1. The best coffee in town
Autumn is perfect for coffee, regardless of whether it rains or not. Feel free to try a craft coffee at some of the city’s best coffee bars, such as Alkemisten Kaffebar in Kvillebäcken, Viktors Kaffe in Vasastan or Kafé Gapet in Majorna. There are of course many other cosy cafes in Gothenburg, check out our guide to “Coffee in Gothenburg” for tips!
Swedish Fika in Gothenburg
The Swedish tradition ”fika” (meaning to take a break, sit down with a friend for a cup of coffee and some baked goods) has become a world-wide sensation. And for good reason. Visit the cafés in Gothenburg and see for yourself why the concept of “fika” is so cherished in Sweden.
2. Go see a film in a classic setting
Rough weather outside? Book a table at Bar Kino and have a nice dinner, and watch a quality film at Hagabion afterwards. A great evening in the classic Viktoriahuset, which was built as early as 1875. If Hagabion doesn’t satisfy your movie cravings, then check out Bio Roy, Capitol or Aftonstjärnan.
3. Autumn stroll in the Gothenburg Botanical Garden
TheThe Gothenburg Botanical Garden is one of Gothenburg’s real gems. Wander around and discover all the amazing plants (over 16,000 species) or sit on a bench with a friend and just enjoy the tranquility.
4. Be inspired by world-class art
Museums and galleries are great spots for contemplation andMuseums and galleries are wonderful places to stay. Oases in the middle of the city that evoke calmness, contemplation and inspiration. Make your way to Gothenburg Museum of Art at the square Götaplatsen and enjoy one of Northern Europe’s foremost art collections.
5. Enjoy delicious seafood
Fish and shellfish from the Swedish West Coast has incredibly high quality and are a must for all foodies, especially now when the lobster season is in full swing. Read our guide to “Fish and shellfish in Gothenburg” for more tips.
Seafood restaurants in Gothenburg
The Swedish West Coast is a well known paradise for fish lovers and Gothenburg, with its thriving fish harbour and celebrated restaurateurs, is no exception to the rule. Here is a list of our favourite places.
6. Restaurants and nightlife
Whether you are looking for a gastronomic experience, or a place to celebrate something special, you will find something that suits you. Angeli offers wine and food in a classic Italian disco environment in the neighbourhood Vasastan, and if you’re craving pizza, you’ll find perhaps the best in town at Oizo in Kålltorp. If you are looking for something exclusive, you will find Restaurang Project, one of the city’s five restaurants with a star in the Guide Michelin, on the street Södra Vägen.
7. Take the train to the walking trail
The walking trail Gotaleden runs between the cities Gothenburg and Alingsås and offers fantastic nature and exciting sights along the way. You can easily reach the various stages of the trail by commuting with train from Gothenburg Central Station, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafés along the way.
8. Relax at Hagabadet
In the middle of the neighbourhood Haga in Gothenburg, in a historic building built in 1876, you will find the spa Hagabadet. Here you can exchange gray autumn skies for soft lighting, spa treatments and a soothing atmosphere. If you are not nearby, Hagabadet also offers a facility at the square Drottningtorget right next to the Central Station and one in Sannegården on the island of Hisingen.
9. Inspiring shopping in central Gothenburg
Are you in need of a new autumn sweater, or perhaps a completely new wardrobe? In central Gothenburg you will find Swedish fashion from Acne Studios, Filippa K, Arket and others, and at Aplace you will find both new and secondhand fashion. If you’re interested in interior design, Artilleriet has everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
Magasinsgatan – stylish shopping and cosy courtyards
Magasinsgatan is a given destination for shopping and coffee as well as eating out or grabbing a drink when the evening comes. Trendy shops, restaurants and bars all offer something special, no matter if it comes to barista skills, local clothing brands or restaurant decor.
The city centre – charming shopping streets with plenty of “Swedish fika”
It’s easy to explore central Gothenburg on foot and there are plenty of fun to see and do. From the large market hall and shopping streets Kungsgatan, Vallgatan and Södra Larmgatan to cafés and sights. Many hotels are located here too, which makes it easy to stay right in the centre of things.