Stay at a design hotel
Ok, first of all: what hotel will you pick? Gothenburg has some of Sweden’s most talked about design hotels right now. Dorsia, Eggers, Pigalle, Upper House and Avalon are just a few examples of hotels that offer much more than just accommodation.
Dine at a Michelin restaurant
Gothenburg has five Michelin restaurants, all exciting in their own way. 28+ is a veteran with 30 years in the guide, Bhoga a young upstart, SK Mat & Människor an intimate meeting place where you sit close to the chefs’ workplace and Koka is an experimental Nordic restaurant with lots of exciting flavours and ingredients. Whichever you chose, you will surely have an exciting gastronomical experience.
Fish and seafood
In Gothenburg, you eat seafood. Simple as that. Either you go to a classic place like Sjömagasinet or Fiskekrogen, or you try one of Gothenburg’s newer fish restaurants that have come along more recently. For example, Fiskbar 17 that offers a more street-foody twist. Also, Kajutan in the market hall Saluhallen is well worth a visit.
Best Sustainable City Stay 2021
Lonely Planet named Gothenburg “Best sustainable city stay” in 2021. Did you know that 95 percent of the city’s hotel rooms are environmentally certified, and that almost all public transport runs on renewable electricity? Or that all of the rides and attractions at Liseberg amusement park are powered by renewable energy?
Try the latest restaurant concepts
There’s a lot going on in Gothenburg right now and if you’re in to new, trendy places you should check out NYC-inspired Tavolo on Magasinsgatan, visit the restaurant clusters at Skanstorget and Tredje Långgatan or head farther west to the district of Majorna which is absolutely bustling with new bars at the moment. Also, there’s a boom in modern Asian restaurants going on. Try Toso on Götaplatsen, Cheri-Lee at Kungsportsavenyn and luxury sushi places such as Hoze, Vrå and Koizen Omakase room (including their sister restaurang Kuruya at Aschebergsgatan, specialized in Japanese bowls). If you like Spanish food: head over to Boqueria at Götaplatsen. Last but not least: there’s a new, huge outdoor serving at Skanstorget called Skanshof. Probably one of this summer’s hot spots.
Where and what to drink
As you may know, Gothenburg is the capital of craft beer in Sweden, so please do try brands such as Poppels, Vega and Stigbergets. If you are a wine nerd, you should visit small (super small) Bar la Lune, Olsson’s vin, Somm Restaurant & Wine Bar, Wolfgang vincafé or Gården in Vasastan. And if you want to try some wine made in Gothenburg on imported grapes, a visit to Wine Mechanics is recommended, where you can also see how it’s done. Bubbles? Head to Champagnebaren on Kyrkogatan or Champagnerian on Sprängkullsgatan.
Craft beer and breweries in Gothenburg
Ever heard of Stigbergets, Poppels, All in Brewing or Dugges? You should. Gothenburg is one of Europe’s hottest hubs for craft beer and several of the city’s breweries are among the best in the world. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the Lafite Rothschilds and Romanée-Contis of West Sweden.
Visit a spa
Worked a lot at home lately? Spent a lot of time with kids home from school? Sounds like you need a spa visit! Hagabadet has three branches in Gothenburg, of which the one in Haga is the most famous, known for the beautiful architecture. If you’d like to combine your spa with an overnight stay options such as Arken, Sankt Jörgen and Treetop Spa (all on Hisingen) and Upper House Spa close to Korsvägen and Liseberg amusement park.