Sandra’s Guide to: Gothenburg

September 20, 2012

It’s time to put together a small guide over Gothenburg (Sweden), where I lived for 12 years before moving to Berlin. I haven’t been back there since I moved almost 2 years ago so I can’t guarantee that everything is as good as it was back then, but these are some of the places I enjoyed while living there.

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My favouite season in Gothenburg was Fall, but all seasons have their charm. Make sure to bring good shoes and an umbrella – it rains more in Gothenburg than in London.

Andra Långgatan 33
Sells second hand CD’s and vinyl.

Kyrkogatan 31
My number one favourite place to go for coffee.

My friends and I used to go there every Sunday afternoon to have coffee and look at all the old people.

Stigbergstorget 1
Record store and nice café. Great to sit outside in the summer and look at people passing by.

Olivedalsgatan 12
Great great Chinese food.

Järntorget 6
Coffee & Cigars, great for sitting outdoors and look at people.

Linnégatan 7
This used to be my everyday café when I lived in Gothenburg. Great great coffee, super sweet staff.

Karl Johansgatan 60
My favourite Greek restaurant.

Övre Husargatan 23
American brunch place.

Linnégatan 9
Second hand shop (clothes) with inspiring window displays.

Ekedalsgatan 16
Second hand shop.

Koopmansgatan 3
Best bakery in town, their semla is to die for.

Haga Nygata
Haga is a great area in the middle of the city with wooden houses, antique stores, cozy cafés. Don’t miss it!

Södra Allégatan 3
Amazing place to go for a swim which I used to do a lot. They serve breakfast afterwards, which I really recommend.

Linnégatan 12
A cinema with a great bar/café/restaurant. Used to be one of my absolute favourites in Gothenburg. The food is great and quite affordable. Also, see Kino below.

Mässans Gata 24
Heaven 23 is located at the top of the hotel Gothia Towers, they serve their famous shrimp sandwhich which is good, but the view is the best.

Kungsgatan 37
Although I hardly ever bought anything there, I loved to visit Indiska – the place is gorgeous.

Linnégatan 12
Right below Hagabion is Kino, a bar which also serves food (they share restaurant with Hagabion). Super great!

Where the river meets the sea, amazing place to see water.

This sausage stand was part of my daily life in Gothenburg, since I lived pretty close to it. Nice ladies serve nice sausages and burgers.

Övre Husargatan 26
A place I went for breakfast at pretty often.

Haga Nygata 2
A cute café with a huge selection of sweets to go with your fika.

The big amusement park in the city, click link for more info.

Första Långgatan 4
Good Indian food.

Mariagatan 17
The best coffee in Majorna (the neighbourhood where I used to live).

Vallgatan 21
Great clothes.

Mariagatan 13
Good second hand shop.

Mariagatan 11a
Great pub and restaurant. This is the place where Johan and I made our biggest decisions together, like being together and also where we threw our wedding party.

Röda Sten 1
A great place for art, beer and sometimes party.

Landsvägsgatan 5
Great place for ceramics.

The biggest park in Gothenburg, you can see mooses and lots of other animals there, go for a run, have a picnic, have coffee etc. It’s very beautiful.

Vallgatan 23
The best yarn shop!

Since you can’t buy alcohol in regular stores in Sweden you have to look up your closest Systembolaget. They have a great selection of beverages, but beware – it’s closed on Sundays.

A great great music festival which takes place in August every year (in Slottsskogen).

Basargatan 10
Best sushi in town.

Some other great places which I don’t have any photos of:

Prinsgatan 7
Great place for coffee.

Vallgatan 19
The best store for paper, so beautiful and the staff is great.

Feel free to visit my virtual tip jar if you found this information great and helpful! Thank you 🙂

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  • Reply Lina September 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Tack! Perfekt tajming inför bokmässanresa!

  • Reply Samantha September 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Seems like a very comprehensive guide – and it makes me miss your old blog a little bit! 🙂 (Of course, your blog now is great too)

  • Reply evie September 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    wow what a wonderful guided collection on gothenburg. this post is making me want to travel bad!

  • Reply in dreams September 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    wow, gothenburg looks amazing! and all those second-hand shops look like they have some incredible finds…HMM. might have to plan a vacation there sometime in the future… thanks for this 'handbook' sandra! 🙂

  • Reply Violeta September 21, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Yay! Tks a lot! 😀

  • Reply Brodie September 21, 2012 at 2:02 am

    as if i didn't want to go to sweden enough before, now i really want to! beautiful and interesting city!

  • Reply L i a r n i e September 21, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Gothenburg is my dream city. I will get there… or move there one day, even If I am already 100 years old. Tack for this!

  • Reply Alexandra K. (shurupchik) September 21, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Dear Sandra,
    I have been to Sweeden a couple of times, but mostly in Stockholm! I'm excited about Gothenburg, will have to find some time for a visit. Thank you for your great guide! HAve a great weekend.

  • Reply Wiebke September 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Uh, i love this! I always wanted to go there – and now even more! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THIS GREAT GUIDE!!!!

  • Reply allesistgut September 21, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Thank you for your Gothenburg guide. I was several times in that city and I like it very much. It's too long ago I was there. But next time I'll try some places out you recommended here.
    Have a nice weekend. 🙂

  • Reply Merle, Gisbert & Hannelore September 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

    great guide! thanks! I took the same pic in haga with the old bike!

  • Reply Vesle Serena September 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Tusen takk Sandra! Fantastisk! Denne guiden skal jeg bruke neste gang jeg er i Gøteborg! Liker spesielt Korv kiosken bilde…!

  • Reply Sara September 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    thanks for putting this together, besides being so useful the photos make each place so inviting!

  • Reply Kickcan & Conkers September 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    It looks a great place to visit thanks!

  • Reply * HOPSCOTCH * ~ Charlyn September 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm


    Göteborg is definitely on my list of places to visit!

    Love this! xoxo

  • Reply Mariela September 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Amazing guide!! thank you so much, later I'm going to show this to my husband, we want to travel so this looks amazing, thanks!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  • Reply ihsus September 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    so looking forward to going through your list when i am there (first time ever) end of october. such a gift finding this right after bookin my flight yesterday!

  • Reply Marian N. Larsen September 22, 2012 at 6:10 am

    thank for this guide. I actually just moved to Gtb 5 months ago from Denmark and is enjoying exploring the city. Your guide is really handy!

  • Reply Marta Vargas September 22, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This is my city… would love to move there again someday!! Thank you for your recommendations Sandra!

  • Reply So R. September 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    your guides are amazing… now i want to visit Gothenburg, it looks beautiful.

  • Reply Cecilie Hogstad September 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Kjempefin guide! Har du tips til et bra og rimelig hotel?

    • Reply sandrajuto_6360gn September 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      tack! nej, jag har aldrig bott på hotell i göteborg 🙂

  • Reply Sasha September 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    what a great guide!

    i went to graduate school in Gothenburg and your photos make me miss fika and the brilliant finds at second hand shops that often came before and after. it is a small, but special city that Gothenburg. next time i visit i'll be sure to check out the places that i'm not familiar with.

  • Reply Kirstin September 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Dear Sandra,
    thanks for this beautiful guide – it is great when a local recommends all the nice places whic you would probably never find… Which time of year would you recommend the most for going when someone has never been in the city? Is November very cold and grey? Thanks very much in advance for your help!

  • Reply SaRaH November 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

    thank your for Gothenburg guide. I'll need to go know…no excuses!
    Any idea where to sleep? (I know it's a difficult question. I don't no any hotel in the cities i lived.)

  • Reply Christina January 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this guide !
    I'll go to Göteborg in April (6-10) and I'm so exited !

  • Reply Gobits February 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Nice picture of Slottsskogen. Brought me back to my childhood home on Nordostpassagen 44. Then the picture of Brooklyn Lager brought me back to my current home…

  • Reply lale battista February 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    nice place tu visit, congratulations.

  • Reply mrs chen October 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

    THANKS!!! I chanced upon your site while planing my weekend trip to Gotherburg!!!

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