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Gothenburg; The Fish and Food Capital of Sweden

Local produce makes it a foodie heaven

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: One thing is for certain – the people of Gothenburg embrace the laid-back spirit and the good life. Like seafood, coffee and pastry in the old town at long and sunny evenings during the summer. This is Sweden’s second largest city and quite different and more leisurely compare with capital Stockholm. The Fish Capital on the west coast hosts the main fish market in Sweden and gets seafood 24 hours before Stockholm. The local produce makes it a foodie heaven, the food capital and the life of many Swedes.

THE FISH CHURCH -The indoor market Feskekörka

Trendy street food

Gothenburg has a bright food scene ranging from Michelin-starred gourmet to trendy eateries and street food. Puta Madre is inspired by a brothel in Tijuana and makes it a unusual place to eat. Next to Puta Madre is the pintxos bar Basque serving freshly made specialities from the northwest area of Spain.
Barabicu, Address: Rosenlundsgatan 4, is a cool bar and trendy grill restaurant with focus on seafood, fish and meet cooked over an open fire.

The Fish Church

Gothenburg is a city with great gastro delight and some restaurants have Michelin stars. They are suitably proud of its fish and seafood, and this is the place to sample the best. For delighted food you don’t need to look for star-studded places. The indoor market Feskekörka, literally means the fish church, offer the most delighted fish and seafood. Inside fish church the on-site Restaurant Gabriel serves fuss-free seafood and shellfish.Ssuch as Lemon Sole, a tasteful fish soup and super fresh Oysters brought up from the sea in Fjällbacka by divers. Gabriel is a true institution in Gothenburg.

“Crayfish, crab and oysters is our tapas”, the owner Johan Malm explains.

Johan Malm serves fuss-free seafood

Charming Haga

Haga is well-preserved and charming housing estate, which origins tracks back to the 17th century. Along the cobbled streets of Haga Nygata you’ll find fashion, second hand shops and other specialist shops – all together 70 shops. Enjoy meals at many cafés and restaurants – or in the open-air watching people passing by this attractive district.

Food & drink Guide

Komex Eatery Market, Address: Rosenlundgatan 8,

Atelier, Address: Sodra Hamngatan 2A, Offers locally grown ingredients from west Sweden with an amount of madness.

Swedish Taste, Address: St Eriksgatan 6

Restaurant Gabriel Fish and shellfish, simple, yet delicious. Address: Feskekorka.

Forssen Oberg Champagne Bar, run by two young women. Address: Kyrkogatan 13.

Kino, Address: Linnegatan 21, Great place with hip clientele.

More about Gothenburg: Dining with one Michelin-star

Make it Happen!

Touch Down: Get there by air: Landvetter Airport is the main airport, located 25km east of the city. About 30 airlines fly here, e.g. SAS, Norwegian, Lufthansa, British Airways and Finnair. Ryanair serves on City Airport. By train: High-speed trains connect with Stockholm. International trains to Copenhagen and Oslo. Get around: By tram, busses and ferries. Inside the central area, transport is fairy rapid.

Stay: Elite Plaza Hotel is a luxury 5-star design hotel in a restored neo-Renaissance building, a former headquarter of the Svea Insurance Company. Central location, Address: Västra Hamngatan 3. Room rates from 100 euro, breakfast and Wi-Fi are included.

Eat: For a quick, tasty and very typically Swedish lunch, stop off at the Strommingsluckan food truck, on Magasinsgatan, for fried herring, mashed potatoes and lingonberries. Cheap, filling and delicious. Gothenburg has six restaurants with one Michelin star each. Top your food experience with the Nordic flavours served at Koka.

Play: Avenyn is the party Mecca with clubs like Push, Peacock and Park Lane Pustervik is a classical rock´n roll spot, Address: Andra Langgatan 20 Olrepubliken is a good micro brewery. Address: Kronhusgatan 28.

Mini Guide: Second largest city in Sweden, situated on the west coast. Goteborg is the local name of the city. Gothenburg has a vibrant arts scene and revamping of its former shipbuilding district. Impressing numbers of museums and galleries. Konstmuseet has works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Rembrandt, and one floor dedicated to Nordic art. Goteborg Opera House, a stunning example of how the area has been revitalised. Make sure you invest in a Göteborg City Card. It may seem pricey at £28 for 24 hours, but this gets you free or reduced entry to most museums and attractions, free travel on the city’s public transport, as well as some city tours, and free parking. You can buy it online at Don’t get in the way of cyclists, here the bicycle is king.

Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Always traveling the world. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I don´t collect countries or require gorilla-stalking in Africa. I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.


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