Are you planning a short visit to Gothenburg? Maybe over the weekend, but you’ve already been to Liseberg Amusement park and rode the Paddan sightseeing boat? The ”Aveny-boulevard” left you with emptiness at the last visit, and maybe you’re curious about where the real Gothenburgers really go? Göteborg nonstop makes a brief attempt to draw out a rough map of the city.
The first thing you probably need to do is to get roof over your head. If you are in the lower end of the budget line you probably sleep on a friends couch which is probably the nicest option of all social wise.
If you have no local friends with permanent living, there are several hostels that offer cheap accommodation, though often busy during the height of the season.
Some of them can be found here and several of them are located within a convenient walking around district of Linné.
If You have a larger budget for your visit, there is a wide selection of Hotels in Gothenburg.
An affordable stay is Spar Hotel. . At least my cousins slept there comfortably during the latest Springsteen concert.
However we are not going to focus on it accommodations, but instead hit the streets as quick as we can..
Food is something that is good to eat, and Gothenburg offers several restaurants mentioned in the Michelin Guide. If you belong to the category of people who can afford the check you probably already have an eye on the situation and get a taxi to get there.
Thörnströms kök is the latest newcomer in the Michelin Rank, and received their well deserved star last year. It is probably also the most affordable.
We will however focus on the more affordable options and promote hot spots you may target and relatively quickly find a reasonable selection of restaurants without having to book a table weeks in advance.
Ranging from simple hole-in-the-walls to more expensive restaurants to bring your parents to, as long as they are paying of course.
Newcomers to this Gothenburg would surely like to have a proper overview of city grandeur when the arrive. The restaurant Heaven 23 is positioned at the top of the Gothia Towers Hotel and have indeed fantastic view. It is by no means particularly cheap, but not overly expensive either, and their über-sized shrimp sandwiches remains a favorite. So instead of falling into the typical tourist trap (like in the Harbor-area close to the Opera House, we suggest that you do it with some class.
So if you want a nice meal and have a couple of drinks afterwards, Heaven 23 is a good option, preferably during late hours when the city lights up beneath your panorama view.
During summer when the weather is permitting, we also recommend Götaplatsen, which this time of year is full of outdoor terraces, with a great view over Avenyn – the gemstone of all glossy tourist catalogues. Restaurant Bar Himmel offers a variety of main dishes ranging from 180-250 SEK, and a draft beer is 49 (vin de table 59)- quite affordable for this kind of venue.
You will find more typical summer-time restaurant and clubs of this kind here.
Two restaurants stands out in the relative neighborhood of the pretty uninspiring Aveny: Restaurang Bon and Familjen. Familjen is Michelin-praised top notch restaurant Kock & Vin’s rowdier cousin that serves more rustic food with the same focus on locally grown produce.
Reasonably priced menu items but also a la carte. Bring the family.
Likewise Bon is a good choice that wont bankrupt you either, but still satisfy your demand of well cooked food and decent wine list. Very reasonably priced, the sommeliers Wine suggestions is recommended. 60 SEK or 110 SEK per glass and you get a lot of wine for the money. I suggest you share a whole bottle.
Other spots in the neighborhood is Restaurant Kometen, which is celebrity chefs Mannerströms latest venue after selling his treasured Sjömagasinet.
Rustic kitchen is promised, with wiener schnitzles large as elephant ears, but since we are not quite that hungry yet we slip into the Saluhallen (Market Hall) on Kungstorget which has recently undergone renovation.
Here you’ll find all sorts of delicacies, but also a number of affordable hole-in the-wall restaurants, ranging from the more upscale Amanda Boman fish restaurant to Kebab-joints and also favorited Alexandras, that serves a hot cheap lentil soup that people come back for.
Kåge’s hörna is recommended for crafty swedish kitchen, and at S.O Larsson you can buy a giant load of grilled chicken and/or ribs and potatoes in aluminum wrap for 50 sek.
Just to bring out in the sun and eat.
In the vicinity of Kungstorget there are numerous restaurants in the middle range within walking distance, from Tranquillo serving South American cuisine with a lot of grilled meat on the menu, to Café du Nord, which serves classic swedish meatballs in a pile.
A couple of blocks further on in a westerly direction (you are now in Gothenburg’s main shopping area, at least when it comes to fashion goods) you will find Magasinsgatan.
This is one of the city’s hippest streets, with everything from vintage thrift shops to hip restaurants and cafes.
A cheap meal you will find at Strömmingsluckan (which serves fried herring with mashed potatoes from a food wagon), or choose a perfect café ristretto at da Matteo – one of the city’s best cafés with three different outlets around town.
Later in the evening Restaurang Magnus & Magnus lights up the night – with trendy, rather well-to-do (”I am an art director”) but still sympathetic audience. It also offers a very nice courtyard which often houses club gigs during the summer evenings.
Just around the corner is also Bar Lokal (closed during summer) which is a more down to earth kind of hang out, but with locally grown ambitions in the kitchen. If you are in for more international tastes, stroll to fast food joint Beijing08 which serves dumplings over the counter, but you can also get a beer.
Turn south, cross the canal and you end up on Viktoriagatan and Vasastan, with a great range of restaurants that boast special food deals (”pork tenderloin and bearnaise + beer”) for a bargain.
Restaurang Noba is one of the better, or Björns Bar if you are willing to spend some more money.
A good alternative is to take a side street to the right – at Haga Kyrkoplan you will find one of Gothenburg’s best thai restaurant: Moon Thai Kitchen – decorated like a typical beach joint in Phuket. Affordable.
Now instead we head for Linné district, and to get there we’ll walk down Haga Nygata. Along the cobbled streets are a number of booksellers, cafes and shops with trendy clothes and crafts. But above all, we are approaching Linné.
There is almost no end to the culinary offerings of the Linné neighborhood. Along Linnegatan from Järntorget to Linnéplatsen there are plenty of cafes and restaurants for all international tastes.
La Sombrita tends to be a popular summer hang out with charmingly unpleasant spanish staff that hands out tapas plates that wont give you food poisoning, and it is also quite affordable.
More original is probably the crossing streets of Prinsgatan, Nordenskiöldsgatan and Olivedalsgatan: Here you can find the example of Gothenburg’s own Little Italy, but also a number of other internationally tastes like French bistros, authentic Chinese family cuisine and Manfred’s Brasserie – two Austrian elderly gentlemen whose Central European grub leaves no one disappointed. Why not a steak tartare or a genuine Wiener schnitzel?
Neighboring Långgatorna (first, second and third) has a variety of restaurants mainly of international taste, as a general rule Andra Långgatan is Little Thailand (Mae Krua is the best) and Första Långgatan is Little India (Maharani is the best).
But there are of course exceptions.
Gothenburg is probably Sweden’s coffee house capital and a guide is not really necessary. In city centre, Kyrkgatan (close to Shopping Warehouse NK) has Bar Centro, which has now also started a branch on Prinsgatan in Linné – Bar Italia. Both genuine italian coffee bars – without the grappa or smoking inside.
Mornington Hotel Stravaganza claims they serve Gothenburgs best coffée, right in the heart of Avenyn. A small outdoor terrace between Burger King and Hard Rock Café .
Ljunggrens Café further down the street dates from early 19th century, and offers nice sandwichs and pastry to a reasonable price.
Viktoriapassagen is a busy inbuilt passage between Södra Larmgatan and Vallgatan where you will find all kinds of trendy stuff but also the local branch of coffee house da Matteo. Very popular.
Haga Nygata has several cafés, and around Järntorget we recommend Cigarren (good coffee, simple pastries and even cigar sales) and Way Cup (fair trade coffee, trendy furnishing and plenty of tables)
Hagabion has a Berlin feel to it, with vegetarian small dishes and excellent home-baked bread, and on Andra Långgatan you will find Dirty Records / Cafe Santo Domingo, which is actually a combine coffee shop and used records-store.
Two Little Birds Café at the opposite side is also nice, and often houses art exhibitions.
Worth a 10 minutes walk to the district of Majorna is Café Zenith, one of the best outdoor cafés in town, bordering picturesque Allmänna Vägen and overlooking Söderlingska Trädgården (small city park).
Also nearby is the coffee shop in record store Bengans lobby. Good Italian coffee, sandwiches and snacks.
Having a drink in Gothenburg is a fluid activity – a lot of places we have already mentioned in earlier sections.
Avenyn is familiar to everyone – this is generally where the lads and squares go out along with the yuppies. Mostly busy at weekends, with nightclubs as Yaki-da – with multiple floors and music for all tastes. Housing also a restaurant and a café.
Along Avenyn, Yaki-da is recommended for the slightly more alternative crowd that demands more than the most commercial house music.
Further up the Aveny approaching Kungsportsplatsen you will find Stora Teatern (the old opera house) on the left side. Outdoor dinings in the evenings, but also often concerts and clubs inside. Check the schedule.
A required pitstop is 7-ans ölhall on Södra Larmgatan, at the opposite of Saluhallen. This is the only bar in Gothenburg that is allowed to serve beer without having a food meny – mandatory in Sweden even for Night Clubs. A classical joint founded in 1900 and still going strong. Popular among all kinds of people – but they serve beer and beer only.
Ritz at Bastionsplatsen has a nice outdoor terrace, but not as hip as it used to be. The weekend brunches are excellent though – with a large variety of hot & cold dishes – and the view over Trädgårdsföreningen is nice.
Magasinsgatan we mentioned earlier: Among them disco bar Lou Lou & more stylish Magnus & Magnus, and Puta Madre – with its mexi-inspired kitchen and great cocktails – made it’s way into White Guide. If you however just wanna get drunk quickly at low cost, head for Vasastaden District.
Chez Amis at Vasaplatsen poors cheepo bear in large glasses and so does Vasastan and Restaurang Viktoria in the neighborhood. Girls in bloom, commercial music and a faint scent of CK One that looms over everything.
For those who want to snap up a bit NOBA is a good choice, with a simplified end nordic kitchen and also beer in price ranges from 34 and up. The atmosphere is trendy but cozy, and has an inbuilt outdoor dining-area.
NOBA / / Viktoragatan 1 / / Open daily, weekends till 03 / / Free admission
Moore rowdy Cheers pub little further up the street is a classic sportsbar but also living room for many locals, and at the other side of the street you’ll find The Queens – very cheap but has a certain rugged charm. Plus they show sports.
For the more alternative crowd in Gothenburg, Linnestaden is with few exceptions the place to go. Andra Långgatan has taken over Avenyns reputation as the city’s real bar street and it doesn’t really matter what day it is.
The bars are very frequent, some places you might want to check out is Publik (for the hipsters), Ölstugan Tullen (for the general crowd) and Vink (for the wine afficionados). Go to L’Assassino for the forgiving, gay friendly atmosphere and nice cocktails. Their stone-oven baked pizzas are a bargain.
On Third Långatan you ‘ll find Stearin – a fine-dining restaurant with a local touch – also popular in the evenings for drinks and urban music gigs.
Half of Gothenburgs advertising workers favorites Bar Kino and Hagabion in the same house, offering a stripped-down setting with naked lightbulbs and mixed furniture. Forty years old sugardaddy’s mingles with 18-year-olds with their own smuggled PET-bottled wine. Always a reliable hook-up place.
When Kino and the pubs at Andra Långgatan closes around 01 on weekdays (-02 on weekends), the crowd moves towards Järntorget and Pustervik - and possibly Jerntorgets Brygghus – that closes an hour later.
Besides being one of Gothenburg’s most active live scenes, Pustervik satisfies most tastes concerning hook-up factor and age range.
Open 7 days a week. Sunday-Thursday -02 // Fri-Sat -03 //
The stretch between Skanstorget-Sveaplan nowadays resemble Magasinsgatan in its pioneer stages.
From Skanstorget, take right up the hill on Kastellgatan. On the right side you have Skansen Kronan – an historical landmark that is excellent for picknicks -, on the left a Yugoslavian restaurant the wars forgot. You will also find art Gallerys as Galleri Box and Galleri 54.
On Kastellgatan 14 is Dubbel Dubbel – a trendy dumplins restaurant started by local musical entrepreneurs. (Dubbel Dubbel now has an even more hip cousin – Dubbel Dubbel Kolibri at Surbrunnsgatan – just in the shadow of magnificent Energy plant. The atmosphere is urban, often with DJs in the evenings.)
Further on Sveagatan has several arts and crafts gallerys and chiq boutiques.
Linnéterassen has a strategic location overlooking busy Linnegatan. The crowd is mixed and relatively well-behaved, the concept is well-cooked Swedish cuisine with a twist, and there is a wide selection of beers and wine. Moderate Expensive.
Downstairs you’ll find younger sibling Lilla Linné, a little more modest for those who can not cope with the volume upstairs. Reasonably priced snacks (Swedish ”tapas”) and a beautiful black and white tiled floor.
Of course there are hundreds of places to choose from and it is impossible to cover everything.
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Pustervik, Nefertiti, Port du Soleil, Yaki-da and Park Lane is recommended. In july, The Docks opens at Frihamnen – with a fantastic scenery.
The weather is nice, but still you do not have all the time in the world? We give you a few pointers:
Röda Sten in the shadow of Älvsborgsbron offers walking paths in unique environment. In the grafitti-covered Pannhuset there are art and photo exhibitions, but also a restaurant with clubs in the evenings. Though really it’s nice to just hang out at the edge of the dock and watch people.
Bring your own wine.
Tramstop Vagnhallen i Majorna >> 5 min walk
Ödledammen: Slottskogen is always crowded in the summer. However if you wish to be a little more private, aim at Ödledammen at the Old Water Tower and Observatory. Croaking ducks running about, lizards in the pond and often techno parties on summer nights. A solid cast grill is available.
Take bus 60 to Paradisgatan >> Walk towards Slottskogen and the Old Water Tower
Gothenburg archipelago is one of the most beautiful and accessible. You go all the way on a single ticket (the ferries are included in the public transport system). Take tram 9 or 11 to Saltholmen and head for the ferries. Or just stay on the mainland and dive from the cliffs.
Vrångö or Brännö is among the most popular destinations
On the way back to town, stop at the Mariaplan, for an afternoon coffee at the popular Café Marmalade, wildly popular Tapasbaren or dinner at somewhat fancy Enoteca Maglia
Closer to city centre you will find Hammok (stop Karl Johansgatan), a nice ölcafé exactly where the Hängmattan (Karl Johan street’s cut is so called in the vernacular) is the deepest is a nice feature of Karl Johan street’s offerings. My thoughts wander to Berlin and the atmosphere is as casual as the decor. Often local DJs play a variety of ambient electronic music.
Hammok / / Karl Johansgatan 11 / / All day
The streets around Domkyrkan is the most reliable for clothes and goods. Around Järntorget is Ted Bernhardtz for (young) mens clothing.
NK is a a large and rather excklusive warehouse, and the young hipsters shop at Weekdays (stylish but cheap), Nudie (organic jeans) and BEYOND RETRO.
Second hand: Ragtime on Magasinsgatan has men’s clothing as well as womens.
Emmaus on Linnegatan have a trendy hand-picked selection and at Järntorget, you will fins Myrorna – ä second hand warehouse in four floors..
At Första Långgatan you’ll find Red Cross and Börsen.
Music: Andra långgatan has its share of record stores, especially used.
Vinyl is the new black again Andra Långgatans skivhandel has the largest selection.
In addition there are Dirty Records on the same street, and even some punk / hardcore shop I do not remember the name of. The flagship of all record stores in Gothenburg is otherwise Bengans – an institution for record buyers housed in a cinema just off Stigbergstorget.
Musical Instruments: JP Disco is on Masthuggstorget but whatever DJ needs.
Musicians and musician-wannabees hangs out att MUG close to Kaserntorget. The customers who used to hang there 20 years ago today works there.
World’s largest corner shop for music lovers reads the banner and they’re probably right.
Otherwise, the stretch between Polhemsplatsen (Odingatan) and Svingeln has quite a few of music stores, including a specialized drums & brasstore.
Art: In addition to Göteborgs Konstmuseums collections are often modern art in the side annexe Kunsthalle. Another semi-institutional arena for contemporary art and photography is Röda Sten – a given destination.
Student shows often appear in Rotor Gallery at Valands konstskola, and at the opposite is also Röhsska museum that shows fashion, design and art crafts.
Of the independent art galleries include Gallery 54 and Gallery Box focusing on contemporary conceptual art, and both are within easy walking distance.
In Linnéstaden include among others Galleri Magnus Winström who’s nack for picking up new talant renders them a place in Gothenburg art scene.
An international Casino: Casino Cosmopol are open every day from 11:30 to 05:00 and is steps away from the Gothenburg Opera and the Marina, with several terraces.
Otherwise, there are roulette and blackjack tables at major restaurants around the Avenue.
This is all for now, but we are open to suggestions and requests.
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