A Guide to Gothenburg
While many tourists chase the trend of flocking to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city has just as much to offer tourists looking for something a little more unique when choosing to travel to Sweden. From cool cafes and up and coming art exhibitions to antique and Fairtrade shops, Gothenburg has caught our attention as one of the coolest Nordic cities in Europe. Gothenburg has also become a top spot for foodies over recent years, offering world class seafood and award winning restaurants in a magnificent coastal setting- it’s easy to see why its number of international visitors is on the rise.
Compared to Stockholm, Gothenburg has a more temperate climate which means al fresco dining starts a little earlier in the year and the city offers a more European feel due to its proximity to Denmark. If you’re looking to sample all that Gothenburg has on offer, be sure to apply for a European Health Insurance Card before you set off, for healthcare benefits should you experience any ill health while visiting the city. This charming cosmopolitan city is ideal for those looking for a Nordic experience with a twist. Here is our roundup of some of the coolest spots in Gothenburg, guaranteed to want to keep you coming back…
The Fish Market (Feskekorka)
As we mentioned earlier, Gothenburg is often associated with fabulous seafood, so what better way to enjoy this city’s heart and soul than by eating like a local does. The church like structure that houses the fish market dates back to 1874 and has a name that literally translates to ‘fish church’. Inside the building, you will find a range of artisan fishmongers and some equally incredible restaurants. If you’re staying in Gothenburg and self-catering, be prepared to become very well acquainted with this place!
Haga is located in the west of the city and is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg, dating back to the 17th century. The charming neighbourhood of Haga is lined with timber houses, dainty cafes and boutique shops. Its’ also home to one of the largest cinnamon buns at Café Husaren, which is an achievement in itself! Be sure to visit the southeast area where you can gaze over the city from Skansen Kronan, it’s truly a stunning viewing spot.
Liseberg Amusement Park
A family favourite, the Liseberg Amusement Park has lots of thrilling rides and rollercoasters, hosts a great market and holds many concerts (particularly in the Christmas period). The Liseberg Big Wheel is a popular choice for those who aren’t afraid of heights as it offers terrific views of the whole city.
The Shopping Quarter (Magasinkvarteret)
In central Gothenburg you will find the bustling neighbourhood of Magasinsgatan which is home to a shopping quarter which used to be a warehouse district and is where you can find plenty of gourmet and traditional restaurants. For an authentic taste of Sweden be sure to try the herring with mashed potato and lingonberry sauce.