From the canals and the river Göta Älv to the harbour and the characteristic archipelago, the water is a much loved part of Gothenburg. If you take a ferry out to the islands there are lots of lovely jewels to explore. The beautiful footpaths of Vrångö and the yearly Valentine’s celebration at Restaurant Tullhuset are two of them. If you want to stay in the city, a peaceful stroll along the North Shore offers beautiful views as well as cosy cafés, and piers where you can really get a feel for Gothenburg as a maritime city.
Eriksberg & Lindholmen
The former ship-yard district on the northern banks of the river has been transformed into wide-stretched quays, new residential areas, restaurants, cafés and theatres. Go for a stroll along the water and see some of the newest neighbourhoods in town, while feeling the breeze from the river.
Waterfront dining in Gothenburg
Gothenburg is located on the Swedish west coast, right where the salty sea meets the river Göta älv. No wonder there are plenty of restaurants to choose from when it comes to a dinner or lunch overlooking the sea. Here are some of them, but there are plenty more to discover.
Take your love to a new level
Gaze into each other’s eyes, and take in the view of the city. One of many popular viewpoints in Gothenburg is the fortress Skansen Kronan where you can share a breathtaking sunset with your love. Make the outing extra luxurious with for instance some French pastries and pralines from Sylvain Marron. Masthuggskyrkan and Ramberget are two other highlights, and if you want to celebrate with a Swedish fika or a dinner – and the weather doesn’t agree with an outdoor picnic – a visit to Heaven 23 also offers stunning views.
Romance and beautiful always flowers go well together. Stroll hand in hand through Slottsskogen, see how far spring has come in the Botanical Garden, or enjoy the sheer magic of tropic heat and exotic plants in the Palm House in the Garden Society.
Eat and drink
Gothenburg has a lot to offer foodies of all kinds. Get your evening started with a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar Champagnebaren before you continue on to one of the many restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic dinner for two. How about a bit of Spanish heat at Bocado, a sense of French decadense at Restaurang Atelier or the relaxed atmosphere at Bee kök &bar?
Treat your special someone to a day at the spa! You’ll find lots of options in Gothenburg, either you want to relax or recharge. Iconic Hagabadet in the city centre and Arken with its beautiful sea view are two examples if you want to spend Valentine’s at a spa, but there are many more to choose from.
Romantic neighbourhoods, museums and indie films
Go for a leisurely stroll in Haga, enjoying the picturesque smalltown atmosphere in the city centre. Share a plate-sized cinnamon bun, making your best Lady and the Tramp impression, at one of the many cafés. Or saunter on to Magasinsgatan, a given rendezvous with lots of restaurants and shops, all offering something special. Another romantic spot can be found at Lejontrappan, next to Brunnsparken, where a giant heart has been raised in the name of love. Why not take a break from the bustling everyday life and enjoy the art collections at one of the museums? Finish your evening with a movie at classic Bio Roy or one of the other cinemas in the city.
Haga is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg. The pedestrian street Haga Nygata is lined with well-preserved houses, many in the characteristic Gothenburg style called “landshövdingehus” with one floor in brick and the rest in wood. Today they house plenty of independent shops and cafés.
Magasinsgatan is a given destination for shopping and coffee as well as eating out or grabbing a drink when the evening comes. Trendy shops, restaurants and bars all offer something special, no matter if it comes to barista skills, local clothing brands or restaurant decor.