If you are looking for a world-class menu and a decadent wine selection in vibrant Gothenburg, then you have to try Basement. This bold and enjoyable bar is the product of the well-renowned owner and award-winning chef Ulf Wagner, who takes pride in his restaurant. Have a show to catch after dinner? Basement has a great three-course Theater Menu each night from 5:30 pm so you don’t have to miss your evening matinee! With a sommelier on staff, the bar has some great wines to choose from as well. Wagner uses top quality ingredients in his variety of dishes which proves to only exceed customer expectations. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can opt to try a specially composed “Wagner’s Choice” which is a four, six, or eight course meal! Overall, this isn’t your Grandmother’s Basement, it’s the hottest spot in town.
The Nordic Championship in oyster opening in Grebbestad is just a week away! The championships take place in Tanumstrand, next to Grebbestad (which is Sweden’s ‘oyster capital’ in case you didn’t know). On May 1, top chefs from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and more will battle it out to for the title of the speediest opener. Knives are sharpened, champagne will be flowing, and oysters will be abound!
It’s a seafood enthusiast fest and visitors can partake in oyster and lobster safaris! Safaris? you say! Join a trained guide and travel out into the archipelago aboard a beautiful wooden boat, to taste these sea creatures straight from the sea, and experience how this delicacy is harvested. Head out here for the weekend or swing by if you are a local! Our favorite place to stay is the Tanumstrand Hotel so start booking and Bon Apetit!
If you want a quick lesson in how to shuck an oyster, see below:
If you’re a foodie, then pay attention!
You need to visit Gothenburg, Sweden. The city is arguably one of the best destinations in the world when it comes to food. We have already discussed the merits of Sill (that’s Herring, remember?) but how does Gothenburg hold up when it comes to food for the refined palates of gourmands?
Very well indeed thank you! In fact, Gothenburg has no less than five Michelin-starred restaurants and a whole host of contenders that cater to gastronomical travellers with the most acquired tastes.
Take a look here for an overview of ten great Gothenburg restaurants and check out the video below for a tour of the aforementioned Michelin-starred eateries.
GUEST BLOGGER: Adam Lisberg
We must not have been paying attention, because we had no idea we were heading to Herring Island until we smelled it. My wife and I had been roaming the roads of West Sweden in early winter, through the low forests and farmhouses, heading west toward the water and a restaurant we only knew as Salt & Sill on a tiny outcropping of Tjörn called Klädesholmen. I am a profound fan of herring, an enthusiast for all forms of smoked and salted and pickled fish, and yet in my jet-lagged state I didn’t know that “sill” is Swedish for “herring.”
The first day of the lobster season is the first Monday after 20 September, this year 27 September. Lobsters safaris, followed by lobster suppers, are arranged at a number of places along the coast.
Takes place in Tanumstrand, a small fishing community two hours north of Gothenburg. Now in its fifth year, watch chefs from across Scandinavia battle it out to take the crown of the speediest opener. Opening, harvesting, boat trip and diving activities are on offer.
I’m not quite sure any other culture is as fanatical about Christmas as the Swedes. The celebrations start at the beginning of the first Sunday of advent and don’t end until after the new year. This year advent was Nov. 29th, and the Swedes started things off in a delicious fashion with a traditional glöggfest – a gathering to imbibe hot, spiced, mulled wine (glögg) accompanied by blanched almonds and raisins, with saffron buns and ginger biscuits. Who doesn’t want hot glögg on a brisk, snow-filled Gothenburg evening?
After the glögg, the cities of Sweden are decked out to the nines, with lights, decorations and more Christmas markets than you can imagine. Gothenburg has not only seven distinct Xmas markets but also the largest one in the country: Liseberg has dozens upon dozens of stalls selling gifts for all, shows, ice skating, holiday delicacies (including of course more glögg) and what holiday market would be complete without St. Nicholas sitting in his workshop to listen to the wish lists of excited children. As if that weren’t enough, the market is bedecked in over 5 million (!!!) Xmas lights to celebrate the seasons.
The newest way to travel in Sweden is in a box…sorta.
The Swedish Tourism board has created a very amusing video to promote Swedish City Breaks – easily assimilated boxed packages of fun for visiting Sweden. It’s a great tool that has some really cool “breaks” like getting Soundtracked in Gothenburg – where you get your own personalized soundtrack played by an instrument-imitating mouth orchestra during your entire stay in Gothenburg.
On the less quirky side, the relaxing Feel Good Trip, is basically a relaxing spa package with all the details worked out for you so you don’t even have to stress making your vacation plans. These boxed City Breaks are really a unique way to see what Sweden has to offer without having to spend forever researching and booking everything separately.
Of course with the holidays coming up the Christmas Spectacular in Gothenburg, with 5 million fairy lights strung throughout the worlds largest Holiday Market also makes for a tempting to go box…Don’t forget to bring me back some roasted chestnuts please!