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.

Challenge your friends at Boulebar Rosenlund’s petanque court this summer. Credit: Rebecka Bjurmell

Boulebar Rosenlund

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.

In the summer, Tredje Långgatan is a pedestrian zone and a popular spot for open-air meals and drinks. Credit: Frida Winter

Tredje Långgatan

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.

At Hagabion you can enjoy vegetarian food and locally brewed beer.

Hagabion/Kino

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.

At Skanshof you’ll find a rooftop terrace as well as a lush park. Credit: Jesper Salén

Skanshof

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?

Enjoy the sun and the view from the outdoor seating area at Kronans terrass. Credit: Superstudio

Kronans terrass

The popular picnic spot by the fortress Skansen Kronan, on top of the hill Skansberget, has finally got a restaurant. From here you can enjoy the view of city rooftops and the churches Oscar Fredrik and Masthuggskyrkan. On the menu you’ll find classic lunch dishes, home-made pastry and – on evenings and weekends – a selection of barbecue food.

At Restaurang Röda Sten you’ll find plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Credit: Marie Ullnert

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.

At Ostindiska ölkompaniet you can enjoy tasty burgers and naan pizzas as well as a wide selection of local beers. Credit: Foodora

Ostindiska ölkompaniet

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!

In the summer, people from all over Gothenburg gather at Storköket.

Storköket

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.

Relax with an Aperol spritz in Levantine’s summer park behind the church Vasakyrkan.

Levantine

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.

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Kyrkogatan 13 has a charming courtyard shared by the sister restaurants Champagnebaren, Unity Jazz and Bar Bruno. Credit: Hugo Hall

Kyrkogatan 13

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?

Wolfgang vincafé

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.

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At Tyska Bron you’ll find green bowls and fresh seafood.

Tyska bron

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!

By the large bird pond in Slottsskogen city park you’ll find Villa Belparc.

Villa Belparc

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.

Syster Marmelad has a delightful terrace on Mariagatan in the neighbourhood Majorna.

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, Spanish vibes at Tapasbaren or organic and locally grown food at Syster Marmelad?

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Enjoy the city rhythms and cold drinks at Clarion Hotel Post’s large terrace.

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.