Right now, a Gotland-born, music-loving journalist is writing about his Gothenburg for VisitSweden UK’s social media channels (#LiveGothenburg). Anton Almqvist works for Swedish Radio and has lived in Gothenburg for seven years. He has done, or is doing, most of the things he feels a genuine Gothenburger should so; he’s had a band, he runs a club, and he lives in Majorna. It was the people, the cultural life, and the historic parts of Gothenburg that made Anton leave Gotland for Sweden’s second city.
When I asked Anton what he feels you mustn’t miss when visiting Gothenburg, he replied: – A beer on the street Andra Långgatan (Publik or the Kings Head), a trip on Älvsnabben (passenger ferries) or a guided tour on the river. Other great places to visit are the Maritime Museum and the City Museum. And you really must eat some freshly caught fish. For families, the amusement park Liseberg is an obvious choice. For younger people without children, the night clubs Pustervik, Yaki Da and Kino are worth a visit (even though Kino is more a bar than a night club).
Anton’s favourite places in Gothenburg:
Sannabacken – a grossly under-appreciated park. Not many people come here, so there is plenty of space for sunbathing, playing games, and watching the sun set behind the Älvsborgsbron Bridge.
Masthuggsberget, by the church Masthuggskyrkan – is a perfect place for barbeques, with an amazing view over the harbour inlet and Hisingen on the other side of the river.
Haket’s outdoor seating area by Masthuggstorget – Haket itself may not be the best bar in town, but they have a great outdoor seating area where the sun lingers until late in the evening. And they have a great range of beers.
Saltholmen – a great place to swim and easy to reach on Tram 11.
Kino – favourite bar in the Linnéstaden part of town. In the basement of the historic Haga Cinema. (Kino serves the best veggie food)
Restaurant Gabriel in Feskekôrkan – the best fish in Gothenburg.
Café Ahlström – coffee shop on Korsgatan with original décor from 1901, great cream buns and tasty gateaux.
”Innovative guitar-playing with some sort of underdog perspective and a sense of alienation”. That is how Anton describes the Gothenburg Sound (or the sound of the ‘Little Brother City’, which was what he actually said). According to Anton, Gothenburg is the number one music city in Scandinavia. People aren’t as anxious and fashion conscious here. You can work on your projects in peace. There is also a cultural heritage, with great artists like The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Björn Olsson and Bad Cash. The older generation helps the younger in the same way that they were helped by the punks, who in turn were helped by jazz musicians, and so on. It is a small, creative scene for all genres.
Anton’s musical favourites in Gothenburg:
Clubs: Jazzhuset on Thursdays (This is where all the new young bands play, however, the club is closed for the summer) or Pusterviksklubben Woody West (indie, country and rock) RioRio on Saturdays (Anton’s club) – indie and hits
If you visit Gothenburg this summer, why not try some of Anton’s slightly different, and very wallet-friendly, suggestions – and experience the real Gothenburg? Have a great summer! /ylva.