Gothenburg isn’t the largest city in the world – yet we have a large number of world-class restaurants and chefs. What many of them have in common is that they work with local produce and create menus from what is in season.
Visit the farmer’s market in Haga
Every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM between August 5 and October 28 there is a charming farmer’s market in the Haga district. Here you get to meet local farmers and you can buy everything from vegetables to home-made sausage, cheese and marmalade. Haga is also famous for its many cafés and small shops. Visit Nöllers espressobar, Jacobs Café or Café Husaren for a coffee break, or stop for a vegetarian lunch at En Deli Haga. At Hemma Hos you can try traditional Swedish meatballs with lingon berries and at Sjöbaren (a really nice but not too fancy fish restaurant) you can enjoy tasty fish soup and other classics for lunch or dinner.
Explore the city’s food temples
The fish market hall Feskekörka and the market hall Saluhallen at Kungstorget are both worth a visit. At the fish market hall you can take a look at what the local fishermen have brought in today and have lunch at Restaurang Gabriel . At Saluhallen it's nice to sample cheese, hams and other delicacies or join the local crowd for lunch at Kåges Hörna – an unpretentious little restaurant famous for cheap and hearty Swedish specialities.
Try Swedish “Husmanskost”
Basicly “Husmanskost” means the kind of heart-warming food that your granny used to make. At least if she was Swedish and had a thing for cabbage, meat and lots and lots of gravy. Two restaurants that know a thing or two about Husmanskost are Familjen at Arkivgatan and Hos Pelle at Djupedalsgatan. Both restaurants offer a modern take on Swedish cuisine and use lots of local produce. The chef at Hos Pelle, Pelle Danielsson, has even written an entire book on cabbage and what you can cook from it.
Looking for even more tasty veggies? Folk, close to the square Järntorget, is a vegetarian fine dining restaurant with lots of natural wines on their list. Also, restaurant Kino at the cinema Hagabion has a really good vegetarian menu. Don’t miss the vegetarian meat loaf!
A new culinary quarter
The street Tredje Långgatan has become known as a new culinary centre in Gothenburg thanks to restaurants like Brewers Beer Bar (amazing beer and pizza), Made in Chine (modern Chinese food) Taverna Averna (an Italian bistro) and Olssons vin (wine and cheese). Also, don’t miss a visit at the neighbouring street Andra Långgatan which is crowded with bars and shops.
Fish, shellfish and mussels
It would be crazy to write about Gothenburg without mentioning our famous fish restaurants. Sjömagasinet and Fiskekrogen are two of the most iconic but don’t miss new favourites like vRå and Hoze where chefs Frida Ronge and Hoze Seruda serve innovative sushi from local ingredients. For Moules Frites and Moules Marinière visit Levantine at Achebergsgatan or Bon at Arkivgatan. Two nice French bistros.
Food and coffee in the city centre
The city centre and the area within the moat are not only great for shopping. Here you’ll find cafés like classic Brogyllen, modern Da Matteo and trendy Bar Centro (which is transformed into a superb little wine bar / restaurant at night where you can learn everything you need to know about cheese, soil and grapes).
Hotel bars are often a good choice if you’re looking for an intimate atmosphere. Pigalle and Dorsia are two boutique hotels that ooze with velvety decadence. Hotel Avalon and Clarion Hotel Post house several good restaurants. For instance, try Marcus Samuelsson’s Norda Bar & Grill at Clarion.
If you find yourself in the inner city, looking for something truly extraordinary visit Swedish Taste or the Michelin-starred restaurant Bhoga.
Explore the main boulevard Avenyn
Avenyn is the most famous street in Gothenburg and along it, on your way towards Götaplatsen, you will pass lots and lots of bars and eateries. In the area you can choose from family favourites like Hard Rock Café and Joe Farelli, top-notch restaurants like Toso, Somm and SK Mat och Människor and brassieres like Brasserie Lipp and Mr.P.