Strollers and prams on public transport
The public transport system in Gothenburg is almost always easy to use with a stroller or pram. You access the trams and buses from street level, otherwise the driver lower down the car for you. The only thing you have to look out for is the older version of the Gothenburg trams. Nowadays they are accessible from the doors in the middle, but you will need a set of helping hands from a fellow passenger to get on and off. Children up to 7 years travel for free.
The amusement park Liseberg is truly fun for the whole family. The children's area The Rabbit Land (Kaninlandet) has attractions, serving areas, shops and a playground. Here you'll also find a nursery room with changing tables, microwave and play area. Baby changing tables are also found in adjacent to all washrooms and additional diapers are available from Guest Services.
Many of the city’s museums offer both family-friendly activities and playful exhibitions. The permanent exhibition Together at The Museum of World Culture lets children and families explore different ways of living together in a playful way. The science center Universeum is great for children of all ages, but the ground floor exhibition Jobbis is designed for toddlers and has a kitchen with microwave you can use. The Swedish children’s book character Alfie Atkins has his own cultural centre in Gothenburg, filled with lots of different activities related to culture, children and their development.
The city park Slottsskogen is perfect for an excursion day with outdoor activities. Here you'll find Sweden's largest playground Plikta were children of all ages can enjoy a range of adventurous activities. In the red cottage by the playground, you can use the baby changing room, microwave and bathroom. At the other end of Slottsskogen, by the area Azaleadalen and the penguin house, you'll find a natural playground were children can meat and learn about nature, animals and insects. In the area is also stroller-friendly Café Azalea. You should also plan a visit to the children's petting zoo, open April–September.
Another great tip is to visit the Gothenburg City Library. The newly renovated library, right by the square Götaplatsen and the main street Kungsportsavenyn, has great facilities for families with toddlers. The large play and reading room has books in 42 languages. There’s plenty of parking for strollers, and the café on 2nd level has a microwave dedicated for heating up baby food and a healthy menu with both lunch offers and ‘fika’.
Family ‘fika’ break
Most cafés in Gothenburg have highchairs for infants and toddlers, and room for strollers. But a tip is to check with the staff before you park your stroller, some cafés have restrictions on where you can put them due to fire restrictions. Some tips on extra toddler-friendly cafés:
– Condeco is a chain with cafés all around central Gothenburg. The menu is focused on vegetarian and healthy options, and they have great facilities for toddlers.
– Café and restaurant Tabla at The Museum of World Culture is a great place for families.
– da Matteo at Magasinsgatan 17 has a corner with toys and play rugs, as well as a roomy bathroom with changing table, upstairs.
Shop Swedish toddler gear and fashion
Gothenburg has many great children’s wear brands, and a lot of them are focusing on sustainability, bright and playful designs, unisex garments, comfort and function. Local brands Emma & Malena, Villervalla and Duns have their own shops, and the shops Minishop, Omnes and Little Mr Miss are retailers for Gothenburg based Koolabah, Modéerska Huset, Anïve for the Minors, Marloe Jr, Ossoami, I dig Denim and more. The ever so popular Swedish brands Polarn O. Pyret and Mini Rodini also have their own shops (both at Vallgatan), and if you want to have a Mini-Kånken backpack dangling from your stroller, gear up at at Naturkompaniet or Minishop.