that matters to you). Gothenburg is filled to the brim with good eats, so you certainly won’t go hungry for long!
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