Enjoy freshly caught lobster and go mushroom hunting

Autumn is the peak season for Gothenburg’s restaurants with plenty of amazing in-season ingredients. Now is the time to enjoy fresh fish and seafood at their best – lobster, langustines, crabs, shrimps and more – and to discover what the city’s chefs have found in the forest.

The Swedish lobster isn’t threatened, but to protect it the fishing is strictly regulated and only permitted between September and April. Lobster season always starts at 7 am the first Monday after September 20. The taste of freshly caught lobster from the cold waters surrounding Gothenburg is something really special. In our guide to fish restaurants in Gothenburg, you’ll find everything from shrimp sandwiches and fish soup, to creative sushi and fine dining.

Lobster safari is a popular autumn activity in Gothenburg. Credit: Peter Kvarnström

Want to get even closer to the ingredients? Join a lobster safari with Burfiskarna, Kastor Boat Trips, Kajkanten Vrångö or Marine Events – or go mushroom hunting in the forest! In our guide you’ll find some of the best spots for mushroom picking in Gothenburg.

Gothenburg Botanical Garden is one of many parks and gardens where you can enjoy the trees’ colourful autumn display.

Go for an autumn walk between colourful parks and cosy shops

Autumn is also a perfect time for strolling around Gothenburg’s parks and gardens bursting with autumn colours, discovering new favourite shops, getting to know the city’s history during a city walk (check out Crime Walks and Walknet!) and finally relaxing in a fluffy hotel bed.

Tired after all that walking? Enjoy a “Swedish fika” (coffee or tea with something sweet) at one of Gothenburg’s many cafes! In Haga you’ll find huge cinnamon buns at Café Husaren, Kafé Gapet in Majorna offers pastry that is both beautiful and tasty, and in Linné Bar Italia you can have a fika the Italian way.

Don’t miss Halloween at Liseberg – lots of scary fun in late October. Credit: Peter Kvarnström

Experience the Göteborg Book Fair and Halloween at Liseberg

Gothenburg offers plenty of autumn events – the annual Göteborg Book Fair, shows, exhibitions, concerts and much more. Explore the wide array of events in our events calendar. In late October, Liseberg puts on a scary Halloween costume and offers hair-raising fun for all ages.