Hop on a tram and head northeast towards Gothenburg’s up-and-coming area Gamlestaden, or “Gamlestan”, dominated by traditional wooden houses and an international vibe. What used to be a centre for industrial production is rapidly transforming into a cultural and culinary hotspot, with restaurants, craft breweries and vintage shops moving into the old factory brick buildings.

Try a beer at Spike Brewery’s tap room.

Drink local in Slakthusområdet

Gothenburg is one of Europe’s hottest hubs for craft beer and one of the breweries is located in Slakthusområdet, the old meat packing district next to Gamlestadstorget. Experiment-loving Spike Brewery produce small batches of craft beer, and host various weekend events in their tap room bar. If you prefer wine, try the recently opened winery Wine Mechanics, presenting a wine bar, a restaurant serving locally sourced oysters and a tasting loft. And no, the grapes are not grown here, but as the owners point out: neither is hops, right?

Well-stocked vintage shops and lively markets

A short walk from Gamlestadstorget you will find Easy Living, a 180 square meter vintage store filled with carefully selected furniture and decoration items. While you’re there, grab a coffee from cosy café Cafecito, located in the same building. 

Move on to Bellevue, two tram stops further out, to explore Stadsmissionen’s and Holmens marknad’s second hand shops, as well as the bustling flea market Bellevue marknad with a vivid mix of sellers. When you’re done with the haggling, have a coffee in the market’s own café, or grab a falafel from one of the food trucks outside. Kvibergs marknad, at Kviberg tram stop, is an even larger market which offers second hand goods, clothes, groceries and flowers. While you are in the area, why not try out some cross-country skiing in Skidome? The track is open all year round, and equipment can be rented on site.

Credit: Peter Kvarnström

International flavours and Swedish fika

Rumour has it that Hing Wa in Hornsgatan is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Sweden, representing Cantonese flavours from the Guangdong province. Don’t let the modest exterior discourage you, this is a true gem with plenty of Chinese regulars. In Brahegatan, Al Habesha brings the best of Ethiopian cuisine and atmosphere to Gothenburg and in Artillerigatan the Iraqi Nergiz Kebab offers crispy falafel and grilled meats in a freshly baked thin bread. If the weather permits, have your food to go and climb nearby Bunkeberget for a splendid view. Up for a Swedish fika? Cederleüfs & Svenheimers in Brahegatan offer a cozy atmosphere and a wide selection of traditional pastries, including the classic cinnamon bun.