1. ”Swedish Fika” at the café Alkemisten 

Of course ”fika” makes the list. The favourite Swedish pastime is a great way to relax all year round, but maybe even more so during autumn. Rain or shine, a cup of artisanal coffee and home baked pastries at Alkemisten will brighten up your day. Find even more cosy cafes in our guide to Swedish fika!

2. Catch a film at Hagabion

Rain pouring down? Head to the cinema Hagabion, also home to the vegetarian restaurant and bar Kino. Enjoy a tasty meal and round your evening off with a quality film. Oh, and If you’re a beer aficionado as well as a film buff, you’ll enjoy the vast selection of local brews from Stigbergs Bryggeri. 

Credit: Peter Kvarnström

3. Stroll in botanical brilliance

The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is amazing. It’s the perfect place for a quiet stroll while you marvel at the over 16 000 different species of plants. The Botanical Garden offers plenty of activities all year round.

Man Walking the dog outside Gothenburg Museum of art.

4. Let world class art inspire you

Museums and galleries are great spots for contemplation and inspiration. Take in the soothing environment at the Gothenburg Museum of Art and make sure to check out their amazing collection.

5. Enjoy delicious seafood

Gothenburg is a paradise for fish and seafood lovers, especially now during Lobster season. Check out our guide to Fish and seafood in Gothenburg.

6. Stay cosy at bistro Bang

Walking into Bang matbar is a bit like entering the home of a good old friend. The menu is short and based on locally sourced ingredients, the wine list is carefully selected, and the atmosphere welcoming and unpretentious. Apart from the two–three main courses there is always oysters and a generous cheese and charcuteries platter on the menu. Just a word of warning: if you come by for a quick drink you may easily end up staying the whole night.

Three hikers by a lake

7. Go hiking right outside the city

The hiking trail Gotaleden offers stunning landscapes and interesting sights along the 71 kilometres between Gothenburg and Alingsås. The different stretches can be easily reached by commuter train, and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy along the way.

Credit: Peter Kvarnström

8. Relax at a soothing spa

Close to the central station, neatly tucked into Radisson Blu Hotel, is Hagabadet’s latest addition to their collection of spas and fitness centres – Drottningtorget. Why not swap the grey autumn skies for some dimmed lights, hot saunas, flowery fragrances and a tranquil atmosphere? Try one of the spa rituals, or simply dive into a pool and do nothing for a while.

9. Find hidden treasures in the forest

We know you’re not supposed to “pick and tell” when it comes to mushroom. So we’re not giving away too much. But here’s some help to get you started if you want to head out and look for wild mushrooms in and around Gothenburg. And hey, if you don’t find any, at least you had a nice walk in the forest so it’s really a win-win either way.