Don’t miss these places: Ten favourite spots in Gothenburg for next time you visit our beautiful city from Göteborg & Co.
A laid back, trendy, cobbled street in Gothenburg and home to several of Gothenburg’s independent designer-shops as well as the ‘in-café’ Da Matteo with its sour dough bakery just across the square. The interior design shop Artilleriet is also a must.
Haga – the old quarter
Picturesque and charming Haga is Gothenburg’s oldest suburb. Here, wooden houses nestle along the cobbled streets with a good mixture of second hand, antique and fashion shops. Have a look inside the clog shop (Haga Trätoffelfabrik) for leather goods and clogs, buy spices at the Curry House and tea at Tea’s. You’ll find Sweden’s largest cinnamon buns at Kafé Husaren.
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Gothenburg residents’ own little secret Linnégatan, and the intersecting Långgatorna, is lined with bars, restaurants and shops. Drink Spanish beer at La Sombrita, try Greek food at Mykonos, Asian fusion at Hello Monkey or live jazz at Linnéterrassen. Most places have open-air cafés during the spring and summer.
Slottsskogen – City Park
This is Gothenburger’s green oasis and place for recreation – the perfect place for a stroll or chilling out on the big lawns. In the zoos (Djurgårdarna) you can get close up to elks and other, primarily Nordic, wild and tame animals. In the summer there is the Children’s Zoo (Barnens Zoo), with piglets, kid goats and chickens. Don’t miss the seal pond (Säldammen) either, where the Bohuslän harbour seals are fed every day at 14.00. The park is also home to “Plikta”, the city’s largest children’s playground.
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Feskekörka – the fish market hall
A paradise for foodies and fish lovers! The Market hall, opened in 1874, resembles a church and has therefore been christened ‘Feskekörka’ (the fish church). Buy yourself some fresh prawns and enjoy them by the harbour or the edge of the canal – or try the restaurant Gabriel on the first floor.
Those of you who feel lively in the morning should visit Sweden’s largest fish auction in the fishing harbour. The auction is held Monday 07.00. Tuesday to Friday 06.30
Rosenkaféet (the rose café)
In the middle of Trädgårdsföreningen – the Horticultural Society’s cultivated park – is the café Rosenkaféet, surrounded by beautiful greenery. This café has an old-fashioned, cosy atmosphere which makes people want to go there when the sun is out, particularly in July and August when thousands of roses are in bloom in the rose garden.
Röda Sten – centre for contemporary art and culture
The impressive boiler house by the southern end of the Älvsborg bridge has become an exciting cultural project. Inside are enormous areas where various art exhibitions are held. The site is fantastic, with a view over the harbour entrance. You can also see the red stone that gave the area its name. Take the Älvsnabben harbour ferry from Lilla Bommen and enjoy the fine views from the top deck
The view from Gothia Towers
Heaven 23 is the sky bar at Gothia Towers, 23 floors up! You get a dazzling view of Gothenburg while mingling, enjoying a glass of wine or something from their bar or restaurant menus. Try their gigantic prawn sandwiches – a speciality!
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Skärgården – Breathtakingly beautiful archipelago
The archipelago is an extraordinary experience with thousands of islands & skerries which lie like a pearl necklace scattered along the coast. Whether blue and tranquil or turbulent and restless, the salty sea is always a source of fascination. The many untouched spots and charming little fishing villages provide a magnificent experience whatever the season.
The nearby southern archipelago is easily reached by public transport. Take the No. 11 tram westbound to the ferry terminal at Saltholmen. Passenger boats depart from Saltholmen to the islands Vrångö, Styrsö and Brännö where you can go sunbathing from smooth granite cliffs or rent a bike or a kayak.
During the summer you can go on boat excursions to the island fortress Älvborgs Fästning at the harbour entrance, or to the Vinga nature reserve with its first-rate bathing and a small Evert Taube museum. Don’t miss excursions to Brännö Brygga which is famous for its open-air dance evenings on Thursdays. There are several, both day and evening, cruises which depart from Lilla Bommen next to the Opera House.
Marstrand is a summer paradise with international sailing, sun and bathing and lively night life. The island, surrounded by the North Sea, sports the mighty, historical Carlsten’s fortress. It was originally intended to protect the coast, and the fortress later became a prison. West Sweden’s own Robin Hood, Lasse-Maja, the legendary thief, remained incarcerated on the island. The guided tour at the fortress is highly recommended.
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