Once considered the “rougher cousin” to Sweden’s pristine harbour-side capital, in the last decade Gothenburg's foodie scene has begun attracting global attention. Its inventive use of local culinary staples like fresh crayfish, lobster and prawns and the hotspot spaces in which to have them make this a must-do add to your checklist of cultured cool.
Time to explore another flavourful side to Scandi Sweden from the fabulous gastro to the Michelin starred restaurants - your complete foodie guide to Gothenburg from casual to formal.
# 1 - Casual dining - our pick of those chilled foodie haunts, easy places to have a quick bite or linger over fresh oysters.
All about the flavour – this busy little bistro dishes up the best of French and Swedish table classics. A cosy bolt hole for some seriously delicious food owned by industry gurus - Emma Wennerberg and half-French, Mathias Graner.
411 15 Gothenburg
Love a glass of Champers without the pomp – head on here to this casual eatery that serves some great Champagnes from small producers, crafted beers and pairs with light bits from fresh Oysters to Mackerel to Steak Tartar.
411 34 Gothenburg
As the name suggests, this all-natural, organic eatery with excellent wines, serves up modern Nordic plates whereby vegetables also have a star role.
411 20 Göteborg
Set above the famous fish and seafood markets of Gothenburg, is a ‘foodie heaven’ for lovers of everything that comes from these waters – expect plates of lobster, shrimps, salmon, crab and oysters.
Haga Kyrkogata 14
411 23 Gothenburg
Famed by the locals who flock here, this cool eatery may be small, but it is not afraid of being ambitious with taste bombs at a modest price.
411 25 Gothenburg
The ‘Fish Church’ is a must-see dedicated to the world of fish and seafood built in 1874 – Here the daily catches appear here within hours of landing in the harbour – snack bars and wine b counters make shopping a taste experience and a joy for fellow foodies.
# 2 - For the gourmand these culinary highlights are ranked among some of the best in the Nordics and a must-do for serious foodies.
Norra Hamngatan 10
411 14 Gothenburg
Beautifully presented, tasty plates, awards and cool design have put this new place firmly on the fine-dining map of Gothenburg. Run by Swedish duo Niclas Yngvesson and Gustav Knutsson, expect Scandi cuisine with worldly infusions. Simply delicious.
412 55 Gothenburg
This is total foodie immersion with fabulous tasting menus based on 14 dishes based very much on the raw ingredients that capture the flavours of Sweden. A cool ambience and open kitchen ensure for a lively atmosphere.
411 32 Gothenburg
A pioneer on the gastro scene of Gothenburg since opening in 1997, this 1-star Michelin foodie pitstop is famed for its creative take on the modern Swedish regional cooking, owned by passionate foodies, Anne and Hakan Thörnström.
Adolf Edelsvärds gata 5
414 51 Gotheburg
Sjömagasinet Michelin starred restaurant is located on the waterfront in Klippan Gothenburg, this nautical setting within an aged wooden build is considered a ‘flagship’ of classic Swedish cuisine and naturally is inspired by the sea. Grab a perch in summer on the terrace or during the winter months, by the fireside.
Lilla torget 1
411 18 Gothenburg
In this 17th century building overlooking the Göta canal, chef Lars Ahlström has elevated seafood to an art form, with every shrimp, mussel, and oyster freshly caught and exquisitely displayed.