Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm, but somehow seems to have a bit more life and character. The neighborhoods have more distinct identities and the people seem so friendly It might not be widely known that Gothenburg has been dubbed both ‘new Amsterdam , for it’s city planning involving moats and canals, and ‘little London' when British business owners started making their marks on the city. It has everything; a vibrant social and cultural scene, incredible restaurants, plenty of sights, an archipelago available for day trips and more cafes than one could count.
Both hotels I stayed at during my (all too short) visit were located centrally so there was no problem getting around the city by foot. It one prefers, the characteristic trams will take you wherever you need to go.
So, my first stop? Avenyn, of course, the restaurant/bar street where we browsed the menus for a good 45 minutes before enjoying a beautiful lunch. With that out of the way we were free to hit the streets, some boutique shopping, champagne drinking, sightseeing and hipster hunting for the ‘best spots’ as dubbed by the locals.
Halloumi and avocado burgers with parmesan fries, truffle mayonnaise and strawberry daquirie popsicles. Need I say more?
Really like this restaurant. Not to fancy where you can find italian-american fusion at it’s best.
Pulled pork from the US, Ceviche from Mexico, vegatarian dishes from Ethiopia Take your pick! I opted for vegan sausages with fried onions and coleslaw. Yum!
Beautiful sky bar located in the Gothia Towers on the outskirts if the city with a large selection of cocktails.
They describe it best on their website; ’ A tribute to the Mexican brothel Madame from 1918.’ Looking rather ordinary on the outside, you step in to the atmosphere and an era where dreams and fantasies erupts as powerfully as the taste sensation of their Piquant Chili Habanero from Tijuana. Don’t miss the margaritas, they are famous for them.
One of the places that I loved the most. The bar I located on the steps of the Art museum and you’ll have a view over the landmark ’Poseidon’ and the main street ’Avenyn’. There was such a special feeling sitting there, on cushions on the stairs, under the massive arches of the museum and watching the sunset. Beautiful.
This beautiful an eldest part of Gothenburg is packed with quaint little shops and cafes. You’ll find artisinal soaps, shoes and even marzipan. And this is also the neighborhood thats famous for their gigantic (!) cinnamon buns. A must, right?
Luxury department store
The stunning -way out of my price range- interior design boutique.
Another favorite. Accesible with the Gothenburg city card, this hour long boat ride shows you the city from a different perspective.
Garden Society of Gothenburg
Perfect place to relax in between sightseeing and shopping. Don’t miss the tropical ’Palm house’ or the incredible ’Rose garden’ with thousands of roses.
There was so much more we didn’t have time for. A trip to the archipelago, the amusement park (that was closed!), and the trams are just a few. I guess I’ll just have to return soon!
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