Barabicu and Zamenhof
Here are two sunny spots by the canal Rosenlundskanalen. Sister restaurants Zamenhof and Barabicu offer tasty food, impressive cocktail lists and Gothenburg’s best DJs that create all the summer vibes you need. From the outdoor areas you have a perfect view of people passing by and the “Paddan” sightseeing boats gently rolling down the canal.
Bonjour! Bonsoir! Bien sûr! Popular hangout Boulebar is as close to southern France that you will get in Gothenburg. Here you’ll find a large outdoor seating are and a petanque court next to the landmark Feskekôrka. Enjoy exciting games, cold drinks and French-inspired food by the water. Often you’ll also find a DJ here.
Between May and September every year, the street Tredje Långgatan is a pedestrian zone with plenty of lively outdoor bars and restaurants. Here in one of Europe’s coolest neighbourhoods (according to The Guardian!) you can choose between innumerable beers and sourdough pizza at Brewers Beer Bar, tortellini and organic wines at Taverna Averna and dim sum and kimchi at Made in China. No seats left? Check the courtyard of Kafé Magasinet and Tacos & Tequila.
The indie cinema Hagabion and Bar Kino open up their large outdoor area in the neighbourhood Linnéstaden every summer. Expect local beer, vegetarian food and a laid-back atmosphere with cosy lights. A bonus is that you can also watch a movie too if you feel like it, and you are in a great spot for futher bar-hopping or a night out at Pustervik.
On the roof of what used to be a bank, the restaurant group Göteborgsfamiljen have created a sunny summer terrace with beautiful views of the city. A few steps up the hill you’ll find a green oasis with large trees and plants where you can enjoy cold drinks, birdsong and a lively atmosphere. Perhaps your new favourite hangout?
Restaurang Röda Sten
Röda Sten does not only sport an exciting art centre, but also one of Gothenburg’s most sought-after outdoor seating areas. From here you can check out the impressive bridge Älvsborgsbron, the ships on the river Göta älv and the characteristic red gantry crane Eriksbergskranen on the island Hisingen. The restaurant is family-owned and they make all food, bread and pastry on site. They offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian options throughout the day.
The area around the square Redbergsplatsen in eastern Gothenburg has seen plenty of new establishments during the past few years, offering everything from sourdough bread to locally brewed beer and organic groceries. One of them is the bar and restaurant Ostindiska ölkompaniet that sports a spectacular selection of beers, crisp naan pizzas, tasty burgers and a sunny outdoor seating area. Here you’ll find people every day of the week so make sure to be there on time, or book a table, if you want to grab a spot!
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?
Summer? Sun? Thirsty? Head towards Storköket! Here you can enjoy the sun, the people and the tasty drinks. The pop-up success Hasselssons matlucka is in charge of the food all summer long.
In the middle of the bustling Vasastaden neighbourhood, you’ll find this little hidden lush park gem. Levantine is a perfect summer hangout with an outdoor bar, hammocks to relax in and a petanque court. When the sun sets – head indoors for tasty French cuisine in the lovely restaurant.
The cosy courtyard on Kyrkogatan 13 gives you three different options; sister restaurants Champagnebaren, Unity Jazz and Bar Bruno. So what are you up for today – artisanal champagne, yummy cocktails or perhaps some cheese fondue and natural wines?
With hundreds of wines on the list, Wolfgang vincafé certainly bears its name, but despite the ambitious approach, the vibe here is lively and unpretentious. This is as much a place for an espresso as for a bottle of grand cru. The food is inspired by France but made with Swedish ingredients and from the sunny outdoor seating area you can enjoy views of university building Pedagogen (home to the Faculty of Education), blue-and-white trams and buzzing city streets.
Västra Hamngatan 24
Want to get really close to the water? Head towards Tyska bron and their floating pier in the canal Stora Hamnkanalen. The food is all about the sea with dishes like lobster au gratin, shellfish platter and ponzu salmon bowl. Don’t forget your sunglasses!
The villa has a fantastic location by the large bird pond in Slottsskogen city park. In summer, the terrace is very popular and there is a garden section as well as piers by the water. The kitchen offers everything from basic café dining to more ambitious dishes, and there is an inhouse bakery that makes buns, pies, cakes and other goodies – vegan options too.
Mariaplan and Mariagatan
There are many great outdoor seating options around the square Mariaplan in western Gothenburg. How about pizza and natural wine at Paradiset, Italian gastronomy at Enoteca Maglia or Spanish vibes at Tapasbaren?
Clarion Hotel Post: Terrassen
The majestic old post house next to the central station is today housing Clarion Hotel Post. In the summer you can enjoy an open-air lunch, drink or dinner on the large terrace in front of the hotel. The evening sun is complimentary and the location, right by the central station, makes this a perfect stop even when you arrive or travel on by train.
If you are looking for a feeling of Milan in Gothenburg, Bar Centro is the place to visit. Here you can enjoy a perfect double espresso or a glass of wine at the small outdoor space that you’ll find at the street Kyrkogatan 31.
Café Öbergska is located on the lovely island of Styrsö in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago, a short walk from Styrsö Bratten’s quayside. Here you can bask in the sun and enjoy good prawn sandwiches, food and pastries in the café’s wonderful garden.
Only 20 minutes with the archipelago boat from Saltholmen will take you to the island of Brännö and Brännö Varv. The old, small shipyard has existed since 1949 and in recent years it has become a bar and café. The outdoor dining area is nicely located right next to the water with a beautiful view of the archipelago.
As part of Gunnebo House and Gardens, Gunnebo Kaffehus is a fantastic way to end your tour around the castle. Here you can enjoy coffee and pastries in the sun, just as they did in the 1770s when the castle was built.
Vatten Restaurang & Kafé
At the Nordic Watercolour Museum restaurant and outdoor dining area, Vatten Restaurang & Kafé, you can, when the heat and weather permit, enjoy a bite to eat or a coffee after the tour of the museum. Here you are sitting in the middle of a fantastic landscape right next to the water, the rocks and the museum’s beautifull architecture.