Either you're on a shop 'til you drop mission and in need of an energy boost, or you just want to enjoy a weekend lunch, we've put together a guide to a few restaurants in the central parts of Gothenburg, open for lunch also on weekends. Of course there are many more options to explore. Please see each restaurant's webpage for current opening hours and menues.
Nordstan and thereabouts
The shopping mall Nordstan boasts several restaurants and cafés. Here you'll find for example Gourmet Korv (Gourmet Sausage, also found at Grönsakstorget) an upscale hot dog eatery taking fast food seriously, Pane Fresco adding that homecooked feeling of the Italian cuisine, and Woki, offering fresh and tasty Asian food, served quickly.
Just outside of Nordstan, on Östra Hamngatan 30, you'll find the vegetarian restaurant Andrum, and a couple of blocks from there, heading towards Kronhusbodarna, Sweden's first Nepalese restaurant Himalaya is located on Smedjegatan 1c.
If you walk along Fredsgatan from Nordstan you can rest your feet while enjoying a meal at KPH Matbar on Östra Larmgatan 18 before continuing you shopping spree, perhaps exploring Kungsgatan and the fashion-filled parallell and cross-streets in the area.
Kungstorget, Domkyrkan and their neighbours
When at Kungstorget you're really smack in the middle and can choose from an abundance of flavours and settings. Avalon, with its international character, offering great people-watching and a wide range of high-class food, South American bistro Tranquilo, with their barbecue-focus, and cosy Bee Kök & Bar featuring a relaxed atmosphere and a varied menu, are three options located at Kungstorget. Café du Nord (also known as the "Meatball-basement"), rich in tradition and well-known for their homemade meatballs, and Restaurang Kungstorget, where you for example can enjoy "smørrebrød", seafood and Swedish delicacies, are two more.
Saluhallen, the Market Hall, is a beautiful building offering delicacies from all over the world and well worth a visit. And if you're up for a tasty lunchbreak you can have crispy and fresh Asian food at 4 m2 Mat or enjoy classic Swedish dishes at Kåges Hörna, among other treats.
If you head towards the cathedral Domkyrkan, French bistro Ma Cuisine on Kyrkogatan 32 is well-located for a weekend lunch, and if you find your way to Västra Hamngatan 24 you'll find a small piece of New Orleans in the middle of Gothenburg, in the form of restaurant Bourbon Street.
The main boulevard Avenyn and the neighbouring streets
When walking along Gothenburg's main boulevard and in the neighbouring areas, there are of course plenty of lunch options, even on weekends. For example you can find a classic, relaxed pub like Bryggeriet, located on Kungsportsavenyn 3, while at number 29 Vigårda offers fast, uncomplicated dishes such as sallads, burgers and side orders. And in the city library at Götaplatsen 3, Roots Café serves fresh and filling sallads, soups and sandwiches.
If you go to Wrapped on Södra Vägen 55 just a short walk from Avenyn, you can pick and choose among the fillings to compose your own favourite wrap, or chose one from the menu, with or without bread. And if you walk just a bit further, to number 77, the burger place Holy Cow may tempt you with menu items such as Cheesy Cow, Confused Cow (chicken burger) and No Cow (vegetarian burger).
On the other side of the main boulevard Avenyn, at Engelbrektsgatan 39B, you'll find Caleo, where the menu is inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine.
Järntorget, Haga and Linné
Walking from the city centre towards Järntorget and all of the inspiring shops in Haga and Linnéstan, you can make a stop at Restaurang Gabriel, just up a flight of stairs in iconic Feskekôrka, to enjoy worldclass seafood. If you continue on to Esperantoplatsen 5 you'll find Zamenhof and their all day dining-concept, perfect for hungry weekend-shoppers.
If your weekend stroll takes you to Andra Långgatan when your stomach starts rumbling, Göteburgare Bar & Grill at Andra Långgatan 30 and Andra Långgatan 11 (vegan) is one of your options. Here you can choose from burgers, sallads and other dishes, all of which with a name linked to Gothenburg. And at Tredje Långgatan 3 Kafe Magasinet offers pizzas, bowls and bagels.
If instead you are in picturesque Haga when lunchtime comes, Sjöbaren is yet another suggestion for those inclined towards fresh seafood. And if you're up for a burger with side orders like cheese fries or tomato and melon sallad, Burgersson at Skanstorget 5 is another great tip.
At Övre Husargatan 5, you'll find family-owned Bistro Italiano to sate your weekend hunger, and if you're in the vicinity of Linnéplatsen, a pitstop featuring traditionally prepared noodle soups at Ramen-Ya might be just what you need.
Backaplan and Kvillebäcken on Hisingen
The neighbourhoods around Backaplan and Kvillebäcken are continuously developing, sprouting new shops and interesting restaurants, which makes the lunch options numerous, not least in the market hall Kville Saluhall. There you'll find, among others, The Grill, Gothenburgs's only reastaurant with its own butcher's shop, Wakal Taqueria, where the yummy taco menu is frequently updated, and Ceviche Taste of Peru, serving traditional Peruvian food.
Kvilletorget also offers well-tasting possibilities for a weekend lunch, for example Duy-Tan where you can choose from a large selection of traditional Vietnamese dishes. And on Herkulesgatan 3A where one of Ölstugan Tullens restaurants is located, a focus on Swedish classics, prepared with in-season ingredients, attracts hungry guests. A few blocks down the same street, popular Tildas Krog offers a varied menu with items such as duck breast, fish au gratin and the somewhat iconic Tilda's Schnitzel.
Other popular places are Turkish restaurant Sultan Grill on Hisingsgatan 28 and Jenin Grill, with no less than three restaurants a stone's throw from Backaplan, offering delicacies from the eastern Mediterranean.
Up for discovering more of what Gothenburg has to offer food-wise? Have a look at The culinary city, where you'll find lots to explore!